September 30, 2009

Vegan Recipe for World Vegetarian Day

Thursday October 1st is World Vegetarian Day, and October is World Vegetarian Month! In honor of this wonderful occasion, I am posting a tasty recipe at least once a week, I might put up more just for the heck of it! My first recipe is one that I made up myself with a little experimentation. 

Leek, Sun Dried Tomato and Roasted Garlic Pizza
* this makes 2 pizzas, and serves 3-4 people. 

Pizza dough of your choice (I used trader joes pre-made)
1 1/2 cups Pizza Sauce 
1/2 block of tofu
1 small can tomato paste
garlic powder, salt, pepper, dried basil (1 tsp each)
1 head of garlic 
12-14 sun-dried tomatoes (I used jar kind in olive oil)
2 Leeks sliced and cleaned GOOD
2 TBSP vegan butter or olive oil
Another 1tsp each (approx) of garlic powder, pepper and dried basil

**Pre-heat oven to 350-400 degrees depending on the dough you use. **
1. slice and clean leeks really good, then saute them uncovered in a pan with the vegan butter or olive oil for about 10 mins - till soft yet slightly crispy. (You can cook longer if you like them more crispy.)
2. break up the garlic into its cloves (leave the skin on!) and place them on a sheet in the toaster oven or oven and bake on about 375 for about 15 mins. Check if they are soft and roast longer if they are not. 
3. While those are cooking, get a medium bowl and mash up the tofu with your hands or fork. Add Tomato Paste, and one tsp each of garlic powder, salt, pepper and basil. Stir all together. 
4. Roll out your pizza dough on a cookie sheet. (I usually buy pre-made dough from trader Joe's)
5. Spread the tofu mixture onto the pizza dough. 
6. Once the leeks are cooked to your liking, spread them evenly onto your pizza(s). 
7. Place the sun-dried tomatoes onto the pizza(s) evenly. 
8. Squeeze/break the garlic out of their skins and spread whole cloves all over the pizza. 
9. Splash on some of the pizza sauce on the pizza (on top of the toppings)
10. sprinkle on some garlic powder, pepper, and basil all over the pizza(s)
11. Bake in oven for about 15-17 mins - or until your dough is ready. (it really depends on the dough you use)
12. Slice up and serve!


  1. I love making my own pizza and this looks so good. :) I'll have to try it sometime.

  2. I hope your non-veggie readers will try your vegan pizza so they can learn how great a no-cheese pizza can be! I'll be trying your recipe; sounds delicious.

  3. Thank you guys. Yeah, I agree. Who needs cheese?! ;)