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VPS – BBQ Soy Curls, Tempeh Bacon, Roasted Garlic, Sundried Tomatoes

January 11, 2010

VPS - BBQ Soy Curls, Tempeh Bacon, Roasted Garlic, Sundried Tomatoes

So, this blog has pretty much become a vegan pizza blog and I apologize for that. The holidays are always crazy, add that to the fact that I started a new job (and ended a long-running one) and I’m sure you’ll forgive me. I hope to resume real cooking again in the next few weeks.

Anyway, my wife has been feeling under the weather so we’ve had a lot of soups and mushy foods lately. She is feeling much better today so we decided to resume our weekly tradition. That also meant that I didn’t want to experiment too much. But, then I realized I was out of tomato sauce!

No fear, some roasted garlic (and oil) came to the rescue. On top of that some well-placed sundried tomatoes and BBQ-soaked soy curls. I then poured the soaking liquid on top of it all – a little thinner than I wanted but it ended up working just fine. Top that all with Daiya and some chopped tempeh bacon and you have yet another delicious vegan pizza.

VPS – Calzones – Nate’s Meatballs

December 27, 2009

VPS - Calzones - Nate's Meatballs

We skipped Vegan Pizza Sunday last week – I was entirely sick and my wife was just beginning. But, we’re back at it this week.

I think we’re going to keep going with the calzone theme for now – it uses a lot less Daiya, which is wonderful for our bank account.

My wife went with the some ol’ same ol’ pineapple and tempeh bacon. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do until about 30 seconds before I started making them. I looked around the cupboards, the fridge and finally the freezer, stumbling on a half bag of Nate’s Meatballs. I’ve written about them before – we love them, omnivores love them, everyone loves them – but this was the first time using them in a calzone (or any such stuffed item).

They worked really well. Pizza dough, the meatballs, marinara sauce and Daiya. Because they were still frozen, I let the calzones sit for fifteen minutes before baking.

It was so filling, I could only eat half. I must say, however, that this may have been my favorite calzone/pizza I’ve made yet.

Sorry for the blurry picture – I thought it was a good one, but I was hungry and in a hurry!

VPS – Calzone – Pineapple, Tempeh Bacon, Roasted Tomatoes

December 14, 2009

VPS - Calzone - Pineapple, Tempeh Bacon, Roasted Tomatoes

After a recent, ahem, transgression by my newly-pregnant wife landed her a cheese-filled calzone I set out to make my own so when you got the craving, I could be there – and be dairy free. So, we flipped our pizza Sunday nights over and made calzones this week.

She LOVES pineapple calzones (and pizza, too) so I knew what she wanted without even asking. Tempeh bacon gives everything that subtle smoky flavor and nice texture and a few roasted tomatoes for good measure (and moisture).

A MUCH better result this time than the last time I made calzones (I won’t even dignify them with a link), with credit going to Diaya, versus the previously-used Teese. It also uses far less Daiya this way, so it’s likely we’ll continue making calzones in lieu of pizza.

VPS – Salsa, Spinach, Green Peppers, Red Onion, Basil

December 7, 2009

It’s that time again – Vegan Pizza Sunday. Our stash of Daiya is holding strong and are love of pizza seems undiminished.

VPS - Salsa, Spinach, Green Peppers, Red Onion, Basil

The fridge was a bit bare this week – busy at work – so it was pretty easy to make a pizza. We used everything we had! In place of tomato sauce we used a fresh mild salsa (Publix makes one very similar to Garden Fresh) topped with spinach, Daiya, green peppers, red onion and fresh basil (still good after two weeks!).

It was cold in the house so we had some difficulty getting the dough to rise. Until, that is, we put it on the fireplace mantle (with a fire rolling, of course). It rose in no time and we were ready to go. I’m still sticking with half high-gluten white and half whole wheat and it’s been working just fine. Maybe next week I’ll try adding some spelt or kamut into the mix.

VPS – Red Onion, BBQ Soy Curls, Basil

November 30, 2009

VPS - Red Onion, BBQ Soy Curls, Basil

Another Sunday, another vegan pizza. We went a little more “safe” this time around and only used what we had on hand. I wanted to incorporate some Thanksgiving leftovers, but my wife didn’t seem enthused (I’ve used mashed potatoes for a pizza topping before, to great results).

I had a quarter of red onion in the fridge, an open pack of soy curls and some basil that never made it to my in-laws while we were visiting, so it became pretty clear what we were making.

For the soy curls, you’re supposed to soak them in hot water for ten minutes before using in your recipe. I soaked them in half hot water, half BBQ sauce, drained them and tossed them with more BBQ sauce. A quick julienne of the onion and some whole basil leaves and we were in business.

We have been looking for a good organic, no-HFCS BBQ sauce for what seems like ever. Well, we found one and even though it’s not organic, it is without HFCS and tastes like the BBQ sauce you remember – because it is.

Bull’s Eye BBQ sauce is now (or at least new to me) made without HFCS and made with real, honest to goodness sugar. A novel idea to Kraft Foods, I assure you. Now, if only they made an organic one…