Perfectly Pleasing Pizza

Ice cream and pizza – the two things I thought I would have the hardest time giving up when I became vegan.  Boy was I wrong!  Dairy-free ice cream options are really delicious!  My personal favs are purely decadent cookie dough and  Yours Truly Cones from Tofutti which I can get at my local Shoprite.  When I “need” an ice cream sundae I can go to Lula’s and I am completely satisfied.  Also, I can join in on any trip to Haagen Dazs or Ben & Jerry’s because they always have a few flavors of sorbet that are yummy and infinitely better for my figure (but I always ask about the ingredients because you can never be too sure – Haagen Dazs chocolate sorbet, for instance, has egg whites).   As for pizza – in the beginning, I was just fine with ordering it cheeseless with lots of veggies, but then I found daiya.  Who knew a vegan cheese could taste so good and melt so well?  Now,  I can either bring a bag to my local pizza place and they will throw it on my pie, or I can make pizza at home and then it is even more satisfying, and imho, even more scrumptious.  One or another of my kids is usually more than happy to help make pizzas and the dough can either be bought frozen, or made from scratch.  I made the dough here from a recipe in the Vegan with a Vengeance cookbook.  It is very simple to make and always comes out perfectly.  Most pizza dough recipes are vegan, so just find one and go for it!  The best thing about making pizza at home is being able to really experiment and design your own perfect pie.  Here, my daughter made a “chickn” pizza with salsa verde, and extra garlic baked into the crust, while I chose one with truffled mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted parsnips and roasted sweet potatoes.  Imagine all the possibilities!!  Being vegan has never been so easy!!!

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