Extra Chunky Pizza Sauce

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See how chunky that is?

Because I teach English, I feel obligated to make a Shakespeare pun with the wordy “Saucy!” in this post, but I will refrain. For now.

I love pizza almost as much I love tacos, but in the past, pizza’s been way more work than tacos. Because I work full-time as a teacher (which everyone knows is like a full-time job and a half), I need quick meals.

Thankfully, this pizza sauce has shortened my time tremendously because it includes the “cheesy” part in the sauce. Add that to the lavash, and you’ve got yourself a very quick pizza. However, if you want to spend just 30 more minutes on pizza for the nut cheese, I will have a post for that soon!

So if you’re feeling saucy, this recipe is for you (it had to happen)!

Extra Chunky Pizza Sauce
Sauces about 2 pizzas

Ingredients:
25 oz. jar of tomato sauce of your choice (I use Trader Joe’s Marinara)
15 oz. can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 c. cashews
1/2-3/4 c. of nutritional yeast (to taste)
3 cloves garlic
3 large leaves of fresh basil
1 tbsp. smoked paprika (Trader Joe’s again)
1 tbsp. of oregano
2 tsp. sea salt
Dash of pepper

Blend all ingredients on medium power until it’s about the consistency of oatmeal. Cashew chunks should be fairly small, but not completely obliterated.

Then pour blended sauce in a pot and cover it. Bring to bubbly on medium heat. Then simmer on low covered for about 25 minutes.

Scoop on to your favorite pizza crust or eat straight out of the pot–it’s that good!

What’s your favorite kind of pizza sauce?

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Lavash Pizza

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“I think the only thing drier than this pizza crust is the Saharan desert,” commented my husband right after trying my 300 millionth attempt at homemade pizza crust.  His track record of complimenting my food is so good that he could get away with that comment.  And besides, I agreed.

Pizza crust is a true art, especially when you’re not using bleached flour and corn syrup.  Wheat flour can just be so… dense.  Oat flour is not much better.

While my pizza crust experimentation continues (it’s getting better each time, I promise), we’ve been figuring out other ways to eat pizza because we love pizza more than puppies.  Well, it’s at least a tie.

Trader Joe’s has just recently opened up near us, and we could not be more excited!  They have such an interesting food collection, including whole wheat lavash, which makes some delicious thin crust!

In one of those, I-have-no-idea-what-to-make-for-dinner frenzies, I pulled out the lavash and pizza ingredients and started mixing like a mad scientist.  My husband loves when I do this because it usually results in a family favorite, and this time was no different.

So here’s the recipe:

Lavash Pizza
Serves 8

Ingredients:
Premade lavash (or make your own!)–pkg. of 6
Homemade cashew pizza sauce (in another blog post)
Mushrooms
Green peppers
Pineapple, diced
Olives
Onions
Grape tomatoes
Other toppings of your choice
Fresh basil

Heat oven to 300 degrees.  Lay out the lavash on pans and smear the pizza sauce on it generously.

Slice tomatoes in 3 pieces and lay out on the pizza (this makes all the difference).  Dice other veggies and sprinkle on to pizza.  Top with shredded basil and bake for 15 minutes or until the edges of the pizza are crisp and light brown.

What do you use for a pizza crust?  What are you favorite toppings?

Welcome to My Blog!

Welcome to Feasting!  I hope you’re hungry.

After posting recipes in the comments of Instagram photos and text messages, I figured it was time to start a blog and do this right.  I love sharing the delicious food we eat every day with you, so why not make it official?

The primary purpose of this blog is to provide whole foods, plant-based recipes to those who don’t know where to begin.  The secondary purpose of this blog is to encourage a lifestyle of feasting, of savoring each moment as it comes, of being thankful for each event.  Because of these two purposes, I figured Thanksgiving would be the perfect day to launch my new blog.

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  There’s something about family gathering around the table (and the cranberry sauce) that brings my heart warmth and my soul peace.  After the meal, the men will loosen their belts and settle in for some football, which is code for napping.  The women will sit close together and chat.  The kids will sneak another cookie and then sit in a sugar stupor for an hour or so.  It’s home.  It’s family.

For a few hours, no one has to answer phone calls.  No one has to leave early.  We’re just together.

JD and I have spent the last 3 Thanksgivings with extended family and friends.  It’s been nontraditional, but just as familiar.  This year, my parents will be driving down to spend some time with us and eat a lot of delicious, plant-strong food, and I have felt myself preparing for that feast over the past week.

I look forward to sharing this part of my life with you because it means so much to me.  I love cooking, but even more so, I look cooking for others, so I hope you become a part of Feasting.

Feasting is about delicious food, but it’s more than just a celebration of food and company.  Feasting is also an approach to life.  Savoring moments, slowing things down, being nourished body and soul.  What makes us feel full?  What makes us feel satisfied?  Warm?  At home?

Tomorrow, I’ll post my first recipe, one of our favorites because it’s delicious and so easy.

I anticipate posting 3 times a week, including the Sunday Morning Breakfast series that I’ve started on Instagram.

Please subscribe via RSS or email (on the right) and join me at the table.  Let’s feast together.