Who has heard this phrase, “I’m to lazy to cook. Let’s get pizza?” Almost everyone! Especially in America, cheap fast food is king. We as humans can live a very fast paced, and stressful life. So at the end of the day, cooking is one less thing we want to worry about. But why pizza? What makes it a comfort food?
Right now, I want to look at one ingredient in particular. Cheese. Why is cheese so addictive? Well, cheese contains casein. Casein triggers the opioid receptors in our brain, linked to addiction… So when someone says, “I couldn’t live without cheese!” they have probably have a small actual addiction. Believe me, I was there. Before turning vegan, I used to eat cheese by the handful while making pizza.
After turning vegan, I noticed my migraines were almost gone, I felt lighter and less achy, and overall in much better health. I love this expert from Dr. Neal Barnard’s book, ‘The Case Against Dairy Crack’, “Better to end that bad love affair. If a person is concerned about asthma, migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, or other sensitivities, one soon loses all desire for the food product that caused the problem.” The more I researched the side effects of dairy, the more I chose that that was not the right path for me.
So some of you may be asking, “How can you claim to have a cheesy pizza with no cheese?” And I answer, “Thank God for nutritional yeast!” Or as Vegans call it “Nooch”. It gives a cheesy, nutty flavor to anything! And for this pizza, I topped it with my Curry Peanut Cheese sauce. I love the tangy cheesy flavor of that sauce, and it pairs really well on top of a pizza. I sprinkled it with more Nooch just to enhance the cheesy flavor. 🙂
If you wanted to top it with some pre-packaged vegan cheese, or leave it plain, both are excellent options as well!
- Pizza Dough Flatbread (link in post)
- Peanut Curry Sauce (link in post)
- ¼c. green onion (chopped)
- ¼c. onion (chopped)
- ¼c. no salt tomato sauce
- Wild Rice (optional)
- Italian Seasoning
- Nutritional Yeast
- Pre-heat oven to 350F.
- Layer ingredients on the pre-cooked pizza dough.
- Place on a baking sheet, and bake for 5-10 minutes or until heated through.