Saturday, September 01, 2007

The Best Kept Secret In Tomato Sauce


They give the sauce the best flavor of smokey goodness you could ever imagine!

Tomato sauce:
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 28 ounce can diced *fire roasted* tomatoes
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
salt and pepper and onion powder to taste
Sauté the garlic in a saucepan with olive oil until it becomes translucent.Add the remaining ingredients, and cook for 15-20 minutes.
Pasta with sauce and nutritional yeast
Grilled pizza (recipe)
This grilled pizza looks like a lot is going on, but it was an experiment gone very well. I used my left over homemade sauce making this pizza completely homemade from scratch. It was awesome! On one side I have nutritional yeast. and on the other I have VeganRella. I had been wanting to try VR and I finally found some. It tasted gross plain but really good melted, hm. I don’t really miss cheese too much so I could go either way. I also topped my pizza with spinach and mushrooms.

Whole wheat pizza dough

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 (1/4 oz.) package of yeast
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup lukewarm water(115- 125 degrees)
2 tablespoons olive oil

Combine flour, yeast, salt, and sugar in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon. Add the water and olive oil and mix until dough forms. Knead the dough for ten minutes. Oil a bowl. Put the dough in the bowl and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let rise for 45 minutes.

In the meantime: Cook your choice of veggies. With your leftover time you can clean up, start the grill, and even do a little dance if feel the urge. I mean come on, your only minutes away from amazing grilled pizza, you should be happy!

When 45 minutes is up, take the dough out of the bowl. The trick is to break the dough into four personal size pizza balls then roll them into circles on oiled pieces of foil. The one at the right is about 8 inches in diameter. Put half of the coals on one side of the grill (that's your direct heat) and leave the other half without coals (that's your indirect heat). Put the pizza dough side down on the direct heat side of the grill (go ahead and put it directly on the grate, it wont burn if the grate is oiled, I swear) and then slowly peal the foil off. Cover the grill until the dough looks charred. Flip the pizza over and put your sauce, veggies, and soy cheese (or your choice of any vegan cheese, or no cheese) on top. Cover and cook until the cheese is totally melted or the crust feels crispy. Remove the pizza and be prepared to change the way you view all other pizzas forever. This recipe can be altered in many ways.

There are a million different topping, sauce, and cheese combos to test so go crazy.

*I watched a special on Jane Goodall a few nights ago on Animal Planet. She is a vegetarian (possibly vegan?) and one of my heros. I will leave you with two quotes by her:

"The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves."

"The more we learn of the true nature of non-human animals, especially those with complex brains and corresponding complex social behavior, the more ethical concerns are raised regarding their use in the service of man -- whether this be in entertainment, as "pets," for food, in research laboratories, or any of the other uses to which we subject them. "

-Jane Goodall-


Anonymous said...

what a beautiful pizza! mmm... fire roasted tomatoes!

Veg-a-Nut said...

Wow! Grilled pizza. You are amazing. I am waiting to get me a vegan grill. The grill we have my omni-man cooks on. YUCK!! I will try your pizza for sure.

I don't miss cheese either. I have fallen in love with nutritional yeast sauces, spreads, dips, all of them!

bazu said...

SO true! I love fire-roasted tomatoes. And your pizza looks fantastic!

laura jesser said...

I'm TOTALLY a believer in fire-roasted tomatoes!

Wow... I love that pizza. One of these days I'm going to acquire a grill, and then watch out!

VeggieGirl said...

as someone who LOVES spice, adding the can of fire-roasted tomatoes to the sauce (versus regular tomatoes) sounds PERFECT!! I am definitely marking down your tomato-sauce recipe - thanks for sharing it :0)

the pizza looks great - kudos to you for making the dough (whole-wheat! fabulous!) from scratch and everything! as for the VeganRella, it looks like you tried the mozzarella variety - I've only had the cheddar flavor, and I love it. I posted about it a while ago:

healthnut said...

Hey! Your pizza looks so appetizing, I wanted one today but unfortunately the pizza at the fast food already came with cheese :(

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aTxVegn said...

I haven't grilled pizza yet this summer. It's so yummy, just like brick oven style. Yours looks so good. Every time I use "plain" tomatoes I wish I had used fire roasted.

Katie said...

All your food looks delicious... and your name rocks :o)!

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, fire roasted tomatoes really do add that special touch. They're also really good in soups instead of regular canned tomatoes.

Anonymous said...

this post is so good! i cant wait to try some of this food!

Kate said...

It seems fire roasted tomatoes are not too big of a secret after all. But for real, it's great to hear about those of you who have used the tomatoes in other recipes.

Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

Just thought I'd leave you a note...I went out and buy Students Go Vegan because your food looked so good from it. So far so good, I'm on my 3rd recipe now.



urban vegan said...

I've got to try these. They seem like they give foods a little sumthin' special.

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

yeah, fire roasted tomatoes pretty much rock.

prashant said...

You are amazing. I am waiting to get me a vegan grill.

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