Characteristics

This is a great, quick and easy homemade pizza that offers nutrient dense calories. It utilizes the vegan Daiya cheese for a true pizza experience, and provides a great way to transition away from animal-based, processed, and fast food pizzas. It provides healthy carbohydrates, fats and proteins, as well as vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. Being 100% plant-based it is naturally rich in fiber and free of cholesterol.

PREP TIME: < 15 mins (+ time if making your own hummus or crust)
SERVINGS: not set, make according to personal needs

  • 100% Plant-based (vegan)
  • Wheat or Gluten-free (depending on crust choice)
  • Soy-free
  • Corn-free
  • Peanut-free
  • Refined Sugar-free

Goodies Needed

TOOLS:

  • Toaster Oven or Regular Oven
  • Pizza Cutter (optional)
  • Salad Spinner (optional)

Preparation Steps

  • Be sure to have your hummus and/or crust ready beforehand.
  • Pre-heat toaster oven or oven to 350F.
  • Spread a layer of hummus over each pita or crust.
  • Wash the spinach and remove excess water using a salad spinner (unless pre-washed). Layer the spinach leaves on the pita uniformly. Order of layering helps appropriate cooking of each item.
  • Wash and cut up the tomatoes into relatively thin slices and layer on pita.
  • Wash and dice up the bell peppers or cut into thin slices, and layer on pita.
  • Cut up the Kalamata olives into thin slices (unless pre-sliced) and layer on pita.
  • Sprinkle some thyme over the pita.
  • Add a thin layer of vegan Daiya cheese on top.
  • Crush some of the almonds into small pieces (using blender, food processor, etc.) and sprinkle on top of the pita pizza.
  • Place the pizza(s) into your oven and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Once done, remove from oven, slice the pizza into quarters and enjoy.

Meal Nutritional Benefits

Whole Grains:

  • provide a rich complex carbohydrate component to any meal offer a variety of vitamins, minerals and fiber
  • protect and enhance overall health
  • read a detailed overview of the benefits of whole grains from the Whole Grains Council

Chickpeas

  • Kabuli (light) or Desi (dark) varieties
  • provide healthy carbohydrates and protein; naturally low in fat
  • provide phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • a source of vitamins, especially folate and most B vitamins
  • a source of minerals, especially molybdenum, manganese, copper, phosphorus, iron, magnesium and zinc
  • support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • provide prebiotic and digestive health benefits
  • help maintain healthy, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • provide anti-inflammatory benefits and protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and other lifestyle diseases
  • for more information, visit the chickpea detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Spinach:

  • good source of (in descending order): vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, tryptophan, fiber, copper, vitamin B1, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin E, omega-3, vitamin B3 and selenium
  • protects against osteoporosis, heart disease, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, arthritis, and other diseases
  • enhances eye sight, immune system and mental function
  • for more information, visit the spinach detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Tomatoes

  • provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • especially rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K
  • especially rich in molybdenum, potassium, copper, and manganese
  • support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • help maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and other lifestyle diseases
  • for more information, visit the tomatoes detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Bell Peppers

  • provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • especially rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin E, vitamin K, and most B vitamins
  • especially rich in molybdenum, potassium, and manganese
  • support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • help maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • provide anti-inflammatory benefits and help heal and protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, infections, and other lifestyle diseases
  • for more information, visit the bell peppers detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Olives:

  • great source of monounsaturated fats
  • good source of (in descending order): iron, vitamin E, fiber and copper
  • have anti-inflammatory compounds, have antioxidant properties for fighting cancers and offer protection from heart disease
  • for more information, visit the olives detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Thyme:

  • provides a hint of an exciting and fresh flavor to the pizza
  • good source of (in descending order): vitamin K, iron, manganese, calcium, and fiber
  • enhances respiratory system health, provides antioxidant protection and provides antimicrobial benefits
  • for more information, visit the thyme detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Almonds:

  • are a protein powerhouse and provide a delicate crunch with every bite
  • good source of (in descending order): manganese, vitamin E, magnesium, tryptophan, copper, vitamin B2, and phosphorus
  • lower bad cholesterol, reduce risk of heart disease, provide protection against diabetes, provide protection against cardiovascular disease, promote healthy weight, prevent gallstones and help with energy production
  • for more information, visit the almonds detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods