easy hummus vegan pizza
Ahh, pizza night. It is a night that is wildly anticipated, cherished deeply and remembered fondly. But how often does it happen? The answer: Not enough.
I get it though. Store-bought pizzas are often a bit too tough, takeaway pizzas can seem too much like a cheat meal that are best not to make a habit, and homemade pizzas are too daunting to make alone. Well, I am here to show you that you can easily make your own pizza, make a habit out of it, and get that crispy, thin base you always wanted.
And the answer comes in the form of two words: Wraps. Hummus.
This recipe is not a standard tomato-base, nor does it require the arduous task of making a base from scratch. Why think inside the pizza box when you can think outside of it?! With a bit of imagination, you can transform an ordinary pizza into something that is incredibly easy to make and different in taste. I was planning on making the pizza square-shaped, but I wasn't sure if the world was ready for a square hummus wrap-pizza.
This recipe makes use of some super nutritious protein ingredients - perhaps quite contrary to your assumptions of the carbalicious pizza - so let's break it down before slicing it up.
Hummus: Behind every great vegan, is a bowl of hummus. The simple dip made of chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and salt is irresistible. One dip and there's no going back. High in fibre, rich in protein, low in saturated fat and popular amongst even the toughest crowd, a humongous plate of hummus will turn any frown upside down.
Chickpeas: We all know it's a great source of protein but consume on the daily for manganese and folate. Manganese supports bone development and wound healing, while folate aids in new cell growth and brain cell communication. Stick with chickpeas if you are attracted to a good body and a smart mind.
and Sweet Potato: You can berate me for putting carbs on pizza but let's just put it out there and say that sweet tarters DO have protein. And when paired with chickpeas and hummus, you get a powerful pairing of amino acids. Eat pizza. Make gains. This pizza could have more protein that your average post-workout meal.
500g sweet potato
3/4 cup chickpeas
1 cup cauliflower
1 tbsp sunflower seeds, toasted
1 tbsp pumplin seeds, toasted
2 pieces of single slices of vegan cheese. I used this brand.
Salt and pepper
Balsamic vinegar (I used a vinegar spray, but feel free to use a reduction or the normal vinegar)
A few handfuls of arugula
A handful of fresh coriander
A dash of chilli powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.
2. Wash and cut the sweet potato into small cubes and place in a baking tray that is lined with foil or lightly greased with coconut oil (recommended). Sprinkle the sweet potatoes with salt, pepper and coriander powder.
3. In a hot pan, toast the sunflower and pumpkin seeds until lightly browned.
4. Wash the cauliflower and steam for about 7 minutes.
5. When the sweet potatoes are ready (after about 40 minutes), smear the hummus over the wraps.
6. Break the vegan cheese into little slices.
7. Add the sweet potatoes, seeds, cauliflower, vegan cheese and chickpeas to the hummus bases.
8. Put the wraps on baking trays and cook in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the edges of the wraps crisp slightly.
9. Top with avocado, fresh greens and herbs, salt and pepper, a spritz of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of chilli powder.
10. Rip apart, and repeat x4.