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Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza

Written by: Alanna Bray-Lougheed & Christabel Menezes



In honour of National Cheese Lover’s Day, we’re spreading the love with a spin on our beloved food. With vegetarian and vegan diets on the rise, we thought we’d share one of our favourite vegan pizza recipes.


Vegan cheese is a great base to use in many different recipes, including: pizza, lasagna, nachos, or even as a spreadable on crackers and sandwiches. Herbs and spices can be added to create different flavours each time! Vegan cheeses are lower in protein, and can be higher in unsaturated fats if made with a nut base; so it is important to ensure you are adding protein alternatives to your meal. For example, adding hemp seeds or pureed lentils to your tomato sauce can boost the protein content of your meal.


Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza

Servings: 4


Ingredients:

1 homemade or store bought vegan pizza dough

½ cup of vegan mozzarella cheese, shredded or scooped into 1 tbsp balls

½ cauliflower head, chopped

1 red onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ cup BBQ sauce

3 tbsp hemp seeds

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp sriracha sauce

Sea salt and black pepper, to taste


Directions:

1. Preheat the over to 425 degrees

2. In a bowl, combine the cauliflower, garlic, Sriracha sauce, salt and pepper with olive oil. Stir to combine.

3. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, flipping halfway.

4. Remove your pizza from the oven and reduce temperature to 400 degrees

5. Mix hemp seeds in with BBQ sauce and spread the BBQ sauce followed by dollops of vegan mozzarella cheese on the pizza crust.

6. Top with the cauliflower mixture and onions. Bake at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, or until the crust is golden.

7. Cut and enjoy!

Alanna is one of our wonderful volunteers at One Elephant Integrative Health Team. She is a recent graduate of the Nutrition program at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, and on track to becoming a Registered Dietitian. Alanna is currently a member of Team Canada for sprint kayaking and training to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 


Christabel is a first year student at Ryerson University, studying Nutrition, with the hopes of becoming a Dietitian. She is also one of the friendly faces that make up the One Elephant Help Desk!

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