Friday, April 04, 2008

Mom's ChickPea Pizza and Lynnie's WorkOut Cookie-Treats

When I was home for the holidays my omni-mom went out of her way one evening when the rest of the family had ordered some pizza, by making an excellent chickpea-topped pizza. for me and K. I made an attempt to recreate some of these flavours by using some whole wheat pizza dough I kneaded into a frenzy yesterday afternoon, and a whole load of roasted veggies, herbs and a little bit of olive oil. The end result was a thin, crispy crust with veg that, because of the pre-roasting, didn't dampen the dough. We had bought some vegan cheese (Toffuti Mozzarella), but decided against it in the end.

-1 batch of Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
-1 grilled eggplant (sliced)
-1 grilled zucchini
-1/4 cup of chick peas
-1 grilled onion
-1 roasted red pepper
-3 sprigs of grilled asparagus
-fresh: thyme, rosemary, basil
-5 tablespoons of tomato sauce
-a dash of olive oil for the roasting

How To:
We roasted the veg before adding them to the rolled out dough. K enjoyed some deep primordial emotion while roasting the red pepper over an open flame. (weird). I squared the dough and laid it on a roasting pan (my pizza stone is back home in Canada), and spread the tomato sauce; I laid the veg on the dough, and sprinkled the chick peas and herbs over the pizza. We baked it for about 20 minutes, just until the crust had a nice brown hue and crispy edge. I served the pizza with a roasted veg and green olive salad that I squeezed a lemon over.

I also made a batch of carob cookies (those who guessed raw carob were RIGHT!) that I envisioned as great post-workout treats (the oats, flax, raisins and seeds seem like great energy boosts after a hard core workout)

Oatmeal, Raisin and Carob Cookies

-1 cup of whole wheat flour
-1 cup of oats
-1/2 cup of carob powder
-4 tablespoons of veg oil
-4 tablespoons of raisins
-1 tablespoon of flax
-dash of vanilla
-2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds

How To:
I was really lazy and just added all of the ingredients one at a time to one of my favourite blue bowls and mixed it up until it was cookie-dough quality, and then scooped them onto a cookie sheet. To be honest, we only have four of these yummies for new cookie timer didn't ding for me, and I was so into my pizza that I let them sit a few minutes too long. Yikes.


Alice (in Veganland) said...

That pizza looks very similar to a specialty of east Spain! It's called coca valenciana, from Valencia. It's not a pizza, it's more similar to a focaccia with something on top.

Bianca said...

I like the idea of post-workout cookies. I should start rewarding myself for going to the gym with healthy-ish cookies. I usually come home from a workout and pig out on dinner.

Jennifer said...

Ok that pizza has to be one of the most beautiful and mouthwatering things I've seen in a long time. Oh my, I wish I could reach into my screen and grab a piece.

Anonymous said...

That pizza sounds so. freakin'. good. I'm a big fan of roasted veggies on pizza.

I LOVE Tofutti sour cream! I highly recommend it.

If you do try the chocolate syrup - don't make the same mistake I made! Either use more water, or only boil for maybe a minute... I ended up having to add more hot water to mine, but once I did it was perfect!

Bonnie said...

That looks like one of the best pizzas ever. Great job on that! I'd love to make some pizza again, but I've been too lazy to make dough lately.

VeganCowGirl said...

Hey Steph - thanks for the tip with the chocolate sauce. I will keep it in mind FOR sure.

Bianca - I am a big fan of the workout cookie. They are more tasty than the yucky bars out there, and I can control what goes inside them. They travel pretty easy.....I like doing granola bars as well.

Bonnie - one little thing I do is make a whole load of pizza dough (on days when I have the time, energy and intention) and then I just pop them all in the freezer...I can take them out in the A.M. before I head to work/the gym. Thanks for the compliments. :)

Jennifer - I would be happy to pop a pizza in the international mail bag at work - but I am thinking it won't make it there. :(
Thanks for the comments though - it means a lot because you make such yummy food!