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I was seriously craving pizza last week, but I have barely eaten pizza since going vegan. There are a ton of vegan pizza options, but I just couldn’t find one that satisfied my cravings so I just kind of… gave up.
That is until I went to this new pizza place by my school called The Pizza Press. They offer a vegan pizza that is SO. GOOD. That pizza reignited my love of pizza and thus this baby was born.
Before going vegan, I almost exclusively ordered chicken and spinach pizza. So I figured I would recreate that flavor profile using Gardien Crispy Tenders as my “chicken.”
I don’t usually eat mock meats because they don’t really appeal to me, but once I had the idea to do this I just HAD to go through with it, and I’m glad I did because this pizza was delicious. Like as good as the one I bought a Pizza Press, and probably healthier too as I opted for a whole wheat crust, and probably used a bit less oil.
This recipe is not totally oil-free as the Gardien Crispy Tenders contain oil, but there is no added oil wether you choose the marinara or the pesto base. Usually I will make two pizzas: one marinara and one pesto. BUT they are both delicious if you simply want to choose one base. The amounts I’ve included for the bases make enough to cover two rectangular pizzas, so if you are doing one of each I’d probably half those amounts.
I didn’t photograph the ones with the pesto base, but they look the same, but with a deep green base. Since the Pesto I make has avocado instead of oil it will turn the bright green a bit darker on the top but the underneath is bright green and it tastes amazing either way.
It really depends on what you are craving. In the mood for something herb-y and savory? Pesto base all the way. Want a more classic, tomatoey base? I think you know what to choose.
Either way it’s time for a some delicious vegan pizza.
Don’t you agree?
Oh and don’t forget to top it with some 3-ingredient vegan walnut parmesan!
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Vegan Chick'n & Spinach Pizza (Marinara or Pesto Base!)
- Trader Joe's whole wheat pizza dough
- 2 Chick'n Tenders from 1 package of Gardien Crispy Tenders
- 1/2 cup favorite marinara sauce or pesto base see below for homemade oil-free pesto
- 1/4 cup chopped or sliced red onion
- 1/4 cup chopped spinach
- 2 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes optional
- Optional Garnishes: Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped basil
- 1/2 cup cubed avocado
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup or more water
Preheat over tp 425 degrees fahrenheit.
If using marinara base, I generally blend the marinara with a few tablespoons of sun-dried tomatoes for a little extra flavor.
If making pesto base, blend all ingredients in a blender of food processor unitl incorporated. It doesn't need to be smooth, the basil just needs to be pretty finely chopped.
Divide dough into two equal parts and on a well floured surface, roll out into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle (or whatever other shape floats your boat).
Microwave two Gardien tenders for 15 seconds in the microwave.
Remove from microwave and chop into bite-size pieces.
Top the rolled out pizza dough with the base of choice, chopped spinach, chopped red onion, and Gardien Crispy Tender pieces.
Bake for 10 minutes or until crust has puffed up a bit a cooked through and chick'n is golden brown.
Top with Walnut Parmesan (made by simply blending the ingredients together) and Red Pepper Flakes and enjoy!
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