What if I told you that you could chow down on America’s #1 food obsession without the guilt and burden of excessive saturated fat and sodium? You would probably think I was crazy, right?
And you would probably think I was also crazy if I suggested that cheese (the culprit of your pizza’s salt infested and fat-laden woes) be eliminated from your toppings, right? Nod if you agree..
Regular cheese pizza will always taste better than cheeseless or dairy-free cheese pizza. Come on, even I can admit that. But if you have a dairy sensitivity or if you’re like me and committed to living a dairy-free lifestyle, there are other options. You don’t have to forgo pizza altogether. Pizza without cheese or with dairy-free cheese can still deliver on flavor.
I use to think it was absolutely absurd to even consider a pizza without cheese. I thought, “What’s the point of having pizza without cheese?” “Cheese-less pizza masquerading as the real thing is whack!”
I thought that Veganism would equate to me giving up one of my favorite weekend luxuries.
Little did I know that I was wrong — very wrong.
I decided to give cheeseless pizza a try. Yes, you read it right – cheeseless pizza would soon canvas my plate, replacing the ooey, gooey decadent variety that once adorned it. Not only was I going to experiment with a healthier version, I was determined to make it from scratch because many pizza doughs are not Vegan. What the heck! Go big or go home, right?
It turns out that I was wrong about the effort, too. D.I.Y. Vegan Pizza Dough (and not the less favorable, preservative-filled, pre-packaged store-bought crusts) was less laborious than I expected. In fact, kneading dough is actually a built-in stress reliever and fun for the kiddos.
I searched the web for Vegan pizza dough recipes. Here is one that I really like…
Vegan Pizza Dough is both crunchy and chewy, takes just a few ingredients and a little elbow grease, and tastes great! Because I’m not using regular cheese, I take it upon my greedy self to eat several slices – because the fat and calories still won’t add up the your standard pizza.
And although it can never tru-ly top the cheesy pizza you’re use to (if we’re being completely honest), my New York-style Vegan cheese-less pizza is a flavor-packed and delicious substitute. Give it a try. You may miss cheese (initially), but you definitely won’t miss the heartburn.