Recipe of the Week - Vegan & Gluten-Free Hawaiian-Style Pizza

Pizza - is there a food that is more comforting?  Every once in a while I crave pizza and when I do, this has been my favorite recipe. Warm pineapple and bell pepper - yumm!!  The crust is made from a product called Chebe.  Almost all of their mixes are basically "everything"-free.  Gluten free, grain-free, soy free, corn free, rice free, potato free, yeast free, peanut free, egg free, sugar free, lactose/casein free, iodine free, Non-GMO and so on!  Made mostly from Tapioca Flour, it's not exactly like bread, but it's a really amazing flavor and the texture is quite hard on the outside and soft on the inside.  I've adapted their recipe to be vegan as well, but you can always make it the way on the box (with eggs and milk) if you eat those things.  If you prefer not to eat dairy products, I use a cheese substitute called Daiya Cheese.  While the flavor is not exactly like cheese and unfortunately they use canola oil, the texture is spot on and we can't always be perfect.  ENJOY!!

Vegan & Gluten-Free Hawaiian-Style Pizza

1 box Chebe Mix (I use Focaccia, Pizza Crust or Garlic Onion Breadstick)
2 Tbsp Grapeseed Oil (or oil of choice)
1/2 cup Daiya Cheese - Mozzarella (optional) 
3 tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer plus 4 Tbsp Water
1/4 cup Almond Milk (or milk of choice)

Pizza Sauce
3-4 oz Tomato Sauce - either make yours from scratch or there are some very good organic canned/glass packed ones
1 Tbsp Herb Stop Pizza Seasoning
1/4 tsp Herb Stop Smoked Applewood Salt
dash of Herb Stop Cumin Seed Powder
1/2 tsp Herb Stop Ginger Sugar
3 Tbsp Fresh Basil, ribbon cut - or desired amount of dried Herb Stop Basil
any other desired seasonings

Bell Pepper, matchstick slices
Onion, cut into rings
Daiya Cheese - Mozarella shreds

Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix all the crust ingredients in a small to medium bowl.  Knead the dough for 3-4 minutes by hand.  At first the dough will seem entirely too dry, but I promise at the end of that 3-4 minutes it will be a nice ball of dough.  Make sure everything is fully incorporated.  Transfer to a surface that you can work on - I use a slipmat.  Either using your palms or a rolling pin, roll the dough out to form a 12 inch pizza.  I prefer to use my hands so I can have a thick crust.  I bake mine on a slipmat and baking sheet for 15 minutes.

While the pizza crust is cooking, make pizza sauce- by hand - by blending all ingredients.  Also, during this time slice all your toppings.

After 15 minutes has passed, remove the pizza from the oven.  Spread pizza sauce, add "cheese" and then the toppings.  Place the pizza back in the oven and bake for another 20 minutes on 375 F, then turn the temperature up to 400 and bake for an additional 10 minutes.  Continue to check the bottom of pizza - making sure it is not burning.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.  Cut, Eat and ENJOY!

Happy Eating!
Natalie & Leilah

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