Vegan Pizza Party for a Cause

3 Sep


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The Haiti Project is a small organization that serves the people of Rivere Mancelle, a remote village in the northern part of Haiti. For 14 years Denise and Bob have been travelling to the area and starting programs to bring clean water, lunches to school children, solar cooking ovens and medical services to the people of the villages.  Understanding that change is a long process, they are building a foundation to create a community that is self sustaining.   I have been lucky enough to travel there, meet the people and experience their culture. Among extreme poverty, Haitians are people of incredible spirit and strong faith.

In a few weeks, a team of health professionals and volunteers will travel down to Haiti on a medical mission.  They will set up at the clinic and work long hours to see hundreds of patients during their time there.  In addition to the medical work, they will be supporting the many other ongoing projects down there.

In an effort to raise money for medical supplies for the trip, I held a vegan pizza dinner.  By asking guests to bring donations, we were able to raise some money while, mingling with friends and enjoying some good food.

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For the event, I developed a menu containing traditional dishes mixed in with some that had my creative flair.  Here is what was on the menu, complete with recipes for the favorite dishes of the evening.

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Caramelized Onion Flatbread

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

(I used this great recipe from the PETA site and substituted brown rice flour to make them gluten free)

Guacamole Stuffed Mini Peppers

Kale Lentil Salad

Baked Zucchini Pasta topped w/ Tofu Feta

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creamy tomato sauce

3 roma tomatoes

1/2 cup cashews, soaked for 1 hour

3 tbsp tomato paste

3 cloves garlic

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

2 tsp dried basil

Sea salt and pepper to taste

~ Add all ingredients into the food processor and process until the sauce is smooth

tofu “feta”

1/2 block firm tofu

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp garlic powder

juice of 1/2 lemon

sea salt and pepper to taste

 ~ Squeeze the moisture from the tofu and crumble into a bowl

 ~ Add in the olive oil, lemon juice and seasonings and mix well, let sit for 30 min

zucchini “noodles”

3 zucchini

sea salt to taste

~ Using a spiral slicer or vegetable peeler, cut your zucchini into noodles.  Toss with a little bit of sea salt

~ In a baking dish, layer the noodles on the bottom, pour the sauce over them and sprinkle with the tofu feta

~ Bake at 375 for 20-25 min or until the top just begins to brown

Now, on to the pizzas!!

 

In the interest of time, I used a premade pizza dough from Trader Joe’s.  I like using these because they are easy to work with and don’t contain any harmful preservatives.  They come in several different flavors and can be found in the refrigerated section.

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Rosemary and Garlic Potato Pizza

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Pizza dough or prepared crust (I used Trader Joe’s ready to bake dough)

4 small red potatoes

5 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped

Olive oil, drizzle

~  Roll out the dough to your desired thickness and set aside

~  Scrub the potatoes and slice them very thin with a mandoline slicer or the slicing blade on your food processor

~  Arrange the potato slices on top of the dough, sprinkle with the garlic and rosemary and drizzle with olive oil

~  Bake at 425 for 15 – 20 min or until the crust is to your desired crispness

Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Pizza

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Whole wheat pizza dough

2 cups creamy tomato sauce (recipe above)

balsamic vegetable topping

1/2 eggplant

1/2 zucchini

1/2 red pepper

1 roma tomato

1/4 onion

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 cup Daiya mozzarella

sea salt and pepper to taste

~ Roll the dough out to your desired thickness and set aside

~  Cut the vegetable into uniform pieces, toss with olive oil and vinegar

~  Bake at 400 for 20 – 25 min

~  Add the vegetables to the pizza and top with the Daiya mozzarella

~  Bake at 425 for 20 min or until the crust is to your desired crispness


I want to thank everyone who came out to the dinner and generously donated to help this great cause.

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Click here to donate to the Haiti Project.

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