Pizza is the Perfect Vegetarian Food

Pizza is the Perfect Vegetarian Food

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Do you struggle deciding what is for dinner? Every night is the same. You get off from a long day work and arrive at home only to encounter another challenge. What will you eat? There aren’t enough leftovers in the refrigerator to feed everyone. It seems like you just had everything you can think of. To make things even more difficult you can’t seem to make the ingredients you have look like a complete dinner. It seems that all you have are odds and ends. Vegetarian meals can be especially daunting to make because there is no meat main dish to start with. If you are not a vegetarian and you chicken in the fridge, then you can start thinking of chicken main dishes. Vegetarian staples are much more versatile than meats, so what you have does not necessarily narrow your choices any. The good news is that when you are out of ideas and out of inspiration, pizzas will come to your rescue.

Pizza is the Perfect Vegetarian Food

Pizza is the perfect vegetarian food because it lends itself to so many different manifestations while still including all of the necessary nutrition for your balanced diet. Whatever you happen to have on hand will work to make a delicious pizza. You may even discover some new flavor combinations that you enjoy by using leftovers on your next dinner pizza. It truly does not matter what you have to make your vegetarian pizza, as long as you can include items to fit into the following categories.

Crust
You can make a crust from a mix, or from scratch. All it takes is some flour, salt, oil, and leavening. If you are pressed for time, improvise with a pre-made crust or canned croissants.

Sauce
Pizza sauces are not limited to a marinara style sauce. While tomato based sauces are very popular and very easy make, they are not your only choice. If you do make a tomato based sauce, you will probably add a little bit of sugar, some vinegar and some of your favorite Italian seasonings to a can of tomato sauce. If you do not have tomato sauce on hand, you can still make a pizza. White sauces are also very compatible with pizza. Use a traditional white sauce recipe that includes flour, fat and milk. Then, season your sauce however you prefer to do so. Use spices or add some vegetables or cheese right to the sauce. If a sauce is not going to work for you, you don’t need one. A third option is to brush your crust with olive oil. Season it with fresh garlic or any dried spices you have on hand.

Toppings
Cheese is a staple of pizza toppings. It doesn’t matter what kind you have though. Mozzarella and cheddar are equally pleasing on a pizza. For something different, try feta. If you do not have cheese, that’s ok. The important thing is to include something with some fat and something with some protein. Olives, nuts, refried beans and tofu are all appropriate pizza toppings. In addition to your main topping, add plenty of fruits or vegetables. Peppers, pineapple, tomatoes and even broccoli can work with other pizza ingredients for a delicious and nutritious combination.

By making pizza from leftovers you may stretch your definition of pizza little bit. Don’t be afraid to try new things. The good news is that once or twice a week, you won’t have to worry about what’s for dinner.

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