Friday, 1 March 2013

Raw Pesto and Sundried Tomato Pizza

Oh my goodness. I think my tastebuds just died and went to food heaven.

Mmmhm. That's right- raw pizza heaven! Pesto and sundried tomato pizza to be exact. Since I omitted dairy, egg and nasty preservatives from my diet I haven't really had much pizza, unless whole wheat tortilla topped with tomato sauce, basil and grilled vegetables count. I've been dying to try a raw pizza, but never really had the chance or time to prepare it all from scratch- the base, cheese, sauce and toppings. Until alas, blessed by food gods, I just happened to have all four lying 'round in the kitchen. 

Okay fine, that's not totally true; the buckwheat cumin pizza crust was bought from a raw food chef. Don't judge. I promise I'll make my very own buckwheat crust one of these days. Anyway, it was one good pizza crust that was flavourful on its own. Even more so with the quick macadamia cheese and spinach walnut pesto I made to stuff mushrooms with for dinner the other night. 

Just add some sun dried tomatoes (I made my own dehydrated organic tomatoes, yum!), sprouts, and herbs and you're good to go. 

Raw Pizza with Spinach Walnut Pesto and Sundried Tomato

Quick Macadamia Cheese:
1/2C macadamia cheese, soaked for at least 4 hours
1/4C water
1T lemon juice
1t miso

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more water if needed, but make sure not too add too much; it might be too runny.

Spinach Walnut Pesto:
2c spinach
1/4C olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1T lemon juice
1/4t sea salt
1/3C walnuts

In a food processor, combine the spinach, oil, garlic, lemon and juice and process until smooth. Add the walnuts and pulse for a few seconds for a slightly chunky pesto. 

To arrange the pizza, choose your favourite raw pizza crust (I'll post a recipe for one soon, promise!) and top with macadamia cheese. Add some pesto, cut up sundried tomatoes and sprouts. Sprinkle some dried herbs (I used oregano and thyme) and enjoy with a side salad. Of course, you can use any vegetable topping you'd like to try too. 

P.S. Eeeek sorry for the really bad lighting at the end, I was too hungry to be patient!

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