By Vicki Brett-Gach, a Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach
These Vegan Pita Bread Pizzas were born after an unusually long and exhausting day. Necessity is the mother of invention, and this pizza variation could not be easier. The key is loads of fresh toppings and contrasting flavors – the more the better. That first night these easy pizzas were the solution to a minor crisis. But when I repeated these very same Vegan Pita Bread Pizzas the next night, it was honestly because they were just so darn good.
Ingredients, Serves 4
4 thick whole wheat pita bread squares (6-inches each), or mini rounds
Pasta sauce, pizza sauce, or tomato sauce
Red bell peppers, diced (raw, sautéed, or steamed)
Vidalia onions, diced (raw, sautéed, or steamed)
Zucchini, diced (raw, sautéed, or steamed)
Crushed pineapple, drained
Ribbons of fresh basil
Italian Seasoning (optional)
Salt and black pepper, to taste
To serve: nutritional yeast or red pepper flakes (optional)
Preheat oven (or toaster oven) to 425 or 450 degrees.
Slice pita breads in half, lengthwise or diagonally. Place pitas onto a baking sheet. Slather with a thick layer of pasta sauce. Top the sauce generously with all the toppings of your choice. Sprinkle the pizzas with a touch of salt and pepper and/or Italian Seasoning.
Bake for approximately 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges begin to turn crispy and golden brown, and the center is hot and bubbling. Remove from oven. Top with nutritional yeast or red pepper flakes if desired, and serve immediately.
Vicki Brett-Gach is a Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator through Main Street Vegan Academy, a Certified Personal Chef through Wellness Forum Health, and a graduate of the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate program through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. She coaches clients, teaches heart-healthy vegan cooking classes, and is featured in THE VEGAN FRIENDS COOKBOOK, a collaborative collection of recipes by vegan chefs around the world. Connect with her on Facebook and follow her Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen blog for new recipes as soon as they are published.