meatless monday — personal pan pizza

oh how i miss pizza

oh how i miss pizza

its funny when you develop a food allergy what you end up missing that you can’t eat any more. pizza is a big one for me. yes i can make my own but i miss that frozen take and bake pizza, the ability to just order a pizza and have someone else do all the work, and the big thing have cheese that actually melts on the pizza. there are a few dairy-free frozen pizzas but honestly i have a hard time paying $10 for it and then when it says “cheese melts!” it never really melts just kind of warms up. this led me to an experiment, making my own personal pan pizzas that i freeze and then bake as i want them. i made up a batch of my whole-wheat honey pizza crust, which got me about 3, 6 inch pizzas, topped them with pizza sauce and several dairy-free cheeses, this i find is the key to get any sort of “melting” quality out of those cheeses. i decided to just stick with cheese pizza till i saw how well this whole experiment worked, and i also figured i could always add other toppings as i pulled them out of the freezer. that night however i baked one up for my meatless monday dinner. i made a marghertia pizza that fulfilled my pizza craving. now i love the idea that in my freezer are ready to be baked homemade pizzas that are just calling for future meatless monday dinners!

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pizza night aka “take that the grotto”

life can be hard when you develop food allergies. my friend elise and i are lactose intolerant buddies. she also has the added burden of gluten intolerance and for me, allergic to shellfish. dining out can be a serious challenge and we had both basically given up the concept of going out for pizza. however one restaurant in town offered up gluten free crust and dairy free cheeses, the grotto our mecca for dietary issue pizza bliss. then tragedy….the grotto moves to bigger location, the menu must be adjusted to handle new experiences and the first thing cut the gluten crust and dairy free cheeses. so elise and i said a big “f.u.” we’ll just do this our selves, thus was born our saturday night pizza night. gluten free crust, lots of dairy free cheese, yummy sauce with a hint of spiciness, peppers, tomatoes, and red onion. who needs the grotto when these two chicks can cook just as badass!

elise with our pre-baked masterpiece

elise with our pre-baked masterpiece

hot out of the oven

hot out of the oven

and it didn't even make my belly hurt

and it didn’t even make my belly hurt