Ultimate Veggie Pizza

As a vegetarian for over a decade, I’ve eaten quite a few veggie pizzas. Truly fantastic veggie pizzas are few and far between. So, I combined all…

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best veggie pizza recipe

As a vegetarian for over a decade, I’ve eaten quite a few veggie pizzas. Truly fantastic veggie pizzas are few and far between. So, I combined all of the elements I’ve enjoyed over the years to create my own “ultimate” veggie pizza pie. This is the best homemade veggie pizza I’ve ever had, and I hope you’ll say the same!

This vegetarian pizza recipe will delight vegetarians and carnivores alike. It’s fresh and full of flavor, featuring cherry tomatoes, artichoke, bell pepper, olives, red onion and some hidden (and optional) baby spinach. You’ll find a base of rich tomato sauce and golden, bubbling mozzarella underneath, of course.

veggie pizza ingredients

The trick with loaded veggie pizzas, as many pizza shops seem to forget, is that they require a few extra minutes in the oven to develop full flavor and structure. Don’t stop baking until the cheese is deeply golden in spots. Otherwise, you might end up with floppy pizza that doesn’t live up to its true potential.

Start with my easy whole wheat pizza dough, and this recipe is ready in about 45 minutes, start to finish. This veggie pizza is quicker and healthier than delivery!

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Easy Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

How about pizza tonight? Homemade pizza nights should be fun and easy, and that’s where this pizza dough recipe comes into play. It’s ready in 15 minutes,…

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whole wheat pizza dough recipe

How about pizza tonight? Homemade pizza nights should be fun and easy, and that’s where this pizza dough recipe comes into play. It’s ready in 15 minutes, start to finish. That’s a lot faster than delivery!

This quick pizza dough yields a crust of medium thickness that’s crisp across the bottom and a little chewy in the middle. It has a lovely, yeasty flavor with just a hint of whole wheat. I love this dough so much that I shared it in my cookbook, Love Real Food.

proofing yeast for pizza dough

This dough doesn’t have the elusive, stretchy, chewy, sourdough texture that I crave in authentic brick oven pizza. This homemade dough is fantastic, though. A few reasons to love this recipe:

  • It’s made from scratch with basic, wholesome ingredients.
  • You can make it in your food processor (or by hand).
  • This dough requires zero proofing time. You can make your pizzas right away.
  • The dough requires minimal effort—just a couple of kneads and a few rolls with a rolling pin.

Let’s make some pizzas!

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Buffalo Wings

Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings! Here’s an easier and less messy way to make Buffalo Wings. Marinate your wings in a spicy sauce, broil them briefly, then serve with a tangy blue cheese sauce. Continue reading “Buffalo Wings” »

Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings! Here's an easier and less messy way to make Buffalo Wings. Marinate your wings in a spicy sauce, broil them briefly, then serve with a tangy blue cheese sauce.

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How to Make Crostini

Who doesn’t love golden, crisp crostini? Crostini is crusty bread brushed with olive oil, toasted in the oven or in the grill to perfection. I love how…

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homemade crostini recipe

Who doesn’t love golden, crisp crostini? Crostini is crusty bread brushed with olive oil, toasted in the oven or in the grill to perfection. I love how it shatters between my teeth, offering the perfect contrast to a creamy spread or dip.

The word crostini means “little crusts” in Italian. I typically associate crostini with party appetizers and cheese plates, but you don’t have to throw a party to enjoy these little toasts.

For example, you can resuscitate a stale baguette by turning it into crostini. You can whip together a fun lunch or snack in no time with crostini and condiments from your fridge. Or you can make an everyday dinner more festive by starting with a round of crostini and a creamy spread. Crostini is the answer!

how to make crostini

I recently baked up some crostini to accompany my upcoming caponata recipe. As I consulted my bruschetta recipe for guidance, I realized that I must not be the only person wondering how to make crostini. So here I am, waxing poetic about Italian toasts. Did you know that the singular form of crostini is crostino?

Today, I’m sharing all my best crostini topping suggestions and a simple, foolproof recipe for homemade crostini. Do tell me how you enjoy your crostini in the comments!

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Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Here’s how to make the best baked cauliflower wings! They’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and tossed with spicy buffalo sauce. Here’s a treat for you today: vegan wings! Love eating plant based foods? Here’s the way to have your cake and eat it too. Buffalo cauliflower wings! These tasty morsels are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and tossed with spicy, tangy buffalo sauce. You’ll see these in restaurants here in the US these days…and this recipe? It tastes just as good as restaurant-style. Better, in fact! Let’s be honest: this one requires a bit of time and effort. But if you’re craving vegan wings: this is your recipe! Let’s get cooking! How to make cauliflower wings: the baked method! Here’s an outline of what you’re signing yourself up for with cauliflower wings! Now, Alex and I have a buffalo cauliflower recipe we’ve been making for years: but that’s just straight up roasted, no breading. The breading is what makes these wings taste like they’re made in a restaurant! But instead of fried like a restaurant, they’re baked in the oven until crisp! You’ll need about 40 minutes for the entire process. Here’s what […]

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Here’s how to make the best baked cauliflower wings! They’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and tossed with spicy buffalo sauce.

Cauliflower wings

Here’s a treat for you today: vegan wings! Love eating plant based foods? Here’s the way to have your cake and eat it too. Buffalo cauliflower wings! These tasty morsels are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and tossed with spicy, tangy buffalo sauce. You’ll see these in restaurants here in the US these days…and this recipe? It tastes just as good as restaurant-style. Better, in fact! Let’s be honest: this one requires a bit of time and effort. But if you’re craving vegan wings: this is your recipe! Let’s get cooking!

How to make cauliflower wings: the baked method!

Here’s an outline of what you’re signing yourself up for with cauliflower wings! Now, Alex and I have a buffalo cauliflower recipe we’ve been making for years: but that’s just straight up roasted, no breading. The breading is what makes these wings taste like they’re made in a restaurant! But instead of fried like a restaurant, they’re baked in the oven until crisp! You’ll need about 40 minutes for the entire process. Here’s what to do:

  • Make the batter. It’s got the perfect spice blend, and soda water is like using beer in a batter for fish or wings. This makes the best fluffy consistency (see below).
  • Dip the florets in batter, then place on an baking rack on top of a baking sheet. Using a baking rack allows all sides to get crispy in the oven. This isn’t a common cooking method, but it works like a charm here.
  • Bake 25 minutes until crispy.
  • Toss with the buffalo sauce and enjoy!
Cauliflower wings

The perfect wings batter uses soda water

The batter for these cauliflower wings uses an interesting ingredient: soda water! It’s just like using beer in a batter for fish or wings. There are two reasons why carbonation is helpful to a batter, per Cooks Illustrated:

  • Bubbles make a fluffier dough. They lift as they escape from the batter while cooking.
  • Carbonation makes the batter slightly more acidic. This limits how much gluten can form, which prevents it from being tough.

You’ll find this makes the perfect light and fluffy breading for cauliflower wings!

Find smoked paprika if you can

The batter for these cauliflower wings calls for smoked paprika. This is a Spanish version of paprika that’s made with smoked peppers, and it infuses a smoky nuance to anything it touches. It’s one of our favorite tricks for vegan recipes: and it’s especially essential in this cauliflower wings recipe! If you can’t find it, you can substitute standard paprika. But it’s worth finding for this recipe!

Smoked paprika may be labeled as any of the following: pimentón, Spanish smoked paprika or sweet smoked paprika. If you can’t find it in your local grocery, you can also buy it online here. And if you need help using up a jar…we’ve got lots of smoked paprika recipe

Buffalo cauliflower wings

Vegan buffalo sauce for cauliflower wings

Because these cauliflower wings are vegan wings: you’ve got to have vegan buffalo sauce for a fully plant-based recipe. What do you need for buffalo sauce? Here are the ingredients for the plant-based version:

  • Frank’s red hot sauce: Frank’s is the brand that has the best flavor: we recommend it here!
  • Coconut oil: instead of butter
  • White vinegar
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Sugar

Simply melt these together in a small saucepan, and you’ve got a spicy, tangy, flavor-filled sauce that’s perfect for these wings.

Cauliflower wings

Dipping sauces to serve with cauliflower wings

Once you’ve got your cauliflower wings, you’ll want to dig in right away! So here are a few ideas for dipping sauces. Here are a few options that are both vegan and vegetarian. We eat mainly vegetarian, so we usually do ranch or blue cheese dip! But this vegan ranch is fantastic too.

  • Vegan Ranch A tasty vegan ranch dressing recipe, using cashews to make a creamy base and savory spices.
  • Ranch Dressing Super creamy with mayo and Greek yogurt! You can also make it vegan by using all vegan mayonnaise.
  • Blue Cheese Dip This creamy sauce is made with yogurt and blue cheese.

This buffalo cauliflower wings recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Cauliflower wings

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings (Better than Restaurant!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make the best baked cauliflower wings! They’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and tossed with spicy buffalo sauce.


Ingredients

For the cauliflower wings

  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika*
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups soda water (club soda)

For the buffalo sauce

  • 1/2 cup Frank’s red hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

For serving: Vegan Ranch, Ranch or Blue Cheese Dip


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut the cauliflower into bite-size florets.
  3. Mix 1 cup of the flour with garlic powder, smoked paprika, cornstarch and kosher salt. Pour in the soda water and stir until a smooth batter forms.
  4. Add the remaining 1/2 cup flour to separate bowl.
  5. Place the parchment paper on two baking sheets and place two baking racks on top. Dredge each floret in flour and then dip it into the batter. Place each floret on top of the racks (the batter will drip below, which is ok).
  6. Once all the florets are covered, place the baking sheets with racks on top in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, then rotate the sheets and bake for 10 more minutes until crispy.
  7. Meanwhile, make the sauce: Place the ingredients for the buffalo sauce into a small saucepan. Heat over medium low heat and whisk until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  8. When the cauliflower wings are done, cool for a few minutes. Then slide a spatula under them or use your fingers to remove them from the baking racks — some of the breading will come off of the bottom, but that’s okay (you won’t notice when they’re coated in sauce). Then in a large bowl, pour the buffalo sauce over wings and turn gently with a spatula until they are fully covered.

Notes

*You can substitute standard paprika if you can’t find smoked, but it’s highly recommended for its lightly smoky flavor.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: Cauliflower wings, Buffalo cauliflower

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Cauliflower is one of our favorite ingredients because it’s so versatile! Here are a few more delicious cauliflower recipes to try:

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The BEST Muddy Buddies Recipe

The BEST Muddy Buddies Recipe
Muddy Buddies (also known as Puppy Chow) is an easy no-bake sweet snack! This recipe is the BEST and there are tons of variation ideas!
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The BEST Muddy Buddies Recipe

Muddy Buddies (also known as Puppy Chow) is an easy no-bake sweet snack! This recipe is the BEST and there are tons of variation ideas!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

These chocolate crispy bars are a modern, abstract rendition of scotcheroos—the treats printed on Rice Krispies boxes in the 1960s. If you squint a little bit, the…

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chocolate peanut butter crispy bars

These chocolate crispy bars are a modern, abstract rendition of scotcheroos—the treats printed on Rice Krispies boxes in the 1960s. If you squint a little bit, the pecans might remind you of butterscotch.

You could call these sort-of scotcheroos, or mostly-naturally-sweetened scotcheroos, or just plain delicious. Somehow, I landed on Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars.

chocolate peanut butter crispy bars ingredients

I always get a hankering for Reese’s peanut butter eggs around Easter time. They’re my favorite. This crispy-crackly, honey-sweetened, peanut butter-and-chocolate recipe is fully satisfying my Reese’s craving.

These no-bake treats are easy to make, and they’re ready after a two-hour rest in the refrigerator. If you have a box of brown rice crisps (or Rice Krispies, for that matter), you’re in luck!

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Honey Butter Cornbread

Got some cornmeal in the back of your pantry? Great, let’s make cornbread! This cornbread recipe is my favorite. It’s made with browned butter, for maximum butter…

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best cornbread recipe

Got some cornmeal in the back of your pantry? Great, let’s make cornbread! This cornbread recipe is my favorite. It’s made with browned butter, for maximum butter flavor, and it’s naturally sweetened with honey (maple syrup works, too).

This cornbread is not exactly traditional. It’s sweetened, like Northern cornbread, but it’s made in a skillet, like Southern cornbread. I grew up near the border of the two regions, in Oklahoma, and all I knew was my mom’s cornbread from the Jiffy box. Dinner was always more exciting with cornbread on the table.

On the cornbread sweetness scale, this one falls somewhere around the middle, near Jiffy levels. It’s not dessert-level sweet, nor is it dry. If you prefer sweeter cornbread, be sure to serve yours with honey or jam.

cornbread ingredients

This cornbread is golden and fluffy on the inside. I love to make it in my large cast iron skillet—it yields lightly crisp edges and keeps the cornbread warm for a long time. What’s better than warm, freshly made, homemade cornbread?

Preheat the oven to 375 and let’s get going! If you don’t have a skillet, I’ve got you covered.

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Perfect Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Roasted sweet potatoes are my favorite! They’re pillowy-tender and sweet on the inside, and deliciously salty and caramelized on the outside. Unlike sweet potato casseroles with marshmallows…

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perfect roasted sweet potatoes recipe

Roasted sweet potatoes are my favorite! They’re pillowy-tender and sweet on the inside, and deliciously salty and caramelized on the outside.

Unlike sweet potato casseroles with marshmallows on top, roasted sweet potatoes have an inherently savory side to them. That’s why I love them.

sweet potatoes

In fact, I didn’t even like sweet potatoes until I discovered sweet potato fries. Roasted sweet potatoes were just a sidestep away, and they’re certainly healthier than deep-fried varieties. Do you know that sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, plus vitamins A and B6?

Since we’re going back to basics this month, I’m sharing my tested and perfected roasted sweet potatoes recipe. As you’ll see, roasted sweet potatoes make a wonderful side dish, snack or hearty plant-based meal component. Crank up the oven and let’s get to it!

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Warm Black Bean Dip

This warm black bean dip is bursting with flavor thanks to black beans, chipotle chiles, adobo sauce, chili powder, corn, and an abundance of cheese! A party and game day must!

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This warm black bean dip involves a few more steps than your typical dip recipe, but believe me when I tell you that it is absolutely, positively, 100% worth it. It is creamy and positively bursting with flavor thanks to black beans, chipotle chiles, adobo sauce, chili powder, corn, and an abundance of cheese (a must, of course!). Grab your favorite tortilla chips, a baguette, or some veggies and plan on not having a single morsel leftover. A party and game day must!

Black bean dip in a shallow white baking dish.

I’ve eaten countless bowls of dips and chips, but bean dip was something that I hadn’t been introduced to until I was an adult. What a shame! There’s so much flavor and texture, and this particular black bean dip will absolutely knock your socks off.

This dip has been made for multiple Super Bowl parties, as well as tons of casual get-togethers, birthday parties, and barbecues. It wows people every single time, everyone raves, and there are never leftovers. That is always the standard when it comes to what makes a great recipe, right? No leftovers = a home run!

A tortilla chip dipped into a dish of black bean dip.

What Goes Into Black Bean Dip

This dip is a phenomenal combination of flavors thanks to an abundance of these delicious ingredients:

  • Onion and Garlic – Flavor-building powerhouses.
  • Chili powder, Chipotle chiles and Adobo sauce – Add tons of smoky flavor and a good bit of spice.
  • Tomatoes and Corn – Gives the dip more texture and extra layers of flavor.
  • Cilantro – A staple herb that pairs wonderfully with the black beans, corn, chili, and chipotle flavors.
  • Cheese – A big dose of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses giving the dip all of the cheesy, gooeyness every good dip should have.

Side by side photos of ingredients being sauteed and in the food processor.

How To Make This Amazing Dip

As I mentioned above, this dip requires a few extra steps but they are so worth it once you’re digging chip after chip into this creamy, cheesy, spicy deliciousness.

Let’s talk about how this all comes together…

  1. Saute the onion, garlic, chili powder, chipotle chiles, adobo sauce, and half of the black beans. We’ll add water and let it cook down a bit.
  2. Puree the bean mixture in a food processor so that it’s nice and smooth and creamy.
  3. Mix together the bean puree, the rest of the black beans, tomatoes, corn, cilantro, and half of the cheese.
  4. Spread it into a baking dish and top with the remaining shredded cheese.
  5. Bake until it’s browned and bubbly, then grab your favorite tortilla chips and dig right in!

A photo collage of black bean dip ingredients, then assembled before baking.

Some Extra Tips for Making Black Bean Dip

I want you to live your best dip life, so here are a few notes to make this the best ever:

  • This dip is medium-level spicy. If you’d like it less spicy (mild-level), then omit the chipotle chiles and just use the adobo sauce. If you want to eliminate heat altogether, then also omit the adobo sauce.
  • Leftover chiles or adobo sauce? You can freeze the individual chiles by flash-freezing them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then store them in a zip-top freezer bag for up to 3 months. The sauce can be frozen in an ice cube tray, then transferred to a zip-top freezer bag and also stored for up to 3 months.
  • My favorite food processor: Breville Sous Chef 16-cup food processor; my top budget recommendation: Cuisinart 14-cup food processor.
  • Make-Ahead: You can assemble this dip up to 2 days in advance. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to make. You may need to add an extra 5 minutes or so to the bake time if refrigerated in advance.
  • Freezer-Friendly: This dip freezes really well! You can freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat in a 350-degree oven until warmed through.

A small bowl of black bean dip surrounded by tortilla chips.

Want More Cheesy Dips?

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Warm Black Bean Dip

This black bean dip is bursting with flavors, including the distinct smokiness of chipotle chiles. This is a crowd-pleaser, perfect for get-togethers and game days!

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large yellow onion (finely diced)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans (drained and rinsed, divided)
  • 2 canned chipotle chiles (minced )
  • 3 tablespoons adobo sauce (from the can of chipotles in adobo sauce)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes (drained and chopped)
  • 1½ cups frozen corn (thawed)
  • 6 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese (shredded (about 1½ cups), divided)
  • 6 ounces sharp Monterey Jack cheese (shredded (about 1½ cups), divided)
  • ¾ cup chopped cilantro (divided)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a 1½-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set on a foil-lined baking sheet; set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it is shimmering. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onion and salt, and cook, stirring, until the onion is softened and translucent, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and chili powder and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add half of the black beans, the chipotles and adobo sauce, and the water, and bring to a boil. Cook until the liquid reduces by about half, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Transfer the bean mixture to a food processor, add the vinegar and process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the work bowl as necessary. Allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a large bowl. Add the rest of the beans, the tomatoes, corn, half of each of the cheeses, and ½ cup of the cilantro. Mix well and season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if needed.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake until the cheese melts and browns around the edges, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining cilantro and serve with tortilla chips.
  • This dip is medium-level spicy. If you’d like it less spicy (mild-level), then omit the chipotle chiles and just use the adobo sauce. If you want to eliminate heat altogether, then also omit the adobo sauce.
  • Leftover chiles or adobo sauce? You can freeze the individual chiles by flash-freezing them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then store them in a zip-top freezer bag for up to 3 months. The sauce can be frozen in an ice cube tray, then transferred to a zip-top freezer bag and also stored for up to 3 months.
  • My favorite food processor: Breville Sous Chef 16-cup food processor; my top budget recommendation: Cuisinart 14-cup food processor.
  • Make-Ahead: You can assemble this dip up to 2 days in advance. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to make. You may need to add an extra 5 minutes or so to the bake time if refrigerated in advance.
  • Freezer-Friendly: This dip freezes really well! You can freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat in a 350-degree oven until warmed through.

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Recipe originally published in 2013 and has since been updated with improved photos, a video, and enhanced recipe tips.

[photos by Ari of Well Seasoned]

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