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Gluten-Free Vegan Pizza


vegan pizza
Inspired by me thinking about my first vegan pizza ever from Z Pizza when we were in California. The first time I went was with my twin, and I decided to build my own pizza as I am not a huge fan of tomato sauce or vegan “meat substitutes”. However, I have been back since with the rest of my family and enjoyed the Berkeley Vegan. Everyone in my family isn’t vegan, but they still enjoyed it as well. Actually, we have been a few times now as my sister lives by one and my parents live not too far from another one. Funny to think I grew up not liking pizza so I suppose it isn’t a usual in our house, but vegan pizza is nice to have on ocassion. If you ever have a chance to go to the States and come across Z Pizza, there are lots of vegan options using Daiya vegan cheese and a gluten-free base. Looking at the website now, the veggie crumbles currently contain wheat although you may wish to double check with the store.
vegan pizza base
I didn’t make my own crust, however if you like thin and crispy pizza, you won’t be disappointed with Venerdi’s Thin & Crispy Pizza Bases. Venerdi has some great gluten-free vegan options. When we come across their Full Flavoured Six Seeds bread, we buy it. I even used the leftover Cheezly to make Zaedyn Cheezly on toast. I am trying to think of all sorts to use this gluten-free base for as David just loved it. I have been looking at making my own crust, but since we have only occasionally made pizza, these have worked for us. I have always been quite curious about making a *cauliflower crust though. We made these over the weekend, but it seems as if everything I am seeing at the moment is pizza. Everyone must be in the mood for vegan pizza :).
Hummus PizzaTopped with Hummus (I am not a huge fan of tomato sauce, and this is a yummy alternative)

vegan cheese

Mozzarella Cheezly from Angel Food
Gluten-Free Pizza

Layers of yellow courgette slice (zucchini) and green capsicum (peppers) from our garden and onion between shredded mozzarella cheezly

vegan pizza

You can adjust the amount of Cheezly you use. We used quite a lot and it was yummy, but you could easily load up more veggies and use less Cheezly. Although it only lasts 7 days once opened, you can shred and freeze the Cheezly if you want to make it last.

This is a super quick recipe Fan Bake 250 C for 8-10 minutes.
vegan pizza
Zaedyn was a bit curious and was busy examining the pizza the first night although still eating his share, but we made it again late the next afternoon and David and I were lucky to get any pizza. We kept hearing “More.” This was after he ate his Cheezly on toast! He must be growing with the amount he is eating. He is just getting so big and is even cutting both bottom 2 year molars. Only 2 more baby teeth to go.

It has been an extremely long time since we made pizza before this weekend. When Zaedyn was just over a year, we made this gluten-free vegan pizza with a kale, hummus, and chopped tomato base topped with onion, broccoli, cauliflower, falafel, tomato, and Cheezly (although I think it may have been Cheddar Cheezly). This was packed pretty high, but super yummy. This was Zaedyn’s first pizza!
Vegan Pizza
Since then, I made another gluten-free vegan pizza inspired by Hell’s Pizza, although not super spicy. We tried Sinister, their vegan pizza, not long before I was due with Zaedyn, and I remember it being pretty hot. This is a pizza without cheese using refried beans on the base, avocado, onions, salsa, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, and capsicum. Zaedyn loved my version of this as well! Can you believe that I didn’t take a photo of it for some reason?! Guess you will just have to use your imagination and know that this is a yummy vegan pizza where you don’t need vegan cheese.

*Cauliflower Pizza Crust: Just today, Angel Food shared a pizza recipe using a cauliflower base, and I just received a new post email for a cauliflower crust pizza from a new favourite blog Modern Hippie Cooks.

Plus, on the topic of vegan pizza, Jordan from Coexisting with Nonhuman Animals and the Invercargill Vegan Society posted a link to housewarming food including all sorts of vegan pizza toppings. Although most pita bread isn’t gluten-free, it does make a quick easy base which I remember using for David in the past. You may come across some gluten-free pitas which you can try, too.

See, who said vegans can’t eat pizza! There are heaps of yummy options available to make or even eat out. What is your favourite vegan topping for pizza? Any recipe links to share?

Fruit & Greens



Ever need more space in your kitchen? A cupcake plate stand is the perfect solution, and it even makes it more appealing to choose what you want to eat. We have been living off mostly what we can find in our kitchen or out in the garden. Unfortunately, we do not have a backyard full of fruit trees. We made a trip to the store and filled our trolley with fresh fruit as you can see. Yum! As some of the produce can be limited, we bought as much organic fruit as possible. We even found mangoes for under $3. With a much higher price tag, I could not resist buying at least 3 passionfruit. If you have been following me from the start or know me well, they are one of my favourite fruits. I was quite surprised to see them already coming into season, but at $39.99kg! Since our lovely lamb ate our other vine and our new one is still growing, I am uncertain if ours will even produce fruit this year. I hope that someone near me will kindly donate lots of passionfruit to us because I definitely cannot afford to keep buying this yummy fruit.

You might be wondering what the cauliflower photos are all about. It might seem a bit silly and really simple, but have you ever cut cauliflower in small pieces or tossed some in the food processor and mixed in hummus? If not, you should definitely try it. We love raw cauliflower and hummus, but this is just something a little bit different. Depending on the flavour hummus, there is a slight resemblance to Mac ‘n Cheese. Well, that might just be me. It has been a very long time since I had that, and I do not remember having it all that much, but I always seem to think of it when eating this. I usually use a spicy or capsicum hummus, but feel free to use any kind. Yum! Zaedyn likes to dip big pieces of raw cauliflower in hummus, but this is also a great alternative. If you have little ones and are worried about choking, you can process this a lot more than I did and then mix with hummus.

Another beautiful day in the sunshine! I heard Zaedyn and the lawnmower making their way down the steps as I grabbed our smoothie, and off he went. Lawnmowers seem to be one of the most important things in his life at the moment. He just loves them, and he will be the first to hear and tell you about them when a neighbour is mowing their lawn. Last weekend we bought a handmower which seems to be working really well and is much more eco-friendly than our other lawnmower. If only we could cover our entire yard with fruits and veggies! Even with the amount we eat, I am pretty sure I would have a lot to share seeing as we have a pretty big yard.

This is our third day of somewhat following the 40 Days of Smoothies e-book. As I have mentioned before, I never seem to follow recipes; not even my own. Why? Often I use what I have or prefer to use, and by the end I realise that I have actually changed or substituted a lot. However, I still am inspired by looking at a recipe. Anyways, if you have the e-book, my changes were cacao instead of cocoa powder, a mix of kale and spinach as we are running low on kale, LSA (linseed, sunflower, and almond) instead of flax meal, and some frozen banana instead of maple syrup. There was an extra addition of green today with avocado in our smoothie. Oh, and the photo on the right is just another little snack: avocado on organic sesame corn thins sprinkled with chia seeds for an extra boost.

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Roasted Vegetable Salad & Pumpkin Cookies


fresh rosemary

Rosemary for coughing? I recently read somewhere that rosemary is a good herb to eat if you have a cough and had just been talking with a good friend about her beautifully fast growing rosemary plant. Zaedyn started coughing a bit yesterday. I was hoping it would not come to anything, but I thought I would get some rosemary to give him just in case.

Zaedyn tasted a fresh rosemary leaf, but ended up falling asleep before dinner was ready as he was too tired from a busy day. At least I ended up with this yummy roast vegetable salad with fresh rosemary for dinner. Lucky enough, there was heaps leftover which we were able to enjoy for lunch today. Zaedyn doesn’t seem to be coughing today, but I don’t think that I can put it down to the rosemary. At least I know what to use next time any of us have a cough. Has anyone else ever eaten rosemary as a natural remedy for coughing or tried rosemary oil?

I prefer to eat most vegetables raw and know that they are better for us that way, but there were a couple reasons that I decided to make this salad. When we were in Rarotonga in January, one of the restaurants made me a special meal one night which was a variety of roasted vegetables and hummus. It was so yummy, and I would have gone back again if we weren’t at the end of our trip. A few months ago, I decided to make my own creation with courgettes, pumpkin, onion, capsicum, kumara, and cashews over mixed greens with capsicum hummus. It was delicious! Zaedyn was pretty excited as well, however, he was only eating the hummus by the spoonful which he often likes to do. Also, I did not give him any cashews.

When thinking of how to use rosemary last night, I thought that this salad would be perfect. This time I made kumara with fresh rosemary, pumpkin, capsicum, and onion on top of spinach leaves. I could not decide which nuts to use so I ended up with a combination of cashews, walnuts, and pine nuts. Again, this was absolutely delicious.


About a week ago, I saw a photo of some pumpkin cookies from the Lunchbox Bunch. I really wanted to try them and actually ended up making my own version which is super yummy. Zaedyn and I made them today for David’s birthday with the extra pumpkin we cooked alongside our veggies last night. Our own pumpkin puree with yummy and healthy ingredients. I would definitely make these again.

chia seeds

Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

Dry Ingredients:
~1 1/4 cups organic rolled oats
~3/4 cup rice flour
~1/2 cup LSA (linseed, sunflower, almond)
~1/2 cup raw sugar *optional
~1 tsp cinnamon
~1 TBSP baking powder

Wet Ingredients:
~1/3 c water + 2 tsp chia seeds
~1/2 tsp vanilla extract
~1 cup homemade pumpkin puree
~1 tsp raw organic apple cider vinegar
~2 TBSP melted coconut oil

Mix wet into dry ingredients and add in:
~3/4 cup chopped walnuts
~1 cup chocolate

Dough can be chilled or cooked straight away for 12 minutes at 190 degrees Celsius.

*Thank you to Healthy Happy Life for the idea to make pumpkin cookies and the basic recipe which I adjusted. Check out their site for some yummy looking recipes.

Rā whānau ki a koe, rā whānau ki a koe, rā whānau ki a David, rā whānau ki a koe!

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear David, happy birthday to you!

Happy Birthday, David! Lots of love xxx