Whether you're vegetarian, vegan, or just looking to reduce your meat consumption, you might be wondering what you can top your pizzas with, other than plain old vegetables.
Luckily, there are tons of 'meaty' pizza toppings that are easy to create yourself and add to homemade, store-bought, or takeaway pizzas.
Keep reading to learn about the wonders of tofu, seitan, and more.
1. Spicy Tofu Cubes
Did you think that tofu was bland, flavourless, and a little bit strange? Think again. With the right seasoning, tofu can be a delicious pizza topping that easily rivals pepperoni.
Buy a block of extra firm tofu, press out as much liquid as possible, then chop into equally-sized cubes. Next, mix up olive oil, soy sauce, chilli, garlic, and paprika.
Brush the tofu cubes with the seasoning, then bake in a hot oven for around 20 minutes, or until crispy. Throw onto your pizza and you're good to go.
2. Smoky Mushroom Slices
If you're looking to replicate bacon, this is a great option. Simply purchase several large mushrooms, then slice thinly. Brush both sides of each mushroom with liquid smoke, then add a generous amount of salt and black pepper.
Bake in the oven until crisp, then use to top your pizza. The smoky flavour makes this topping taste really authentic, and it's extremely easy to prepare.
3. BBQ Seitan Strips
Seitan is a wheat gluten-based meat alternative that has a seriously realistic texture.
To prepare your seitan, simply slice then fry in olive oil for around five minutes, or until browned. Next, turn off the heat, and cover your seitan in BBQ sauce. Mix thoroughly, and leave in the hot pan to warm through.
Once your pizza is ready to cook, throw your seitan on and cook in the oven for 10 - 15 minutes. You won't believe that this topping isn't really meat!
4. Buffalo Cauliflower
This is a really fun recipe that's ideal if you're trying to lose weight or eat more vegetables. Simply mix flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper in one bowl, then throw in your cauliflower and mix thoroughly.
Bake for ten minutes, then top your cauliflower with hot sauce and return to the oven. You'll be left with crispy, spicy, delicious bites - perfect for topping your meat-free pizza.
Avoiding meat doesn't mean eating boring pizzas. Use the tips above to create a plant-based pizza that packs some serious flavour.Share
15 January 2018
I have been trying to lose weight for decades and I hadn't much luck until I switched to a high fat, high protein diet. It means I can finally have bacon and eggs for breakfast and lose weight. I have been loving this diet and the freedom it gives me to eat some of my favourite foods. In order to switch to this style of eating I did need to find a lot of new recipes including high fat and protein snack options. This blog has some of my favourite recipes from a high protein, high fat diet and should be useful for anyone looking to reduce their carb intake.