Dinner

By Aine Carlin | May 10, 2011

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Weekday meals are difficult. You’re tired, strapped for time, have a million and one things to do and the last thing you need is to get involved in some serious cooking. This is when nutrition goes out the window and convenience food seems like your savior. I totally get it. I do.

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But what if I told you there was a way to get a wholesome meal into your family that resembles fast food, tastes fantastic and just happens to err on the side of healthy. It’s totally possible, I promise. Not only is it possible but it can also be completely 100% vegan – exactly what you need to take the stress out of Meat free Mondays.

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This tortilla pizza is sure fire winner with all ages and tastes. It’s a wonderfully versatile dish that can be adapted to suit anyone. The great thing about it is the fact you don’t have to mess around with dough when you’ve just arrived back from a long, hard day’s work.

Don’t have any spinach? Never worry, just substitute with whatever leafy vegetable you have to hand – basil would work beautifully in its place. Not too keen on peppers? That’s fine, some broccoli florets or grated zucchini will do the trick. You see, this is a bespoke dish – made to measure food. Also, if you’ve never tried hummus in place of cheese you’re in for a treat. The consistency is seriously divine with the tang being very much reminiscent of parmesan – without the calories and the guilt.

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I don’t know any child that wouldn’t love to get stuck in and make their own tortilla pizza – this is a great way of getting them involved and helping you out too on a busy evening. Double whammy!

What I most love about this dish is the crispness of the tortilla once baked. I’ve always been a thin crust girl and for me this is the ultimate thin crust experience. It may not be substantial enough for some so I would suggest serving it with a large salad and some oven baked sweet potato wedges. Surely that should keep everyone happy. And if it doesn’t? Tough crowd man, tough crowd ;)

  • 4 whole-wheat tortillas
  • 1 sweet red pepper chopped, into large chunks
  • 1/2 onion,finely sliced
  • handful sliced mushrooms
  • small handful spinach leaves
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste/puree
  • 1 tbsp chopped jalapeño peppers
For the "cheese"
  • 1/2 cup hummus
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • juice 1/2 lemon
  • black pepper

Directions

1. Pre-heat the oven to 220 degrees celsius/400 fahrenheit.

2. Although you would normally heat an oven to its highest temperature for a real pizza remember these are just flour tortillas and will cook (burn!) very quickly. Turn over a baking sheet and leave it in the oven to heat whilst you go about assembling your pizza.

3. You'll need two tortillas for pizza, one on top of another. Spread the tomato puree with the back of spoon leaving a gap around the edge of the pizza.

4. Mix the 'cheese' ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside.

5. Arrange the ingredients how you like. Pour over the 'cheese'.

6. Flour the baking sheet before sliding on the pizzas! Bake for 8-10 mins - do keep an eye on it as it may be ready in 6 mins depending on your oven. Cut into quarters and eat, eat, eat, eat!

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