My Favorite Sweet Potato Kale Pizza

  Aug 1, 2016  |  #Entrees

Sweet Potato Kale Pizza is a delicious and easy plant-based, vegetarian pizza option that makes for a fun homemade pizza night!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for…pizza!! A sweet potato kale pizza to be precise!

And Happy Monday. How was your weekend?! Did you eat any pizza like we did?

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I could eat pizza every day.

Errrr’y day. And no, not those chain delivery pizzas. Those, I could eat every once in a while, but more often than not, they are loaded with oil. I like to control my toppings as much as possible, which is why, more often than not, we opt for make-your-own pizza night in this household.

An Easy Weeknight Pizza Recipe

Since this is such a go to, I figured it was about time to share a recipe that is perfect for Meatless Monday. Of course, some pizza nights are fancier than others. Some nights consist of using a pre-made store-bought flatbread, coating it with tomato sauce, toppings and cheese, and sticking it in the oven. I also love doing this for breakfast pizza.

Other times, we’ll go a step up and use refrigerated pizza dough, which requires a little more work in rolling it and flattening it out. It makes a difference though because you can make your dough as thin or as thick as you like. And it’s kinda fun – I play the role like I’m in a little Italian bakery, and sometimes I even swirl the pizza above my head.

But that never turns out well.

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We like to make our pizza flat but save the dough to roll up in the crust, so the crust is a little thicker.

Now that you know my pizza strategy, back to the recipe. After Saturday’s 11 miles, I knew pizza was all I wanted for dinner. So, I made sure to stop at the grocery store to get my beloved kalamata olives and kale so we could go to town and I could actually document this for you.

Bring the Dough to Room Temperature

Don’t forget to let the dough thaw. 

A little secret I learned is to let the dough thaw to room temperature for 20-30 minutes before kneading. This makes it easier to work with. 

Once it was ready to go, I topped it with a little bit of tomato sauce, sauteed kale, sweet potato, olives and mushrooms, and saved the cheese for last.

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And then wait patiently while the cheese melts over all of the delicious veggies and makes one of the best plant based pizzas you’ll ever have. 

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Can You Make This Pizza Vegan?

Definitely, omit the shredded cheese and use nutritional yeast! If you’ve never used nutritional yeast, it gives a cheesy flavor, and it’s also great on salads, popcorn and sandwiches! Here’s a roundup with 15 fun ways to use nutritional yeast.  

But if you’re not vegan, the cheese is what makes this pizza special. I used a combination of nutritional yeast and mozzarella cheese.

 

 

Sweet Potato Kale Pizza

Sweet Potato Kale Pizza

Yield: 6 -8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Sweet Potato Kale Pizza is a delicious and easy vegetarian pizza option that makes for a fun homemade pizza night!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pizza dough, I used whole wheat
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 sweet potato, cooked and dice
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1-2 cups kale
  • 1/4 cup roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough from the center to the edges until the circle is about ½ inch thick or to your likeness. Transfer to a greased or oiled pizza or baking sheet.
  3. Microwave your sweet potato for 7 minutes. While it is microwaving, sautee the mushrooms in olive oil and garlic. Slowly add in kale and peppers and turn heat to low.
  4. Coat dough with tomato sauce and add toppings, saving the cheese and/or nutritional yeast for last.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 396 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 5mg Sodium: 458mg Carbohydrates: 69g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 9g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 16g

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Save this recipe for your next pizza party, or even better..save it for football season. It’s almost here!

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What Should You Eat With This Easy Pizza Recipe?

To keep it plant based, I love pairing it with my beet butternut squash salad, and save room for dessert with this gluten free apple crisp.

Closeup of Butternut squash arugula salad in white bowl with apple cider vinaigrette dressing | Bucket List Tummy

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All in all, it was a good weekend with lots of good food. I’m procrastinating on packing so that is my goal for this week!

Have you ever tried nutritional yeast on your pizza?

Thick or thin crust?

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