Mini Whole Wheat Pesto Caprese Pizzas (Vegan)
YIELD: Makes 6 small pizzas
For Easy Basil Pesto: (makes 1 cup)
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup pine nuts
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
For Caprese Pizzas:
6 whole wheat sandwich thins or pita breads
2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved*
Daiya mozzarella cheese or vegan cheese of your choice
Salt and pepper, to taste
¼ cup fresh basil, torn into small pieces
For Easy Basil Pesto:
Pulse basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pesto to a bowl or jar. Use as desired.
For Caprese Pizzas:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place 6 sandwich thins or pita breads on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Spread each with a small spoonful of basil pesto. Top equally with tomatoes and mozzarella. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and sprinkle pizzas with salt, pepper and fresh basil. Serve warm.
gone vegan. purchased pizza dough makes this a fast meal with less than 10 minutes of prep.
yields 8 slices/servings
16 oz purchased pizza dough (I used Trader Joe’s)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup of shredded vegan mozzarella cheese (or 2% mozzarella - same Weight Watchers point value)
2 tomatoes, sliced ¼" thick
salt & pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ cup fresh loosely packed basil, chopped
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Let dough sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Roll out dough until it is almost the size of a standard cookie sheet. Brush the olive oil on top of the dough being sure to thoroughly coat the ends (this will allow for a flavorful, golden brown crust). Sprinkle the dough with the cheese and place the sliced tomatoes on top. Sprinkle with a generous amount of salt and pepper and the oregano.
Bake until the crust has risen and browned nicely (+/- 15 minutes depending on the oven). Sprinkle the fresh basil on the finished pizza.