Easy, Un-Cheesy Italian Pizza Bites
I am always hesitant to describe something without cheese as being anything like pizza. Too many times I saw a new recipe and thought I had found something like cheese (because the name suggested this) which would have the same taste, texture, and heavenly melted cheese smell and stretch factor that I had missed so much since giving up dairy. Each time, no matter how good the recipe was, I was disappointed because in my experience so far, nothing dairy-free really tastes and feels like real cheese pizza. Because of this, I haven’t known what to call this creation, and therefore, I have kept it as a favorite snack for Ben and me for months without sharing it with the rest of you.
However, if you are looking for something with a crispy thin crust, a bit of sweetness and spice from the tomato sauce, and a tiny bit of cheesy flavor without all of the fat and calories in real pizza, then I think you will really enjoy these. And if you have anyone on a low-fat, dairy-free, or vegan diet attending your Superbowl party, then these are just the ticket.
The only problem is that these are one of Ben’s favorite snacks, and he can’t have them at the moment because of the tomato. Sorry to post these when you can’t eat them, Ben!
Easy Un-Cheesy Italian Pizza Bites
Easy Un-Cheesy Italian Pizza Bites
Serves: makes 8 small slices
2 plain tortillas
approximately 2-3 tsp tomato paste/puree
approximately 4-5 tbsp nutritional (brewer’s) yeast
1/2 tsp italian dried spice mix (mostly made of basil and oregano)
1/4 tsp dried chilli flakes (red pepper flakes) – these are very spicy, so use less if you are sensitive to spicy foods. I just sprinkle a fine layer over the top of the nutritional yeast.
salt and pepper to taste – I use just a very light sprinkle of salt, and a generous amount of freshly ground back pepper
Preheat the oven to approximately 200 degrees F.
Place two tortillas on a baking tray. On each tortilla, spread a thin layer of tomato paste across half. On top of the tomato paste, sprinkle nutritional yeast, then the spices and salt and pepper. You can adjust the seasonings as desired.
After adding toppings, fold the side without tomato paste and toppings over on top of the tomato and spice side.
Place in the oven for approximately ten minutes until the tortilla is crispy and slightly brown. Then use a pizza cutter to slice each tortilla into four slices.
Note: You can actually cover the whole tortilla with tomato, nutritional yeast, and spices and bake without covering, but it is messier to eat because the nutritional yeast is more likely to fall off if there isn’t a cover on top of the nutritional yeast. Additionally, I am used to making single servings of this using just one tortilla, but you could cover an entire tortilla with tomato paste, nutritional yeast, and spices, and then cover with another tortilla rather than folding over.
Enjoy as a tasty everyday snack, appetizer, part of your lunch, or Superbowl (Super Bowl) snack!
Now, do yourselves a favor and buy a couple of avocados next time you are at the store. I have my mom’s permission to share her delicious guacamole recipe tomorrow, just in time for the Super Bowl!! However, avocados can take at least a few days to ripen.
IBS Note: These are great for me because they are so quick to make, and the tortillas provide soluble fiber, and they are very low in fat. I often make myself one of these tortillas if I am really hungry and still need to cook lunch or dinner without letting myself get to the too-hungry point.