Two weeks ago I blogged about food cravings and our misconceptions about what they tell us about our bodies. So today, I give you a recipe combining the one thing all vegans crave beyond reason and one thing almost everyone craves: hummous and pizza.
A huge variety of different flavoured chickpea dips are making their way around the internet, so when I saw the idea for pizza hummous on another blog, I had to try to create my own version. I think I'm a little addicted to coming up with bastardized, creative versions of hummous now, so be warned, this probably won't be the last time I post a non-traditional garbanzo recipe.
1 can chickpeas
1 large spoonful tahini (1-2 tbsp)
Either 1/2 cup prepared pizza sauce OR 1/2 cup of simple sauce recipe below
4 olives, any variety
1-2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp salt
1/2 bell pepper (in the photo above I used a PURPLE bell pepper! What???)
Tomato sauce (use only half of this recipe):
1/2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp italian seasoning (or 1 tsp dried basil, 1 tsp oregano, and a pinch each of rosemary, sage, and marjoram)
1 500g tin tomatoes
1/2 tsp salt
Blend chickpeas and tahini together in blender.
If making your own sauce, heat olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Saute garlic gloves for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add dried herbs and saute for 30 seconds, then add the tomatoes. Simmer over medium heat until reduce slightly (5 minutes or so), and then add the salt. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
Add either the 1/2 cup of pizza sauce, or 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce, olives, nutritional yeast, and salt to the chickpeas and blend until smooth. Taste, and add more salt if necessary. Fold in bell pepper and serve with pita bread, or strips of plan pizza crust!