Vegan Roasted Asparagus Pizza with Spelt Crust 3

This was a dinner totally inspired by our most recent trip to Disney.  We went to the beautiful California Grill restaurant, which overlooks the Magic Kingdom.  I love the place because of the views and the huge windows that flood the restaurant with light.  Not to mention I have had some of the best food ever there.

We ordered a roasted tomato flat bread to split and I didn’t have crazy high expectations, but the waiter said it was a favorite so I thought it couldn’t hurt to try!  It was love at first bite.  Which was a huge surprise, because I thought I knew what to expect out of bread+tomatoes+cheese.  But somehow it managed to be more then the sum of its parts.

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I believe the roasted tomatoes were what made it flavor city.  I have not yet gotten over my obsession with roasted tomatoes.  They add this wonderful savory/sweet thing to any dish that is heavenly.  Since dairy and I don’t play nice, this vegan version might even be a little better then the original in my humble opinion.  I love to slather it in delicious EV Olive Oil.. it makes it rich and satisfying, but just a drizzle will give you the luxury of the flavor without making it so dense.

You can totally make this with a store bought crust if you prefer to skip the step of making the crust.  You won’t lose any points as a master of the kitchen.  There might even be a crown made of forks in your future after your loved ones taste this creation!!  Do they make tiaras out of forks?  If so I might want one of those…

Health highlights of Asparagus: Some believe asparagus to be a detoxifying vegetable.  It is also a diuretic, a very good source of iron, high in folate (which supports cell function and heart health), an excellent source of vitamin A which is good for your vision), is really good for your skin (protects it from sun damage, and helps promote healthy cell replication), and is good for digestive health!

Vegan Roasted Asparagus Pizza with Spelt Crust 1

Spelt Pizza Crust
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Warm Water (between 105 and 110 degrees F)
  • 1 teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
  • ¼ teaspoon Honey (or maple syrup if you don’t do honey)
  • 2 cups Spelt Flour
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl add the warm waiter, honey and yeast
  2. Let sit for about 5 minutes to activate
  3. Add the flour and stir with a spoon (it is a wet dough)
  4. Set aside to hang out and get bubbly while you roast the vegetables (below)

 

Vegan Roasted Asparagus and Tomato Pizza With Spelt Pizza Crust
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • Spelt Dough (recipe above)
  • 4 tomatoes (sliced)
  • 1 bunch asparagus (snap the woody ends and discard, slice the remaining asparagus into bite sized pieces)
  • ¼ cup Fresh Basil (roughly chopped)
  • EV Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
  2. On 2 sheet pans lined with parchment paper add the sliced tomatoes on one pan and the asparagus on the other pan
  3. Drizzle each lightly with olive oil
  4. Roast until the asparagus is tender and begins to brown (about 20 minutes) and the tomatoes are brown in places (20-30 minutes)
  5. Carefully remove the pans from the oven and take the asparagus and tomatoes off and set aside (I just take the parchment off and leave the veg on the parchment – you are going to use the hot pans for the pizza dough)
  6. Split the spelt dough in half and roll or press out into pizza shape of your desired thickness (the thicker it is the longer it will take to cook)
  7. Place the dough on the hot cookie sheet (you could line again with parchment if you want to limit the clean up) and top with the tomatoes and asparagus (press the veggies into the dough for easy eating later)
  8. Bake until the crust is golden on the bottom and around the edges and set up in the middle, about 15-20 minutes
  9. Remove from the oven, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with basil and a little salt
  10. Slice and serve!

 

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