Nice weather makes me feel like a kid, and feeling like a kid makes me crave the foods I ate as a kid. We tended to eat uber-healthy in my household, so whenever we had a pizza party in school, I’d gorge myself on sugary lemonade and pizza, claiming it was the best stuff I’d ever tasted. I still have a soft spot in my gustatory heart for these treats, though in lieu of the oily Domino’s pizza and teeth-achingly sweet Country Time Lemonade, I like to opt for homemade for something at least a little healthier and certainly much more palatable.
My friend Lorin came to visit this month and we did a fair amount of cooking, partly because Lorin’s a vegan and there aren’t all that many restaurants in Knoxville that will reliably be able to serve vegan fare. We didn’t mind, though, as our lemonade and pizza were delicious. Lorin substituted the mozzarella cheese we used for daiya vegan mozzarella, which she says is the only melt-able vegan cheese she’s found that she really likes. I had a bite and must admit it’s not bad.
Simple Lemonade Recipe
- 6 lemons
- 1/2 cup white sugar (you can adjust this according to taste- most recipes ask for about double this amount, which is a little too sweet for me)
- 6 cups cold water
Simple Pizza Recipe
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1 envelope active dry yeast
- 1 cup (or more) all purpose flour
- 1 cup wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons cut fresh herbs
- 3 garlic cloves
- sauce, cheese and toppings of your choice
Pour 3/4 cup warm water into small bowl; stir in yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes. Brush large bowl lightly with olive oil. Mix 2 cups flour, sugar, and salt in processor. Add yeast mixture and 3 tablespoons oil; process until dough forms a sticky ball.
Transfer to lightly floured surface. Knead dough until smooth, adding more flour by tablespoonfuls if dough is very sticky, about 1 minute. Transfer to prepared bowl; turn dough in bowl to coat with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or tea towel and let rise until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Punch down dough and knead in herbs and garlic, making sure to get rid of any air bubbles.
Roll out the dough to your desired thickness and add tomato sauce, pesto, cheese, vegetables and any other toppings you desire. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.
For more recipes like this one, visit the Domesticity page.