The other night I decided to watch a show on the Food Network called Recipe for Success. Each week they introduce someone who is trying to make a business out of a food passion. This particular episode followed a young woman with lactose intolerance. Refusing to stop eating her favorite food, Pizza, she decides to come up with her own pizza using soy cheeses. After coming up with the idea, she researches it, gets friends involved and makes money to open a pizzeria called “Slice: the perfect food” .
The pizza they made on the show looked amazing. When I checked it out on the web, I found out that everything is made from fresh organic products, and almost everything is vegan. Everything looks imaginative and delicious. Unfortunately her shop is in NYC. She has plans of opening other Slice shops around the country if this one does well. I can’t image that this place wouldn’t do well since…
“Between 30 and 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant. Certain ethnic and racial populations are more widely affected than others. As many as 75 percent of all African Americans and American Indians and 90 percent of Asian Americans are lactose intolerant. The condition is least common among persons of northern European descent.” (NDDIC)
Being inspired by her delicious looking pizza. I went out to look for a good vegan mozzarella cheese to make my own vegan pizza. I found VeganRella which actually turned out very well. I made my own pizza dough using this recipe. In the show (above) they mentioned that soy, rice and almond cheeses burn quickly. I also didn’t want a doughy pizza, so here is what I did. I rolled out the dough and baked the round at 400 degrees F for about 5 minutes on a pizza stone. I then added the store bought sauce, red onions, tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, and spinach. I baked this for another 10-15 minutes then added the shredded vegan cheese and baked for an additional 5 minutes until melted. Yes, it was a little time consuming but well worth the wait.