Tasty Spinach French Bread Pizza–Vegan

Tasty Spinach French Bread Pizza–Vegan

Hi and welcome back to Ria Lives Well!

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So…it looks like I’m updating my blog once a month. Sheesh. Hopefully now that I’m back in Oregon {after a ridiculous 19 hour drive without stops from Colorado} I can get back into the swing of things. It’s amazing how a set routine can bring consistency to every aspect of your life…and how, when that routine isn’t set, can disrupt every aspect of your life. In the past six months, I bounced from Colorado, to Chile, again to Colorado, then to Florida, back to Colorado and now Oregon. I’m not, like, complaining or anything. But, like, that’s ridic, yo.

After I unpacked and got to know my new roommate {and her adorable black lab}, I christened the new house by preparing my first meal: creamy spinach french bread pizza. It was supposed to be quick and affordable-no such luck. Yeah, it was affordable. But after all the tweaking I did to the original recipe, this french bread pizza wasn’t at all quick to prepare. For those on a time crunch, I have good news: if you follow the recipe below and prepare the white sauce and spinach topping ahead of time, you can brag all about that “insanely delicious” french bread pizza that took minutes to prepare.

Plenty of fiber and vitamin B here!

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In this meal, I avoided expensive vegan cheeses and made a vegan roux from almond milk. I then drizzled on a coconut cream sauce for that extra creamy umph that makes you think: “Cheese! From a cow! Or a…goat! Or some, you know, animal!”

Creamy Spinach French Bread Pizza

Inspired by: Budget Bytes

  • 2 loaves of sandwich bread {sliced lengthwise}
  • 6 mushrooms {any kind}
  • 1/2 a pound frozen spinach
  • merken (or cayenne pepper)
  • 1/4 red onion (chopped)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • ground garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • almond milk {1/2-3/4 cup}
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1.5 tablespoons coconut milk {the creamy top}

Directions

Mince your garlic and chop your onion. Prepare your vegan roux: add two tablespoons of olive oil into a skillet set on medium-high. Add 1.5 tablespoons of flour (any type) and stir. Add 1/2 cup of almond milk or more until you create a thick, yet smooth consistency (shown in vegan roux photo below). Add1 whopping tablespoon of coconut milk and stir until smooth. Add 2 pinches garlic powder (optional), two pinches of merken. Salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.

 Simple Vegan Roux

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Thaw your spinach. In another pan set to medium heat, add olive oil. Saute onions until softened and add the thawed spinach. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook spinach for 5-8 more minutes.

Preheat oven to 450 deg. F. Slice your sandwich bread lengthwise and toast bread until crispy-2-5 minutes. Spread on your roux, leaving about 1 big tablespoon in the skillet. Pile on your spinach topping. Add .5 tablespoons of coconut milk to your roux and add enough almond milk to create a thin consistency. Add salt and pepper. Drizzle your coconut sauce over the spinach topping. Enjoy with cold cider!

 

It would be nice if just once in my life I wasn’t on a budget, but until the day comes when I’m not crunching pennies and stretching dollars, I appreciate affordable meals like this spinach and french bread pizza that keeps flavor on my palette.

~Live Well!

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