Vegan Ricotta Pizza Muffins
Pizza……how does that word resonate with you? Do you love it? Hate it? Crave it? Have you labeled it a “bad” food and do you try to avoid it? Would you ever have guessed that just the word pizza provokes all kinds of emotions in so many people? Having a healthy relationship with food is tricky for many. In my health coaching practice, I have clients working on dismantling limiting beliefs and opening the door to embracing healthy choices. Pizza is a good example of a food that could go either way…..making pizza yourself gives you the opportunity to customize and make it a healthy choice…..because who really wants to go through life NEVER eating pizza? These vegan ricotta pizza muffins are a healthy alternative when pizza is calling your name.
This is an awesome season for mini vegan ricotta pizza muffins. They are a perfect to serve while watching football. These sweet potato cauli-tots are another great choice. A great appetizer to take to a party. Much appreciated in a school lunch box, or as an after-school snack too.
Fun Finger Food for a party!
As with all food choices, focusing on the nutrition is a good place to start…..think about what you can ADD that is beneficial.. Veggies are always a good option.
Roasted veggies and vegan ricotta add nutrition to mini pizzas.
The vegan ricotta in this recipe is made with wholesome ingredients that add both flavor and nourishment. Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that provides high levels of vitamins and minerals. Cauliflower is one of the top 10 sources of Vitamin C. It helps fight inflammation, improve digestion and balance hormones. It has been associated with a decreased risk of some cancers and cardiovascular diseases as well.
As if the benefits of the cauliflower in the ricotta weren’t enough, adding pine nuts, boosts the nutritional profile even further. Pine nuts contain nutrients that boost energy, including healthy fats, protein, iron and magnesium. Pine nuts also reduce the risk of heart disease, contain a wealth of antioxidants and are great for vision health.
Another way to add nutrition to your pizza is with toppings. The more veggies the better!. The mini pizza muffins cook up quickly, so you may want to pre-cook veggies that take longer than 15 minutes to get tender. I like to simply roast veggies in a hot oven (425), drizzled with olive oil (or avocado oil which has a higher smoking point), sea salt and pepper.
Simply Roasted Veggies are ideal for pizza toppings.
With a simple dough recipe, vegan ricotta and roasted veggies that are nutritious and can be made in advance….you’re running out of excuses not to make and enjoy these mini pizza muffins. Stop limiting yourself to labels that don’t serve you well!