Rainbow Vegetable Pizza

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When I was searching for a recipe for today's post, I thought about doing a dessert, but I've been doing a lot of desserts lately. This blog started out as a way to show off all of the cool vegetarian/vegan recipes that are available and I decided that it would be best to find a recipe that showcases a ton of vegetables. This pizza is jam packed with vegetables and presents beautifully.

Idea from Gimme Some Oven.

-1 roll of refrigerated pizza dough
-1/2 cup pizza sauce
-3/4 cup shredded part-skim Mozzarella cheese
-Broccoli florets
-1 green pepper
-1 yellow pepper
-1 orange pepper
-1 red pepper
-Diced tomatoes
-Red onion
-Purple potatoes, thinly sliced

This is a lot of veggies and you won't use them all on the pizza. You can save the pepper slices in the freezer if you don't have an immediate use for them (although they would be good in yesterday's Pepper and Squash Parmesan).

The red onion can also be frozen and saved for later if you don't have an immediate use. In order to get the purple potatoes, I purchased a multi-color bag of small potatoes, so I was able to use only what I needed for the recipe.

To assemble the pizza: Spray a pizza pan with cooking spray and press the pizza dough into the pan. Create an outside crust by rolling the edges. Spread 1/2 cup of pizza sauce onto the crust, I don't like my pizza too saucy, so this amount was perfect for me, you can always add more if you want to. Top the sauce with 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese.

I created the color layers by starting with broccoli florets on the outside, then diced green pepper, dived yellow pepper, diced orange pepper, diced tomato, diced red pepper, red onion and purple potato in the center.

Bake the pizza at 375 for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

We both loved this pizza. Each bite was a different flavor combination, depending on how many different vegetables you ate. All of the vegetables were tender and their individual flavors shined through since I started with fresh, uncooked vegetables. The presentation of this pizza is beautiful -- you could experiment with creating different patterns or simply mix up the vegetables like on a traditional pizza, but I thought order them in single layers produced the best presentation. 


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