Wow. That’s all I can say right now haha. So much has been going on in my life. May was a busy month for me. I finished my last ever spring semester as an undergraduate! Then I began preparing for my graduation from College Unbound. Part of this included sharing my story and growth in what is called a senior exhibition. I used it as an opportunity to do an inspirational speech based upon my life thus far.
The night of that event, my mom and I made food for everyone who came out to see me speak and show their support. I made my famous raspberry lime rickey cupcakes, a cookie pie from The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, these gluten free cookies which are always a big hit, a cake (from an overspill of the cupcakes), and vegan caesar salad. Additionally, I veganized a type of pizza I have only ever found in RI, but is delicious. It’s basically pizza strips that you can find in delis and bakeries, which I’m pretty sure is fairly unique to this state. It looks weird/plain, but I assure you it is really good!
Here is the recipe:
Rhode Island Style Pizza Strips
2 lbs pizza dough, divided in half
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp hulled hemp seeds
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes without citric acid (optional, but makes the sauce sweeter)
½ cup olive oil, divided in half
3 tbsp vegan white sugar
½ tsp salt
1 clove minced garlic
¾ tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper or grease them with olive oil.
- In a spice grinder or small food processor, blend together the nutritional yeast and hemp seeds.
- Make the sauce by mixing the tomatoes, ¼ cup olive oil, sugar, salt, garlic, oregano, pepper, and the hemp/nutritional yeast mix together in a bowl. Make sure the sugar and salt is not just sitting at the bottom of the bowl.
- Take each one-pound of dough and spread it out onto the baking sheet into a thick (about ½ inch or a bit more) rectangular shape.
- Spread half the sauce on each of the two rectangles of dough.
- Drizzle half the olive oil (2 tbsp each) onto each rectangle.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. You want the sauce to be dry and the edges and moist in the middle.
- Let cool on a wire rack, and cut into strips of 8 slices for each rectangle.
- Enjoy this famous RI pizza, veganized!
Here are some more pictures from that night!
And of course, how could I not include photos from my graduation that Saturday?
You may be able to tell, I was crying in the second picture! haha
I made it! 😉