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Health-ified Pizza Lunchboxables with Tempeh Pepperoni
- 5-6 FlatOut Foldit Traditional White Wraps
- 1/3 cup pizza sauce
- 1/2 cup creamy basil pesto
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (sub vegan cheese shreds)
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
Tempeh Pepperoni Ingredients:
- 2 heaping cups tempeh, cubed
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons water
- 1 6oz can tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons ground mustard seed
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a blender or food processor add water, tomato paste, red pepper flakes, mustard seed, smoked paprika, garlic powder, coconut sugar, fennel seed, liquid smoke, salt, and pepper. Blend until well combined and smooth.
- Cube your tempeh and lay it flat onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Pour a generous helping of your blended tomato paste mix over the tempeh and toss gently until well coated.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Set aside.
- Use a circular cookie cutter, or the edge of a sharp bowl or glass to cut your FlatOut Foldit Wraps into circular shapes. (Each wrap will make 2 pizzas.)
- If you are eating right away assemble each pizza with a layer or pizza sauce OR creamy basil pesto, add cheese shreds, tempeh pepperoni and a sprinkle of pine nuts. You can also pack each ingredient in a lunchbox for easy lunchtime assembly!
- EAT UP.
*Tempeh Pepperoni was adapted and inspired by this recipe from Minimalist Baker.
A couple of years ago I was up for a role in a commercial for a product pretttyyyy similar to Lunchables. It was basically just disgusting wraps of processed meat and cheese for “on-the-go” purposes. On the audition paper we had to designate if he had any dietary restrictions. I was a strict vegetarian at the time and hadn’t eaten meat in YEARS. I had to wrestle really hard with how to answer that question. I’m generally an honesty-first sort of person, like, almost *too* honest at times. But to me at that time nothing was more important that booking a role. So I said “no dietary restrictions.”
In that moment I had to imagine what it would be like to put that awful processed meat in my mouth and pretend I was happy. I mean, I could do it – I’m a good enough actress – but I also might vomit later. In the end I was honestly relieved not to have booked the role and not to have dealt with the processed crap that is – LUNCH FOOD.
Don’t get me wrong – I LOVED those pre packaged lunches as a kid. The days that my mom gave up arguing with me in the grocery store and I got to go home with a box of mini pizzas were some of my favorite days as a kid. But now that we’re all adults we can agree that they’re just crap for our bodies, right? That’s why I made these health-ified pizza lunchboxables! Now you can make these for your kids or you can just relive your childhood dreams (but better.)
Using FlatOut Foldit Wraps makes the assembly of these pizzas SUPER SIMPLE. Plus, it has that authentic, easy-to-pack sort of feel. (And also they’re just delicious.) So when you add on some “mature-ish” pizza toppings like pesto and tempeh pepperoni these little babies are elevated to a new level. You get to feel like a kid and eat like an adult all in one bite.
The tempeh pepperoni is like the opposite of processed meat – it’s all plant based and it’s much fresher tasting than an actual pepperoni. The flavors are similar, but not quite the same. (So don’t expect it to be a perfect 1 to 1 match.) But it fills the same void in this mini pizza land. (ie. it travels well, and is a savory/spicy flavor to add to the pizza).
So no matter if you’re making these for your kids or bringing them to the office – it’s sure to be a lunch to satisfy. Cause, let’s be real, there just isn’t anything better than pizza. Especially when it’s health-ified.