Spanakopizza, named for Mark by the Prolific Vegan Cookbook Author, Robin Robertson
After I posted a photo of my Margherita Pizza with Foxy Moxy on Facebook, my friend Mark Sutton contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing his book, Heart Healthy Pizza. He said Pizza… So of course I was in like Flynn. He also arranged a giveaway of an Autographed copy of his book for one of my awesome readers.
I didn’t let him off the hitch there though, I asked if I could interview him and possibly share a recipe or two, I mean, people want to know what they’re getting into when they buy a new cookbook 😉 Turns out there wasn’t much arm wrestling. Mark was more than happy to share recipes from his book as well as have me interview him.
I have to admit, when I first dug into Mark’s Book, I was a little overwhelmed. There are nearly a dozen crust recipes (including some for my GF peeps!) Close to 20 sauce recipes (for the pizza base), then more than 50 No-Nonsense Non-Cheese Sauces. I mean, the combinations are nearly endless. It all felt a bit daunting! Thankfully, Mark knows how to help a home cook out, he devotes a whole chapter to some amazing pizza combinations (nearly 40 combos) to help you get started. All of the recipes in his book are vegan, heart healthy and very low in fat. Several of the combinations immediately caught my eye. However, this Spanakopizza recipe that Mark is sharing with you today is going to be hard to beat.
For the Crust:
Whole Wheat Dough
- 1 C. warm water
- 1 T. oil (optional)
- 1 T. sugar (or sweetener of choice)
- 1 t. salt (optional
- 1 C. whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 C. bread flour
- 2 1/4 t. yeast (1 packet)
Method: Mark’s book has all sorts of helpful instructions in the dough chapter that I can’t fit here, so this is what I did: Dump everything into my bread-maker. Push the dough cycle. Walk away. Come back an hour and a half later. Roll out into preferred sized pizzas (I did mini’s). You can knead this by hand for 10-12 minutes, then let rise til double (about an hour), punch down and let rise again (another 30-45 minutes) then roll out.
(Layer in order)
- chopped raw spinach
- diced raw mushrooms
- fresh or dry thyme
- thinly sliced red onions
- Tofu Feta Cheese (recipe below)
- black or green olives (sliced)
Tofu Feta Cheese:
- 1/2 lb. firm or extra-firm tofu (not Mori-Nu), drained and pressed for at least 30 minutes, then cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 C. water
- 1/4 C. red wine vinegar
- 1 t. salt (optional)
- 1 t. garlic powder
- 1/4 t. ground black pepper
Method: Combine all ingredients in a lidded glass container. Refrigerate overnight to develop flavor, stirring a couple of times before use.
Bake at 425° – 450° for 15-20 minutes til lightly browned and delicious
Stay tuned for another recipe from Heart Healthy Pizza and my Interview with Mark Sutton on Friday the 5th of April.
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I love onions and green olives on my pizza!
Hi Somer !
My favorite pizza combo is mushrooms, red bell pepper, caramelised onnions and zucchini on tomato sauce !
Caramelised onions are the bomb on pizza!
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I love pizzas with squash artichokes eggplant asparagus spinach in tomato sauce without the cheese
Looks like a gorgeous pizza, though I’d cover it in cheese :D. Get you, with your blog connections 😀
Thanks Nick! I honestly think cheese would ruin this one, though I do admit I momentarily wanted to top it with some of my foxy moxy. I think even you would like that faux cheese!
My favorite right now is thinly sliced cooked potatoes, caramelized red onions, sautéed kale with garlic and a sprinkle of rosemary.
I keep hearing about potatoes on pizza, and it looks fabulous, but the double carb thing is hard for me to get over for some reason. Silly Somer!
I he to tell you, I make my own pizza pretty regularly, in fact, that’s what I was thinking about for the VVP. I may have to reconsider. . . hmmmmmm. . . .
No, DO it! Pizza is the best, homemade pizza especially! It will go over big!
The Blonde got a book called “Artisan Vegan Cheese” for Christmas, so i may “force” her to make me mozzarella for me. We’ll see. . .
This cookbook looks amazing! I love spinach, mushrooms and bell peppers on my pizza.
It’s totally amazing! That sounds like a great combo!
I like the look of that pizza! I am keen to try the dough recipe.
Ally, the dough had just the right amount of soft center and crisp crunch exterior. It was a good one!
Thank you for bringing me hope of reading pizza again
Oh my dear! There’s all kinds of hope! Try this baby in the meantime!
Before I went vegan, one of my favorite pizza combos was BBQ sauce (instead of classic tomato sauce), mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions, and pineapple. I haven’t ventured much into the vegan cheese world since making the switch, so this book would be an awesome resource for that!
That is a delicious combo! Try the vegan cheese in this post of mine since you haven’t got the book yet 🙂
Roasted red peppers, wild mushrooms, and zucchini. Yum!
Goodness, that is yummy!
I love lots and lots of veggies with pineapple on top! Can’t wait to try this recipe though!!!
I’m with you, when we get takeaway, I get ALL the veggies!
My favorite is vegan basil pesto with tomato, red onion, spinach and black olive.
Oh yes! Vegan pesto is SO good on pizza!
Yum! Need the gf dough recipes. You had me at Spanikopizza.
I love using spinach and artichoke dip as my pizza sauce, and topping with olives and your smoked coconut gouda!
Oh girl, that combo is killer. So glad you love the smoked coconut gouda. Love how that stuff melts on pizza!
I love roasted garlic, olives, artichoke hearts, red onion and fresh spinach on pizza.
I like roasted garlic, artichoke hearts, olives, red onion and spinach on my pizza.
all very yummy!
My favorite pizza toppings are pesto, spinach, jalapenos, and roasted red peppers. Yum!
Goodness, you peeps are making me hungry!
That sounds delicious. We just had a pizza with some pepperoni style seitan my husband made along with black olives, green peppers, red peppers and roasted garlic cloves.
Thanks for the great interview you took/gave (?). Thanks too for another great giveaway. You’re a good girlie. 🙂
You know I’m a fiend for pizza!! 🙂
Indeed. Show me someone who doesn’t love pizza, I’ll show you a cold hearted robot 😉
oh lord.. those many combinations!! that is insane! if i get the book we might have to eat pizza the whole year!
It’s SO crazy! I was seriously overwhelmed! The man is a pizza genius!
Somer it looks divine! All my favorite things on that pizza!
I am dreaming of a pizza oven outside on our new deck – imagine? 🙂 The book sounds fabulous!
A pizza oven on the deck….. I might have to get on that! What a brilliant idea! WOW! Thanks Anne! xoxxo
You and I would be eating pizza every day 🙂
It could be a problem…. but of course we’d load the pizzas with vegetable goodness, so maybe it’d be just fine!
Pizza is my favorite food! And my daughter’s. I would *love* to have this book in my arsenal to liven up my pizza efforts!! Fingers crossed. =)
Fingers crossed for you! I would have to say pizza is on my top 5!
Green olives, artichoke hearts, and sundried tomatoes! Topped off with hemp hearts and/or hemp oil! YUMMMM
oh yes please!
I like to put mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and peppers on my pizza. Pizza is so fun to eat! This would be a big help!
So fun! having endless combinations means you’d never bet bored of pizza. Did I just say bored of pizza? Shame on me 😉
artichoke hearts, roasted garlic, red onions, and tofurky sausage
Mmmm. I like Field Roast better, but vegan sausage on pizza sounds yummy!
My favorite is korean spicy sweet potato pizza! Thanks for the giveaway!
Oh! That sounds delish!
What a fantastic book! I love barbecue flavored pizza!! Yum! Ths one looks pretty good…I’d just leave off the tofu, ha! 😉 The red wine vinegar sounds awesome.
I always forget that your family doesn’t eat soy! Doh! BBQ pizza is delish! Most of the recipes in this book are soy free.
Setting aside for a moment the awesomeness of this cookbook – can I just say THANK YOU for the oil-free tofu feta recipe?? Cannot wait to make it and by the way, the pizza, too! Come to me, giveaway!
Wish I had a box of em’ to give away! SO many pizza ideas. Girl, we could be making the combos for a year! The oil free tofu feta is divine. I used your tofu press to make it btw 🙂
artichoke hearts and olives and onions
I must admit that I’m a total pizza scaredy-cat! I even have my own pizza stone but I have yet to take the plunge and make pizza! I would LOVE to have a cookbook to help give me the courage to go for it!!
Oh Laurie!!! It’s simple as PIE! hehe! You’ve gotta do it. Plus the pizza stone makes the pizza amazingly crispy! Do it! xx
Sounds like a great book! I’m in search of good pizza dough recipes so this sounds like it would be helpful 🙂
Kathryn! I think you’d love this dough! It’s really very nice!
I’ll try it out next time I make pizza 🙂
vegan sausage and pineapple!
This looks delicious – I am loving red onions at present and I love the colour they bring to my meals.
They’re so pretty!
I heard tofu and feta and the rest was lost in the fog of joy… I am so excited. Thank you.
Haha! fog of joy! Loved it!
Loving it! I am one of those weirdos who likes making pizza dough 😀
It’s easier than defrosting frozen crust 😉
My favorite pizza is one loaded with veggies like onions, black olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, mushrooms and lots of vegan cheese and red sauce.
Like my brilliant sister, the tofu feta really caught my eye! Thanks for sharing. The book sounds fabulous.
It’s really a great book! And you can guess why this was the first pizza I chose to feature…. tofu feta!
Holy smokes, this looks AMAZING! It’s 11pm in Australia right now and I’m feeling VERY tempted to get up and get the oven cranking! SOMEBODY STOP MEEEE!!! 🙂 xx
No way! Green light all the way baby! Pizza at Midnight! Squuuueeeee!
Love Greek style flavors on my pizza…yum!
I am a traditionalist and like mine plain! okay, maybe I’m a little boring and could use some suggestions… 🙂
Plain is boring! gotta liven it up 🙂
Tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, and artichoke hearts. Yum!
I’m starting to see a delicious pattern here!
Salad pizza with black olives…
I love salad pizza!
Love pizza and am especially excited about checking out some “GF” crusts
They look really good!
My favorite pizza recently is carmalized onions as a sauce, artichokes, olives, red onion and whatever roasted veg I have leftover. All on a ww crust. I don’t eat it all the time but when I do I savor every bite. Pizza is my favorite indulgence and I’m always on the lookout for new flavor combos. My newest quest is for a raw pizza that can compare or at least stand up to a conventional (vegan) pizza.
This vegan pizza book sounds so good with so many different recipes to try! The one you showed us looks magnificent & awesomely tasty! Waw, even! Thanks for this great review! 🙂 MMMMM!
My fav pizza combo is thai chickpea 🙂
LOVE pizza Fridays and what I am loving even more is the tofu feta- man that looks crazy good!