Vegetarian Confetti Pizza

Vegan or not, pizza should be part of the "must eat" list. Pizza doesn't need to break your diet rules, in fact, it could be as flexible as you! Try this recipe from The Rookie Cook, featuring a vegetarian Confetti Pizza.

1 pound whole wheat pizza dough
1 1/4 cups chunky salsa
3 Tablespoons taco seasoning 
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup frozen corn (thawed slightly by rinsing under hot water)
1/2 cup bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup onion, diced
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit your baking stone.  Place stone in oven and preheat oven to 500°.
2. Roll out pizza dough roughly the size of the parchment paper (Lightly flour surface to keep from sticking).  Place dough on parchment paper and adjust size, if necessary. Spread salsa over pizza crust.
3. In a bowl, mix together black beans, corn, and taco seasoning until combined.  Sprinkle evenly over salsa.  Top with bell pepper, onion, and finally cheese.  Once oven has preheated pull out baking stone and slide pizza with parchment paper onto the stone.  Place in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is light golden brown.
4. Top with fresh tomatoes and cilantro.  Serve and enjoy!
**If you're in the mood for a meatier version, simply cut back a bit on the beans and corn and add the taco seasoning to 1/2-3/4 cup ground meat.  I keep some taco meat in the freezer just for this purpose! 

Posted by Diane Araga, on August 29, 2013 at 8:00 AM