Gene Baur is a wonderful ambassador for all things vegan and compassionate. Queenie and I had the good fortune to see him speak recently, and I picked up his latest book, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, at the event. I expected the book to be a wonderful glimpse into life at Farm Sanctuary (it is) and to present compelling reasons to make more compassionate choices in our day-to-day lives (it does), but I didn’t really have any expectations about the recipe portion of the book, which is a collection of recipes from guest contributors. Happily, it’s fantastic also! So far, I’ve made three recipes – Sesame Soba Noodles with Collard Greens and Tempeh Croutons, Gardein Bolognese, and Pizza Buns – and all three have been scrumptious.
Queenie and I renamed the Pizza Buns, calling them Pizza Rolls instead (because their appearance resembles cinnamon rolls, and you roll them up), but whatever you call them, they’re yummy. They’re also absurdly easy. In fact, it’s more of a concept (a genius concept!) than a recipe, courtesy of Wendy Matthews, the education and outreach manager at Farm Sanctuary. You basically take pizza dough (we used the pre-made pizza dough ball from Trader Joe’s), roll it into a rectangle shape, top it with whatever you want, roll it up into a log, and then slice into individual portions. You pop those into a 9 x 13 baking dish and bake roughly like you would a pizza (about 10 to 15 minutes at 450). The result is fun and tasty.
Queenie and I have been on a Gilmore Girls marathon lately, and these were the perfect accompaniment to a couple of episodes. (They eat a lot of junk food and would love these.) Queenie’s are on the right. She kept it simple, opting for sauce, herbs and cheese (we used Trader Joe’s vegan mozzarella shreds, but any cheese you like will work fine). On the left, to her base I added mushrooms and black olives.
The possibilities are endless…