We are not vegans, though sometimes we are by necessity because of our food allergies: eggs, for my oldest son and I, and milk, for our youngest.
Milk is the biggest hassle for a food allergy. All the staples of a childhood diet – pizza, macaroni and cheese, are excluded. We also miss out on all things peanut butter because of our peanut / tree nut allergies.
Anyway, the pizza situation was a real bummer, especially because a lot of places put cheese in their pizza sauces and milk in their dough, making even a cheese free personal sized pizza a risk to our 4-year-old’s health.
In comes Mom’s Semi-Homemade Pizza / Dairy Free Pizza
How do we do it?
I make different pizzas for everyone. Either we do a bunch of personal sized pizzas (rare) or I make 2 large pizzas for the whole family and 1-2 personal sized pizzas for our dairy allergic child.
So, usually, I have 3 pizzas made. Two medium to large sized with cheese on them, and one smaller one without cheese.
If you want to go full on vegan with your pizza, make sure you buy a crust that does not contain milk or may contain trace amounts of it, especially if someone you will be serving has a dairy allergy. Also be sure that the sauce you use does not contain any dairy products, as many sauces have cheese as an ingredient. If you cannot find a suitable crust or sauce, you should make it yourself from scratch.
Select your toppings wisely. Pizza doesn’t have to be an unhealthy meal as it is commonly believed. What makes pizza unhealthy are the toppings that are chosen. If you use highly processed pepperoni or sausages, dripping with grease, then your pizza will definitely be unhealthy. But if you use minimally processed meats, like chicken, or just select fresh vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes and onions, your home made pizza will be much healthier.
Our Ingredients ( Total Cost – $14.65) :
Making home made pizza is actually easier than you think. If you are making your own crust, then follow the instructions on your recipe. If you are using a pre-packaged crust, follow the directions on the back of the packaging. It’s really simple.
One specific tip if you are making different pizzas based on different dietary needs is to avoid cross-contamination. In our case, we have one dairy allergic family member and three non-dairy allergic family members. In order to avoid cross-contamination of cheese onto our son’s pizza, we prepare and serve his pizza first and make sure we wash our hands after handling cheese during the preparation process.
Sometimes we cheat. Yes…sometimes you gotta when you’re desperate. We always have smaller pizza crusts handy for those “let’s order a pizza” nights. We’ll make the dairy free pizza ourselves and then order a couple of regular pizzas and have them delivered. Convenience isn’t totally lost on us.
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