Pizza Bowls: Recipe #228

If you want a break from wheat or dairy, pizza bowls are a beautiful way to enjoy pizza without the bread and cheese. You take a bowl of rice and load it with veggies, plant-based ground meat, and a velvety cashew-tomato sauce that tastes very rich and cheesy. It’s inspired by the legendary Isa.

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($16.50 for 4-6 bowls)

2 tbsp olive oil – $0.20
1 onion, chopped – $0.50
4 cloves garlic, minced – $0.15
1 package enoki mushrooms or your favorite mushrooms – $2.99
1/2 tsp salt – $0.03
One package of your favorite plant-based ground meat – $4.99
1 bunch kale and 1 bunch collard greens, destemmed and chopped – $3.98
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce – $0.10

1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight – $1.00
3 cloves garlic, peeled – $0.11
3 tbsp tomato paste – $0.89
1/2 cup miso ginger broth or other vegetable broth – $0.25
1 lime, juiced – $0.20
1 tsp salt – $0.05

Serve with:
4 cups cooked rice – $0.47
1/2 cup olives – $0.50
2 tbsp fresh chopped basil leaves – free from garden

Directions for Pizza Bowls

0. (Make sure you soaked the cashews in water overnight! Or for at least 2 hours at room temperature.)

1. Start the rice cooking however you normally cook rice, then begin on the veggies. In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat, then add the onions. Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until they’re soft and starting to brown. Then add in the garlic, mushrooms, and salt, and cook for 3 more minutes.

Next, stir in the ground meat, greens, and Worcestershire sauce, mixing well to combine. Cook for about 3 more minutes until the greens have wilted and everything is melding together nicely. Turn the heat down to low while you get the sauce ready, and remember to stir occasionally.

2. Put all the sauce ingredients in the blender and blend until very smooth. You might need to stop and mix it with a spoon a few times to get it really silky. Taste and adjust for seasonings. If you’re not using it right away, you can keep it in the fridge.

3. Assemble your bowls: I like to put the rice in first, then the veggies and “meat”, then the sauce on top, with olives and basil as final garnishes. Dig into this heavenly bowl of comfort and enjoy your evening! Any leftovers will freeze nicely for future deliciousness.

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 1 = >3 hours
  • Servings: 2 = 4-6 servings
  • Cost per serving: 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 3 = optimal nutrition
  • TOTAL: 15/18

If any of you lovely readers tried it, or have other recipes you’d like us to experiment with, please let me know. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!