Cooking fail: Vegan Butternut Squash Crust

In my kitchen there has been a lonely butternut squash, which was somewhat of an impulse buy. I have never cooked butternut squash and was determined to use it in last nights dinner. Not wanting to just roast in the oven I decided the butternut would be the star of the dinner.

I decided to make a butternut squash crust! Better yet make a pizza with that crust. I scoured the internet for recipes coming up with only one, which was confusing to begin with. What better way to introduce butternut squash into my life then to make it into a crust and better yet a vegan crust.

And then it began by shredding (have I mentioned how much I love my processor?) I then added flour, 4 vegan eggs and spices. It was starting to look disgusting at this point but I had hope. I then formed this into a crust of some type and baked it.

 I made vegan parmasean

  Tomato sauce from scratch.

I added spinach, onions, red and yellow peppers. It looked quite good at this point. I baked it again. Nevertheless this did not work out. The pumpkin-y taste did not go with pizza taste. Even worse, the crust did not get crusty. I tried to dry the squash as much as I could but it was not enough...resulting in a wet soupy mess. Blah. So the boyfriend and I bailed on a healthy, vegan, home-cooked meal and went out for Indian. I will try this again...perhaps with sweet potato instead.

It wasn't a complete fail. I did like my tomato sauce and vegan parm.

Vegan Parmasean

  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
Blend these in a blender or food processor and there you have it. 

 Super Easy Tomato Sauce
  • 3 medium tomato
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp chili flakes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • fresh parsley
Throw minced garlic, chopped tomatoes,spices and water in a pot. Simmer with lid on for 25 minutes. Uncover add parsley simmer until thickened. 

I also got in a good workout yesterday. Sort of found myself just making up a new run so I didn't push it because I didn't know how long I would be running for. Ended up being 5.68 km. Today I'm going to head out for another 6 km. Next week I start the journey to get to 8km, hopefully by next Sunday. I am waiting on some training programs to be sent to me, for 10km and 21 km. Then I will have a bit more concrete program.

Off to run!

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