Best Thrive ‘pizza’ yet!

I’ve stayed away from fake meat products for a while now, so it’s been a long time since I’ve had any food in quotes.  The “pizzas” in  Thrive, however, are a different kind of quoted food, since they’re not masquerading as real pizzas.  “Pizza” just happens to be the most convenient way to describe a food made up of a crust, sauce, and topping.  Other than that, they’re nothing like traditional pizzas, and a hell of a lot healthier.

Yesterday, I made my favorite one yet: adzuki bean quinoa sesame pizza, using sprouted adzukis, my latest sprouting jar baby.

Granted, I bastardized it a little bit, nutritionally: During Snowmageddon II, I had made a huge batch of Mario Batali’s basic tomato sauce, so I used that for the sauce instead of one of the raw sauces from Thrive. Still, nothing bad in it.

Here’s the recipe from Thrive, printed, as usual, with permission.

Adzuki Bean Quinoa Sesame Pizza

Ingredients for the crust:

  • 1 cup cooked or sprouted adzuki beans
  • 1 cup cooked or sprouted quinoa
  • 1/2 cup ground sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, hemp oil, or EFA oil blend
  • 2 tbsp dulse flakes

Ingredients for the topping:

  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 strips dulse
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions

Sauce:  (See Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Marinara Sauce recipe)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a food processor, process all the crust ingredients until mixture starts to ball up.  Lightly oil the baking tray with coconut oil.  Spread mixture on tray to about 1/4 inch thick (it can be thicker or thinner if you prefer).

Spread Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Marinara Sauce on crust; add topping.

Bake for 45 minutes. (This will vary slightly depending on the moisture content of the vegetables and the desired crispness of the pizza.)

As you can see, it sort of had the texture of a firm meatloaf.  This might not sound terribly appetizing, but Erin and I both loved this “pizza”!  I kicked mine up a notch with some crushed red pepper and hot sauce.  Bam?

Coffee-quitting update

After two and a half weeks, my randomized plan to quit coffee is still working!  Just as outlined in the plan, I’m now drinking 1/5 the amount of caffeinated coffee I was before I started.  I didn’t really make plans for where to go from here.  I’m thinking I’ll stick with 1/5 caffeinated as the mean, still randomizing individual days, but start mixing in some intentional no-caffeine days where I drink herbal tea or something.

I did almost have a slip up: On Wednesday, I had reached the end of my portions of 2/5 caffeinated coffee (on average), and I got the idea in my head that it might be okay to have a cup of full-on high-octane java.  I pitched the idea to Erin, citing “snow day” as the special occasion to break the rules.  But she threatened to tell everyone on the blog, and made me up the randomized 1/5 caffeine portions.  I drank one, and afterward I was so glad I didn’t cheat on the plan.  I felt just enough of a coffee buzz, and under normal circumstances that’s where I’d crave more, drink it, and feel crappy and anxious the rest of the day.  But not this day, thanks to my wife.  Erin rules!

New ‘Shirts’ page

Owing again to all this extra time the blizzards have afforded me, I overhauled the “Shirts” page.  Now it has maps so you can watch the No Meat Athlete shirts take over the world!  Plus some great pictures people have sent me of them in their NMA shirts, and more are always welcome.  And I added an affiliate program for the shirts too.  Take a look!



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  1. That last story made me laugh. but it’s such a good thing you have a wife and a blog to keep you accountable and with the prize in sight
    .-= Evan Thomas´s last blog ..Where No Coconut Flour Has Gone Before =-.

  2. Love the new shirts page! Looking good- I will get you that picture..I promise!! The pizza looks super yummy – I bet the texture is awesome. Red pepper is a great addition.
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Josh’s Birthday Party =-.

  3. I have attempted to quit coffee and diet coke so many times but I can only go for three days the most. My habit has improved big time though. At school I was drinking coffee x4 a good. Congrats on your success so far!!! Keep up the good work!!

  4. We eat that beetroot pizza that you posted before quite often and it’s a firm favorite. So I will definitely try this on!

  5. wow that pizza looks hardcore!!

    check out this “coffee” recipe – maybe it will be a replacement for real coffee!

  6. haha..i like how erin threatened to tell us all about the coffee. don’t mess with a pregnant woman 🙂
    .-= Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian)´s last blog ..Be Mine iValentine =-.

  7. The coffee experiment really almost came to a halt that day. What Matt didn’t mention was that he was laying on the floor for about 10 minutes bargaining/slightly begging/attempting to compromise this coffee plan. It was a close call but I managed to keep him on course! We’ll see how the next week goes. 🙂

  8. Adzuki beans are my favorite, what a creative way to use them:)
    .-= meatlessmama´s last blog ..Butternut Kale Risotto =-.

  9. Annnnndddd… what did it taste like? More meatloaf-ish than pizza-ish? It’s a great concept!
    .-= Sagan´s last blog ..The Living Healthy in the Real World Guide to Grocery Shopping, Part One: Preparation =-.

  10. That’s a pizza crust I would never think of to try but the ingredients sound so nutritious and delicious!

  11. AllMeatAthlete says:


    I enjoy the blog and all but to call that pizza is slanderous to pizza, even the well intentioned folks at dominoes would take exception to that…I propose veggie lovers crunchy bean brick…ps how are you making up for the anit-oxidents you are missing by turning your back on coffee

    • AMA, “veggie lovers crunchy bean brick” is marketing genius. Maybe I’ll develop my own recipe and sell it under this name. Nevermind that it isn’t crunchy.

      Coffee antioxidants are overrated. It’s only Americans’ highest source because we drink so much of it and eat so little else good. There are lots of ways to get antioxidants that aren’t addictive and don’t make you age faster.

  12. Have you tried Teeccino? It is an herbal coffee that is totally caffeine free, vegan, (mostly) organic, and non-acidic. I was able to go from 4 cups of coffee a day to zero overnight with no ill effects with this product. It comes in a variety of flavors/”roasts” to suit your taste. I highly recommend it.

    • Jennifer, thanks for the recommendation. I’ve tried Teecino before and didn’t really like it, but I’m thinking maybe I’ll try it again. I think the problem was that I like coffee black, and without milk or sugar to mask it, the Teecino tasted very different from coffee to me.

  13. looks great! But since it is cooked in the oven is it really considered raw?

    • Nancy, if I said it was raw, I can’t find where I did. It’s not raw. There’s some threshold, 110 or 120 or something like that, beyond which food cannot be heated to be considered raw. From what I understand from Thrive, 300-325 is another threshold at which more enzymes die or other bad stuff happens. Since it’s cooked below that, it’s better than high-temperature cooked pizza.

  14. Carolyn C says:

    Any other suggested adzuki bean recipes? My boyfriend got a ton from whole foods after Gillian from You Are What You Eat (BBC) swears by them – but so far the recipes we’ve found are tastless. Any hints on how to make these beans better tasting?

    Thanks 🙂

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