Pepperoni-less Pizza

We love pizza in my house. But when we changed our diet to a plant-based diet, that meant no more getting pepperoni as a topping. Now, I never liked pepperoni so that wasn’t a problem for me. But for others in my household, it took some getting used to.

But it is very important to keep that pepperoni OFF your pizza. No matter how “good” you think it tastes. Why is pepperoni so bad? Pepperoni, and all processed meats, are manufactured with a carcinogenic ingredient called sodium nitrite. It’s used as a color fixer to give it that pink-red hue. Unfortunately, that ingredient is not benign. It results in the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines in the human body. This leads to a sharp increase in cancer for those who eat them.

What else is sodium nitrite in?

** Beef jerky

** Bacon

** Sausage

** Hot Dogs

** Sandwich meat

** Frozen Pizza with meat

** Canned soups with meat

** Sandwich meat used at restaurants

** Nearly all red meats sold at public schools, restaurants, hospitals and theme parks

Keep the processed meat off your pizza and try new ways to enjoy your favorite foods with a healthy twist. Clean eating isn’t deprivation. It’s eating in ways you’ve maybe never tried before. All the while doing your body good!


Pizza Dough

1 large potato


garlic powder

onion powder

turmeric powder

Himalayan sea salt


basil, chopped

sauce (you can use this or the marinara sauce in this post)

  1. Using a mandolin slicer (or a steady hand and a sharp knife), slice the potato about 1/4 inch thick. Season the potatoes with paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric powder, sea salt, and pepper.
  2. Bake the slices in the oven at 450 for about 15-20 minutes, until fork tender.
  3. While the potatoes are baking, prep the pizza. Roll out the dough and top the dough with garlic powder and onion powder. Spread sauce over the dough.
  4. Once the potatoes are done, spread them around the pizza evenly then top with chopped basil.
  5. Bake pizza in oven at 400 for 20 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.

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