Without a doubt, pizza is my favorite thing in the world. I think I could eat it every day and never get tired of it. And with good reason—there are so many different ways to make it and so many different toppings to use that the combinations are almost endless, even for vegetarians.
Pizza is super flexible. What I like about it is that no matter what sort of diet or eating plan I happen to be on at the moment pizza can usually fit in somewhere. Right now, I just happen to be going mostly gluten free and also watching my daily calorie intake. Amy’s Single Serve Non-Dairy Rice Crust Cheeze Pizza was a perfect match!
While I’m not exclusively vegan these days, I am trying to keep my cheese intake to a minimum, mostly because you can’t fit much cheese into a low calorie diet! So I really loved that not only was this a smaller portion size (no temptation to just eat the whole thing), it was also gluten free and vegan.
The crust is made from rice flour and sunflower seed meal. The “soy cheeze” is their own proprietary recipe. I know that they have teamed up with the folks from Daiya for some of their vegan cheese products. However, it looks like they’re still using their original version here.
Toss in their “signature Italian pizza sauce” and that’s about it! Perfect for a Friday night. I had it with some more of those Alexia Smart Classic French fries!
So let’s run the numbers. Being a single-serve pizza you get to eat the whole thing! And that comes out to 460 calories (250 from fat), 28g fat (ouch!), no cholesterol, 680mg sodium (28%), 46g carbohydrates (15%), and 10g protein. Well, it isn’t really diet food, but it’s a whole lot better than that pizza I was going to have delivered!
The first thing I noticed is that it got quite brown on the bottom. Now, I don’t know if that’s because of my crusty old baking pan or what.
Of course, with this “cheeze” you also have to be prepared for the fact that it doesn’t really melt. They say you can run it under the broiler for a minute to help, but I don’t normally bother with that. So aside from being browner in some respects it does look the same as if it had just been taken from the package.
The crust did seem to be a little dry. I’d noticed that with Udi’s Gluten Free bread also. And maybe that’s just the trade-off for gluten free breads. I don’t have a lot of experience tasting them yet.
It has a nutty, whole grain sort of flavor, probably mostly due to the sunflower seed meal. But I did enjoy it. I was right, the crust was a little overdone on the bottom. I probably should have pulled it out of the oven a minute or two earlier. But it’s difficult to tell when the cheeze doesn’t really melt!
The tomato sauce is what brings this pizza all together. It’s seasoned nicely and really stands out. With no toppings on the pizza there isn’t a whole lot more to go by. But, of course, like they say on the box, you can certainly add your own toppings!
It makes me feel like I’m eating pizza without that gut-busting too full sensation I get with delivery. That’s probably because I have no restraint when it comes to portion control and hot delivered pizza. At least with this I have to turn on the oven and heat up another one if I want to eat more!
Overall, a nice addition to dinner choices and one that helps keep me from straying too far off the track. I can eat this and still not feel heavy. Just light and hunger satisfied!
P.S. Here’s a little trick with smaller portion sizes like this. I cut the pizza into 6 slices instead of 4. Even though each slice is smaller there is still a part of you that thinks you had 6 slices and so it seems like more than it actually is!