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April Foodprint- Plant Based Pizza

Created by: Clare Matthews, Rachel Onusko and Claire Mohney

This April, when the rain falls and the flowers bloom, nothing is better than a night inside eating pizza and watching movies. However, there is a way to do this without having to worry about your water #FOODPRINT! Between the flour, cheese, and sauce, pizza can use about 42 gallons of water per slice (Source). Forget the pepperoni and substitute veggies for a health conscience, earth-friendly meal with a smaller water footprint!

Use the recipe listed below for a delicious meal that substitutes ingredients with major water waste for alternatives that taste just as good, if not better!

Plant-based pizza


  • 1/2 of one Trader Joe’s garlic-herb pizza crust (or half of this homemade recipe or this gluten-free recipe)
  • 1/2 cup each red, green, and orange bell pepper (loosely chopped)
  • 1/3 cup red onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup button mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp each dried or fresh basil, oregano, and garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce* (organic when possible)
  • 1/2 tsp each dried or fresh basil, oregano, garlic powder, granulated sugar
  • ~1/4 tsp sea salt (to taste)



Water #FOODPRINT Variations
Pepperoni= 576 gal./ lb (Source)
Cheese= 381 gal./lb (Source)
Peppers= 30 gal/lb (Source)