Yes, I know it’s May and the last thing you want to think about is how to cook brown rice but trust me on this one. It’s a goodie.

This ‘creamy’ homemade pizza sauce recipe is made from raw cashews, sweet red bell peppers and tomatoes. It reminds me of the pizza sauce I ate as a kid….far better than the Pizza Hut pizza sauce from back in the ’80’s.


I served this recipe with a few slices of gluten-free bread because, well it’s just fun to dunk bread into leftover tomato sauce, isn’t it? You can serve it with salad if you’re not a bread person…it’s just as good. I also want to note that this recipe is amazing if you have leftover veggies such as cauliflower, spinach or broccoli that you want to toss in! Just simply add them to the finished recipe and you’ll kick up your fiber a notch.

It’s an easy-peasy recipe that is hard to mess up so you can feel good about taking this on and mastering it for dinner tonight.

Go ahead- give it a shot and let me know what you think.




And if you’re in NYC on May 20th join me for my next Dinner Party- it’s all organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegan and vegetarian!

May 20th Amie Valpone NYC Vegan Gluten-Free Cooking Class Dinner Party

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Brown Rice with Sun-Dried Tomato 'Pizza' Sauce {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan}
Serves: 6
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree


  • 2 cups wild or brown rice
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 red bell peppers diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 can 12 oz. BPA-free canned tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. golden raisins
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp. sesame seeds


  1. Cook rice according to package directions with sea salt.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, salt and pepper; cook until onions are translucent, approximately 5 minutes. Add bell peppers and canned tomatoes and sun-dried tomatoes; mix well to combine. Cook for another 7-9 minutes then add in remaining ingredients except lemon zest and sesame seeds. Cook until tomatoes and peppers are soft and tender. Be sure to break up tomatoes as you stir the mixture. Remove from heat and transfer in batches to a food processor; blend until smooth then add to cooked (and drained) rice and serve warm.
  3. Garnish with lemon zest and sesame seeds.
Nutrition Facts
Brown Rice with Sun-Dried Tomato 'Pizza' Sauce {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 209mg9%
Potassium 931mg27%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 2478IU50%
Vitamin C 70mg85%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. Pizza and rice? This is a healthy side dish that the kids might actually get excited about!! Sounds really good.

  2. Can’t wait to make this it looks amazing! I would’ve have never thought of this combination, but it’s brilliant!

  3. Creamy cashew pizza sauce sounds so good!! I will be trying this very soon. Cashews are a favorite in our family! Thanks, Amie!