Vegan Pizza

Cheese is typically the hardest thing to give up when going vegan, and pizza is an iconic dish that incorporates cheese. So, here are many ways to enjoy eating pizza while vegan! You’ll definitely fall in love with pizza all over again.
Delivery

Papa Johns:

  • The sauce & dough are already vegan, so just omit the cheese!
  • They have a wide variety of veggie toppings to include on your pizza
  • Their garlic, BBQ, and buffalo dipping sauce are completely vegan. You can even ask for BBQ sauce on your pizza.

Domino’s:

  • The original sauce is vegan, but only the THIN crust is vegan.
  • Of course, they have loads of veggie toppings
  • Add some extra flavor with these vegan dipping sauces: Garlic Dipping Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Kicker Hot Sauce, and Sweet Mango Habanero Sauce

Little Caesars:

  • The original sauce and original crust are both vegan
  • Lots of veggie toppings, as always!
  • You can even place a special order of the Crazy Bread without Parmesan cheese, and don’t forget the Crazy Sauce!

Pizza Hut:

  • The regular or sweet sauce
  • The Thin’N’Crispy and Hand-Tossed crust are vegan
  • Veggies!!
  • The dessert pizza crust is also vegan

And, if you’re feeling a bit fancy, you can always add on your own vegan cheese and pop your pizza’s back in the oven until it melts.

Restaurants

Mellow Mushroom:

Mellow Mushroom has Daiya vegan cheese. This restaurant is a personal favorite of mine. My order is: regular crust, olive oil and garlic sauce, Daiya cheese with mushrooms, spinach and fresh avocado on top in case any of you want ideas! Their full vegan menu can be found here.

California Pizza Kitchen:

Although, they do not have Daiya cheese, their pizza is still good and very tasty when you load up on veggies. Their full vegan menu can be found here.

For a more detailed list of restaurants that may be near you, click here.

Frozen

Daiya:

  • Daiya is an all vegan brand that specializes in cheese. They have a variety of different frozen vegan pizzas.

Amy’s:

  • Amy’s also has a variety of vegan pizza options. However, not all of their pizzas are vegan.
  • Vegan frozen pizzas: Non-dairy cheese pizza (rice crust), Roasted Vegetable Pizza (no cheese), Vegan Margherita Pizza (with Daiya cheese), Spinach Pizza (rice crust).
  • Amy’s also specifies whether an ingredient is vegan or not within the ingredients.

Tofutti:

  • Tofutti’s Pan Crust Pizza Pizzaz is vegan.

Tofurky:

  • Tofurky’s frozen vegan pizza’s are: Vegan Cheese Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Italian Sausage Pizza

Whole Foods:

  • Roasted Vegetable Pizza (with rice crust or whole wheat crust)

 

You can, of course, make your own dough and buy some vegan cheese if you want to go the homemade route. All you have to do is google ‘vegan pizza crusts’ and thousands of results will pop up! Enjoy your cruelty-free pizza 🙂

 

 

 

Banana and Chia Seed Pancakes

Ingredients
1 1/2 C (192g) Plain Flour

1 1/2 C (375mL) Rice Milk

3T (50g) Brown Sugar

1 Banana

2T (30g) Chia Seeds

1t (5mL) Vanilla Extract

Vegetable Oil (To grease pan)

 

Method

  1. Pre-Heat frying pan on low heat

2. Mash banana

3. Mix all dry ingredients together

4. Add remaining inredients and mix with hand held eletric beater

5. Grease pan with oil

6. Pour some of the mix in and cook like a regular pancake remembering to re-grease the pan every couple of pancakes

 

 

Makes: 6-8

 

Serves: 2

 

FEAR OF CARBS/CALORIES

I, myself, am not a medical doctor or dietician. I have no medical recognition or training, but the information that I am sharing comes from people who do.

Growing up in a society that projects skinny girls as the only type of beautiful is troubling. The magazines and the media feed you diets and cleanses as a way to ‘Get That Perfect Bikini Body’. They also teach you that ‘Carbs Are The Enemy’.

When I decided I wanted to go vegan, I was unsure about what to eat. I went from attempts to cut out as many carbs as I could, to unlearning it all. One of the most informative, helpful books I have read is called The Starch Solution. It was written by John A. McDougall, MD. When I first went vegan, this book was a lifesaver. It covers nutrients, why animal products are toxic, and has lots of recipes.

The McDougall diet, is a high-carb, low-fat, starch based lifestyle. I think that everybody should listen to their own body and make decisions based off of it, and his diet is an option.

As a vegan, regardless of what you’re eating, carbs are very prevalent in the lifestyle. Its unavoidable. Which is why you should do your research, and decide what type of vegan diet you’re going to follow. Choose the one that works for YOU. Eat whatever you want to! As long as it’s cruelty free and includes vital nutrients, its all your decision.

I learned to stop calorie restricting, to eat as much as I want, and to love healthy foods by going vegan. Not only do you save animals, the earth, and other people; you stop eating toxic foods.

Celiacs Disease (Gluten Free)

Those with celiacs disease cannot digest gluten. If you like to eat a lot of vegan alternatives, I can see how that would be a problem.

Luckily, most whole vegan foods are naturally gluten free: fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, and nuts.

Additionally, cassava, corn, soy, potato, tapioca, beans, sorghum, quinoa, millet, buckwheat groats, arrowroot, amaranth, teff, flax, chia, yucca, gluten-free oats, and nut flours are all gluten free. (Although they may have cross contact with gluten depending on where you purchase them from).

– Gluten free foods from celiac.org

If you don’t want to stick to fruits, vegetables, legumes and those grains, however. There are some gluten free vegan alternatives!

As always, I’ll add more as I see them or as they’re suggested.

Meat Alternatives

Gardein

Garden veggie burger

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Black bean burger

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Beefless ground

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Chick’n scallopini

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Beyond Meat

Beast burger

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Chick’n tenders

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Butler

Soy curls

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Upton

Jackfruit carnitas

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Praegers

Veggie burger (Also comes in Kale)

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Amy’s

Veggie loaf

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Gluten free non-dairy burrito

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Organic chocolate cakes

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Mac & Cheese

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* To make it easier, here are all of Amy’s vegan + gluten free foods (There are 89 including a lot of their Pad Tai, Teriyaki Bowl, Tamales, Curry, Lentil Soups, I ce Creams and more)

Other

Here are some foods that are not labeled gluten free but don’t appear to have any gluten in them:

Simply Balanced Korean Barbeque Meatless Chicken

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Simply Balanced Smoky Chipotle Meatless Chicken

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Simply Balanced Mushroom Miso Meatless Turkey

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Here are some unprocessed whole foods that are gluten free that can act as meat substitutes:

Tofu

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A lot of people don’t like tofu, but I find a lot of them just make it wrong. Try this vegan Tofu Fried Rice

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Tempeh

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It may look a little weird, but once you get the hang of it you can start creating recipes like this one: Tempeh Bacon Sweet Potato Hash

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Textured Soy Protein

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It’s usually very cheap and you’ve probably seen it a lot in your local grocery store, once it’s hydrated you can use it to make ground beef, burgers and more including vegan tacos

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Jackfruit

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It may not look like much, but Jackfruit can be used to make carnitas, burgers and more, including this BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich

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By-Product Alternatives

So Delicious

Coconut milk cookies and cream

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Coconut milk cookie dough

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Soy milk cookie dough

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Almond milk cookies and cream

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Yogurt alternatives (All yogurt alternatives including greek varieties are certified Gluten-Free)

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All their beverages including their holiday nogs are Gluten-Free certified (but seemingly none of their creamers, bummer)

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Good Karma

Organic Rice Divine- Carrot Cake, Very Vanilla, Very Cherry, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Mudd Pie, Mint Chocolate Swirl, Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge, Banana Fudge, Coconut Mango.

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Purely Decadent

Cookie Dough

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Larry & Luna’s Coconut Bliss

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Bee Free Honee

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Agave Nectar (I know it’s controversial but I just listed it dor reference)

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Other

Here are some home made recipes for gluten free vegan friendly milk (dairy)/egg replacements

Rice milk recipe (Raw)

Almond milk recipe (Raw)

Hemp milk (Raw)

Cashew milk recipe (+ Cashew cheese recipes) (All Raw)

Soy milk recipe

Flax seed egg replacement: 1tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water = 1 egg

Agar agar egg replacement: 1 tbsp agar agar + 1 tbsp water = 1 egg

Banana egg replacement: 1/2 mashed banana = 1 egg

Chia seed egg replacement: 1tbsp chia seeds + 1/3rd cup water = 1 egg

Peanut butter egg replacement: 3tbsp peanut butter = 1 egg

Applesauce egg replacement: 1/4th cup unsweetened applesauce = 1 egg

Soy protein egg replacement: 1 tbsp soy protein = 1 egg

Banana Nicecream

Homemade banana nicecream is a great alternative to dairy ice cream, and even a healthier alternative to vegan ice cream! Feel free to get creative with toppings 🙂

All you need for the banana nicecream:

  • 3 frozen bananas (I chop mine up and put them in the freezer overnight)
  • 2/3 cups of non dairy milk (you may have to adjust based on the consistency you desire)

All you do is put those two ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulse until it’s creamy! You can add sugar to sweeten it, a non dairy creamer or flavor, other fruit, peanut (or any nut) butter, or cocoa powder to make it into a chocolate nice cream!

As for toppings, my favorite is my homemade granola. For a batch of granola all you need is:

  • 3 cups of oats
  • 1/3 cup of salted sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup of vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flakes
  • 4 tbsp of agave

And, of course, you can adjust or replace these ingredients to fit your taste.

A list of other good ingredients for banana nicecream:

  • Chocolate syrup
  • Fresh fruit
  • Chia seeds
  • Cacao nibs
  • Chocolate chips
  • Cereal
  • Hemp seeds
  • Puffed quinoa
  • Goji berries
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut flakes

These are just some ideas to get you started. This is a great recipe to experiment with and really get creative! Enjoy eating your cruelty free nicecream!

Vegan Alternatives (U.S)

If you enjoy the taste of meat and animal products, you don’t have to give them up when you go vegan! If you have the money to replace animal products, you can replace almost if not everything you love. Just to make it easier, I’ll gradually start putting the store finder and website links in the brand names! Also, these brands usually have more products than i’m listing! Make sure to check them out on their website. Keeping that in mind, not all of their other products are vegan. Some brands like Boca, Ben & Jerry’s and Morning Star aren’t completely vegan. Make sure to check ingredients! I’ll also be adding more alternatives as I find them.

Meat:

Ground Beef

Brands: Gardein, Beyond Beef, Boca, Yves.

Gardein meatless ground

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Beyond Beef beefy crumble (also comes in a spicy flavor ‘fiesty’)

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Boca veggie ground crumbles

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Yves ground crumbles

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Hamburgers

Brands: Amy’s Kitchen, Beyond Meat, Boca, Gardein, Gardenburger, Hilary’s eat well, Impossible foods, Quorn, Sol Cuisine, Yves.

Impossible burger

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Gardeins ultimate beefless burger

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Gardeins chicken sliders

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Gardeins chipotle black bean burger

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Hillarys eat well

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Turkey

Brands: Gardein, Field Roast,

Field Roast celebration roast

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Gardeins holiday roast

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Gardein turk’y cutlets

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Hot dogs & sausages

Brands: Lightlife, Tofurky, Yves, Field Roast, Amy’s.

Smart dogs veggie hot dogs

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Tofurky original hot dogs; also comes in jumbo.

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Yves hot dogs (and corn dogs)

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Field Roast frankfurters

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Tofurky sausages (+ apple maple)

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Amy’s veggie sausage (these are good but a heads up they do not taste like sausages, but rolled up veggie burgers)

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Chicken

Brands: Gardein, Westsoy, Beyond Meat

Beyond meat buffalo poppers

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Beyond meat homestyle tenders

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Beyond Meat chicken strips

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Boca chick’n veggie nuggets

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Boca Chick’n patties

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Westsoy chicken style Seitan

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Gardeins BBQ wings

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Gardeins chick’n strips

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Gardeins crispy tenders

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Gardeins Buffalo wings

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Beef

Brands: Morning Star, Gardein, Field Roast, Amy’s, Sol Cuisine, Beyond Meat.

Morning Star BBQ riblets
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Gardein meatless meatloaf
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Gardein beefless tips
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Gardein beefless strips
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Field Roast meatloaf
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Amy’s veggie meatloaf
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Beyond Meat Italian meatballs
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Sol Cuisine tofu ribs
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Chorizo

Brands: Yves, Trader Joe’s, Upton Naturals.

Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo
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Upton Naturals

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Pork

Brands: Gardein, Tempeh, Sweet earth, Lightlife.

Gardein sweet and sour porkless bites
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Sweet earth bacon
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Lightlife smart bacon

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Tempeh smoked bacon

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Seafood

Brands: Gardein, Sophie’s Kitchen, May Wah, Yves.

Gardein fishless filet

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Canned tuna

Sophie’s kitchen vegan toona

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Shrimp

Yves veggie shrimp

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Crab

Gardein crabless cakes

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Vegan shrimp, calimari, prawns, crab cakes, scallops, fish filets

More from Sophie’s Kitchen

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Also check out May Wah who has just about the most realistic mock meat I’ve seen, such as-  Vegan Tuna, Vegan Squid, Vegan Crab Steak, Vegan Shrimp Roll, Vegan Fish Cake Tempura, Vegan Belt Fish, Vegan Fish Ball.

Animal products:

Milk

Brands: Silk, Rice Dream, West Soy, ect.

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Butter

Brands: Earth Balance.

Earth Balance

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Ice cream

Brands: So Delicious, Ben & Jerry’s, Almond Dream, Coconut Bliss

So Delicious
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Ben & Jerry’s
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Coconut Bliss
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Whipped cream / cool whip

Brands: So Delicious, Soyatoo!

So Delicious
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Soyatoo!
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Yogurt

Brands: So Delicious, Trader Joe’s, Almond Dream.

Trader Joe’s soy yogurt

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Almond dream

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So Delicious

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Cheese

Brands: Daiya, Follow Your Heart, Field Roast, Go Veggie!, Miyokos Creamery, Teese, Wayfare.

Daiya

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Follow Your Heart

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Go Veggie!

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Field Roast

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Cream Cheese

Brands: Daiya, Follow Your Heart, Go Veggie!

Daiya

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Tofutti

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Follow Your Heart

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Sour cream

Brands: Follow Your Heart

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Honey

Brands: Bee Free Honee.

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Eggs

Brands: Follow Your Heart, Ener-G, Vegg.

Follow Your Heart VeganEgg (it scrambles! You can make omelettes)

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Ener-G Egg replacement

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Vegg Vegan egg yolk

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Silk nog

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Condiments

Mayonnaise

Brands: Follow Your Heart, Just Mayo.

Follow Your Heart veganaise

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Just Mayo mayonnaise

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Dressings

Brands: Follow your heart, Daiya.

Follow Your Heart salad dressings

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Daiya salad dressings

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Homemade Cashew Cheese

And it’s all raw! And melts, p.s!

Home made cashew cheese pictures and recipes by our pal Creed! You can follow her for more recipes on her Twitter & Instagram.

For the cheese pictured:

1/3 cup of cashew soaked over night, 1 TB + 1.5 t of nutritional yeast, 1 clove of garlic, 1.5 t starch of your choice, 1 TB and 2 t of lemon juice, and salt to taste in a blender. After blended and salted well put 1/2 cup of water and 1.5 t of agar agar on the stove until dissolved. Add the cashew paste on low to medium heat until it makes a pancake batter consistency. Then put it into ramekins. Let it sit in the fridge for one hour then it’s done!

For chipotle:

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Add either Follow Your Heart chipotle mayo or any vegan store bought chipotle mustard to the original recipe!

For pesto herb:

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1/3 cup of cashew soaked over night, 1 TB + 1.5 t of nutritional yeast, 1 clove of garlic, 1.5 t starch of your choice, 1 TB and 2 t of lemon juice, and salt to taste in a blender. After blended and salted well make the pesto with a handful of fresh cilantro, some basil, about 1/2-1 TB of garlic and pepper. Blend that and after, put 1/2 cup of water and 1.5 t of agar agar on the stove until dissolved. Add the cashew paste and pesto on low to medium heat until it makes a pancake batter consistency. Then put it into ramekins. Let it sit in the fridge for one hour then it’s done!

For sundried tomato herb:

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: 1/3 cup of cashew soaked over night, 1 TB + 1.5 t of nutritional yeast, 1 clove of garlic, 1.5 t starch of your choice, 1 TB and 2 t of lemon juice, and salt to taste in a blender. After blended and salted well rinse dundried tomatoes off to remove oil and chop them up. put 1/2 cup of water and 1.5 t of agar agar on the stove until dissolved. Add the cashew paste sundried tomatoes and a good amount of Italian herb seasoning on low to medium heat until it makes a pancake batter consistency. Then put it into ramekins.

For smoked soy bacon:

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1/3 cup of cashew soaked over night, 1 TB + 1.5 t of nutritional yeast, 1 clove of garlic, 1.5 t starch of your choice, 1 TB and 2 t of lemon juice, and salt to taste in a blender. After blended and salted well put 1/2 cup of water and 1.5 t of agar agar on the stove until dissolved. Add the cashew paste, soy bacun bits (my mom for them at Walmart for super cheap) and smoked paprika, on low to medium heat until it makes a pancake batter consistency. Then put it into ramekins.

For olive artichoke:

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1/3 cup of cashew soaked over night, 1 TB + 1.5 t of nutritional yeast, 1 clove of garlic, 1.5 t starch of your choice, 1 TB and 2 t of lemon juice, and salt to taste in a blender. After blended and salted well put 1/2 cup of water and 1.5 t of agar agar on the stove until dissolved. Add the cashew paste, vegan tapenade, and sliced artichokes on low to medium heat until it makes a pancake batter consistency. Then put it into ramekins. Let it sit in the fridge for one hour then it’s done! Perfect and savory.

For tangy:

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For this you can make a homemade sweet and sour sauce with 1 TB Ketchup, 1 t of Tamari, 2 TB rice vinegar, 4 TB agave, and 2.5 fl oz of water, 2 t of corn starch and diced pepper.

1/3 cup of cashew soaked over night, 1 TB + 1.5 t of nutritional yeast, 1 clove of garlic, 1.5 t starch of your choice, 1 TB and 2 t of lemon juice, and salt to taste in a blender. After blended and salted well put 1/2 cup of water and 1.5 t of agar agar on the stove until dissolved. Add the cashew paste and sweet and sour sauce on low to medium heat until it makes a pancake batter consistency. Then put it into ramekins.

For smoked cheddar:

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1/3 cup of cashew soaked over night, 1 TB + 1.5 t of nutritional yeast, 1 clove of garlic, 1.5 t starch of your choice, 1 TB and 2 t of lemon juice, and salt to taste in a blender. After blended and salted well put 1/2 cup of water and 1.5 t of agar agar on the stove until dissolved. Add the cashew paste, turmeric, and smoked paprika on low to medium heat until it makes a pancake batter consistency. Then put it into ramekins. Let it sit in the fridge for one hour then it’s done! Perfect taste I loveeeee it. You can add anything to this to make it flavored, jalapeños, black pepper, anything!

For spicy tomato:

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1/3 cup of cashew soaked over night, 1 TB + 1.5 t of nutritional yeast, 1 clove of garlic, 1.5 t starch of your choice, 1 TB and 2 t of lemon juice, and salt to taste in a blender. After blended and salted well put 1/2 cup of water and 1.5 t of agar agar on the stove until dissolved. Add the cashew paste and homemade or canned salsa on low to medium heat until it makes a pancake batter consistency. Then put it into ramekins. Let it sit in the fridge for one hour then it’s done! This one taste JUST like nacho cheese.

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They all look delicious! Having never made homemade cheese before, I think I’ll try out the original or cheddar and have my first vegan grilled cheese sandwich!