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 🙂

 

 

 

Resources to Go Vegan with Dietary Restrictions

We live in a society that conditions us to  believe that we need meat and animal products.

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Going vegan isn’t always easy. I grew up in a single parent and low income household with anemia. In addition, I am allergic to nuts and soy. So I more than quite a bit of people know that cutting out animal products doesn’t have the same level of difficulty for everyone. But can’t go vegan? I don’t know. You can decide for yourself! I will keep working on this list as more people come to me with different situations they think they can’t go vegan in, in hopes of helping them.

I can’t go vegan because…

I’m anemic

I live in a low income household

I’m allergic to nuts and soy

I have Celiacs disease

I have Gastroparesis

I have to eat a low fiber diet

It would be hard to maintain my cultural identity

I am underweight

I am diabetic (external link)

I have an eating disorder (external link)

I have Hypoglycemia (external link)

I have an autoimmune disease (external link)

I have IBS (external link & P.S Freelee The Banana Girl had/has IBS!)

Lig’s Sweet Potato Stew & Spicy Dahl

This is a dish I made for Friendsgiving back in November. I made an entirely vegan dinner for my (mixed-omni) friends and this was voted as the favourite part of the meal by far. It’s wonderfully filling and the dash of smoked paprika makes it a perfect warming meal for those of us in colder climates. I’ve included my recipe for spicy dahl as it balances the slight sweetness of the stew beautifully- I highly recommend you enjoy these two dishes with fresh sourdough bread and hummus.

5 small roasting potato, skins on, cubed

2 sweet potatoes, skins on, cubed

3 red or yellow bellpeppers chopped

1 handful of whole cherry tomatoes

1 1/2 handfuls of halved cherry tomatoes

Toss the above into 2 roasting tins. Drizzle with oil/water (i used water) and heap on paprika, thyme, chilli and a dash of maple syrup.

As they’re roasting, cube 3 medium sized onions and 6 cloves of garlic. Throw these into a BIG pot with a teaspoon or two of coconut oil and then a cup of water. As they soften, cut up 3 medium carrots and throw them in. At this point I added a tin of chopped tomatoes but it wasnt totally necessary.

Once potatoes and veggies are done, add them to the pot. Throw in 2-4 tablespoons cumin and 2 tablespoons coriander with a dash of chilli to taste- and of course s&p. Leave to simmer and stir periodically. I would have loved to have stuck a leaf of fresh coriander on top but didnt have any!

For the dahl, I used red lentils. I used 1 cup of lentils, and to simmer I used 1 cup of rice milk and 1 cup of water. I added in s&p, chilli powder, minced garlic, cumin and some garam masala, along with a tiny dash of coconut sugar. It was delicious but I normally prefer to use lime if I want to sweeten it a little- coconut sugar proved a viable substitute, but didn’t have the zing i was looking for. Also, if anyone’s wondering the hummus in the picture is Tesco’s lower-fat hummus, it’s really good. 🙂

Blueberry Banana Muffins

Recipe by Taylor Mooney

Prep time: 15 minutes

Bake time: 20-30 minutes

Makes: about 1 dozen

Ingredients: 

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup vegan butter (or soft coconut oil)

1 cup vegan buttermilk*

1 banana, blended**

1 1/3 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup blueberries

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line or spray cupcake tins, set aside.
  2. Cream sugar and butter, then add vegan buttermilk and pureed banana – continue mixing.
  3. Add flour in 1/2 cup at a time then add the rest of your dry ingredients.
  4. Fold in blueberries.
  5. Fill each baking cup 3/4 with batter then bake for 20-30 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  6. Best served warm.

*to make vegan buttermilk add 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to nondairy milk.

**banana will be blended easiest if it is slightly overripe and blended with the buttermilk to make a liquid. The banana is just being used as an egg substitute so it is not meant to be chunky.

Vegan Snickerdoodles

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Total time: about 2 hours

Yield: 12-14 cookies

Recipe by Taylor Mooney

Ingredients:

1/2 cup vegan butter or coconut oil

1/2 cup granulated cane sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 T vegetable oil, 1 1/2 T water, and 1 tsp baking powder (this is your egg substitute)

1/2 T vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or gluten free alternative

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 tsp salt

Cinnamon sugar coating:

2 T sugar

1 T ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Cream vegan butter and sugars in a mixer using a paddle attachment.
  2. Add in egg substitute and vanilla then continue mixing.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the rest of the ingredients and stir until the ingredients are evenly distributed then gradually add the dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until ingredients are evenly combined and a dough has formed.
  4. Chill dough for about 30 minutes.
  5. Prepare sugar and cinnamon in a bowl for rolling.
  6. Remove dough from refrigerator, roll dough into balls the size of 2 tablespoons, roll ball around in cinnamon and sugar, then place on a lined or greased cookie sheet.
  7. Place cookie sheet back into refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 9-12 minutes.
  9. After baking, place cookies on a cooling rack and enjoy!

Note – The dough is chilled so the cookies do not become flat and thin while baking.

Black Bean Salsa

Whether it’s with chips or on a burrito, salsa is an extremely versatile side.  Adding black beans to the mix allows even more flavor in the salsa and not to mention nutrients!

Ingredients:

1 can of organic black beans

1 white or red onion

1 bell pepper

1 lime

1 tomato – better boy or roma

10-12 sprigs of cilantro

salt to taste

1/4-1/2 of cayenne powder (optional)

1/2 tsp of adobo (optional)

1/2 tsp of fajita seasoning (optional)

Directions

  1. Rinse and drain black beans.
  2. Mince all vegetables and add to mix.
  3. Juice lime and mix.
  4. Add spices to taste.

Simple and easy recipes are a must.  One cup of black beans alone contains over 40 g of protein; this side also includes great sources of vitamin C and E, biotin, and more!  Vegan recipes can be simple and nutritious as long as you know where to look.

Vegan Life Hacks

Happy New Year! Is this the year you
finally make to transition to veganism? Have you learned that going vegan is super easy and that you’re ready to make the change? If you answered yes to these questions then this is the article for you!

Although coming to this lifestyle was far easier than I ever imagined, I definitely would have benefited from what I know now beforehand so I’ve come up with a list of vegan life hacks that will hopefully give you a head start. You will pick up thousands of hacks along the way but, I’ve narrowed this list down to the top 7 that I’ve found most useful.

1. Coconut oil. This product is going to be your best friend. Coconut oil can be used in place of moisturizers, shaving cream, teeth whitener and it makes an awesome hair mask, leaving your hair incredibly soft and shiny. This saves the trouble of searching for cruelty free items and is a much cheaper alternative – one jar goes a long way!

2.  Carb up! A lot of people come from a background of excessive restriction and complain that they have no energy on a vegan diet. The problem is simply that many people don’t eat enough in fear of gaining weight. We’re constantly told that carbs are bad for us but this isn’t the case. Please don’t be afraid of grains and definitely don’t be afraid of fruit as these are the foods we should eat in abundance.

3. Happy Cow – Need an easy way to find restaurants or café’s with vegan options? Or even better – a complete vegan menu? Happy Cow’s got you covered! You can use their app to find vegan food on the go or look it up on the website beforehand. The app costs £2.99 so the website may be a better option if you’re not up for spending money.

4. Cronometer – Easily track your nutrients to ensure you’re getting enough of what you need. This can be especially helpful if family members are concerned about your health; show them how easy it is to get adequate nutrition.

5. Veganism on social media. Not only is it a good idea to meet like-minded people, it’s also helpful to subscribe to vegan Youtube channels or follow Instagram accounts to get inspiration for new recipes and lifestyle tips. It’s one of the best ways to find out how to make vegan easy and keep going. Maybe even make your own!

6. B12 – A lot of people are worried about B12 when coming to the vegan lifestyle but the truth is most people don’t get a sufficient amount, regardless of diet. We would naturally get B12 through the dirt on natural produce, but due to modern farming methods it’s much harder to obtain this way. Because of this, livestock are injected with B12 shots so the way vegans get the vitamin is not any less natural than meat eaters. If you’re not up for taking a B12 supplement you may want to use fortified foods such as plant milks, cereal or nutritional yeast.

7.  Restaurants. The are plenty of vegan restaurants around but if you’re forced to attend a family meal at a place with no vegan meal options you might assume you’ll be left sipping on orange juice as the night goes by. To make things easier you can create your own meal from sides or ask for the vegetarian option without the Cheese, and don’t worry this is not uncommon.

Good luck if you’re planning on going vegan this year! Don’t forget to come back to Mad Rabbits for tips if you’re struggling or contact us via twitter at @MadRabbitsUSA!