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Taters ‘n’ Greens Tofu Scramble Pizza

Because I care about all of you, I want you to get this holiday started off right. For this special day, to make sure you have the proper fuel to get you though the day of eating vegan pizza, and to do National Vegan Pizza Day justice, I’m providing you with the ultimate breakfast pizza.

We all love our tofu scrambles for breakfast, but what do you serve it with? Potatoes? Toast? Well, friend, I’ve got you covered. Let’s put the potatoes in the tofu scramble, because you know you’re going to mix them together once they get on your plate. And instead of boring ol’ toast, let’s pile it up on top of a pizza crust and save everyone the hassle of trying to use a fork to scoop it onto your toast. Then for good measure, let’s put some melty cashew cheese (because it’s pizza and we need some cheese, dang it!), and some greens in there (because we need our vitamins and minerals to be healthy on this day of vegan pizza-eating).

I know you’re now saying “Back up to the part about the melty cashew cheese,” so let me tell you about it. Awhile back, I made this awesome Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Cashew Cheese for some burgers I was making. It was based on an incredible recipe from Annie at An Unrefined Vegan. It’s on the firmer side and is just amazing in sandwiches, burgers, or pretty much anything you add it to. Well, a friend of mine, Somer, at Good Clean Food, made her own version of Annie’s cheese, but she made it with pectin, rather than agar agar.

The result: a much softer, meltier cheese. I followed Somer’s recipe and it blew my mind (yes, there is a link to a Flight of the Conchords music video in her recipe, and yes, that is one more reason why I love her). Chris and I practiced enough self-control to not eat the entire batch of this luscious mozzarella-flavored cashew cheese and saved some for this pizza. If you don’t want to make this incredible cheese (you would be kind of nuts not to), daiya or another vegan mozzarella cheese would work just as well.

This tofu scramble is my favorite kind of scramble, the kind I like to make time and time again. Then it’s combined with the awesome cashew cheese and made into a pizza… Well, it’s pretty much heaven on earth for me and I can’t think of a better way to start National Vegan Pizza Day. Come on, people- Let’s do vegan pizza proud!

Ingredients

for the scramble

  • 3-4 small potatoes, thinly sliced (I used a mandoline)
  • 2 cups roughly chopped greens (I used collard greens)
  • 1 block of extra firm tofu, drained
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ + 1/8 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black salt (Kala Namak)
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon tumeric
  • several dashes of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ – 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • for the pizza
  • 1/3 recipe pizza dough
  • 1 cup vegan mozzeralla-style cashew cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup marinara sauce (optional- I used Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato Basil Marinara)

Instructions

  1. Prepare your pizza dough, according to directions, or use your own preferred method. Preheat the oven to 475. Prepare your pizza pan or peel, and place rolled out dough on the peel/pan.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large, shallow saucepan or frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the onion and sauté until onion is translucent. Add in the potato slices and the ½ cup vegetable broth. Turn the heat down to medium-low and sauté the potatoes until the liquid is fully absorbed, stirring often to prevent sticking. If you find it sticking a lot, you may need to turn the heat down just a bit more.
  3. Use your hands to tear the block of tofu into bite-sized pieces and add to the pan. Mix to combine with potatoes and raise heat to medium. The tofu should release enough water to keep it from sticking, but if you find that it is sticking, use a bit of water to deglaze and lower the heat. Let the tofu cook, stirring only occasionally to prevent sticking, until the tofu is “browned,” about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Once the tofu is browned, add the thyme, cumin, salt, paprika, tumeric, cayenne and 1/8 cup of vegetable broth. Mix until fully combined and let cook until liquid is absorbed. Add the nutritional yeast (if you like a more cheesy taste, use 1/3 cup, if you want less, use ¼ cup) and mix to combine. Add the greens, stir to combine, and lower the heat to medium-low. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until greens are just starting to wilt. Remove from heat.
  5. After you’ve added the greens, place the peel/pan, with the prepared pizza dough, into the oven and cook for 2 minutes, then remove from heat. The purpose of this is to pre-cook the crust a bit so the tofu scramble doesn’t have to be in the oven as long (which will cause the greens to get a little crisp).
  6. Use the back of a spoon to spread the marinara around on the crust (this step is totally optional. If you don’t have any marinara on hand, don’t sweat it). Sprinkle 2/3 cup of the shredded cheese on the crust. Spoon the tofu scramble onto the crust and spread out evenly. Top with remaining cheese.
  7. Return the pizza to the oven and cook for about 5-7 more minutes, until the edges bubble up and get a little golden. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

(Source: keepinitkind.com / Photography by Chris Miller)

60 Catchy Animal Cruelty and Animal Abuse Slogans

These have been used by organizations and activists from all over and meant to inspire your own slogan and participation. The following collection of animal abuse slogans are focused on raising awareness towards ending animal cruelty throughout the worldwide.

  • 1. A hamburger stops a beating heart.
  • 2. Do not buy animals from pet shops this increases puppy mills.
  • 3. Give a hoot, give fur the boot.
  • 4. One can measure the greatness and moral progress of a nation by looking at how it treats its animals.
  • 5. We will never find peace among people whose heart finds satisfaction in killing living things.
  • 6. Be an everyday hero, stop animal abuse.
  • 7. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.
  • 8. Know Compassion, Know Peace.
  • 9. The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.
  • 10. Are clothes to kill for?
  • 11. Eat beans not beings.
  • 12. I rather go naked than wear fur.
  • 13. Save a Life, eat Tofu.
  • 14. Animals are my friends and I don’t wear my friends.
  • 15. don’t be a loser, stop the abuser.
  • 16. God loved the birds and created trees, humans loved the birds and created cages.
  • 17. Pets for Peace, not Beats.
  • 18. Would you want to spend your entire life on a chain? neither do they.
  • 19. Cruelty is one fashion statement we can do without.
  • 20. Fur is not fair.
  • 21. No compassion, No peace.
  • 22. We can judge the heart of a man by how he treats animals.
  • 23. Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight.
  • 24. don’t treat animals the way you don’t want to be treated.
  • 25. Humans aren’t the only species on Earth, We just act like it!
  • 26. Real people wear fake fur.
  • 27. Adopt, Rescue, Love forever.
  • 28. Do not neglect, protect! Slowly see the affect, as the animals reconnect!
  • 29. Give Peas a chance!
  • 30. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
  • 31. When a man destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal. When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman.
  • 32. Be the voice they wish they had, make the choice they wish they could.
  • 33. Friends don’t chain friends.
  • 34. Love me, don’t eat me.
  • 35. There is no excuse for animal abuse.
  • 36. Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are like us.” Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are not like us.”
  • 37. Evolve: End Violence Against Animals.
  • 38. If you are what you eat, does that make you Dead Meat!
  • 39. Take out the blindness, show a little kindness, evolve up the ladder, get conscious- animals matter.
  • 40. Animals are your neighbors on this earth- respect them!
  • 41. Don’t breed or buy, while shelter animals die.
  • 42. He who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.
  • 43. Punish the deed, not the breed.
  • 44. You are not an environmentalist if you eat factory farmed animals.
  • 45. Avoid getting caught in the fashion TRAP, Don’t wear fur.
  • 46. Feed it, don’t eat it.
  • 47. Killing for recreation is obscene.
  • 48. The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?”
  • 49. Animals, abuse them and you will lose them.
  • 50. DONT CHOOSE TO ABUSE!
  • 51. Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they’re in the game.
  • 52. Rescued is my favorite breed.
  • 53. Animal activists unite as one. We won’t stop fighting until the war is won.
  • 54. Don’t act blindly, treat us kindly.
  • 55. Give us truth and stop the abuse!
  • 56. People who abuse animals barely stop there.
  • 57. Why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by What is above him when he shows no mercy to what is under him?
  • 58. Being cruel isn’t cool.
  • 59. Fur belongs to the animal that was wearing it first.
  • 60. Never wear anything that panics the cat.

(source: brandongaille.com)

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Vegan FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. WHAT IS VEGANISM?

Veganism is abstaining from all animal products in diet and lifestyle.

Foods avoided in a vegan diet include: meat (including fish and poultry), eggs, dairy, and honey.

Outside of their diets, vegans also avoid (as far as possible and practical):

  • products tested on animals
  • personal care products containing animal ingredients (beeswax, keratin, lanolin, etc.)
  • leather, suede, down, and fur
  • animal derived fabrics such as silk or wool
  • animals as entertainment (circuses, rodeos, etc.)

2. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VEGANISM AND PLANT-BASED DIETS?

The term “plant-based” typically refers to a diet of plant foods (fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, whole grains, healthy fats, etc.) which excludes animal products (meat, eggs, dairy, etc.) Typically the choice to abstain from animal products in diet won’t apply to a plant-based dieters overall lifestyle. Someone adhering to a plant-based diet might eat similarly to a vegan but they may use products tested on animals, or wear animal-derived fabrics.

Veganism is exactly what I outlined above, the key being that vegans abstain from animal products in both their diets AND lifestyles. Veganism doesn’t automatically = healthy. Vegans don’t necessarily abstain from unhealthy animal-free foods and can consume highly processed foods and ingredients. The vegan’s concern is typically “Does this contain any animal products?” instead of “Is this a health food?”.

Plant-based diets tend to have a focus on healthier foods, also excluding highly refined ingredients (like refined sugars, flours, and oils.)

What about plant-based vegans? It’s a safe bet to assume that they are vegan (in diet and lifestyle) and choose to eat mainly whole foods and avoid excess refined ingredients. Essentially, they’re “healthy vegans.”

3. HOW DO I KNOW IF A PARTICULAR FOOD IS VEGAN?

If the food is completely unprocessed, any fruit, vegetable, nut, seed, bean, or legume is vegan.

If it’s a packaged food, read the ingredients list. There are many by-products derived from animals which can cause some confusion at first, for example; whey powder, casein, and modified milk ingredients are all dairy products.

If you’re considering adopting a vegan diet, don’t let that scare you! You’ll be amazed at how quickly you learn what ingredients to avoid, it’s nothing to sweat over, you’ll learn it all in time!

A simple tip for quickly scanning ingredients lists: look at the very bottom of the ingredients list for the information on allergens. If the product contains milk ingredients, eggs, or shellfish it will plainly say, “Contains milk, eggs, shellfish”. This doesn’t work so well for meat products, but it really helps when scanning for dairy and eggs.

4. WHAT ABOUT ADD-ON LABELS LIKE OIL-FREE, HCLF, 80/10/10, AND RAW?

Disclaimer: I am not an advocate for any of the following lifestyles. I’m quite content eating plain old vegan, or tip-toeing into plant-based veganism to eat better. Veganism is a hefty label to bear on its own and I’m not comfortable suggesting that anyone limit their diet further if it’s not medically necessary (like in the case of some gluten-free vegans.) Further limiting yourself beyond veganism can lead to disordered eating habits and food-based obsessions, can lead to burn-out (a.k.a. quitting veganism all-together!) or nutritional deficiencies. This is based on my experience and anecdotal evidence from being a part of the vegan community for several years. Over-complicating veganism can make the lifestyle seem less unapproachable to potential vegans. Going vegan is SO awesome, you don’t need to take part in any competition for “best vegan award” and limit your choices further. Do what’s best for you and always listen to your body! If you’re a new vegan, take your time. There’s so much room to experiment with your diet by eating less oil or eating more raw foods but you don’t need to slap another label on yourself to do so!

These niche labels further limit a vegan or plant-based dieters food choice, beyond not consuming animal products.

Oil-free: Consumes no refined oils but does eat unrefined fats like avocados, nuts, and whole-foods.

HCLF (High Carb-Low Fat): Restricts fat intake and relies heavily on carbs for fuel. They may eat plenty of fruit (probably a lot of bananas), potatoes, rice, etc.

80/10/10: These number refers to the ratio of macro nutrients they strive for: 80% carbohydrates, 10% protein, 10% carbs.

Raw: Raw vegans don’t consume foods heated about 48 °C (118 °F), stemming from the belief that heating foods above these temperatures destroys macro-nutrients.

Raw till 4: Someone who eats a primarily raw diet but eats a cooked dinner (They eat “raw” until 4pm and then allow cooked foods.)

 

5. WHICH ANIMAL BY-PRODUCTS DOES A VEGAN NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR?

There are some very comprehensive lists of animal by-products and all their many names online. They’re a little overwhelming for someone who is new to veganism.

Here are some of the more common ingredients to watch out for (not including the obvious such as “eggs”, “milk”, “beef fat”, etc.)

Personal care products, cosmetics, etc.: beeswax, lanolin, keratin, musk, pearls, tallow

Food: albumen, bone char, butter fat, carmine, casein, gelatin, lactose, lard, l-cysteine, shellac, vitamin D3, whey powder

To add to the confusion there are many ingredients that could be plant-based or animal-based. For those ingredients you’ll often have to contact the manufacturer directly to find out where they source their ingredients, or check online, someone else may have already found the answer.

6. WHAT ABOUT PRODUCTS THAT SAY “MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF MILK PRODUCTS” OR “PROCESSED IN A FACILITY THAT MANUFACTURES MILK PRODUCTS”, ARE THEY SUITABLE FOR VEGANS?

This simply means that milk is not an added ingredient, but a very small amount may have come in contact with the food. This is really intended for people with severe allergies where even the tiniest amount of cross-contamination with an allergen could cause them to have an allergic reaction. Sometimes companies that don’t even use these ingredients but will add the “may contain “X” ingredients” to the package to cover their butts if someone were to have any adverse reaction. I do not avoid foods that contain only vegan ingredients but could be contaminated with non-vegan allergens.

 

7. I’D LOVE TO GO VEGAN BUT I LOVE CHEESE!

Going vegan doesn’t need to mean you need to leave cheese behind!

8. IS EATING VEGAN EXPENSIVE? I NEED TO STICK TO A BUDGET!

Just like any other diet, you can choose to eat an extravagant vegan diet, or a more budget conscious one. In my experience so far, I spend a considerable amount less to eat healthy and vegan than I did when I was eating healthy and vegetarian.

STILL HUNGRY FOR INFO? CHECK OUT OUR VEGAN FAQ PAGE ! GOOD LUCK !

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Enjoy!

(Source: ilovevegan.com)