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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!
for the scramble
(Source: keepinitkind.com / Photography by Chris Miller)
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.
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):
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.”
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Going vegan doesn’t need to mean you need to leave cheese behind!
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.
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