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Vegan Meaty Lasagna

Well I made some vegan meaty lasagna for lunch yesterday and it was delicious! Even my brother (who is a complete meat eater) enjoyed it!

This recipe will yield 2-3 servings depending on how much you want to eat but you can certainly make the quantities bigger for more lasagna!

You’ll need:

– 1 bag of Boca Soy Crumbles

– 1/2 chopped tomato

– 1/4 chopped white onion

– A few chopped mushrooms

– 6 strips of Whole wheat lasagna pasta, I break them in half before cooking them

– 1/2 bottle tomato sauce

– Daiya Cheese

– Greased baking pan

1. Put the lasagna pasta to boil

2. Chop all the veggies and cook them with the soy crumbles in olive oil.

**Preheat oven to 375 degrees**

3. Once the pasta is ready, place strips lining the bottom of the baking pan

4. Put the soy crumbles on top, then sauce, then daiya cheese.

5. REPEAT steps 3 & 4 until you have all the layers you want (This will yield about 2 layers with pasta on top).

6. Top it with pasta and cheese on top.

7. Bake for about 15 minutes or until ready.

8. Serve and ENJOY!!

Super vegan, super delicious, super easy!

Enjoy! =)

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Vegan Pizza

We made pizza! Since my boyfriend is a vegetarian (still eats cheese) we had a half vegetarian, half vegan pizza. He used real cheese and I used Daiya cheese. It’s super simple so don’t get nervous.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

What you’ll need:

Ready made pizza dough (I bough it from my local supermarket for a couple of bucks) – Maybe one of these days I’ll show you how I make my own dough.

Ingredients: I put on my side Vegan pepperoni, Daiya cheese, mushrooms, and basil. Instead of pizza sauce, we used sliced tomatoes. But you can add pizza sauce.

We have a wooden pizza thing where we cook the pizza (see picture). You can also put the dough on an aluminum pizza baking sheet.

What to do:

Fun Fact: My first job ever was a dominos pizza, so I have (sort-of) skilled the art of shaping dough. However, if you were not lucky enough to work at a pizza place to earn a living, then don’t fret, you can still make pizza!

1. Find a countertop where you can get messy and put some flour on the counter and lay the pizza dough.

2. Massage the dough with your fingertips to stretch it out. With your hands you can stretch the dough by repeatedly massaging the dough starting with your hands closed and moving them away from each other (I should make a video).

S3. Once you’ve done that enough times where your dough is in the shape of a pizza (and don’t worry of it rips, just gently stick it back together) you can start adding toppings.

4. Add the sliced tomatoes (or the tomato sauce) to the pizza, add the Daiya cheese (as much as you want, add a little bit of olive oil (if you want) add the ingredients. Whatever you want or like on your pizza.

4. Stick in oven for 15-20 minutes. Let it cool a little bit (or not) and ENJOY!!

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Portofino Pizza

This restaurant is in Miami, Florida. Not sure if anywhere else. However, the tips on making a vegan meal in a pizza/pasta place can be used anywhere.

One of my boyfriend’s favorite restaurants! Very delicious food, including the pizza, that I used to eat when I was a vegetarian and not a vegan. Once I made the transition, I had to look for something else to eat here. I have found that with a little creativity and willingness from the server, anything is possible.

An easy meal at pizza/pasta restaurants is to order pasta. Simple spagetti with marinera, then add some mushrooms or eggplant.

Another options, which is the more creative one, is to choose a sandwich or panini and re-create it. Today I ordered a lunch combo with a salad and a panini. If you explain to the waiter that you don’t eat meat or animal products, they are more willing to work with you. I told her I wanted a panini with caramelized onions, mushrooms, eggplant, tomato, and lettuce and if I could have it with some pizza tomato sauce. What came out was a great unique vegan panini!

They also have an eggplant parmesan sandwich, which would be ok, except the eggplant is breaded with egg. So no to that one.

For the appetizer, we order the potato chips. These are handcut, homemade, seasoned potato chips. They come with a sauce that is mayo based (my boyfriend is obsessed with this sauce) but I eat them with ketchup.

Always remember to ask for what you want and re-create meals that you want to make vegan. Most often than not, they’ll do it!

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Rocco’s Tacos Mexican Food

We had dinner at this place with some friends. It was delicious!

We had the guacamole as an appetizer. It was really yummy!

I had the mushroom tacos “no cheese please!” (grilled mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and a tomato sauce). It came with yellow rice and their ensalata mixta (greens, balck beans, corn, and a yummy dressing.

My boyfriend had their vegetarian enchilada. He enjoyed it very much. The enchiladas were filled with cheese (he eats cheese), carrots, zucchini, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and other veggies. It came with yellow rice and refried beans. He said it was different because he had never had the enchiladas with veggies but he really enjoyed it.

Overall, a very good place and good vegan options!

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