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Recipe: Vegan Mac & Pepperjack Pizza

August 31st, 2011 11:43 am by Kelly


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Shane made this vegan Mac & Pepperjack pizza back in June, not long after we procured OUR VERY FIRST BAG (!) of Daiya’s new Pepperjack style shreds. Since I’m not too keen on spicy foods (I know, boo! hiss! boo!), he had this pie all to his lonesome. He double-cooked the macaroni and cheese on the stovetop and again in the oven, and garnished it with breadcrumbs ’cause that’s how he rolls. He enjoyed the hell out of it, though I still prefer my own version of a mac & cheese pizza. And that’s okay! That means more for each of us if we aren’t eying one another’s pizzas!

 
Vegan Mac & Pepperjack Pizza

Ingredients

For the dough:

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F / 45 degrees C)
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/4 tablespoons active dry yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

For the mac & cheese:

2 cups Pepperjack Daiya cheese (optional: sub in a little mozzarella Follow Your Heart for a creamier cheese sauce, like so!)
2 cups uncooked macaroni (mini shells are my personal fave!)
4 tablespoons margarine
12 oz plain soy milk

Misc:

Cornmeal or cooking spray with which to coat the pizza stone or pizza pan
Olive oil or cooking spray to lightly coat the dough
Breadcrumbs to garnish

 
Directions

Prepare the dough!

1. Stir the water, sugar and yeast together until dissolved. Add the olive oil and salt, as well as any extra spices or seasonings. Stir in the flour until blended. Form the dough into a small ball and let rest in large bowl, covered loosely with a towel, anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.

Make the cheese sauce!

2. Once the dough is done rising and you’re ready to assemble the pizza, get to work on the cheese sauce. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the soy milk to a boil.

3. Reduce the heat to medium and mix in the margarine, stirring until melted.

4. Add the cheese shreds, stirring gently until they combine with the liquid to form a creamy cheese sauce. The soupier the better, as the oven baking will thicken it up quite a bit.

Optional: season to taste with salt, pepper, onion, garlic, etc.

5. Reduce the heat to low, stirring every few minutes.

6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Make the pasta!

7. In a deep skillet or wide, shallow sauce pan, cook the pasta according to the directions provided on the package. Stop when about 90% done and drain, leaving a little hot water with the pasta. (This will mostly cook down as you continue to heat the pasta.)

Combine the two to make mac and cheese!

8. Mix the cheese sauce into pasta, stirring well. On medium low heat, let the pasta continue to cook until it’s the desired consistency. Stir constantly during this last step so that none of the pasta or cheese sticks to the pan.

9. As the pasta is cooking, spread a dusting of cornmeal onto your pizza stone (or lightly coat your pizza pan with cooking spray). Using fingers dipped in olive oil (optional), pat the dough onto the stone, spreading it out evenly. Lightly dust a bit of olive oil on top of the dough, or spray it with a bit of cooking spray.

10. Next, sprinkle a little extra Daiya on the crust to taste. Then add the mac & cheese, spreading it out evenly on the pizza pie. If it’s a bit on the soupy side, allow it to cool for a few minutes before adding it to the pizza; this will give it time to solidify, but not too much! Top with vegan breadcrumbs if desired.

11. Bake at 425 degrees, for between 15 and 20 minutes for a single pizza, or 30 minutes for two pizzas.

12. Serve warm, and with a fork and bib!

 

i ate the whole thing
 

“I ate the whole thing,” by themacinator on flickr.
This photo is completely unrelated to my Mac & Pepperjack pizza,
but the post is just begging for a second picture, don’t you think?

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This World Go Vegan Week, vegan pizza will take over the world!

August 29th, 2011 6:09 pm by Kelly


Vegan Pizza Takes Over the World

 

What follows is the most delicious action alert I’ve ever received from In Defense of Animals. In honor of World Go Vegan Week, IDA and Daiya want to team up with you (yeah, you!) to spread the cheesy vegan pizza love! Help persuade your local pizzeria to offer a vegan pie for World Go Vegan Week … and beyond! (Vegan Pizza Day is just a few months later, yo!) All the vegan pizza will be ours! Muahahaha!

By the by, Vegan Pizza Takes Over the World? NEEDS TO BE A COOKBOOK LIKE NOW! Make it happen, crafty chef peoples!

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World Go Vegan Week Begins October 24, 2011

Vegan Pizza Takes Over the World!

World Go Vegan Week (October 24 – 31) is a celebration of compassion, and a time to take action for animals, the environment, world hunger, and everyone’s well-being. This year is going to be extra special … and extra cheesy! We want to help make it even easier to be vegan, and what better way than being able to order a quick and easy pizza – with delicious vegan Daiya cheese.

You can help with just a few minutes of your time by reaching out to your local pizzeria and asking them to offer a vegan pizza. Our goal is to make eating vegan simple, fun, and accessible to every community. One of the best aspects of restaurant outreach is that a single person can make a direct and lasting difference for animals.

What you can do:

Please contact your local pizza shop and ask them to offer a vegan pizza for the week of World Go Vegan Week. Our partners at Daiya cheese have offered to provide a free sample of Daiya cheese for the pizza shop to try. Daiya cheese melts, stretches, and tastes just like traditional dairy-based cheese.

We will provide you with a letter and tips on how to approach the pizzerias. Remember, all it takes is one person to make a major difference in changing everyday restaurants into vegan-friendly havens.

To be part of spreading the vegan pizza love in your community, contact Hope Bohanec: hope@idausa.org 415-448-0058 or 707-540-1760.

Vegan pizza outreach not your cup of tea? There are many other ways to celebrate with us! Click here for other ideas to promote World Go Vegan Week.

New to veganism? Click here to order a Vegan Starter Kit.

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Updated to add:

…and IDA is sweetening the deal with FREE DAIYA! Convince one – just one! that’s all it takes! – eatery to offer a vegan pizza with Daiya cheese for the week, and you’ll be entered to win a month’s worth of free Daiya! At a pound a day that must be, what, 30 pounds of cheese? (I wish!)

Anyway, here are the deets:

New Contest – Win A Month’s Supply Of Daiya Vegan Cheese!

You could win a month’s supply of Daiya vegan cheese simply by participating in our exciting campaign to make vegan eating fun and accessible for everyone. Our Vegan Pizza Takes Over the World campaign is really taking off! Volunteers are approaching dozens of pizza parlors around the U.S. and Canada, asking them to offer a vegan pizza featuring Daiya cheese for World Go Vegan Week, October 24 – 31. Just get a restaurant to offer a vegan pizza for that week and you will be entered into our drawing for a month’s supply of Daiya vegan cheese! Soy-free and gluten-free Daiya cheese melts, stretches, and tastes just like traditional dairy-based cheese. Yum!

Daiya will also send free samples for pizza shops to try. We’ll provide you with a letter and tips on how to approach the pizzerias. One person can make a major difference changing everyday restaurants into vegan-friendly havens.

To help spread the vegan pizza love in your community, and get your name in the drawing, contact Hope Bohanec: hope@idausa.org 415-448-0058 or 707-540-1760. We will announce the winner in an upcoming IDA eNews. Vegan pizza outreach not your cup of tea? Click here for other ideas to promote World Go Vegan Week.

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2011-08-27

August 27th, 2011 7:00 am by admin


Roasted Eggplant, Green Pepper and Sundried Tomato Pizza

Roasted Eggplant, Green Pepper and Sundried Tomato Pizza!
CC image via flickr user quintana roo.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Ceola & Kathy

August 26th, 2011 11:59 am by Kelly


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Ceola (right) and Kathy (left) the ferret friends.
Photos courtesy of Wayside Waifs.


 
Ferrets at Wayside Waifs! Ceola and Kathy are a bonded pair of young, female ferrets who need to find a forever home together. Which is totally awesome if you think about it; you know these girls get on well, so you don’t have to worry about spats or fights the way you would if you adopted two ferrets separately! So let’s see what Wayside Waifs has to say about Ceola and Kathy, shall we?
 

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Ceola
Ferret: An adoptable ferret in Kansas City, MO
Medium • Young • Female

More about Ceola
Pet ID: A13748260 • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary color: White • Coat length: Short

Hi there- I’m Ceola! I’m the sweetest ferret you will ever meet. Don’t let my red eyes in my pictures fool you (I know it can be a little scary). I’m an albino ferret, and red eyes just come with the territory! I’m much calmer than my roommate and best friend, Kathy. We need to go home together since we make such a great pair. We love to snuggle and cuddle up to one another. I tend to scare my caretakers at Wayside Waifs sometimes because when I sleep, I REALLY sleep. It’s hard to wake me up and that can worry my human friends. I think it’s funny! When I do get let out of my home, I get to run around the office and check out all the nooks and cranny’s that I’ve had my eyes on! It’s so much fun!

Although I know I would make a great companion for someone, I’m not appropriate for every household. I really need someone who can devote plenty of time to me and my b.f.f., Kathy. We can keep each other company but we’d really like your attention too. We can’t be left in our home all the time- we get too bored, and it’s not good for our health. We also need constant upkeep on our kennel or all of your friends will start saying they smell’ when we really don’t… Do you want to love us? If so, please come to Wayside Waifs and ask to meet us! We are so excited to find our new home, and can’t wait to meet you!

 

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Kathy
Ferret: An adoptable ferret in Kansas City, MO
Medium • Young • Female

More about Kathy
Pet ID: A13748291 • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary colors: Black, Tan • Coat length: Short

Hi there- I’m Kathy! I’m the funniest ferret you will ever encounter. I’m sweet and cuddly, but I also love to run around and make my human friends laugh. I tend to be more playful and social than my roommate and best friend, Ceola. We need to go home together since we make such a great pair. We love to snuggle and cuddle up to one another. When I get let out of my home, I love to run around the room and see what mischief I can get in to! There are so many different hiding spots and small spaces for me to squeeze through that I have a hard time picking which one to go through first!

Although I know I would make a great companion for someone, I’m not appropriate for every household. I really need someone who can devote plenty of time to me and my b.f.f., Ceola. We can keep each other company but we’d really like you attention too. We can’t be left in our home all the time- we get too bored, and it’s not good for our health. We also need constant upkeep on our keenel or all of your friends will start saying they smell’ when we really don’t… Do you want to love us? If so, please come to Wayside Waifs and ask to meet us! We are so excited to find our new home, and can’t wait to meet you!

 
To learn more about these lovely ladies – as well as the adoption procedure – hop on over to Wayside Waifs’s website. fwiw, there are a number of smaller nonhumans – aka “pocket pets” – currently available for adoption in the Kansas City area: Gladstone Animal Control has a ferret (Monkey Bone) and two guinea pigs (Fanboy and Chum Chum); the Lawrence Humane Society, as always, is home to several rats (Alexander and Avagadro); and of course, the Kansas City Ferret Hotline lists a few more ferrets in need of loving homes. A little further out, the Helping Hands Humane Society in Topeka has five (count ’em, five!) guinea pigs. So open your home and your heart if you’re able, mkay? Even the tiniest among us needs a little tender loving care!

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Recipe: Fried Tomato Pita Pizza

August 25th, 2011 3:29 pm by Kelly


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Now that my eight tomato plants are finally starting to bear fruit, I have more tomatoes than I know what to do with! Well, that’s not entirely true; I could always dehydrate some and save them for later, but…so much work! Hot, sweaty kitchen labor, not really my thing. No, I’d much rather eat them fresh and plump – and preferably on a pizza, ’cause it gives me yet another excuse to eat more pizza!

This concoction involves triple the tomatoes: sauce, fresh and fried, all heaped on a piece of pita bread to make one ginormous personal pizza. Sauteing is especially useful if some of your tomatoes are on the gnarly side, as are my Fourth of Julys this year (what’s up with that, guys?). For something different, omit the red sauce entirely and use the sauteed veggies as a sort of “sauce” instead. (I meant to do this, but second-guessed myself at the last minute. But it totally would have worked! The tomatoes were still that juicy after 20 minutes on the stove!) While you’re at it, cook up some extra tomatoes and pile them on a plate of pasta. A great way to use up those extra tomatoes, I tell you what! (Frugal vegans don’t waste food, yo!)

Either way, this mini-pie is such a hot, delicious mess that you’ll need a full arsenal of cutlery to consume/consummate it! Even after carving it in two, it was a hands-off affair. Steamy hot veggie action, that’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout.

 
Fried Tomato Pita Pizza

Ingredients

1 piece of pita bread, freshly baked or frozen
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cups of diced fresh tomatoes, any kind (I used Juliet and Fourth of July)
+/- 1 tablespoon of garlic
+/- 2 tablespoons of basil
Red sauce (optional)
A handful of small, cherry-sized tomatoes (i.e., Super Sweet 100)
A few tablespoons each of black and Kalamata olives
Vegan cheddar cheese to taste (I used Daiya)

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

2. In a large frying pan or skillet, heat the olive oil on medium-high. Once it’s hot, add the diced tomatoes, garlic and bail and cook, covered on medium, until the tomatoes are cooked to your liking – anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes, depending on how soft you like them. (Me? Mushy, with a hint of burnt flesh!) Stir every few minutes. Set aside.

3. Once the tomatoes are done cooking, it’s time to assemble your pizza! Place your (defrosted) pita bread onto a pizza stone (or lightly greased pan). To defrost a frozen piece of pita bread, just pop it in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds. Spread some red sauce on the pizza, followed by the cooked tomatoes. Next, add the black olives, Kalamata olives and cherry tomatoes, followed by the vegan cheese.

4. Bake at 425 degrees F for ten to fifteen minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

5. Serve warm and with a fork, knife and napkin – you’ll need it!

 

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