Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Cruzer Pizza - Fresh Vegan Pizza in LA

Cruzer Pizza is the best, freshest pizza in LA. So, I traveled out to the spot and wasn't sure about the place because the name didn't seem too vegany - so I wasn't sure if it was going to be half-vegan half-meaty-time or something which is always not as fun. But we got there, and it was advertising 100% vegan pizza, and has pizza, calzones, pasta, salad, sandwiches and desserts that are all vegan too. 

I ordered the calzone because that is pretty rare in the vegan pizza world. My only other pizza I've tried was zpizza and Native Foods - neither of which have calzones, so its a must. I ordered it with v-sausage and eggplant which all together is only $9.50 for a pretty huge sized calzone. 

Once I got it, I was amazed. The bread is homemade that day, so the pizza is SUPER soft and delicious. The daiya cheese inside with the sausage made everything that much better and makes it melt in your mouth. I devoured that, and I'm coming back for more the next moment I have. I even thought about going back for dinner the same night!

The service is super fast and they even deliver pizza if you're too lazy to go to Los Feliz. The place is tiny, but cute, with drawings all over the walls. The owner is really nice and helpful too. Some reviews hate on the pizza, but that's because they must like pizza that makes you feel sick inside. If you want good, kinda healthy pizza with fresh bread, and no dead animals on top, then come here!

Ramen Hood - Best Vegan Ramen in LA

This is my favorite ramen place and it's located right in DTLA at the historic Grand Central Market. It's all vegan so you don't have to slurp down pork butt broth! I love the spicy ramen with extra mushrooms. They flavor and grill the mushrooms in the most tasty way even the mushroom-hating husband loves them. Try adding the vegan egg for some laughs, but it's kinda squishy and weird in my opinion. Stop by G&B Coffee on your way out for some of the best coffee in LA too.

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Burgerlords - Best Vegan Burger in LA

Burgerlords is my new favorite burger joint! The Vegan Cheese burger is the best veg burger I've ever had, hands down. It's a homemade patty with eggplant, garbanzo beans, barley, leeks, celery and secret spices. They top it with Follow Your Heart cheese and thousand island! (note: FYH cheese and sauce is legit, it melts, and order extra thousand island for the fries.) Everything tastes similar to In-N-Out but without the dead animal inside to ruin it. Try it out!

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Best Vegan Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe - Soy Free with VeganEgg

I'm not fooled by tofu being egg. It's not like it, we know it, and it's just not the right ingredient for certain recipes like...egg salad sandwich. Enter - Follow Your Heart VeganEgg - this definitely feels like an egg without the chicken and cholesterol, but with all the flavor and texture I was looking for. Bonus: It's super easy to make!

Vegan Egg Salad Sandwich with FYH VeganEgg
Recipe makes 2-3 servings

4 TB          Follow Your Heart VeganEgg (for 2 "eggs")
1 Cup        Cold water
1 TB          Dijon mustard
2 TB          Vegenaise
1/4 tsp      Paprika
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/4 Cup     Chopped green onion (white/green parts)
1               Celery stick chopped small

1. Follow instructions on VeganEgg box to make 2 eggs. Mix 4 TB of powder to 1 cup cold water. 
2. Scramble the eggs. After cooking, lay out the eggs on a flat surface to cool.
3. After the eggs have cooled, chop them into small pieces and put them in a bowl. Mix in the mayo, mustard and spices. Then, mix in the celery and green onion.
4. Place a few scoops of the egg salad on toasted bread and enjoy!

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Vegan Beginner's Shopping Guide

Vegan Beginner's Shopping Guide!

The best way to become more conscious about what you put in your body is to pick the ingredients for your meal. You will need to become an avid ingredient reader. You will learn a TON about what you took for granted was in your food and you will find out if you can or even want to eat those ingredients. When you first become vegan, it's hard to move through the never ending ingredients and vegan products out there. There are good and ugly versions of all the mimicked foods (meat and dairy alternatives), so here is a list of my favorite foods that are ALWAYS in my house. Pick these specific brands up today, and you won't be disappointed or deprived ever again. There are also a few tools that are completely necessary to survive. Here is a list of what you need to buy now!

Shopping List - 10 ingredients to have in your house right now!

1. Best meat substitute: Field Roast Seitan. Try the Italian sausages or handformed burgers!
2. Best cheese substitute: Cashew cheese. Try making your own, or try Mikyoko's Kitchen and Kite Hill Brie. There are two good soy cheeses that are very unlike the rest, try: Follow Your Heart mozzarella shreds, or Field Roast Chao cheese. 
3. Best egg substitute: Follow Your Heart VeganEgg. This is a revolutionary product that feels and tastes like egg. Make scrambles, quiches, and breakfast burritos again!
4. Best mayonnaise substitute: Vegenaise! It will change your life. Make some dipping sauces with these immediately and always have a ranch or thousand island in your house. 
5. Best addition to ALL recipes ever: Nutritional Yeast. This powder will add a cheese flavor to your foods and it's basically a necessity to have in almost all foods at all times. It makes everything better.
6. Best butter alternative: Earth Balance. This is a healthy alternative to butter and it is NOT margarine and does NOT have hydrogenated oils.
7. Best yogurt alternative: Kite hill yogurt is super fantastic! But most non-dairy yogurts are pretty good. I enjoy the coconut yogurts best with the brands Almond Dream and Silk.
8. Best milk alternative: Carrageenan is thought to be a carcinogen and is found in hundreds of products as a thickener. It's found in many alternative milks, but not all. Most of the non-name brand milks are fine. I use Trader Joe's and Whole Foods almond milk. For soy, I like Soy Dream vanilla because it's the only one that foams to make microbubble foam (it has carrageenan, but it's worth it ;))
9. Best tofu: Wildwood sprouted organic extra firm tofu. Soy products and me don't mix very well, but sprouted/organic tofu alleviates those issues. Pretty amazing for fried recipes. 
10. Best meat alternative if you're not a seitan fan: Gardein brand has pretty good alternatives and their chick'un is pretty fantastic. It can be found at Target, so that's a plus too.

Go to my recipe page to find homemade vegan pizza recipes, cupcakes, raw chocolate, pasta bolognese and tuno sandwiches. This diet will allow you to say no to fast-food and take time to be creative and make something that tastes great and is good for you. 


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Top 6 Things to Do in Rome (From a Frugal Vegan's POV)

Here are my 6 things on how to do Rome, Italy:

Where to...(from a frugal vegan's point-of-view):

  1. Stay: Monti (or City Centre). Monti is the new hipster neighborhood of Rome, but we stayed near Termini station in the City Centre and were very happy with the transit, food, and sights all around us. 
  2. Eat: So What? Ops! and Romeow. I can't pick one because there are so many amazing restaurants. Do So What! for a cheaper but spectacular meal, do Ops! for a buffet style, and do Romeow for the fine dining and kitties. 
  3. Drink: Italian Wine. Everywhere has amazing wine, so you don't have to seek it out. Go to the above restaurants and ask for their wine pairing. Everyone knows their wine!
  4. Walk: Tiber River. This is one of the most beautiful walks. Watch above for the lush trees, look over the river to the Vatican, and watch a sunset on the many bridges. Take a walk into a random neighborhood and explore!
  5. Shop: NaturaSi. This was a natural grocery store that had everything we needed. We tried going to the vegan shops, but they had short hours. Great for picnic shopping when heading to Villa Borghese.
  6. See/do: Definitely see the kitty ruins (Torre Argentina), get a pistachio soy gelato from almost anywhere, and rent a Vespa to risk your life (gleefully) through the city streets or the ancient street Apian Way with My Vespa Tours. Vegan in Italy posts...

For a longer review of Italy, check out my other posts: Vegan in Italy

Follow Your Heart Veganegg Super Bacon Quiche

If you liked my VeganEgg Sausage/Broccoli Quiche recipe but wanted a more meaty version without the vegetables, this recipe is for you.



4  FYH VeganEggs (8 tablespoons powder / 2 cups cold water)
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 TB nutritional yeast
1 package Sweet Earth Benevolent Bacon (or 1/2 package if you're not a huge bacon fan)
1/2 cup Follow Your Heart mozzarella cheese shreds
1 whole wheat vegan pastry shell

0. Pre-heat the oven to 425 F.
1. Beat the VeganEgg together, then add the milk and spices. Once that is mixed, mix in the bacon and cheese.
2. Pour the mix into the pasty shell and place in the oven. Cook for 1 hour. To make sure the quiche is done, poke a knife through the middle. When it's done, the knife shouldn't take a bunch of goopy quicheness out of it. If it does, keep cooking.
3. Let it cool for 15 minutes. It's also good cold, so place it in the fridge and eat it the next day.