Panago Summer Promotion: Daiya Cheese!

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I have been eating pizza from Panago for the last few months without cheese….but starting this summer, I won’t have to anymore!

Panago’s summer promotion is going to feature Daiya mozzarella! You can look for it starting May 26, 2014!

I can’t wait to try it! If it’s really good, I may have to start ordering even more Panago than I have before. With these promotional menus, what happens is that if a promotional item/pizza takes off and is really popular, it can get added to the menu permanently, which I would obviously want to have happen in this case!

Now, when ordering vegan pizza from Panago, it is important to remember than only the gluten-free crust is vegan, and also that the sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions have dairy in them, but there’s still lots of vegan topping choices. I may even have to give the veggie pepperoni another try!


Pesto Soup with Gnocchi, Beans, and Greens


I cannot explain how much I love this soup! This may be my favorite vegan recipe we’ve tried so far! It is so rich, and filling (the gnocchi and the beans make it pretty hearty), and creamy. And I feel good eating it, because it’s got all those vegetables in it and stuff. After trying it the first time earlier in the week, I insisted my husband make it again today as part of our Mother’s Day dinner (that we served to our non-vegan mothers). I want this soup every week now.

I’m in love. With both this soup, and the husband that makes me yummy food. 


Chips and Guacamole

My husband saw this recipe for guacamole and decided to try it out.


Both of us really liked it! And so did she:

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In fact, after licking it off the chip a few times, she discarded the soggy chip and just began eating it directly out of the bowl with her fingers. So I gave her a spoon, and she ate about 8 bites with the spoon before throwing it to the ground in frustration and sticking her entire face in the bowl. That’s how good this guacamole is. That you just can’t get it into your mouth fast enough with a spoon (and 10 month old motor skills), so you have to stick your face in the bowl.


Eating with Family – Happy Experience

When I first announced my intention to become vegan, I felt that my sister-in-law was a bit…something. Dismissive maybe? Or that perhaps she thought it was phase I would grow out of, so she didn’t need to take it that seriously? I could be wrong of course, I just thought I perhaps detected a bit of eye rolling. 

Yesterday, she invited me and my kids over for lunch, and let me know in advance that we’d be eating lentils (which meant I didn’t have to worry). It turned out she actually served a lima bean dish on rice as the main part of the meal, in which she would usually use milk. Because I was coming for lunch, she kept a portion separate for me to which she didn’t add the milk. This probably sounds silly (and maybe vegans out there are just thinking, “she shouldn’t have used milk in anyone’s lunch!”), but it actually made me feel really warm and fuzzy inside. Even if she totally doesn’t get it, and even though she’s a pretty no-nonsense type of person, the fact that she did a little bit extra than what she had to in her busy day (she has 4 very young children to take care of!) was meaningful to me. So I guess this post is just about appreciating someone who cares about me, even though she doesn’t have the same viewpoint as me, or totally “get” me all the time. Oh – and lunch was really yummy too!

Rice with Edamame & “Beef”

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Does that not look exactly like meat?! I thought it tasted pretty much the same too, though as I’ve come to expect, the texture wasn’t quite right. These beefless tips were fried in a little bit of oil, with some parsley, 1 tablespoon prepared teriyaki sauce, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 tablespoon garlic-ginger paste. We ate it with a pre-packaged rice dish.

While this tasted great, my husband and I both agree it’s time to take a break from processed vegan food. It’s fun to try out different products and see if they actually taste good – and there’s certainly lots out there to try! However, real food most of the time tastes better!


MorningStar Farms Hickory BBQ Riblets

I’ve actually had these before, but not since I started writing about things that I eat!

I had one today, because my awesome friend brought me some (she knows I like them).

I have to say that texture wise, these get a tiny bit closer to meat than lots of other things, but that’s not even the best part about these. The BBQ sauce is sooo yummy. I think the secret to satisfyng vegan food must just be to go for big, bold flavours. Maybe that’s why we like spicy food so much!

These are highly recommended by me to anyone who likes BBQ!

Pepper “Steak” & Rice Dish

So I don’t actually have a recipe for this because I got this dish from Entrées Etc., but since I’d never tried it before, I just wanted to throw out a note that it taste great!

In terms of flavor, it was all there, and just as good, if not better than similar dishes I’ve tried that had actual meat in them. Admittedly, the texture of the “steak” is not the same as an actual steak, but it didn’t seem to bother me much. I thoroughly enjoyed this dish!