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Gluten-free, Vegan Pizza

Published August 13, 2018 by lynn k scott

Yesterday, I ventured into new culinary territory.  My lil-miss was at a pool party, so my husband and I chose to get some pizza.  We went to Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria.  Being from NY, I am picky about my pizza.  Hands down, Vincinis Pizza is the best pizza in Solano County.

While I LOVE pizza at Vincinis, their gluten-free crust lacks a bit.  Amici’s has the best gluten-free crust in the area.  They also offer vegan cheese.  There is a pretty steep price-tag for a gluten-free pizza.  There is no extra charge for substituting the Daiya vegan cheese.

The menu only showcases one true vegan pizza but several gluten-free options.  I wish the vegan pizza had say an option to pick three toppings, with a gluten-free crust, for “X” amount.  We ended up paying $32 just for my pizza.  I’m sorry, but not every vegan or plant-based diet is in love with spinach.  It NEVER belongs on a pizza!  That’s my opinion of course, but salads are salads and pizza has no lettuce-like toppings.

The gluten-free crust is crispy, foldable and has good flavor.  The pizza sauce is also vegan.  The vegan cheese was creamier and melted well.  I admit, I was apprehensive about ordering this pizza.

My first bite reinforced I can primarily consume vegan dishes, even while eating out.  I didn’t miss “real” pizza at all.  I will definitely return for another vegan pizza.  However, strictly due to the price, the visits will be farther between because I can’t justify that cost for pizza on a regular basis.

It does prompt me to work on a homemade vegan crust.  This plant-based, vegan and sometimes raw diet is still new to me.  It makes it easier when I do eat out, to find restaurants who cater to dietary needs.  Yes, I could just have gluten-free, but the vegan(ish) lifestyle is geared toward my cancer recovery.  It’s not always easy to stick to the acceptable food, but when I do, I can feel a positive difference.  I also can’t complain about a 10-pound weight loss (in just three weeks).

In the infamous words of Andrew Zimmer, “If it looks good; eat it.”

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Homemade Pesto

Published August 3, 2018 by lynn k scott

I made homemade pesto yesterday.  You only need a few ingredients for a wonderful sauce that can be added to pasta, sandwiches, salads, etc.  I can’t give exact measurements, as I tend to cook by sight and taste versus actual quantities.

As I am embracing a primarily vegan diet (usually about 75% of the time), this recipe works perfectly for that.  I know someone is thinking, ‘what about the cheese?’.  I have a response for that.  You can either omit it or you can substitute nutritional yeast.  It has a pseudo-Parmesan cheese flavor.  I will admit, I forgot to include the nutritional yeast in the picture.

In addition to being vegan, it’s also raw and gluten-free.  It’s full of flavor and blends up in seconds.

You can choose to lightly toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet for a few minutes or just buy them already toasted (what I did).

You can try this basic recipe or Google other pesto recipes.  It’s usually made with basil, however, I’ve seen a multitude of substitutions as well.

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Ingredients:

  • Basil
  • pine nuts
  • garlic clove(s)
  • nutritional yeast (or Parmesan cheese; for the non-vegans)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Olive oil

Place all the ingredients into a food processor.  Blend (or pulse) to a smooth consistency.  Make sure to scrape down the sides as you go.  Either add to pasta that’s already cooked or store in the refrigerator to use at another time.

There is no need to heat the pesto sauce.  Hot pasta will actually warm it up. It’s a nice alternative to marinara or pizza sauce.

 

Lentil Taco “Meat”

Published July 16, 2018 by lynn k scott

In an effort to stay on a (mostly) meat-free, cancer-fighting diet, I thought I would make some lentils in my Instant Pot.  I used this recipe as a guide, however, I halved the recipe because I was cooking just for me.

I did adjust the ingredients and used the following:

  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • small red onion; diced
  • (2) cloves of garlic; minced
  • half a can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch of black pepper

I did saute the onions in a bit of olive oil and added the garlic once the onions were just about done cooking.  Added the rest of the ingredients, gave it a stir and set the Instant Pot to 15 minutes.  Quick release when the time was up.

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The lentils were full of flavor.  Sadly, I was out of avocados and gluten-free tortillas, but I still plated and consumed them happily.  These definitely are a great substitution for meat.

I will note, the original recipe says it’s vegetarian, but that’s only if you use water and she uses chicken stock.  If you use water to cook the lentils, it actually becomes a great tasting, vegan dish.

Give it a try…I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

If you’re vegan than you are neglectful

Published April 6, 2015 by lynn k scott

If you’re vegan than your neglectful?  Did I just say that?  Did I just infuriate an entire dietary population?  No, because I don’t believe that.  I am doing exactly what a headline did because a pediatrician in Florida seemed to have a communication breakdown with a new mom regarding her newborn baby.

The article and video in this link illustrates to me just how judgmental and abusive those in power, such as doctors, can be. When a 12-day old baby was brought in for a checkup, the doctor wanted the baby to have a formula supplement because of a latching issue caused by a tongue defect.  When the mother raised concerns she was a strict vegan and a needed non-animal supplement for the baby, the emergency room was the option the doctor insisted on.

It begs the question why the doctor didn’t give the mother a soy-based formula, which is vegan safe, and let the infant have a bottle in the office?  Did the doctor get uppity because the mother of the newborn dared to question something that went against her dietary belief?  Did the mother not have the right to choose to spend $30 (give or take) at the grocery store on soy-based formula instead of getting raped in the emergency room with their ridiculous fees to provide the same treatment the mother was planning to do at home?

Was it necessary to arrest the mother for doing exactly the same treatment at home?  Oh wait, she disobeyed a doctor’s suggestion.  While failure to thrive and dehydration are serious issues for an infant, it was suspected, according to the article. The doctor didn’t give the mother a chance to give the baby a soy-formula bottle to see if that would help the situation.  Had the mother been able to see another pediatrician, perhaps a less judgmental one, this entire situation could have been avoided.

The fact that the mother was keeping check-up appointments, seeking another opinion and doing what the doctor suggested, just not in the manner the doctor would have preferred, shows she was not neglectful.  I am in the minority, according the comments on the article, that side with the mother.

I personally hope this doctor is sued, loses his practice and learns he is not god.  He doesn’t get to enforce his suggestions as law.  This doctor obviously did not agree with the vegan mother.  The article tried to tie the two situations together, which really had nothing to do with each other.  Vegan breast milk is the same as any other breast milk.  A tongue defect preventing latching while breast feeding will still be an issue regardless of the mother’s diet.

While I personally could never follow a vegan lifestyle, I did follow a vegetarian one for almost a decade.  It’s not for the medical profession to decide how you should eat.  After all, if that were the case, McDonald’s and the like would be out of business by now.  They should advise all legitimate avenues and then allow sound-minded individuals to follow what they feel is best.  This doctor’s overstepping stripped a mother and child of 5 months of bonding time.  That is inexcusable simply because she just didn’t wouldn’t do exactly what he said, in the time frame he said it.

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