vegan cheese

Vegan Cheese at Pizza Express!

Guys, something extremely exciting has happened: Pizza Express has launched a vegan cheese and it is delicious!

So as I’m sure you all know, Pizza Express has had an amazing cheeseless vegan pizza – the Pianta – for a while now, and their dough balls are easily veganisable by switching out the garlic butter for garlic oil.

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However, with the new vegan cheese, there are now a tonne more vegan options and I couldn’t be more excited! Matt and I headed to Pizza Express to try it out last week, and it’s safe to say we are obsessed.

To start, we of course ordered the dough balls with garlic oil, and also decided to go rogue and order the garlic bread with vegan cheese and oil instead of butter. WHAT. A. GREAT. IDEA. It was one of the yummiest things I have ever eaten! Garlic bread with cheese used to be my favourite dish at Pizza Express (sometimes I would just order 2 or 3 of them instead of a pizza!!!), so I’m beyond happy that I can now enjoy a vegan version.

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For main, I ordered a vegan cheese margarita with mushrooms and red onions, whilst Matt went for a vegan cheese margarita and they were both delicious. I’ve always loved the pizza express bases and their new vegan cheese is awesome, so I am definitely a fan!

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Whilst the Pianta is still my favourite pizza, it’s so nice to now have the option of ordering a cheesy pizza; and one thing’s for sure, I will definitely be having the cheesy garlic bread every time I visit!

Sainsbury’s Vegan Ready Meals

If you were excited when Sainsbury’s brought out their delicious range of vegan cheeses, then get ready to be SUPER excited, as Sainsbury’s have now outdone themselves by bringing out a range of vegan ready meals!!

Ever since I went vegan 3 years ago I have been waiting for awesome, accessible vegan ready meals to be a thing and I am so happy that they finally are! Which is probably why I completely embarrassed myself  the moment I discovered them in the tiny vegan/free-from aisle in my local Sainsbury’s by screaming out ‘OMG YAAAAAS’!

There are currently two vegan ready meals available at Sainsbury’s: vegetable lasagne & macaroni cheese, priced at just £3 each! I was super excited so bought three of each and one day later there are only two left; it’s safe to say I am a big fan.

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I’m still not sure if I can pick a favourite, but what I can tell you is that they go really well together, alongside some salad a a whole lot of vegan garlic bread.

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The macaroni cheese also tastes extra amazing with some added black pepper, paprika and roasted veggies mixed into it.

So, if you guys fancy trying out these delicious meals, head to your local Sainsbury’s to grab one (or in my case, six) and hopefully in a few months time there will be even more vegan options to choose from – personally, I’m praying for a vegan pizza!!

Are you guys as excited about this as I am?! Let me know if you’ve tried them and what you thought in the comments section below.

MOD Pizza | Vegan Options

Last night, a bunch of my friends and I headed to MOD Pizza in Leicester Square, and I had to tell you guys about it right away as it’s seriously one of the coolest places I’ve ever been to!

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MOD is a build your own pizza (or salad, but let’s be real – PIZZA) place, where you line up in a subwayesque vibe & and choose every single aspect of the pizza, from the sauce, to the type of cheese (including a vegan cheese), to every single topping you could ever dream of!

So here’s what I ordered: classic mod base, tomato sauce, vegan cheese, roasted garlic, mushrooms, red onions & spinach. It was INCREDIBLE and under £10! MOD also has an awesome refillable drink selection, including all your typical soft drinks, iced tea and a whole range of lemonades!

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They also do an awesome vegan cheese garlic bread which Matt loved so much that he refused to share!

We all loved the food and friendly vibes at MOD so will definitely be back! There’s a whole range of locations across the UK, so if you’re a pizza lover, be sure to check out your local MOD!

Zizzi Vegan Menu

Last week, Zizzi launched their new spring menu and I couldn’t be more excited, because, drumroll please… the new menu includes 3 courses of vegan options!

Okay, so let’s start by getting extremely excited by the fact that this new menu features a rice milk vegan cheese! Secondly, all the wine lovers out there will be happy to know that all Zizzi wines (apart from the pinot nero rosé spumante, veneto and the zindafel, california) are vegan-friendly.

Unfortunately, the main menu doesn’t have a full listing of all the vegan options, so just ask for the allergen menu when you sit down, as this includes a full vegan menu. The vegan menu has lots of the best dishes from the main menu that have been veganised, meaning you can enjoy cruelty-free versions of lots of the Zizzi classics!

Zizzi were kind enough to send me some vouchers so I could taste test this new menu. Naturally, I decided to try out pretty much all of the items on the vegan menu to let you guys know which are my faves, because ya know, who can resist all that delicious vegan food!?

I vlogged our visit for you all so you can watch that here, as well as reading all about our visit below ▽▼▽▼▽

 

STARTERS ▽▼▽▼▽

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Garlic bread – this starter is definitely my go-to! It is crispy and delicious, and for even more flavour you can add vegan cheese and caramelised onions (which I would definitely recommend)!

Bruschetta – this delicious sourdough bread topped with garlic and tomatoes is insanely flavourful!

 

MAINS ▽▼▽▼▽

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Vegan margherita – I am a huge fan of the rice milk cheese, it is super creamy and melts to perfection. The pizza can be ordered with lots of veggie toppings (the spinach and mushrooms are my personal faves). A gluten-free option is all available, so there really is a cruelty-free option for everyone!

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Spaghetti pomodoro – this classic pasta dish has until now been the only vegan option on the menu and is still probably my favourite main course. It is simple but delicious and goes perfectly with the vegan garlic bread with cheese!

 

DESSERTS ▽▼▽▼▽

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Vegan nectarini – This coconut and mango swirled gelato is basically a vegan solero! I was completely full by the time the dessert menu came around, so my mum was kind enough to try this one out (a difficult task I know) and I can confirm it definitely gets mama J’s seal of approval!

Gelato – A lemon and strawberry sorbet are also great vegan dessert options!

I had so much fun trying out the new vegan menu, and can honestly say that there isn’t an item on this menu that I don’t like. However, I do of course have my favourites so, if you’re spoiled for choice, here’s my recommendation:

My go-to order ▷▷▷ Spaghetti pomodoro and vegan garlic bread with cheese on the side, followed by the vegan nectarini for dessert!

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It makes me so happy that the more and more high-street chains are recognising the increasing demand for vegan options and responding by creating delicious cruelty-free menus!

Vegan cheese and tomato pasta bake recipe

When I’m at uni (and just generally, always), I’m a big fan of super quick and easy dinner recipes that are also packed full of nutrients. This cheesy pasta bake is one of those recipes; it is yummy, easy to cook, and a great way to get the majority of your 5-a-day! It goes amazingly with crispy buttered rolls but is also great on its own. I like to make a big batch and save some to have for a couple of lunch/dinners later on in the week, so this recipe would be enough to serve 3/4 people. I hope you all love it!

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Ingredients

  • Handful of cherry tomatoes
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 cups spirali pasta
  • 1 cartoon of tomato passata
  • 2 spoonfuls sun dried tomato paste
  • 2 handfuls grated vegan cheese (I like to use vegusto)
  • Seasoning: black pepper, sea salt, paprika, mustard seeds, black and white sesame seeds

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Instructions

  • Dice mushrooms, onions & garlic into small chunks
  • Cut cherry tomatoes in half
  • Slice spinach into strips
  • Boil spirali pasta for 8 minutes and then drain
  • Mix chopped vegetables, pasta, 1 handful of grated vegan cheese, tomato passata & sun dried tomato paste in a baking dish
  • Season with black pepper, sea salt, paprika & mustard seeds and stir
  • Cook in the oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and stir
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds and 1 handful of vegan cheese on top
  • Cook in the oven for a further 5 minutes
  • Enjoy!

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What are your favourite easy and nutritious recipes?

Vegan eats in Birmingham – Mr Singh’s Pizza

Matt is moving to London next week (eeek – too exciting!) so I am spending this weekend in Birmingham helping him pack up his house (read: watching Matt pack whilst I chill out on the sofa watching The Mindy Project)! In-between packing/TV watching, we are spending the weekend eating at our favourite veggie and vegan restaurants in Birmingham. Tomorrow we will be heading to Bistro 1847 for Sunday Lunch which I am so excited for; but tonight we decided to have a lazy night in and order delivery from our favourite takeaway – Mr Singh’s Pizza. Mr Singh’s is an entirely vegetarian restaurant that also has a lot of delicious vegan options. Hand’s down, their vegan pizzas are going to be the main thing I miss in Birmingham.

I have never shared Mr Singh’s on the blog before, as I’m usually too excited to tuck in and start eating to take pictures of the pizza. However, as this is my last one for the foreseeable future, I managed to muster up enough self control to take some pictures so I could share these delicious pizzas with you all.

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As always, I ordered a large vegan cheese margarita pizza with mushrooms and red onions, and Matt ordered an XL vegan cheese margarita! Not only are these pizzas insanely delicious but they’re also extremely affordable and a lot cheaper than all of the mainstream pizza deliveries, with a 14 inch XL pizza costing only £7.99 – say whaaat?!

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If you live in Birmingham or ever find yourself visiting, Mr Singh’s is an absolute must-try!

Thank you for all of the great pizzas Mr Singh’s – if you could open a restaurant in London, I would be eternally grateful.

Vegusto

One of the main things a lot of new vegans struggle with is missing cheese; as a life long vegetarian, cheese was a staple ingredient in most of my meals so cutting it out required a big adjustment in my diet, one I was more than happy to make, but a big one nonetheless. In my first few months of being vegan, I tried a couple of cheese alternatives but none came close to the real thing so I decided to give up looking. However, when I visited the USA this summer I tried Daiya cheese and have been majorly craving it ever since. In a moment of desperation I even emailed Daiya to see if they would send some to the UK; shockingly, they politely declined. I therefore decided to restart my quest for a good non-dairy cheese and stumbled upon the Vegusto website. I could not be happier about finding this little gem, as their cheese is amazing and I have now become a regular customer!

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Aside from their award winning cheese, Vegusto stocks a range of vegan products that use 100% natural, sustainable and healthy ingredients. The first thing I tried from Vegusto was the No-Moo Melty cheese. I am absolutely in love with it, as not only does it make a great bagel filler, it is also the perfect pizza topping. Check out my Superfood tortilla base pizza recipe for a healthy and fun idea of how to make use of this yummy cheese ▼▽▼▽▼

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After falling in love with Vegusto cheese, my boyfriend ordered me a few surprises from their website including the delicious biona organic chocolate spread and a dairy-free advent calendar. I am a huge fan of the chocolate spread as it is the perfect topper for pretty much anything: wholegrain toast, biscuits, sliced banana. You name it, I’ll smother it in chocolate spread and eat it.

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As far as the vegan advent calendar goes, I am SO excited to get started on this bad boy. Bring on December ▼▽▼▽▼

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If you’re looking for a cruelty-free alternative to some of your favourite meals without compromising on taste, I’d highly recommend you head on over to the Vegusto website. They have so many more foods I am looking forward to trying, so I will definitely keep you all posted. I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of their products and if so which is your favourite?