My Wal-mart Vegan Pizza

Today, I went to Wal-mart, picked up my iPhone, and I recorded my quest to make a vegan pizza solely from ingredients from Wal-mart.

I used:
Rustic Italian Herb Crust
Ragu Pizza Sauce
OpenSourceVegan.com’s Yeast Flake Free Cheese Sauce (minus the tahini–it still tastes great without it. I also used a different kind of pimentos)
Already sliced, canned black olives
Different colored peppers
Onions

It was a real hit for my Grandma and Cousin. Please check out my two short videos about my experience today:

Something Better Foods
Customer Reviews

I went to the grand opening of the Something Better Foods vegan restaurant in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This is what the customers had to say about it that day:

Something Better on Urbanspoon Reviews on HappyCow

Your Vegan Thanksgiving Meals:

About two weeks ago, I challenged you to share with me the vegan meals you were having for Thanksgiving.

Christa Shelton, who has a blog called “Veggin’ Out With Christa” said:

“This is me and my vegan stuffing! Stuffing has ALWAYS been one of my favorite sides, so it is a must for my holiday dinner table. To prove my love further, I was only cooking for two and you see how much I made! Don’t worry, there were pleny of leftovers! Anyway, I used a loaf of vegan sourdough bread, vegan vegetable broth, sauteed some onions, celery and mushrooms in earth balance and had used a vegan cornbread stuffing mixture from Trader Joe’s to round it out. It was deelicious! I don’t think there is one holiday dish that can’t be veganized these days and I’m thankful for that!”

Wina Shifflett made a vegan turkey and said:

“This is my vegan turkey I made for thanskgiving
It is puff pastry on top and bottom and stuffing inside and baked for 25 minutes and basted with ketchup and a little water mixed while baking !!!”

Christa and Wina, thanks so much for your submissions, and I’m looking forward to what everyone going to be eating for Christmas!

Vegan Restaurant Coverage…Stay Tuned!!

Two of my friends are spearheading a vegan restaurant called “Something Better” to truly offer something better to the community of Fayetteville, Arkansas. They’re located by one of my favorite health foods stores in Northwest Arkansas, Ozark Natural Foods.

Here’s a short video I did this morning that shows you one of their products:

I want to promote this restaurant. If you accept vegan blog post submissions, I’ll write an original article for you and use my Facebook influence to point people to your page. Right now, OpenSourceVegan.com’s Facebook page has 1,416 likes.

–Franklin, OpenSourceVegan.com

Mashed Potatoes
& Gravy!!

“Yesterday’s Lunch: Mashed Potatoes and Gravy”

“Pureseed Lefhoko made these yummy carob balls!

Ysaura Marca & Ville helped make this nice chickpea gravy!”

We changed the menu slightly and used potatoes we diced as mashed potatoes for yesterday’s meal. This is why you see the skins in the mashed potatoes.

Because we were doing a Friday meal, we wanted it to be less complex. Although this was the goal, we were able to serve frozen carob balls [recipe coming soon] that we made earlier in the week.

I steamed the potatoes in our steamer, and then I mashed them with our bread mixer. I added soy margarine [recipe coming soon], oil, onion powder, and salt.

I tasted the mashed potatoes, and I really liked it!

Mrs. Michelle Blackwood helped me brainstorm in using another gravy recipe. I was tired of using the same almond gravy recipe that we used, so she asked me to go online and search for a recipe. I found a punk rock chickpea recipe. This gravy called for chickpeas and flour instead of using nuts, so it was a less expensive gravy.

We didn’t use mustard seeds, and we used braggs for soy sauce. I don’t believe we used that much coriander as well. Also, we didn’t follow the directions; instead, we just blended all the ingredients together and cooked it to taste. All it needed was some sauteed onions, which we added, and it was another winner.

We definitely are going to add this to our list of recipes we use for different dishes.

After our green beans ran out, we served lima beans.

We received some compliments, so this meal went over well. One person said that he didn’t mind having mashed potatoes and gravy like this more often. Another person said the carob balls served were the best he had eaten.”

–Franklin, OpenSourceVegan.com

This note was originally posted January 29, 2011 on OpenSourceVegan.com’s Facebook page.