Meatless Monday on Tuesday: American Flatbread pizza with fixings

Meatless Monday on Tuesday

I like the idea of having Meatless Monday.  I used to be a vegan, and while I am no longer one, I recognize that it is healthier to eat vegan, and better for the planet.  And I enjoy eating good vegan food, whether it is food I make myself or from good vegan restaurants.  I am happy to commit to eating meatless one day a week.

However, Monday just doesn’t work out to be a good day for me to go meatless.  My schedule just doesn’t make it easy for me to do that.  But what about doing it on Tuesday?  That works better.  Last Tuesday, I went to Blossom du Jour for their vegan Taco Tuesday.  And this week, I started making my own vegan food for Tuesdays.

Pizza thawing

For lunch, I started by thawing an American Flatbread Vegan Harvest pizza.  Then I sauteed some cremini (or baby bella) mushrooms.

Sauteing mushrooms

Then I sliced up a Tofurky Italian Sausage.

Tofurky Italian Sausage chopped

Once the pizza was fully thawed, I assembled the pizza with the sausage strips and mushrooms.

Pizza with sausage and mushrooms

Then I added some Daiya Mozzarella shreds to help hold the pizza together with all these other toppings, and balance out the flavor as well.

Pizza, mushrooms, sausages, mozzarella shreds added

I left the pizza in the oven a couple of extra minutes to make sure the mozzarella shreds were nicely melted – the baking instructions say to bake the pizza no more than 8 minutes, but I did 10 minutes.

Pizza fresh from the oven

The crust was a little tough, a little dry, but otherwise, my Meatless Tuesday pizza was really good.  It was so filling that I couldn’t eat it all, but I loved it nevertheless.

One slice of pizza leftover

My first Meatless Tuesday was great.  I enjoyed my vegan pizza immensely.  OK, I cheated a bit: my dinner that night DID include meat.  But in future weeks, I will start to build my vegan repertoire so that I can eat vegan the whole day.  I will let you know how that goes, and tell you about what I am eating.

About Karl Peterson

Karl Peterson is an avid traveler, passionate about food and food-related entertainment, completely allergic to dairy. He is founder, owner and principle contributor to "The Dairy Free Traveler" blog. The Dairy Free Traveler perfectly dovetails two of his greatest areas of interest: traveling near and far, and searching for great cuisine (especially dairy free!) The Dairy Free Traveler publishes original material about the dairy free lifestyle, eating the best food in the most interesting destinations around the world. Karl's tours take him from thriving New York City, to exotic Marrakesh, to elegant Paris bistros -- (yes! even Parisians have gotten on the dairy free bandwagon.) The Dairy Free Traveler himself also engages with independent dairy free food producers, highlighting new dairy free product launches and events that support dairy free entrepreneurs. Peterson is among the top 7 most widely read TripAdvisor reviewers in New York City and is repeatedly cited as a Top Contributor at His reviews have garnered more than 542,000 readers -- half in the U.S., and half among the many countries he has visited around the world. Beyond writing this blog, Peterson is a published author, with contributions to "Savoring Gotham" edited by Andrew F. Smith (published 2015 by Oxford University) and the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Cheese (a bit ironic, yes, but a professional is often asked to stretch beyond their comfort zone!).
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