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Vegan Pizza – Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

Vegan Pizza Slices

Vegan Pizza Slices

I love pizza. Most people do. Luckily vegan pizza has come a long way in the last few years. My girlfriend wanted some vegan pizza the other night after a hard day at work. Comfort food? Yeah. So, I looked online and found a pizzeria a few miles away that serves vegan pizza. It’s called Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza in Carlsbad, close to San Diego, CA. They have several locations in San Diego, Southern California, and Las Vegas. See below for important caveats for vegans. Want a free pizza? Keep reading.

Vegan Pizza Sammy's Woodfired Pizza

Sammy's Woodfired Vegan Pizza in the box

I called and asked all the right questions (so I thought – more later) and ordered their vegetarian pizza to go, substituting Daiya vegan cheese for the regular cheese for a $2.00 upcharge and xing the fontina cheese. It had grilled eggplant, onions, zucchini, bell peppers, and tomatoes, with a roasted garlic sauce. They couldn’t tell me on the phone which brand of vegan cheese they use. So, we went to pick it up and I spoke with the chef and told him I wanted to be sure it did not contain casein. He was kind enough to check and informed me that they use Daiya cheese. Yay! He said he hadn’t tried it yet and I chuckled and told him it is really quite good. Anyway, thanks for checkin’ chef. Hey, they have gluten-free pizza, too.

The atmosphere at the restaurant was quite nice with a warm ambiance and very busy. They have a little patio with a fire pit and the woodfired pizza ovens are on full display. We agreed we would have to go back for the full experience. We got two vegan pizzas because they are kind of small and there is only one size. We got home and opened the box and a beautiful vegan pizza stared at us and smiled. :) We chowed down.

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Their Vegan Pizza

Their vegan pizza is excellent. Especially, the grilled veggies. The eggplant had a wonderful texture, much like mushrooms, and the flavor of the roasted garlic sauce with the Daiya cheese was a nice combination. Everything was very well-balanced and tasted oh soo good. Nom nom nom nom.

The crust was pretty good. The crust. Ok. So, after we ate both pizzas I emailed Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza to just triple check all my facts before I posted this up on the interweb. I am new to this whole vegan thing, so I was remiss in asking about HONEY! Bah. Turns out I needed to ask a lot of questions.Lesson learned. See below for important caveats for vegan pizza at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza.

Free Pizza

It would be nice if they DID advertise a vegan pizza on the menu, so that it would be clear to their employees and customers exactly what to order that could be considered vegan. Hey, but now YOU know. Also, their website is not up to date with all of their locations. There are a few not listed on there. You might try Google Maps instead. FREE PIZZA? Join their Insider E-Club on their website and get a coupon for a free pizza with the purchase of a menu item of equal or greater value. You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter for deals.

Important Caveats for Vegans

I called and spoke with their corporate chef, Jeff, and got more information. He said they are working on a vegan menu. Hooray! Go Sammy’s. Go chef Jeff. Here’s what you need to know in the meantime.

  • Their regular crust contains honey. Order whole wheat, artisan, or gluten-free crust instead.
  • Their “homemade sauce” is not vegan and contains cheese. You need to specify that you want marinara sauce without cheese.
  • The roasted garlic sauce IS NOT vegan, but was at the time of this writing. They added Parmesan cheese. :(
  • The Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce IS vegan.
  • The veggies are grilled first thing in the morning on a clean grill, but it is the same grill used to grill meat, in case this is an issue for someone.

The verdict. Awesome good vegan pizza. My girlfriend already went back. We will continue trying vegan pizza here in San Diego and I hope to make my own very soon. To avoid any controversy, the pictures here of vegan pizza are not vegan since I didn’t know the regular crust contained honey.

Sammy's Woodfired Pizza Vegan Pizza

Vegan Pizza with Grilled Veggies

Sammy's Woodfired Pizza

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Funky Vegan Spaghetti with Marinara and Italian Sausage

Ingredients Funky Vegan Spaghetti with Marinara and Italian Sausage

Yeah! This is gonna be good.

This is an easy and delicious recipe, packed with flavor, using organic whole wheat spaghetti and vegan Italian sausage. The best part? If you didn’t tell someone it was vegan, they would never know the difference.

So, who doesn’t like spaghetti? Especially when it is packed with flavor and wholesome ingredients. I know. I know. You’re already thinking, “I have my own recipe for spaghetti” or “It’s just easier to use store-bought Marinara sauce.” But, I promise that I wouldn’t be posting this if it wasn’t the absolute bomb-diggity. Just give it a try. It doesn’t take long to make and beats using jarred Marinara sauce any day.

Funky Vegan Spaghetti with Marinara and Italian Sausage

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It is always recommend to use pasta made in Italy and we really love the Garofalo brand of Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti. It is imported from Italy and can be found at Costco. However, you can use any pasta with this recipe. You may also substitute crushed red pepper (like the kind you get with pizza) if you don’t have the whole dried peppers handy. It is highly recommended that you do not substitute for the Cavender’s Greek seasoning, which can be found at most grocery stores. Of course, you can use sugar, or any sweetener, in place of the  organic blue agave nectar.

Let’s get crackin’.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes

Servings: 8

Ingredients:

1 (16.7-ounce) package of organic whole wheat spaghetti
1 (14-ounce) package of Tofurky Italian sausage, sliced
1 (28-ounce) can of crushed tomatoes
1 head of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup water
5-10 dried red peppers, finely chopped or crushed
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3-4 dashes Tabasco brand pepper sauce
1/4 teaspoon Cavender’s Greek seasoning
3/4 teaspoon organic blue agave nectar

Directions:

1. Fill a 6 quart stock pot with 4-1/2 quarts of water. Place on high heat and start the process to bring to a boil.

2. Add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and vegan Italian sausage slices to a pan on medium-high to high heat and sauté 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until slightly browned. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. Add garlic, onion and Cavender’s seasoning to a 3 or 4 quart pot with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Sauté over high heat for 3-4 minutes. Add basil, oregano, and bay leaf, then stir briefly and reduce heat to slightly above medium.

4. Add tomatoes, black pepper, crushed red pepper, organic blue agave syrup, Tabasco sauce, 1/3 cup of water, and 2 teaspoons of salt (to taste), and stir. Save remaining 1 teaspoon of salt for pasta water.

5. Once the marinara sauce is bubbling, add the vegan sausage then reduce heat to low and simmer until pasta is ready.

6. When the pasta water is boiling, add the remaining teaspoon of sea salt and spaghetti, then cook according to package directions, usually around 9 minutes.

7. Quickly drain spaghetti using a colander, leaving a small amount of cooking water (1/4-1/3 cup) in the pot. Do not shake excess water from pasta. Place pasta back into 6 quart pot it cooked in, but off the heat. Add Marinara sauce and stir well.

Funky Vegan Spaghetti with Marinara and Italian Sausage Pot

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