I am so fortunate that my family is very supportive of my plant-based diet. Meals with my extended family are primarily vegan, even when I’m not the host. I never feel lonely as the lone vegan in the family when everyone is so accommodating. And really, what says I love you more than a non-vegan driving an hour and a half to buy vegan cupcakes for her sister?!
For my adorable nephew’s birthday celebration recently, my sister went above and beyond to make sure the meal would be enjoyable to all, including guests with allergies to gluten, egg and dairy. To keep things simple, pizza was ordered from Pizza Nova, including two cheese-less veggie pizzas. One had broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms. The other had olives, onions and green olives, to which we added Daiya at home and broiled for five minutes. Both were very good! Mmm, I love crispy Pizza Nova crust.
I brought my salsa for a snack; my mother provided her delicious hummus, chips and veggies. Click here for my salsa recipe.
The surprise dessert was decadent cupcakes from Kindfood/Kelly’s Bake Shoppe! My oh my, we were spoiled. Kindfood’s entire menu is vegan and gluten-free and they are one of the best restaurants I’ve ever eaten at; you can read my review here. If you are anywhere near Burlington, Ontario, I highly recommend paying them a visit.
For dinner, my mother made Mujadara (lentils and brown rice with seven spices), a family recipe. Topped with caramelized onions, they were absolutely wonderful. A mixed greens salad with almonds and my maple buckwheat bread with hummus rounded out the meal.
Dessert was strawberry rhubarb pie with coconut milk ice cream. It’s amazing that a cheap grocery store pie could be vegan and so delicious!
A giant thank you to my amazing, loving family.
Since this was such a superb day of eating, I am submitting it for What I Ate Wednesday, with thanks to Peas and Crayons for hosting this blog hop.