Deep Dish Mexican Pizza

Before I went vegan, Taco Bell’s mexican pizza was a staple of my diet. Lucky for me, there are a million DIY recipes for such pizza on the Web. But I wanted something a little bit different, so instead of using flour tortillas, I decided to use a polenta pie crust and bake it like a pie. The results of my experiment were delicious! I hope you enjoy it too. Continue reading

Orange Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies were inspired by the orange oatmeal cookies my mom used to bake. They contain minimal fat (even less if you sub applesauce for the butter) and maximum deliciousness. A light orange flavored oatmeal cookie thick with sweetened dried cranberries, almonds and chocolate chips. I had to restrain myself from eating them all before I could take the picture! Continue reading

Easy Yeast Bread

This bread recipe makes a rustic, sort of dense yeast bread. It’s simple to make and requires very little kneading, although if you like a less dense bread, you can make it the traditional way, kneading for 6-10 minutes. An hour of the prep time is simply waiting for it to rise. It is delicious – and I’m lucky I took the photo before the dog stole the entire loaf off of the table. He likes my bread and hopefully, so will you. And don’t mind the scratch on my table! Continue reading

Black Bean Enchiladas

I think that if I had a favorite kind of cuisine, it would probably be Mexican. My mom used to make enchiladas much like these, except that she used real cheese and chicken or beef instead of beans. These hearty, “cheezy” enchiladas will satisfy even the most committed Mexican food-lover. I serve these with a green salad and a cold Mexican beer with a lime wedge. Continue reading

Vegan Dog Food

When I first starting eating strictly plant-based foods, I still fed my dogs meat. For a time I switched to a vegetarian diet, giving them eggs and bits of cheese for treats. But then I started reading about the dairy and poultry industries, and I knew that I could not buy these products and support the industries that caused so much pain and suffering. So I decided to investigate vegan dog food and found that although there were many, they were all way too expensive for us. I decided I should make my own, and after doing a little research, I came up with this recipe for my dogs. You can vary the grain and the type of beans or peas you use, but don’t leave out the peanut butter – they love it! Continue reading

Black Bean Calzones

These calzones are hearty and satisfying. Even non-vegans will ask for seconds, so you may want to double the recipe!


  • 10 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 c. baby bella mushrooms
  • 1/2 medium onion, minced
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. tomato sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp italian herb blend
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c. water
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Pizza Crust (see notes)
  • 1 cup shredded “cheeze” (optional)

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Recipe Plugin and Pizza Sauce

I’ve been having a very hard time finding a recipe plugin that works and looks the way I want it to. I had installed ZipRecipes, then MealPlannerPro. The latter was wonderful, the design fit the site exactly and everything seemed to be going well – until I hit Submit Recipe and everything disappeared. So I’ve gone back to ZipRecipes until next month, when I will purchase a highly-rated recipe plugin with the features that I want. I have to wait until next month because I am not only a Dirt Cheap Vegan, I am a Dirt Poor Vegan as well!

You will have noticed that I posted a new recipe for Easy Pizza Sauce. Tonight I’ll post my recipe for pizza dough that you can use either as a pizza or a calzone. Then tomorrow, I’ll be posting something incredibly delicious – a Black Bean Calzone that will have you drooling. It’s fat free, delicious and (of course) dirt cheap!

Until then, I leave you with this picture of one of my fur kids:

my vegan dog

The Best Vegan Food Blogs

It’s never been easier to be a vegan. There are so many recipe sites on the Internet that you could cook a different vegan dinner for the next ten years and barely scratch the surface. “Best” is entirely subjective, but these are the four best vegan food blogs in my opinion, especially for someone who is new to veganism and needs ideas and inspiration.

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