Plant-based pepperoni, yes, you read that right. The first time I got my hands on them was years ago when vegan meat substitutes just began to get imported into my hometown. I still remember the wonder and joy when I saw all those products begin taking over the store’s shelves. It felt like Christmas had come early.
A few days ago I went shopping and I came across Lightlife pepperoni at a local grocery store. They hadn’t carried them for a while, so I grabbed them immediately. It was Christmas Eve, and I was invited to a get together with friends. We were having pizza, salad, wine, and then tiramisu. Not very Christmassy? Perhaps, but it was very Italian, since my host was Italian, and the pizza was divine. I was going to bring vegan cheese for my pizza, and when I saw this pepperoni at the store, I called my friend, and she told me to bring it over.
We had a beautiful night, on the roof of her house, eating, drinking, watching the stars, listening to music, and later we had a little bonfire (in the garden, not on the roof 😉 ). No, no snow, we live in the semi-desert, so you can say that our Christmas was slightly different 😉 All in all, we had a wonderful evening.
Lightlife Plant-Based Pepperoni – Suggestions
- Slice of bread and Lightlife
So, first of all, here’s the traditional slice of bread with vegan butter or spread and Lightlife pepperoni slices ( great for breakfast or a quick snack in between). That was what I originally used them for until I brought them for pizza night 🙂
Note: most bread is not vegan. Please check ingredients if you want to make sure your bread contains no dairy and eggs. I use flax seed or rye bread, made by a local company.
- Veggie pepperoni pizza
My friend made the pizza base – old Italian family recipe. You can either make the base or buy it. I prefer to prepare it myself, and the ingredients are pretty simple (flour, instant yeast, salt, olive oil, and water).
What did we throw on there? Tomato sauce with big chunks of tomato, vegan blocks of salty cheese, lots of oregano, Lightlife pepperoni, and shredded veggie cheese. It was yummy! I ate a whole pizza!
- Mexican quesadillas
The other night I made some quesadillas, and I spontaneously decided to use the Lightlife pepperoni. So, I heated tortillas on a comal, and while they were heating up, I spread some veggie cheese on one half. Then I topped it with 2-3 slices of Lightlife pepperoni, and I closed the other tortilla half over it, shaping my quesadilla.
Heat your quesadilla on the comal until one side is slightly browned or gets a little harder (or your cheese has melted), then turn it over and heat the other side. Making this snack takes only two minutes.
Lightlife Plant-Based Deli Slices
So, besides pepperoni, what does Lightlife offer? You’d be surprised. There’s also vegan turkey deli, bologna slices, and ham slices. I have tried them all, and this is why I am recommending them. I love their taste, and you can use them in traditional ways, on bread and pizza, or you can improvise and add them to other dishes.
The Bologna slices contain no nitrates (for more info on nitrates, please see my article about sausages) They are kosher and non-GMO.
The Lightlife turkey ham is a frequent staple in my kitchen, especially when I need quick lunches during work and I don’t have time to cook. I often use them for sandwiches. Unfortunately, it is not available on Amazon right now … but you can also check on their website.
Lightlife ham slices offer a savory, smoky taste. They are great for sandwiches, croque monsieurs, pizzas, and sincronizadas (which are ham and cheese quesadillas) – also not available on Amazon right now, I recommend checking their website.
Some local stores carry Lightlife products, it all depends on where you live and what stores are in your area, but in any case, these products are also available on Amazon.
Conclude With a Snack?
Although I love cooking, having those vegan deli slices in the fridge gives a nice, quick option when you’re a little busy, tired, or you just feel like having a sandwich. They are also great for school box lunches, hiking trips, and picknicks. And perhaps, after all that indulging over Christmas it’s a good idea to incorporate these Lightlife veggie slices into some light meals, isn’t it?