Shiitake Bacon

This is one of the most scrumptious toppings in the world, and is up there with one of the easiest to make. Prep time is under 5 minutes, and it tastes remarkably like bacon.

It’s great just on its own as a little appetizer or snack, or it can go wonderfully on top of pasta dishes, like my white wine fettuccine alfredo and shells n’ “cheese.”

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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds / Pepitas

Sometimes salads and sautéed or grilled vegetables are great on their own with just some extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt or my favorite, Herbamare. However, sometimes you just need a little more je ne sais quoi to make it more filling and satisfying. This is where pumpkin seeds can be a vital asset your vegan pantry.

Why pumpkin seeds? Well, most notably, they’re incredibly nutritious and rich in protein. But also, when toasted …

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