As vegan diners become more and more common, every dimension of the restaurant industry has had to make accommodations. Even fast food giants like Carl’s Jr. have decided to offer vegan options nation-wide. Now, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of petitioners, Papa John’s Pizza is following suit.
Animal rights group Animal Aid began the charge with a highly successful petition campaign asking Papa John’s Pizza to add vegan cheese option to its menu. The petition received approximately 30,000 signatures, leading the pizza giant to announce it will begin to offer vegan cheese options in the UK. No word yet has been issued on whether the pie will make it to The States any time soon.
Animal Aid campaign manager Tod Bradbury said: “We are thrilled to see that Papa John’s has reacted positively to our petition and that they are looking to introduce a vegan cheese alternative very soon. We thank them for taking our comments and those of almost 30,000 others on board.
“By adding vegan cheese to their menu, Papa John’s will be showing that they are up to date with the fast-growing vegan movement. They will appeal to a much wider audience – be they vegans, those wanting to try vegan food or indeed those who have allergies to dairy products.
“We hope that Papa John’s decision not only has a positive effect on their sales, but also encourages other pizza chains and restaurants who have not yet introduced a vegan cheese to do so.”
Papa John’s isn’t the first pizza giant to stock vegan pies. Dominos is also in the process of making mass-produced plant-based pies a reality, and with so many innovations happening in the vegan pizza world, thye most likely won’t be the last.
Build Your Own Pies!
Of course, you don’t have to pick up your phone and order to get great vegan pizza. Check out these seasonal pizza recipes, courtesy of the Food Monster App.
Fall Harvest Pizza
Image Source: Fall Harvest Pizza [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
Pumpkin, avocado, and pumpkin seed pesto makes this the most epic fall-inspired pizza ever! It’s super simple, gluten-free, and contains all of the seasonal flavors you love and adore! Three cheers for this Fall Harvest Pizza from Natalie Yonan!
Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Grilled Pear Pizza
Image Source: Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Grilled Pear Pizza [Vegan]
This Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Grilled Pear Pizza from Gabrielle St. Claire is like the fall version of a salad pizza. Brussels sprouts, caramelized onions, Shiitake bacon, and vegan Parmesan on top of a crispy crust each play a supporting role of bringing together all dimensions of flavor and texture that make this pizza so perfect. The Shiitake bacon offers a savory taste, the onions a sweet and sour taste, the grilled pear a mild sweetness, and the shaved Brussels sprouts bring the entire pizza together.
Brussels Sprouts Pizza With Caramelized Onions and Balsamic Reduction
Step up your pizza game with a gourmet pizza you would normally get in a restaurant but in your own kitchen. This Brussels Sprouts Pizza With Caramelized Onions and Balsamic Reduction from Cara Carin has Brussels sprouts, balsamic red onions, and vegan mozzarella. All that’s missing is the red and white checkered tablecloth.
Still haven’t gotten your pizza fix? Check out our Pizza Archives for more ideas! For even more recipes, we recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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