So if you don’t know already, Eric & I are avid pizza eaters.
We love making our own pizza, but we don’t always have the time (or will) to whip up some dough. Other times, we just don’t have the topping options we’d like on hand.
So… we do what most people do and go for the next best thing, a frozen pizza.
We really love the Amy’s vegan margarita or roasted veggie pizza! I’d say those are our two faves. I find the Diaya ones to be a tad on the rubbery side. I mean, if I had no choice but to eat Diaya, I would still eat and it be perfectly satisfied. Truly, it’s not THAT bad.
We have a hard time finding the Amy’s vegan margarita anywhere but Whole Foods, so we usually go there when we have the craving.
This time, however, we discovered a new and exciting way to get fresh, handmade vegan pizza from their pizza counter!
You bring them a bag of your favorite plant-based cheese. For us, it’s Parmela Creamery Aged Nut Cheese.
Legit though, this stuff is ah-mazing.
I make nachos with it all the time because it melts and doesn’t taste a tad rubbery!
So after bringing the cheese over to the pizza counter, they take it and include the cheese in the cost of the pizza. Typically, a whole freshly-made pizza from Whole Foods costs around $12. It seems like they only charged us an extra 4 bucks to include the cheese (the cheese by itself costs anywhere from $5-7 bucks!). Obviously I wish that every place automatically had a plant-based cheese option, but that’s not the world we live in quite yet.
Also, we don’t think they use an entire bag of plant-based cheese just for one pizza… but we aren’t entirely sure. For us, it’s a win-win. This way, if someone doesn’t know the hack and wants vegan cheese on their pizza, the counter will have it since they definitely don’t use the entire bag of cheese. We don’t like to keep a lot of cheese in the house anyways. However, I do wish they’d wave the extra couple bucks and just add it to their every day menu.
The truth is, we end up paying more money for a vegan cheese pizza almost anywhere we go, so the extra cost is to be expected. But if you’re lactose intolerance or like to live a cruelty-free lifestyle, it’s totally worth the extra couple of bucks.
But if more people start doing this, even more plant-based eaters can get vegan cheese at the counter and maybe they would add it as a permanent item.
This all happened because Eric had the thought to ask about bringing a bag over. I don’t think it’s something they broadcast, so just keep that in mind when you go.
The only reason why I wanted to share this information is because the pizza is seriously delicious. It’s a great way to treat yourself to a large, freshly-made pizza.
Let me know if you get to use this hack at Whole Foods!
Until next time,