Pizza Party: Make your own Pizzas and Fruit Salad

Vegan pizza bar

Vegan Fruit Salad

My best friend just graduated from college with a degree in Civil Engineering, so we had a little party to help her celebrate her amazing accomplishment.  She worked so hard to go to school, work, and raise 4 kids.  She is so inspiring.  We ended up having a little pool party with all of our kids, so we decided to let them all make their own pizzas.  I cut the dough into individual sized pizzas and my husband grilled them.  Just use you favorite store bought pizza dough or make you own.  Then the kids put on all their favorite toppings and we put them bak on the grill to melt the cheese.  On the side we had a huge fruit salad because all the kids are fruit fanatics.  I tossed the fruit in a honey lime dressing, which gave it a little more sweetness and some tang.  This is a great party idea, especially when you are serving vegans and non-vegans together.  Everyone ends up happy!


Taco Salad Bar

Tonight I made a taco salad bar.  I just put out all of our favorite taco ingredients and let everyone make their own salad.  This was great for the kids.  They had fun making their big salads and then ate it all.  To go along with the salad I made chips.  I just cut corn tortillas into quarters, tossed them in a little canola oil and salt and then bake them at 375 for 8-10 minutes until they are crispy.  Just make sure you keep an eye on them, they burn fast.


For the taco salad I used:

romaine lettuce


black olives

black beans

Daiya cheese



vegan sour cream

hot sauce

Spicy Eggplant



This recipe is for my cousin Larkin.  We went to a Chinese restaurant a few weeks ago and ordered spicy eggplant.  It was so good, but I felt terrible after eating it because of all the salt and oil.  I felt even worse when I looked up the nutritional info and found out it had over 40 grams of fat and 3 days worth of sodium.  Larkin wanted to me to come up with my own version, so here it is.