I’m Mercedes and I’m a twenty something, veggie loving, two time cat mom happily married to my soulmate of a husband.

I work as an engineer in Pittsburgh, pretending to be an adult and spending a solid 20% of my time trying to remember to not reply all.

I wanted a platform to share my wealth of equally positive and negative experiences as I attempt to navigate my twenties, and maybe get a little preachy here and there about veganism, mental health and LGBTQ+ rights.

At the very least, I hope to make you laugh.

Hybrid Vegan/Non-Vegan Pizza Recipe

Hybrid Vegan/Non-Vegan Pizza Recipe

Since the moment I decided to make the big switch from omnivore to herbivore, I knew that this would be a solo venture. My fiancé is a major bacon lover, my stepdad lives off of Limburger cheese, and my brother's primary food group is pizza. The only hope I had was my mom, who already avoids red meat but has a love for fish and dairy. I get at least one salmon or tilapia pic form her a week. I knew at the onset that none of them would be joining, but not once did I try to change that. 

Of course I wish everyone was vegan! But is that realistic? No. Do I think any of my family members will ever choose to be vegan? No. Does the fact that I am vegan still make a positive impact on both my body and the planet? YES. It's okay to introduce the people in your life (and strangers on the internet :D) to the benefits of a vegan diet. But it's also okay if they choose not to make the switch with you. That being said... You might actually be surprised; since I became vegan, Jesse has started eating a TON of vegan foods just out of curiosity and convenience. I am the primary cook in our household; so when I make something for myself that is vegan, he often just decides to eat is as well and typically loves it. Gardein products are now a staple in our freezer! For real, we can go through a bag of chicken tenders WAY too fast. Like so fat is shouldn't be humanly possible. But it is. Because we do it. A lot. MOVING ON.

If you are vegan, there is a good chance that, like me, you are living with an omnivore. I think that someone people choose not to try a vegan diet because they think it's too difficult to live with omnivores and still eat vegan. But we know that's not true at all! Eating together is really important to me. I'm not entirely sure why, but I find it nice to have dinner with Jesse every night. If we decide to order in, and we order from two different places, and mine comes first... I will wait 45 minutes if I have to until his food comes just so we can eat together. Does that make me crazy? I don't know. Probably. 

Eating together as herbivore and omnivore is actually super easy. You don't have to sacrifice your dietary restrictions, you don't have to make two entirely separate meals, and no one has to sacrifice taste! I mentioned to you before that one of out household favorites is garlicky spinach and mushroom spaghetti squash. We make it probably every other week at least and Jesse sometimes adds cheese and/or chicken. It's a super simple add-on and barely takes any extra time at all. A great example of harmonic eating :) Another one of my favorites is pizzzzza (duh). We, as any other normal human being, love pizza. AND we make it TOGETHER! ONE PIZZA! VEGAN AND NON-VEGAN! LIVING IN UNISON!

We make our pizzas in a variety of ways depending on our moods and laziness that evening. Sometimes we make our crust from scratch, sometimes we use Flatouts, and sometimes we use Archer Farms pizza crust. All of them equally delicious. There are a ton of pizza crust recipes out there, but I've stuck to one for quite awhile. To be quite frank, I'm not sure if it's a family recipe passed down or something I found online and adapted several years ago. Who knows! Either way, it's vegan and it's delicious. We also flip back and forth with sauce. Sometimes we make our own, but more often than not we purchase jarred pizza sauce. This is mostly because if we make a batch from scratch, we never finish it before it goes bad. 

TOPPINGS! I know what you're thinking... do you use cheese??? Personally, no. There is vegan cheese out there, probably at your local grocery store even, but it's not really for me. I'm still struggling to find a vegan shredded .cheese that I love; if you have any suggestions, please comment! Otherwise, I'll let you know when I find it. Obviously you can put any vegan toppings on your portion of the pizza, but I usually go for mushrooms, spinach, onion, garlic, and red peppers. 

Let me know how it goes and happy feasting!


Basic Vegan Pizza



  • 2.5 teaspoons Rapid Rise yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (can use whole wheat if preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Optional Toppings

  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Green peppers
  • Red peppers
  • Banana peppers
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Spinach
  • Roasted squash
  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Fresh garlic



  • Pizza stone OR cookie sheet + aluminum foil
  • Large mixing bowl



  1. Preheat the oven to 400⁰ F.
  2. In your mixing bowl, combine yeast, flour, salt and herbs.
  3. Add the water and oil and knead until you form a solid ball; ~ 5 minutes.
  4. Let the dough sit in a warm area (like on top of the stove) for about 10 minutes.
  5. Roll out your dough and shape your crust on your baking surface (i.e. pizza stone or cookie sheet).
  6. Place your pizza in the oven to pre cook your crust for about 8 minutes; you want the crust to be just slightly browned.
  7. Remove crust from oven and add toppings.
  8. Place pizza back in oven and bake for 10-15 minutes. 

*Nutritional information for crust only (not including toppings).

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1-Week Vegan Meal Plan

1-Week Vegan Meal Plan