A vegan lasagna was slammed by vegans and meat eaters online as it is made from salad and does not look like lasagna.
This week, a Twitter user shared a picture of a vegan lasagna that her coworker made, with the caption: “Coworker brought in vegan lasagna today and I’m ready to knock all that [expletive] over.”
The vegan lasagna, which uses lettuce instead of lasagna sheets filled with tomatoes and vegan mayonnaise, seems to look more like a stacked salad instead of lasagna, which disgusted Twitter users.
“That’s a stacked salad. In no sort is this lasagna,” said a meat eater.
“Is your colleague actually vegan? Because this kinda looks like what a non-vegan thinks a vegan dish looks like,” said another.
Another meat eater wrote: “Correction: ‘Coworker brought this weirdly organized salad into work today and called it lasagna’.”
Vegans agreed with meat eaters that the vegan lasagna is actually just a stacked salad.
“As a vegan & an Italian I’ve had enough, can we make a thread of *actual* vegan lasagna i’m sick of the layered tomato/lettuce fake news,” a vegan wrote on Twitter.
“Vegan lasagna is delicious when it’s done right, it’s just regular lasagne with no meat or cheese. This mess looks like a tragedy,” wrote another.
Another added: “All the amazing vegan lasagna recipes and this is what they chose???”
“Not to mention there are deli slices and mayo involved here. It COULD be vegan mayo but just because this is a sad excuse for food, it does not mean it’s vegan. Joke was not well executed,” a Twitter user pointed out.
However, some vegans showed their support for the person who made the vegan lasagna.
A vegan said: “While this ain’t lasagna, I feel like this would be a nifty way to serve salad??”
“Look. I don’t care how weird or disgraceful this is. I respect whoever took the time & effort to put this thing together. Let’s interpret this art on a deeper level. What does it really mean? What does it represent? My mind is stimulated,” said another.
Aside from vegan lasagna, a vegan recipe that used banana peels as an alternative to pulled pork was also mocked online.
The vegan “pulled pork” recipe was posted by food blogger Melissa Copeland on her recipe blog Stingy Vegan, where she explained that vegans in Venezuela have been using the meat alternative to veganize the traditional beef dish “carne mechada.”
The veganized pulled pork recipe was shared by animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Twitter to inspire vegans and vegan-curious to try the new meat alternative.
However, the recipe was mocked by meat eaters, with some saying that the dish looks like “tapeworm” and that they would rather eat bacon.
In response, PETA’s director Elisa Allen said: “Mean and ignorant trolls visit PETA affiliates’ social media accounts to spew hatred about animals, the planet, other humans, health — you name it.”
“But while these innovative recipes may not appeal to everyone, banana-skin carnitas, jackfruit pulled ‘pork’ and plantain lasagne are just a few of the many vegan foods that not only help us spare millions of animals the trauma of factory farming, transportation, and a wretched death at the abattoir, but also are better for human health and the environment,” she concluded.