Going meatless on Monday is a great way to help the environment while staying happy and healthy. But maybe you’d like to take the Meatless Monday movement a step farther. If so, have you ever tried going vegan? I was a vegan for a couple of years back in high school and I loved it – all except for two minor issues, those issues being pizza and dessert. Vegans don’t eat animals or animal by-products. That means no meat, no milk, no eggs, no honey, and no gelatin to name the biggest offenders. What that translated to for me was no greasy New York pizza and no pastries, puddings, cakes, or ice creams. While I still have not discovered a good substitute for pizza – you just can’t get that greasy goodness with soy cheese – I have found a great deal of vegan desserts that not only replace their non-vegan counterparts but some even surpass them in flavor and texture. And thank goodness because no one need go without dessert!