It seems like every day there’s some sort of food-related controversy on the internet. Sometimes it’s a safety issue (like the debate over whether you should wash your meat or not); sometimes it’s about a certain hack (like this false info about cutting boards); sometimes it’s purely about preference (coleslaw, anyone?); and other times it’s about morality and the eternal battle between good and evil. This is one of those times.
Last night, Twitter user Peaches brought to the internet’s attention a ~cursed image~ of what she said one of her co-workers claimed was allegedly “vegan lasagna.” Now, we’re not ones to take sides (JK we totally are) but that, my friends, is NOT lasagna.
Coworker brought in vegan lasagna today and I’m ready to knock all that shit over. pic.twitter.com/eZWgkQNPWP
— Peaches (@AristaFbabi) April 30, 2019
Yes, the dish that was billed as “vegan lasagna” appears to be meticulously stacked layers of lettuce, sliced tomato, and onion with some sort of mayo-type substance on top.
While that mayhem was developing on Twitter, the same meltdown was happening on Reddit where someone posted the photo without context. According to TODAY Food, the actual origin of the concoction was a U.K.-based engineer who was trying to accommodate a new friend’s vegan diet. And it looks like it.
The consensus online was simple: that isn’t a lasagna, it’s an ABOMINATION.
Is your colleague actually vegan? Because this kinda looks like what a non-vegan thinks a vegan dish looks like.
— Mal (@Mal_Strom) April 30, 2019
— Bhavisha Patel (@BhavishaPatel) April 30, 2019
Its called a salad, Karen. You brought a salad.
— Larry FooteSack (@atxhobogrl) April 30, 2019
This is a disgrace to actual vegan lasagnas… I’m offended
— Team Dora Milaje (@A_Nese_ssary) April 30, 2019
that’s a stacked salad. in no sort is this lasagna
— justin 🦅 (@_justins7) April 30, 2019
A salad where they touched every piece.
— BackPage, The Movie (@BPageMovie) April 30, 2019
Stouffer’s—the leading expert on lasagna—weighed in, confirming that this dish is “Definitely. Not. Lasagna.” Then Dictionary.com—the leading expert on defining things—provided an alternative identifier.
Definitely. Not. Lasagna.
— STOUFFER’S (@stouffers) April 30, 2019
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) April 30, 2019
For the record, there are such things as vegan lasagnas and they can taste a lot better than a stacked dressing-less salad. With all the great meat and cheese alternatives out there (thank you, 2019!) you can make a vegan lasagna that’s almost indistinguishable from a non-vegan one.
In conclusion: this is not lasagna and now we have to purge this cursed image from our eyeballs with peroxide and holy water.