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Daiya Vegan Cheese Alternative – Mozzarella-Style Shreds

Posted on by Sarena Shasteen in Alternatives - Cheese with 1 Comment

Sarena Shasteen ~ Honestly, I don’t miss cheese. I was never a cheese lover before I discovered my lactose intolerance … I know, shocking!  However, when Daiya Foods came out with a dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free vegan cheese alternative, how could I ignore it?

Daiya Vegan Cheese Alternative Review

And of course, there are a few dishes where cheese is the feature ingredient. To name just a few: pizza, lasagna, and casseroles. Since I am good with my cheeseless pizza, I chose to go a different route when testing Daiya vegan cheese alternative.

I started with a grilled vegetable panini …

Daiya Vegan and Dairy-Free Shredded Cheese Alternative

Then I moved on to a cheesy squash casserole …

Daiya Vegan and Dairy-Free Shredded Cheese Alternative

But this was no plane jane casserole; I wanted to add a little spice to it.  My favorite spice as of late…turmeric.  I really just kind of went with some vegetables we had around that needed to be used up.  I think some of my favorite things come from the last things I need to get rid of before they turn to compost!   This combination is yellow squash, carrots, onions, garlic, turmeric and Daiya Mozzarella-style. I wanted a tasty protein base to go with it, so I chose quinoa to make it a complete meal.  This made the perfect bed for my cheesy squash casserole!  All mixed up, this was so creamy and the squash formed an incredible sauce that coated the quinoa.

So, what do I think about Daiya? Well, I was kind of eh, about it with the panini.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, but I wasn’t blown away by it.  On the squash casserole…I LOVED it!  It is extremely creamy and melts really well!  That is impressive all by itself.  I don’t think it has a ton of flavor, but I guess mozzarella cheese isn’t loaded with flavor either.  That’s what makes it a great addition to dishes where you are looking for creamy gooeyness, but don’t want to mask the the flavors of your dish.  Honestly, the problem with most dairy free cheeses are the messed up flavors, so the mild flavor of Daiya is perfect in my book.  Daiya also has a cheddar version that I did not pick up, but now I want to try it!

Update: I gave in and made pizza with the Daiya vegan cheese alternative. This is a buckwheat flat bread that I threw together (no yeast), with a roasted red pepper spread*, Daiya vegan cheese alternative, and a pepper/onion mix.  Ok, they win…I am sold.  This stuff is really amazing on pizza! Check it out…stringy…like cheese!

Daiya Vegan and Dairy-Free Shredded Cheese Alternative

* Roasted Red Pepper Spread = Jar of leftover roasted red peppers pureed with fresh garlic, salt and pepper…YUM!

 

 This is a third party review by Sarena Shasteen of The Non-Dairy QueenFor more information on this product, see the Daiya Foods Website.

Daiya Vegan and Dairy-Free Shredded Cheese Alternative

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About Sarena Shasteen

Sarena is a graduate of The School of Culinary Arts in Atlanta, and she has worked in various fields in the culinary industry since 1995. Sarena discovered that she was lactose "challanged" in 2005, and soon after began creating recipes for her dairy-free (and now gluten-free) blog, The Non-Dairy Queen.

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One Comment

  1. Karen Origer-GrecoJuly 23, 2014 at 10:03 amReply

    Thanks for the great review. I absolutely love Daiya Vegan Cheese Alternative. I’ve tried several brands but this one is my favorite. I also love how it’s soy free since I can’t have soy and so many other brands have soy in them. It also melts really well. My favorite flavor is the pepper jack. Mozzarella is the most versatile and can be used in so many dishes from pizza to lasagna.

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