The title of this post is fitting because for me, being able to purchase Daiya Vegan Cheese is like christmas! Anyone that knows me knows I love cheese and it was hands down the most difficult thing to give up when becoming vegan. Well, fret no more my friends, Daiya is here to save the day. This is the BEST vegan cheese on the market – it melts, has a great flavor and texture, and comes in mozarella and cheddar shreds. I was lucky enough to get my hands on 2 lbs. of mozarella and 1 lbs. of cheddar at Locali- so if you live in Los Angeles get over there before I buy it all! So without further ado let the Daiya food porn begin:
Pizza with red onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, and basil!
Next up quesadillas! Some with cheddar, some with mozarella, and some with both!
Can you see the cheese oozing down – YES! Of course I couldn’t resist trying a grilled cheese sandwich…Did I tell you this stuff really melts?
If you crave cheese that is not soy or nut based, this is it! It is made from plant ingredients and doesn’t make you feel like crap later like the other stuff does. Alright, this is where it starts to get interesting – Mac n Cheese! I made a cheese sauce from 1/2 cup soymilk, 3 tbs. of EB, and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese. I added a little nooch for good measure. Oh boy, this stuff rocks!
Mac n Cheese
Do you see how creamy it looks, that’s because it is! Next up, pour the cheese sauce over some broccoli:
Broccoli & Cheese
Both of these cheeses have a great flavor and it is definitely more pronounced the more you use. I tried baking with it by topping some tofu ricotta stuffed manicotti:
I simply had to try it on nachos:
It gets kinda crunchy when baked and there is only a thin layer – just like cheese does. If you want it more gooey and melty just add more. Here’s a close-up:
Nachos Close Up
Of course I made another pizza, this one with black olives, onions, and tomatoes!
Can you believe I’ve made all of this food and still have about a pound of cheese left! I will state this again – BEST VEGAN CHEESE! Where ever you are look for it, ask your local merchant to carry it, order it online, heck sell your soul to the devil – but get your hands on Daiya Vegan Cheese! (this post is my personal opinion, no one has asked me or sent me any free samples although Daiya if you are reading this I would love some more cheese please…)
Til next time…
Published May 8, 2009
Tags: C'est La V Bakery, Locali, vegan
So if you live in Los Angeles and you have not visited Locali yet, what are you waiting for? Not only does this “convenience” store carry some great products (Teese!), have fantastic prepared foods, a super friendly staff, they now carry C’est La V baked goods! Additionally, you can follow them on Twitter and always be “in the know” about what they have! Check out their ExtraVeganza sandwich:
Grilled veggies, spinach, and artichoke tapenade on herb bread – delicious!
Now on to the C’est La V baked goods I scored at Locali! I am so glad I can jump in the car for a 5 min ride to get a sweet vegan fix!
C'est La V
Locali had quite the selection but I settled on a brownie and some chocolate crackles. All I can say is that I was definitely not disappointed!
The brownie is rich, dense, and pure chocolate heaven!
These Chocolate Crackles should just be called crack because they are highly addictive! Soft gooey chocolate on the inside with powdered sugar on the outside. Too bad I ate them all already because looking at the picture is making me crave them again!
So please, let me once again urge you to head on over to Locali, you won’t be disappointed!