12 Days of Daiya!

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!
Pizza Slice

Pizza Slice

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?
Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese

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

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

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

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…

25 Responses to “12 Days of Daiya!”

  1. 1 quarrygirl July 23, 2009 at 12:02 am

    daiya is THE BEST. i absolutely LOVE it.

    i am so happy it is becoming more and more available. love your post !:D

  2. 2 Nora July 23, 2009 at 1:40 am

    I can’t believe it melts so perfectly! I never thought i’d see the day. I love how you made every classic cheesy dish known to mankind.

  3. 3 a-k July 23, 2009 at 1:55 am

    All that makes my knees weak! Man, I need to get some soon…

  4. 4 Tami July 23, 2009 at 2:27 am

    I’m so going to order this……thanks for all the gorgeous examples!

  5. 5 Laura July 23, 2009 at 8:50 am

    I hope they start shipping to England soon, I love Sheese but I would love a melty cheese sandwhich or pizza!

  6. 6 kitchenspoon July 23, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I need to find some Daiya Cheese, STAT! Mercy, it looks amazing….I can almost taste it when looking at your photos.

  7. 7 Rhonda's Cooking July 23, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I cannot wait to try this cheese. I just tested the Rice Cheese and it was cool, but it had casein in it and I am not supposed to consume casein nor soy. Where can I purchase this? I have not seen it at Whole Foods in the Phoenix Metro area.

  8. 8 wannabeavegan July 23, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    You can order it online from Pangea http://www.veganstore.com/ or you can go to the Daiya website and contact them about where to find it in your area http://www.daiyafoods.com/index.html It is definitely worth the effort to procure this stuff!

  9. 9 Brittany July 23, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    please bring 1 of each of these to me. thanks!

  10. 10 wannabeavegan July 23, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Brittany – sure just give me some whoopie pies!

  11. 11 Lisa July 23, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    I had some last week, and I hated the texture and taste was bland. I had such hope for this. Oh, well.

    Don’t get your hopes up too high until you taste it. Some people I know do like it though.

  12. 12 wannabeavegan July 23, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Wow, you are THE FIRST person that I’ve heard say they didn’t like it. Which kind did you have and did you use it yourself or have it at a restaurant – I ask because I “liked” it when I had it out and I LOVE it when using it at home!

  13. 13 Nina July 24, 2009 at 1:30 am

    excuse me if there are any typos while i write this, it is a little hard because there is DROOL all over my keyboard! this looks utterly amazing. all of it!

    i so identify with you on the barrier of cheese to committing to veganism. i was the same way. been a vegetarian since i was in collge years ago and started last june on the road to being vegan. my only slip ups have been pizza and i have dreams that i am eating it, truly i do.

    thanks for your blog, just found you and will be a regular visitor! 🙂

  14. 14 ginger July 24, 2009 at 2:42 am

    yum! i need that pizza now please. i’ll trade you a whole vegan cake. 🙂
    cheese was my big thing to give up too and until now, i have incorporated yummy sauces from nutritional yeast and tofutti. i’m going to look into this and ask my local market to start carrying it.
    thanks xoxo

  15. 15 Melisser July 25, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Oh man, you are the Daiya master!

  16. 16 Kiersten July 26, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I can’t believe Daiya actually melts! I need to get my hands on some of that to try it on pizza. BTW, this is my first time visiting your blog. All of your pictures are great!

  17. 17 Mandee August 4, 2009 at 3:20 am

    I wish we had Daiya in Australia! All of your food looks so so good

  18. 18 Afsoon August 5, 2009 at 7:54 am

    I strangely haven’t tried Daiya yet. I have to change that soon. The man n cheese looks incredible

  19. 19 Afsoon August 5, 2009 at 7:56 am

    OMiGOD I said “man” instead of “mac” HAHAHA! freudian slip

  20. 20 Fionna December 16, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Oh my wow! All that food looks so fantastic! I really want to order some Daiya cheese. I love being vegan, but I definitely need cheese in my life! Heh. I’m very happy to know that I will still be able to make my famous baked macaroni, by just using vegan margarine, soy milk and Daiya cheese.

  21. 21 Robbie Vitrano September 20, 2011 at 2:59 am

    Truth in advertising – Food Porn. We’re offering Daiya on our all natural pizzas in Phoenix. Love the folks who make it up in BC. If you ever find your way to PHX or a Naked Pizza near you, say hello. Robbie

  22. 22 Natalie Co. October 5, 2011 at 2:50 am

    I’m drooling!!! YUM!

  23. 23 Larry January 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    It is important to remember that vegan cheese substitutes do not have the nutritional components (calcium, protein) that are found in dairy cheeses, but they do have alot of fat.including saturated fat. They’re great for adding cheese flavor to things, (and are really yummy) but make sure you eat the right stuff to get all your nutrients. They are anything but “natural”!

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Los Angeleno. Vegan. Buddhist. Punk Rock. Local Food Reviewer. English Bulldog Lover. Searcher of the perfect vegan cheese, among many other things...

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