Praise be to Daiya! Lactose intolerant rejoice! Finally, a vegan cheese worth bragging about has arrived on the market. Let’s be real here ““ many vegan cheeses get the texture, smell, and taste way wrong. Embarrassingly wrong. When the rave reviews started rolling in for Daiya cheese I put my skeptic’s hat on as I prepared to put the stuff through all the paces.
Sometimes a girl just wants nachos that taste super delicious with cheese that melts and stretches and doesn’t smell like plastic, ya know? So I give great thanks and appreciation to a product that actually delivers. Daiya finally got it right when it comes to making a vegan cheese I not only enjoy, but find somewhat addictive. Nevermore will the lactose intolerant nor vegan among us have to pine for the joy of a totally indulgent cheese drenched pile of cheese fries enjoyed by the rest of you.
How thrilled am I to know that now I can make midnight munchie nachos? Or baked ziti. Or pizza. And minus the cholesterol, lactose, and animal suffering found in dairy. There are multiple products on the market now that use Daiya too, including my fave Amy’s microwaveable Mac and Cheese entree.
One of my late night guilty pleasures is dropping by Foodswings, a vegan fast food joint in Brooklyn, for their midnight munchies menu including an assortment of cheese fries and occasionally mozzarella sticks. Snooping around the Internet, I found a recipe I’ve yet to try by The Vegan Zombie for Daiya Cheese Stix and am highly tempted to make this weekend:
What’s your favorite cheese-drenched guilty pleasure?
Daiya cheese is available shredded in both cheddar and mozzarella varieties. To find Daiya in your area, check out their website search page.