Friday Finds: Daiya Cheese

by Maggie on July 2, 2010

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Friday Finds is back this week with a gooey and cheesy treat.

My friend Danielle was kind enough to bring me some Daiya cheese last weekend when she came for a visit.  Can you believe it?  She’s so good to me – she also brought me an LPK Nanaimo Bar (gluten-free and vegan).

I have tried most of the dairy-free cheeses on the Canadian market and they just don’t do it for me.  Not at all.

It’s the melt factor.  These dairy-free cheeses just don’t melt.

Enter Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds (I love that name).

I can hear the skeptics, “Cheddar style?  Oh come on!”

But Daiya totally melts – check out my picture if you don’t believe me!  An avocado grilled cheese sandwich.  Yum!

And it tastes good. Really good.

We also tried it on nachos – we are big fans of nacho night around here.  This cheese was a welcomed addition.

The best part about Daiya cheese?  It’s a treat.  I don’t feel like I need to eat it every day.  We’ll eat it once in a while.  When we’re craving melty cheese.

Here’s the ingredient list:

Filtered water, tapioca and/or arrowroot flours, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and /or non-GMO expeller pressed safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein, salt, inactive yeast, vegan natural flavours, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, citric acid (for flavor), annatto.

Not bad.  Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds are gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, trans fat-free and cholesterol-free.  Amazing.

When you have to give up some of the foods that you love, it’s nice to have foods like this to fall back on.  Some days you deserve a grilled cheese.  Some days you need melty and gooey cheese on your pizza.  Some days you just want something fast and seemingly normal.

By the way…

  • I’m taking it easy with my Friday Finds over the summer.  Trying to get outside and play with my babes (and now my new camera!).
  • We are unplugging and leaving town for a few days. I’ll take next week off and come back with something fun! I promise. Have a great week. I’ll miss you too.
  • The Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free roundup has been posted at Z’s Cup of Tea.  You MUST check it out – this month’s theme was Dairy-Free.
  • Disclaimer: I did not receive anything free from Daiya.  This was funded by the lovely and talented Danielle.  Thank you Danielle (and Peter).