No, I don’t work for this company (I wish) I just really dig the product. As a vegan, my biggest downfall has been CHEESE! I was able to part with my Coach™ (leather) bag, donate my silk blouse to Goodwill and do away with cottage cheese, yogurt and eggs–which I don’t much care for, anyway. But cheese? That’s this whole other ball of wax.
Cheese has made me feel like…well, an adulterer. When no one was looking, I’d sneak a bite. It would hit my palate in much the same way a junkie taps a vein. OOOOH, orgasmic-cheesy-goodness! But then…the guilt. And since I subscribe to no one religious principle, I am NOT a fan of guilt.
I had resigned myself to being the occasional cheese-cheat. I had found NO acceptable vegan substitute…I tried my hand at homemade cashew cheese, and while delicious, it didn’t satisfy the nagging void that only REAL cheese could.
I LOVE the Veggie and Rice slices by Galaxy foods, but not the 100% vegan ones. Just the “regular” ones. Their vegan products were…um, well let’s just say, not up to par. (Hey, that’s just me! I still think they’re a great company!) But I was still vegan-cheeseless. Le sigh. (Note: I have learned of some of their NEWER vegan cheese products and have not, as of this posting, had a chance to try them. I absolutely plan to and will report back here, what I discover once I do.)
This was just how I thought it was going to be…until hubby, Little Bit and I went to one of MANY awesome Vegan Potlucks (Thank you, Dirk & Bev!) at Next Generation Water in San Antonio, TX. I was introduced to the awesomeness that is Daiya cheese, and I have not looked back.
I have a penchant for nachos…I love melty, stringy cheese atop of crispy corn chips! Yet, I had resigned myself to the fact that my new veganness would never allow such. Was I ever wrong! (And I LOVE being wrong when it’s Daiya cheese kind of wrong!)
So now, I am rarely, if ever, out of Daiya Cheese. I use both the Mozzarella and Cheddar flavors, but must say, I prefer the cheddar, although both are top-notch. (Sprinkle to your specs on organic blue corn cheddar chips – microwave, which yes, I know it’s bad, but whatever – for 15 seconds. Sprinkle generously with Crystal hot sauce, and you have a snack made for a Queen!) A vegan Queen that is. And yes, I will allow you to address me as such! 😉