Daiya Cheezy Mac Deluxe Alfredo Style

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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After tasting Daiya’s Cheezy Mac Cheddar, we were intrigued by this Alfredo-style variety.

Like the cheddar, this is quick and easy to fix (no more than 10 minutes), and the box contains everything you’ll need (well, except the boiling water). And because the macaroni is brown rice pasta, it’s gluten free.

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The sauce for this Alfredo-style variety is a bit stickier than the cheddar style, and it also has a stronger chemical flavor than the cheddar, as well as a slightly sweet, orange-zesty taste as well.

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So while we wouldn’t call this the best Alfredo-style pasta we’ve ever had, we were glad it was in the cupboard for a quick, simple meal.

Daiya Cheezy Mac

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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When we saw this easy-to-prepare Daiya Cheezy Mac on sale at the local grocery, we couldn’t resist.

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This mac-and-cheese is so easy, in part, because it doesn’t require any vegan butter or plant milks to prepare — all you need is in the box.

And, for anyone with food sensitivities, this product is not only vegan but gluten and soy free. The pasta (be careful not to overcook; it takes only 8 minutes!) is nice and chewy, not rubbery as many gluten-free pastas can be.

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And the cheese sauce is thick, cheesy,  rich, and has a sharp-cheddar taste — but it has a slightly chemical smell and flavor as well. (This should probably be expected of something that comes in a foil package.)

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Obviously, nothing comes close to good, homemade vegan mac-and-cheese (and Miyoko’s cheesy cheddar sauce tastes a lot more fresh), but this is pretty good, and insanely convenient, if you must have a packaged variety. And the fact that all the ingredients are in this little box and that it takes about 10 minutes to prepare, start to finish, makes it a good product to keep handy.

Daiya Smoked Gouda Style

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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As former gouda fans, we were excited to try this Smoked Gouda style cheese from Daiya.

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Yet we found, to our surprise, that this variety is not quite as delicious as Daiya’s other wedge-style cheeses.

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The texture was a bit chalky, and the flavor was a bit smoky but without the gouda spark we were hoping for.

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Daiya is currently in the process of updating its wedge-style cheeses (see Medium Cheddar Farmhouse Block) and so perhaps they’ll improve on this one. And, in the meantime, don’t miss some of the other fabulous Daiya products (especially the cheezecake!).

Daiya New York Cheezecake

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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Okay, this New York style cheesecake from Daiya is the best thing ever.

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As someone who used to love cheesecake in my pre-vegan days, I figured I’d said my last good-byes when I gave up dairy. And, given what I’d learned about the dairy industry, I was completely okay with that.

And then, this.

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Hello again, cheesecake.

This Daiya cheesecake is rich, creamy, and perfectly flavored — and, of course, it’s also cruelty free and far healthier than the dairy version (no cholesterol, trans fats, gluten). And while it does have plenty of plant-based fats and calories, the serving size is gigantic, so keep that in mind when you do the math — it’s so rich that a little goes a long way.

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You’ll find this amazing dessert in the freezer section of the grocery store (and there are three additional flavors: strawberry, key lime, and chocolate). Keep in mind that you’ll need to move it to the fridge to thaw for about 5-6 hours, and then it’ll be ready to slice and serve (and it’s best if it has a few moments to sit at room temperature).

If you love cheesecake, and/or if you want a vegan dessert that will impress omnivorous friends and family, this is among the best and most decadent ever. Enjoy!