Daiya Greek-style yogurt

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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We continue our coverage of vegan yogurts with Daiya Greek-style yogurts, which come in four flavors (peach, strawberry, blueberry, and black cherry).

IMG_2488The first flavor sampled was blueberry — which is insanely purple in color (see ingredients list here) and also delicious. The texture is nice and thick, just as a Greek-style yogurt should be, and it’s smooth and creamy as well.

IMG_2492We also tried Daiya’s Black Cherry flavor, which was also lovely; its tangy flavor was especially good, and it has all the smooth, thick creaminess as well (with none of the psychedelic color).

bc3While these yogurts do contain fruit for flavor, they are not fruit-on-the-bottom types (which I think is a good thing — better to add your own fruit than dredge up fruit that’s been sitting at the bottom of a yogurt cup, right?). Overall, highly recommended for yogurt lovers.

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.

Trader Joe’s Vegan Cream Cheese

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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Cream cheese is one of those foods that is really hard to replicate, and I finally found a cream cheese I like in Daiya’s Chive & Onion. Then I heard that Trader Joe’s has a vegan cream cheese.

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This TJ’s version was recommended by a friend who doesn’t like Daiya and hadn’t found a palatable cream cheese until this one. So, I was very eager to try it.

IMG_7437The texture is quite good — softer than you might expect of “real” cream cheese — and the flavor is wonderful: very creamy, with none of the tang that Daiya has (which made the plain style too sweet for me). So this is a much mellower, milder cream cheese.

IMG_7442Because the texture isn’t as smooth, I made my bagel with half Daiya and half Trader Joe’s — and while I like the smoother and thicker Daiya texture more, I prefer the Trader Joe’s flavor. So…I will probably continue to enjoy both (though maybe not half and half every time).

Whatever your vegan cream cheese preference is at the moment, it’s well worth checking out the Trader Joe’s version — it’s among the best around!

Daiya Margherita Pizza

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 in the freezer section, we couldn’t resist. Every once in a while, you just need to make something quick and easy … and Daiya always delivers (Daiya’s Cheezy Mac is another great quick meal).

IMG_9912This pizza was remarkably flavorful, and its simple and delicious basic ingredients make it perfect for adding fresh veggies.

IMG_9913The cheese melts and browns beautifully, and the crust was thin and crispy.

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I highly recommended keeping this fast and yummy meal in the freezer for those times when cooking isn’t possible (or when you’re just feeling lazy…like me). There are many other varieties (including spinach & mushroom, fire-roasted vegetable, and “cheeze lover’s”), and we look forward to sampling them all.

Daiya Chocolate 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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First, happy National Cheese Lovers Day (who knew?). We are glad to be able to celebrate with such delicious, healthy, and compassionate options, and we hereby thank all those who are bringing such delicious vegan cheeses to the marketplace.

And, since we’re celebrating: Chocolate Cheesecake.

A while back we reviewed Daiya’s New York Style cheezecake, and we loved it. We couldn’t wait to sample the chocolate version, which we’re happy to report is even better (we didn’t think it was possible).

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This chocolate version has the same rich, delectable creaminess — along with the amazingness of chocolate.

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Remember these come frozen, so you need to give them at least 6 hours to thaw (it’s very disappointing when you don’t remember in time, as I have learned). After a few hours in the fridge, this beautiful cheesecake is ready to go…and it’s not likely to last long on the plate.

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This is a dessert any omnivore would love — it would be gorgeous drizzled with vegan chocolate, and impossible to tell from the “real thing.”

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 Jalapeño Havarti 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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This Daiya Jalapeño Havarti Style cheese block is wonderful.

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While it’s not “artisan” cheese, it easily sliced for cheese and crackers, and the flavor and texture make it a great choice to nibble on with margaritas or sangria.

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This cheese wedge is also spreadable if it has a chance to warm at room temperature, and it would be delicious if shredded into tacos or in a tofu scramble.

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Overall this is a wonderfully spicy, versatile cheese — Daiya yet again has done a fantastic job!

Daiya cream cheese

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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Most vegans are well aware of Daiya and its vast and yummy selection of vegan cheeses; this company provides many vegan staples…like cream cheese.

DaiyaI’ve sampled many vegan cream cheeses out there, and I’ve found Daiya to be the best so far (same goes for its shreds, which melt very well and are rich and cheesy).

Now, back to cream cheese.

Daiya bagelWhile many vegan cream cheeses are either dry, or weirdly textured, or flavorless, Daiya’s is smooth, creamy, and has that tangy cream-cheese flavor. The plain cream cheese version is a bit too sweet for me, but the chive-and-onion version is just right. (It also comes in strawberry, which I imagine is very good for those who like their  cream cheese on the sweet side.)