Today I’m sharing a few cheezy vegan food favorites from Daiya and Follow Your Heart that have become staples in our home. Each person in our family has a very unique palate, so it’s not always easy to please everyone in the ModVegan household.
Daiya Cheezy Mac
While our family is still on the lookout for the perfect vegan Kraft Dinner replacement ( and no, this cheezy mac isn’t quite there yet), Daiya’s Cheezy Mac is the best thing we’ve found so far. You may have access to a better vegan Mac and Cheese where you live. I have a feeling that Mac and Chao is better, but I haven’t tried it, so I can’t say.
The reason Cheezy Mac makes the list is because finding a decent, quick, vegan Mac and Cheese was really important for our family. As you guys know, I hate cooking. I love baking, I hate cooking. It’s too boring for me, and I wish I didn’t feel that way, but I just do. So when I do have to cook for the kids, I tend to be on the lookout for foods that are quick and easy, and this satisfies.
As I said earlier, my youngest daughter has never been a huge fan of cheese flavour. But she’s actually okay with Daiya. Maybe because it doesn’t really taste like cheese! So she really likes this one. My older daughter loves cheese, and wishes this pasta was more cheesy. But when we add in some extra goodies, like shelled edamame and vegan bacon bits, she really likes it.
Follow Your Heart Parmesan Shreds
Follow Your Heart, also known as Earth Island here in Canada, makes a variety of affordable, tasty vegan foods. They are best known for their first mass-market vegan product, Vegenaise. While Vegenaise – at least in my mind – more closely approximates Miracle Whip than mayo, it’s a good tasting product that served the vegan market well prior to the advent of Just Mayo. They also make a scrambled vegan egg product that I’ve reviewed here before. It’s okay, but I think there is a lot of room for improvement.
Where Follow Your Heart/Earth Island shines a bit more brightly is actually in the vegan cheese space. For me,Earth Island/Follow Your Heart cheese slices rank somewhat above Daiya slices in terms of flavour. They aren’t quite as good as Chao, but they’re close. Where they really succeed is with their cheese shreds and parmesan.
The shredded vegan cheese space tends to be dominated by Daiya. I’m not a huge fan of the flavour of their cheese (it tastes a bit off to me, almost like sweaty, grainy American cheese slices), so I don’t really love their shredded cheese, either. But Follow Your Heart makes shredded cheese that is significantly more cheesy. And while it’s still a bit grainy, I think this is largely due to the cellulose fibre used to prevent clumping.
My favourite Follow Your Heart product, by far, is their grated parmesan. It tastes almost exactly like Kraft parmesan cheese, and if anything, it’s much better. My oldest daughter and I love it. It’s also the product I most frequently recommend to people who love that sharp, cheesy flavour. While it’s possible to make homemade vegan parmesan using walnuts and nutritional yeast, it won’t taste like real cheese. It just won’t! This does, and it’s the perfect topping for the parmesan lover in your life.
Daiya Cheese Lover’s Pizza
Everyone in our house loves to order Pizza from Panago as a special treat. Panago is a large Western Canadian Pizza chain, and they offer the option of choosing Daiya cheese. They even have a Vegan Deluxe Pepperoni Pizza option!
But we don’t always have the time or money to order pizza, so it’s nice to have vegan frozen pizzas. Interestingly, my cheese-hater loves Daiya’s Cheese Lover’s Pizza. Perhaps it’s the combination of cheeses. I have no idea, honestly, but she loves this one. My ACTUAL cheese lover prefers their Supreme pizza, which is topped with mozzarella, vegan sausage and assorted veggies. Personally, I’m with my youngest daughter on this one: I like the Cheese Lover’s Pizza, as does my husband.
Do you have any cheesy vegan favourites?