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Daiya : The Cheese That Will Change The World

It Looks just like cheese
It Shreds just like cheese
It Melts Just like cheese
It tastes like cheese…
But HOLY SHIT! IT’S NOT CHEESE

In Sanskrit, Dayaa means “loving, kindness and compassion”. What an appropriate name for a vegan cheese alternative…


It’s Easy Not Being Cheesy

Cheese… this guilty pleasure is the number one reason why many individuals have such a hard time converting to veganism 100%. This creamy, savory, amazing brick of deliciousness was the hardest thing to give up 2 years ago, when I made the switch. I used to find myself hiding in my bedroom with a whole pizza; or would go two weeks without having it and then crash and eating an entire wheel of brie… it was sickening really. But nonetheless terribly, terribly hard to give up… Keep these tips in mind if you are a new vegan, finding yourself with cravings for cheese or other non vegan products. Having a great inner dialogue will help you to exercise willpower.

Why are you Vegan? It’s important to be clear on your reasons for giving up animal products. Spirituality or religion? Have you taken ethical position because of animal rights, or the environment? Or have you done this for health reasons- experimenting with the diet to reap the many benefits associated with eating a plant based diet? If it is the later, than I suggest beginning your venture into veganism with being predominantly vegan while enjoying without guilt, though perhaps only on special occasions, your favorite dishes. Pizza was my special treat two –three times a month when I was making the conversion.

For the first two reasons try this easy but effective strategy–it works well for cravings in general, especially those more unconscious ones (smoking, for instance). When a craving arises, look directly at it with your mind’s eye. Try to see what it looks like; its color, its shape, its texture. In shining the light of awareness on your craving, you’ll find that it has seemingly vanished. The more you practice this, the more effective it becomes in reducing cravings. Of course drinking a huge glass of water or nibbling on a vegan treat will help as well.

Learn how to substitute. With a little to no effort, you can make your own vegan cheeses from nuts, or purchase whole food alternatives like Daiya. Then use these in your favorite recipes. Voila, easy vegan nachos, pizza, grilled cheeses and poutine!!! The list really is endless. If you need creative inspiration just visit my Bitchin’ Recipes page. I am a firm believer in the fact that you do NOT have to give up your favorite dishes just because you go vegan. You will not have to say goodbye to these items forever, no quite the opposite, indulge and feel fantastic, the vegan way.

 


Vegan Poutine

To make this awesomely fantastic recipe you will need to do the following:

  • Make some kick ass Potato Wedges.
  • While those are in the oven start your pot of vegan gravy. Homemade or canned mushroom gravy works really well; Or try my Miso Gravy …Yummers.
  • Once both of those are ready, all you need is Daiya to build an EPIC vegan poutine!!
Seriously, its all in the layering! Wedges, Daiya, Gravy, More Wedges, More Gravy, MOAR DAIYA!
See This Recipe On The EDGY VEG Show Here!



Edgy Veg Episode 1: Vegan Poutine


Daiya : The Cheese That Will Change The World

It Looks just like cheese
It Shreds just like cheese
It Melts Just like cheese
It tastes like cheese…
But HOLY SHIT! IT’S NOT CHEESE

In Sanskrit, Dayaa means “loving, kindness and compassion”. What an appropriate name for a vegan cheese alternative that doesn’t make my belly hurt or give me heart burn! This stuff is better than an over pants orgasm. Especially since it is free of artificial ingredients, gluten, soy, corn, nuts, preservatives, AND has 33% less fat than typical cheese! Woo Hoo!  Now I can eat guilt free pizza every day! Ok maybe not, but I think you understand how exciting this is…

At this point you must be asking, “So… what is it?’ Well The main ingredient in Daiya is Cassava, which is another name for Yuca; a woody shrub native to South America.  This Tuberous root is rich in calcium and vitamin C and containa a nutritionally significant quantity of thiamine. It is also what gives us tapioca! Yum! Other whole food ingredients include Arrowroot and pea protein.

So off with you!!! Go make a poutine, or a pizza or a grilled cheeze or something!!