Grocery Shopping And Vegan Cheezy Mac

April 26, 2010 by Keri

There are few things in life I enjoy as much as grocery shopping.  Yes, seriously!  Tonight we went to Whole Foods to do the weekly shopping.  I really only needed to pick up produce, but I did have a few must-trys in mind.  First, my store finally put out the Daiya, so I had to grab a package of the mozzarella.   Everyone has found theirs mixed in with the regular shredded cheeses, however it was with the vegan cheeses at mine.  Next, I had to try the new Amy’s vegan macaroni and cheese!  I guess I didn’t realize it was made with Daiya until I read the ingredients label, but hearing how fabulous it was I had to check it out.  Lastly, I’ve been meaning to try coconut water so a couple of those made it into my cart as well.

Vegan Cheeses

I’ve had Daiya before, so I’m just excited to have it so easy to get a hold of now, but with half of a 5 lb. bag of cheddar shreds in the freezer, I just grabbed the one mozzarella.   I thought I’d never had this flavor, but I think I did when it was sold as “Italian” shreds.  I’m thinking there is a cheezy eggplant dish in my near future!  When I got home the first thing to fly from my bag and into the oven was the Amy’s mac and cheese.

Vegan Cheeses

Well, before I even got to taste it, it was half gone.  At over 500 calories, it was probably a good idea to share!  The husband said it was especially delicious and the toddler didn’t need to use words because we could tell he was a big fan by his lack of chewing.  Finally, I got to taste it and all I can say is wow!  This macaroni is so rich, yummy and definitely a comfort food success.  I could eat a mixing bowl full of this stuff, no problem.

Vegan Cheeses

After dinner I was still pretty hungry so I made us all strawberry shakes with coconut milk and frozen strawberries.  Actually, I’m still a little hungry, but I’ve got some work to get done so a snack will have to wait.  I bought plenty of fresh greens I can’t wait to break into!  I hope you had a great Monday.  I have lots of great recipes coming with today’s produce haul; I can feel it!

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  1. shurbur8 says:

    I bought some Daiya last week. For me, it lives up to the twitter buzz. Very nice.

  2. Melissa G says:

    My co-op has the Daiya shreds now too. It’s back with the other vegan dairy products. Haven’t bought any yet though.

    As for the Amy’s Rice Mac & Cheeze. . . I tweeted about this last week and was not impressed. Waaaaaaay too high in calories (520 for 8 oz serving) and fat (22 grams). It was certainly very creamy with the Daiya cheeze but I didn’t think it was that flavorful either. I added salt & pepper which seemed to help a bit. Probably won’t buy it again but I’m glad I tried it so I could see what all the fuss is about.

    • Keri says:

      If you don’t like the Amy’s mac and cheeze then you probably won’t like Daiya shreds. Hmm.. I didn’t add anything and really liked it and the calories weren’t so bad three ways, but everyone’s tastes are different! 🙂

  3. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    I think anything by amy’s is destined to be great. Thanks for this review…my hubs LOVES mac n cheese..thanks for this one!

  4. Jessie (Vegan-minded) says:

    I need to try that Amy’s mac and cheese, it looks amazing! I am now officially hooked on Daiya, so I want to try anything that uses it in the recipe. Yum!

    • Keri says:

      Daiya is a wonderful thing! I have a feeling more “authentically cheesy” products are just around the corner too! Like Melissa mentioned above, the Amy’s is very high in fat and moderately high in calories depending on your definition of high, but SO delicious!

  5. Andria @ Veg is Sexy says:

    I know, I love grocery shopping! The other day one of my girlfriends was hanging out here and she goes, “I have to go now, I have to go grocery shopping. UGH! Don’t you hate that?” I was speechless for a moment and then I was like, UM, NO!!!!!

    • Keri says:

      Exactly! My friends all hate it too- even one of my vegan friends (which shoots down my “food is more fun when you’re vegan” theory), but I could browse the isles in a great grocery store for hours!

  6. Danielle (Coffee Run) says:

    I’ve been seeing this Daiya all over the bloggosphere! I have a feeling I can only get it at WF…do you think it would stay fresh in my car for an hour? lol. I would def. pick some up on my way back from school!

    I love grocery shopping more than I love clothes shopping. For sure 🙂

    • Keri says:

      Well, I hope so because I got mine almost an hour away! 😛 (Yeah, it was fine.)
      Grocery shopping is better than clothes shopping because I don’t have any guilt over buying groceries. With clothes I’m like, this is so cute but I don’t neeed it… I mean, I’m not running around naked…

  7. Veronica @ lifewithnature says:

    Daiya cheese? Is it really better than other vegan cheeses? I love cheese, but unfortunately, I think it’s not the best for health and for the planet. So having a good alternative sounds great. There’s so many recipes that calls for cheese, and I find it difficult to find a substitute that has the same taste and texture. What’s the Daiya cheese main ingredients?

    • Keri says:

      In my opinion it’s far better than other vegan cheeses, but I hear Chicago Soy Dairy’s revamped Teese is also very good (I haven’t yet tried it).
      Here are the Daiya ingredients: Purified water, tapioca and/or arrowroot flours, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and/or non-GMO expeller pressed safflower oil, coconut oil pea protein, salt, inactive yeast, vegetable glycerin, natural flavors (derived from plants), xanthan gum, sunflower lecithin, vegan enzymes (no animal rennet or animal enzymes), vegan bacterial cultures, citric acid (for flavor), annatto.
      Hope this helps. 🙂

  8. Woz says:

    Holy Hannah, I’m am WAY excited to try that Amy’s! Yesssss!!