Monday, 26 February 2018

Daiya Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Pizza Review



Continuing with my trend of vegan, dairy-free food posts from last week ("My Thoughts On Daiya Greek Yogurt Alternative" and "Blueberry Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding"), I have to share my experience trying another alternative to animal meat and dairy. Vegan pizza!



"Do not judge a book by its cover"


I was a little worried about trying the pizza, hoping I had not wasted my money (It was a splurge at $10.99 at Loblaws). I had tried vegan shredded cheese years ago and was revolted by the flavour. I had given up then instead of trying different vegan brands. Huge mistake!

I have read mixed reviews about Daiya cheese. Many vegans love it, however others complain about a not-so-appetizing aftertaste. I am on the former side. Having tried their Alfredo Style Cheezy Mac and now their pizza, I am very happy with their products.

The Main Event - The Pizza!

Baked in the oven at 475F for 15 minutes, the pizza came out hot and crispy (just how I like it). Topped with Daiya mozza style shreds, tomato basil sauce, Beyond Meat meatless sausage, peppers, red onions and mushrooms, the pizza was delicious. I was surprised to see that the cheese softens and melts like cows cheese. This was also the first time I had tried a meat alternative from Beyond Meat, which claims their products "looks, cooks and satisfies like beef". I can endorse that statement as the meatless sausage was not dry and tasted how a fatty piece of meat should taste. 


Like many of Daiya's products, they are expensive processed comfort foods and should be enjoyed in moderation. 





Ingredients

Gluten-Free Crust (water, tapioca starch, brown rice flour, white whole grain sorghum flour, potato starch, olive oil, cane sugar, milled flax seed, yeast, psyllium, sea salt, xanthan gum), Tomato Basil Sauce (water, tomato paste, olive oil, onions, basil, salt, garlic, xanthan gum, spices), Daiya Mild Mozza Style Shred (filtered water, tapioca starch, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and/or non-GMO expeller pressed safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein isolate, salt, inactive yeast, vegan natural flavours, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, lactic acid (vegan), titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral), yeast extract), Beyond Meat Italian Sausage-Style Crumbles (water, pea protein isolate, non-GMO expeller pressed canola oil, natural flavours, garlic, spices, calcium sulfate, paprika, potassium bicarbonate, caramel colour, yeast extract, salt, onion), crimini mushrooms, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, red onion.  


Nutrition Information

Serving: 1/4 pizza (138g); Calories 340; Fat 14g (Saturated 3.5g, Trans 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 570mg; Carbohydrate 45g (Fibre 4g, Sugars 5g); Protein 7g; Vitamin A 4%; Calcium 6%; Iron 8%.



Have you tried any other vegan pizzas that you recommend? Recipes? Comment below!




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