Pieces of Me

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Food Critic–Daiya

I was talking to a friend about how my little boy loves Mac and Cheese.  He was very sad to see that I am not stocking our pantry with Annie’s Gluten Free Mac and Cheese.  Although this was never a staple in our home, we did eat it on occasion (once a month).  And it made for a quick and easy dish to send to school with him during the school year.  Kelly posted this about Mac and Cheese on her blog and although I told her we don’t eat Kraft, she reminded me that the stuff in Annie’s is still just as processed.  And she’s right.  Since I am giving up dairy, I don’t keep a lot of cheese in our home and I was looking for a dairy alternative to cheese that did not include soy to make with the Quinoa noodles I found by Andean Dream.  I know, not 100% Paleo, but in all the reading I’ve been doing lately, many suggest with the kids to move to Gluten Free first and then slowly move to completely grain free.  It’s a process.  I don’t want them fighting me tooth and nail regarding food – you read my last post right?

Anyway, she suggested maybe trying Daiya – something she had read about.  So since we were shopping at Whole Foods, I checked it out.  After all, it claims to be Cholesterol free, Trans Fat free, Dairy free, Vegan, free of all animal products, Kosher Pareve, Free of common allergens including: Dairy (casein & lactose), soy, gluten, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts (excluding coconut).  Before purchasing, I did check out the list of ingredients and although there is one ingredient that bothers me (mainly because it’s claiming all of the above), I went ahead and bought it. 


I bought the Cheddar Style Wedge.  It claims to be great melted or sliced.  I got home and sliced a tiny sliver to taste.  And let me tell you – gross.  It’s like eating Velveeta or cheese food.  I don’t know what I expected.  I think I just really wanted a slice of cheddar cheese.  LOL

I told this to Kelly but mentioned that I would still try to use it in Mac and Cheese.  And that’s what I did.  I made Mac and Cheese with the daiya and butter <—well margarine, which is not good either, but we are trying to use up what we have that is already opened.  I cleaned out the pantry and gave my mother-in-law tons of Whole Wheat Pasta and canned soups. 

I digress.  The Mac and Cheese was exactly what Cayden wanted.  He loved it.  Hannah enjoyed it, and yes, even I dug it. Smile 

Now – here is my confusion/issue – this product claims to be soy-free, but it contains canola oil.  Canola oil is a mixture of CORN and SOYBEAN OIL meaning that it contains soy.  I’m a little confused and am planning on contacting the manufacturer to get some answers – just to clear up any confusion. 

Regardless, it tastes just like mac and cheese from a box (which I can’t decide if that’s a good or a bad thing LOL). 

Here are the ingredients for you to check out for yourself.  Looks pretty processed to me, but it’s not containing any artificial coloring.

Filtered water, tapioca flour, palm fruit oil, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and/or pressed safflower oil, pea protein, coconut oil, salt, inactive yeast, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, vegan natural flavours, gum arabic, lactic acid (vegan, for flavor), annatto, titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral), natural smoke flavour, vegan enzyme.


Unknown said...

I'm going to have to try it! My kids really miss mac and cheese, but have been unable to find quinoa noodles. this sounds great for the occasional treat/meal! :) thank you for trying it out and blogging about it!! :)

Jethro Tull said...

Canola oil is made from rapeseed, not soy or corn. It's called "Canola" because it's generally imported from Canada and I think the Canadian government has some kind of patent on it, as it's not simply rapeseed oil - there's some kind of processing they have to put it through to make it edible.

That said, Canola oil, despite being touted as the healthiest oil, is likely total junk filled with trans fats due to the deodorization process it goes through as well as the high heats it has to be exposed to in order to further make it edible. Breaks my heart that it puts a huge, ugly black mark on what should be a triumph for vegans.