Friday, October 2, 2009

Vegan MOFO - Day 2 - Daiya Cheese to the Rescue


Well, today I was going to post a conversion of one of Fred's childhood favorites, but it was an utter failure. Like totally nasty I could use it as a paste failure. What a drag! So I'm going to have to rework it and post it another day.


I'm working 12 hour shifts this week, so I'm not cooking anything complex to speak of. Simple and quick will be the order of the week if I'm in charge of the cooking. However, I'm hoping Fred will be my pinch cooker this weekend. Maybe if I'm really nice, he'll hook me up!


Anyhoooooooo. I'm going to go back to my childhood repertoire for today. After my miserable failure in the kitchen last night, I had to do some quick thinking. Fred had been working on our new garden most of the day and he was starving. After he choked down some of the paste casserole, I offered up something a bit more tasty. When I was in high school, I worked two jobs and went to school, so I was pretty busy. I figured out a few things I could always make on the fly. I practically lived on eggs over easy and toast, boiled frozen corn, french fries, and grilled cheese. Don't worry, there were vegetables in the mix too. My dad was quite a gardener.


Grilled cheese was one of my ultimate comfort foods. I loved the gooey, creamy, rich cheese oozing out of the bread. Oh yes, and the bread, whole grain, perfectly browned and crispy. Wow, I'm drooling and it's only 630am. Fred used to love Velveeta and I was a big fan of Kraft Deluxe Singles. EW! I know...like one molecule away from being plastic or something like that. Still, I loved the stuff. I wasn't very hopeful about finding an ample sub, but then came Daiya cheese. It was love at first melt. I bought some the other day for another recipe I am hoping to convert next week. I was psyched I had this lovely container of yellow-orange joy in the fridge. I whipped out the iron skillet, slathered some yummy multigrain bread with Earth Balance and made the perfect grilled cheese. It was late, so we shared. It was so freaking good that next time there will be NO sharing!!! Ah thank you Daiya for bringing one of my all time favorites back to life.


I promise, when I have days off, I will get more creative.

10 comments:

Alin said...

Wow, that looks sooooo good! Well done, that's a perfect grilled cheese.

I've yet to try Daiya, but I'll be hitting up zPizza as part of MoFo. Looking forward to it!

Veg-In-Training said...

I'm not usually a fan of vegan cheeses, but Daiya really has something special.

Zoa said...

Great challenge idea! I look forward to following along--and to trying Daiya sometime soon...

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

That sandwich would so hit the spot!

I just got 10# of daiya and packaged it for the freezer. It's so awesome!

Veg-In-Training said...

IT FREEZES? Holy crap. I'm so happy. I have a little tear in my eye.

danaflorence said...

Ok, I've never heard of Daiya before........where do I find such food? Whole Food Market?

Looks good and man if you added some basil and fresh tomato it would be right up my alley!

Look forward to following along this month.

Veg-In-Training said...

Hey Dana,

They do have Daiya at Whole Foods in Tempe. It is in the specialty cheese case by the cheese and wine department. They just got it a few weeks ago. They have a cheddar and an Italian blend version. It's a bit pricy, but a fun treat. Hey, you should send me a family favorite to veganize!

Bex said...

I'm being tempted by the Daiya again!

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Grilled cheese and ketchup is my favorite!

Sarah said...

I think Ill be needing to try Daiya. It looks perfect.