Sharp cheddar has always been my favorite flavor of cheese, vegan or not. There is something about the tang of the cheddar that keeps me coming back dipping for more. Miyokos line of Roadhouse spreads have been a welcomed addition. The Cheers to Cheddah is smooth, creamy, spreadable, and delicious. Portion control has been a serious concern with this flavor. Pretzels have been my favorite vessel for this flavor. No surprise that in the absence of pretzels, straight off the spoon has also worked.
Product: Miyoko’s Vegan Roadhouse Cheese Spread, Cheers to Cheddah
- It has a rich, cheesy, and cheddar flavor.
- Miyoko’s products are all vegan and that means that they are also cholesterol free.
- They are also non-GMO, gluten free, and soy free.
- The product is versatile, it can be used as a spread, dip, or mixed into a sauce. The possibilities stretch as far as your imagination.
- Miyoko’s products are becoming more widely available in more “health” food stores like Whole Foods, Sprouts, Earth Fare, and the like.
- The product is cultured and it gives it a cheesy taste that non-cultured products seem to lack.
- It has a relatively short ingredient list with items that are pronounceable and that I am familiar and comfortable with consuming.
- It’s likely that you will not be surprised by this con- price. The product is sold in 8 oz portions and I have only seen it for over $6 or $7. This product is cultured and therefore takes more time and resources to make, but it is still too expensive to be a staple in my home.
- It is 10g a fat for a 1 oz serving. That is a lot of fat for a small amount of food.
- It does not contain any calcium. I do not take issue with this, but those looking to switch to a vegan lifestyle might be looking for cheese substitutes to contain calcium.
It still feels peculiar as a vegan to exclaim “I like cheese!”, but I do! When I learn of a new vegan cheese, or new to me, I jump at the chance to give it a try. On Instagram, I started to see buzzing that So Delicious created a line of vegan shreds. Being a fan of their ice cream treats, I knew I wanted to give these shreds a try. After a couple of months of waiting for them to appear in my local stores, I finally found them at an area Whole Foods and grabbed one of the last two on the shelf. I am now able to get all three flavors regularly in my area.
Product: Mozzarella Flavored Shreds, by So Delicious
Overall Grade: A
- The shreds are gluten free, vegan, soy free and non-gmo verified.
- The shreds melt well. They melted instantly in my microwave testing and quickly in the oven. I have tried them in mac n cheese, nachos, and a sandwich.
- This cheese tastes good out straight of the package. Hold the presses! Yes, you read that right. I have tried the Mozzarella and Cheddar and they taste reminiscent of their dairy counterparts, as is. Watch yourself as you might eat the whole bag before it heads to food!
- They are perfect for pizza! I haven’t yet tried them on pizza, but seeing how they worked on other foods convinced me that I have to buy another bag and make pizza.
- This product would be a great one to share with your dairy eating friends to show them how delicious veganism alternatives can be!
- They have three flavors: Mozzarella, Cheddar, and Cheddar Jack. I hope to try Cheddar Jack soon!
- If you are a reader of the blog, you can probably already anticipate the first con. Price. Like all other vegan brand name cheese options, the bag was pricey. I am pretty sure it was priced the same as Daiya at over $5 a bag! Vegans aren’t made of money!
- An area where I feel that vegan cheese makers are failing is in the nutritional content. Many people who eat dairy cheese do so because it has calcium and protein. Yet very few, if any, of the vegan brands have protein and calcium. This brand has zero for both. While I don’t need to get these from vegan cheeses in my diet, I know this could be a impediment to others switching to vegan cheese.
- It is fattening! It is made from coconut and has 7g of fat per serving. I looked up a brand of dairy mozzarella and it was only 3g of fat per serving.
- It is not available as widely as other vegan brands. I hope it will be soon!
On the eve of Thanksgiving here in the US, most of us are thinking of rich, comfort foods and cool creamy desserts. But, after a day or two of that, I want something with some kick. Having this in the fridge could come in mighty handy. Of course, if you’re heat averse, you’ll need to forego this. But if you’re not, you need to go for it.
Product: Follow Your Heart Vegan Sriracha Vegenaise Gourmet
- Available in a handy squeeze bottle
- Perfectly creamy
- Heat in mayo form
- Really good with vegan sushi and salad rolls. I usually just squeeze a little on top, but it would be good thinned out as a dipping sauce too
- One word: sriracha
- Gluten free, soy free, non-gmo
- There’s not much bad to say, but if I were making it, I’d give it a little more mayo cool tang and a little less sriracha heat.
Nutrient dense potato chips- say what? That’s all the excuse that I needed to try these chips. The website claims “For Jackson’s Honest, the goal of nutrient density is simple to define: pack the most traditionally nourishing fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into food as possible.” I’m not really sure I buy this claim, but my stomach did so I can eat more chips. Did I eat the whole bag? Yes. Stop gasping! I did it in about three sittings.
Product: Jackson’s honest Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
Overall Grade: The chip itself gets an A because of the crispiness, but the flavor only gets a B. I enjoyed the flavor, but I could barely taste any vinegar. I like my salt and vinegar potato chips to have a lot of vinegar flavor. This product still receives our seal of approval!
- This chip has a lot of crunch! I like that in a chip.
- Each chip is thick. These aren’t paper think chips, they pack extra thickness and crunch. If you don’t like listening to people chew, don’t eat these chips with them.
- There were a lot of curly chips. I really enjoy curly chips. I can’t explain why, I just do. They didn’t all look uniform and processed.
- They had a nice oiliness to them as a chip should.
- They claim to be nutrient dense and are made with coconut oil instead of other oils.
- They are organic and non-gmo
- Too small of a bag! The bag was only 5 oz. If you wanted to bring these to a party, you would have to buy a bunch. These are more for yourself. And we won’t judge you if you ate a whole bag in a sitting.
- They didn’t have a vinegar taste at all. I would like to try another bag in a different flavor to see how the others compare.
- The bag makes you think you are eating healthy when you are not. Let’s be honest, a fried chip is not healthy. It’s ok though, I don’t eat chips for the health benefits.