Fresh Vegan Mozzerella by Miyoko’s Creamery

I have been waiting to try Miyoko’s vegan buffalo mozzarella for what feels like years, but I think it really has only been a year or two since it has been sold to the public. Every time I have tried to order it online, it was out of stock. It is finally being sold in stores and I jumped at the chance to give this product a try! It lived up to all my expectations and MORE! I am having a hard time locating it where I live, but was able to find it on a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC. I am hoping for it to be more widely available in my local stores that carry Miyoko’s cheeses and butter.

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Overall Grade: A

Product: Fresh Vegan Mozz by Miyoko’s Creamery

Pros:

  • This cheese is amazing! It had a texture and taste very close to what I remember fresh mozzarella made from cow’s milk.
  • I find this cheese to be a huge win for animals. It tastes close to the original and is made without cruelty to cows!
  • This needs another bullet point- the cheese tastes amazing and functions just like its dairy counterpart! It melts! It also tastes great straight out of the package.
  • This is amazing on pizza!
  • It is becoming more readily available in health stores across the country.
  • It does not have a lot of ingredients. The ones it does have are all pronounceable and ones that I am familiar with.
  • This product is free of cholesterol, lactose, eggs, gluten and soy!
  • This product is organic and non-GMO!
Gluten free pizza (crust review coming soon) with Miyoko’s Fresh Vegan Mozz, Basil and tomatoes from my garden, and tomato sauce

Cons:

  • The cheese is fattening at 10g a fat per serving. The serving sizes are small.
  • The cheese has only 1g of protein and NO calcium. If we are going to get people to switch to cheeses made without the use of animals, we need it to mirror or come close to the nutrition of dairy cheese. I get my calcium mostly from greens, but new vegans or those thinking of making the switch would be more enticed by a product that had some nutrition to it.
  • This product was $9.99 for 8oz! That is outrageous! I know this cheese is cultured, but this is not affordable for the average person. This will be a once-in-a-while purchase. I feel like I say this on so many reviews, but vegan products need to be more affordable for the average person.
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Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust, Vegan MoFo Day 21

I’m a big fan of pizza.  With the exception of tacos, it’s probably my favorite because it can be made so many different ways and changed to fit the season (hello caramelized onion and sweet potatoes.) But making homemade vegan gluten free crust is a lot of work. Buying it at a pizza place is expensive.  For so long there was nothing in between.  Enter Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pizza crusts.  It’s not the best crust I’ve ever had, but it makes up for that in price and convenience.

 

Product: Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust
Grade: B

 

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Pros:

  • Thaw, top, bake.  It’s super easy.
  • It’s inexpensive.  $3.69 for two crusts
  • I don’t have to make homemade crust or leave home for a pizza
  • It’s relatively sturdy while still being soft.
  • Gluten free, no soy ingredients

Cons:

  • If I were reviewing strictly for gluten free folks, I might grade it a little higher. While it’s really good for gluten free crust, I think you can tell that it’s gluten free.  I like things to be gluten free without knowing it.
  • It’s got a coating of flour on it and has a little chalkiness on the outside.
  • Sometimes it’s cracked.  But, that didn’t really cause a problem, I just cut it a little less than evenly

 

Here’s my latest pizza with a little too much Daiya.  I also got a yummy jarred pizza sauce at TJ’s while picking up the crust.

 

 

 

Tofurky BBQ Chick’n Pizza

Those days roll around when you need to do something quick for a meal. When those days hit, I like to have a frozen pizza on hand. I try not to rely on that often, but when I do I want a good pizza waiting for me to pop in the oven.  I don’t like to feel like I am eating junk food, so I serve it with a salad full of veggies, and sometimes fruit. While I enjoy many of the vegan gluten free classics, I sometimes crave new flavors. I was delighted when I heard that Tofurky came out with a line. I was even more delighted when I learned that I could find one of those locally.

Product: Tofurky Barbecue Chik’n pizza with roasted corn

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Overall Grade: A. I really liked the combination of BBQ sauce, chick’n, onions, cilantro and corn. I would buy this again and hope to try the other flavors listed on the website.

Pros

  • The flavor combination is non-traditional is nice to stray from the norm of pizza flavors
  • It is nice to have a vegan protein on pizza every so often.
  • Tofurky was NOT skimpy on the toppings, like I’ve seen on other frozen pizzas. I like a lot of toppings on my pizza!
  • The crust was good. I have to comment on the crust since this is a gluten free pizza. Not all gluten free crusts are created equal.

Cons:

  • The BBQ sauce was a little too sweet for me. I prefer more of a tangy sauce.
  • This pizza is too small to feed 2.5 people. I’ve noticed this with all vegan pizzas. Maybe they think we eat small portions?
  • The pizza is expensive. I don’t remember the exact price, but it is at least, if not pushing, $10. In my opinion, that is entirely too much money for the size of the pizza.

 

 

 

 

A Snowy Day in North Carolina – Day 26

Let me start out by reminding you what the MoFo theme for today is: It’s cold and rainy and there’s a snow drift outside your door! What are you going to make using the ingredients you have?

I’ve lived in North Carolina for 4 years. It’s only snowed here a handful of times during that period, but it definitely has happened. And when it does happen here, it’s best to stay home. Most people that live around here aren’t used to driving in the snow, and there aren’t very many snow plows, so it can be dangerous. I’ve never seen an actual snow drift here in NC, but during the previous thirty some years that I spent in Buffalo, NY, I’ve seen more than my share of snow and drifts. Large drifts. Like 8 foot tall drifts.

Here’s what it looked like in December 2001. Several records were set during this storm, including 3 feet of snow within a 24 hour period, and 82 inches within a week.

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Luckily, I have a frozen Daiya pizza in my kitchen. I can pop it in the oven, relax, and enjoy the pretty white view outside.

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Daiya has several different varieties of pizza, including supreme (which includes beyond meat crumbles!), mushroom and roasted garlic, fire-roasted veggie, cheese lover’s, and margherita (my personal favorite). The margherita has 2 different types of cheeze – the mozzarella shreds AND round blobs of mozzarella. The crust on these pizzas has improved quite a bit. When the pizzas first came out, the crusts were very thin and easy to burn. They’ve improved their recipe and now they’re thicker and don’t burn so quickly around the edges. If you tried them a while ago, consider giving them another try. Overall, the pizzas are pretty good. If you want to get creative with your toppings, get the cheese pizza and you can add whatever you’d like. Pineapple and jalapeno, anyone? 🙂

Happy MoFo’ing!

Pizza Paisanos! Day 2

Ciao paisanos! Welcome to day 2 of Vegan MoFo 2015! Today’s theme is recreate a meal from your childhood. I’m half Italian and growing up my mom made pizza from scratch weekly and I loved it! I usually got my own small pizza with my favorite toppings or at least a half of a larger pizza. Which included hot peppers and hot sauce or red pepper flakes to amp up the spice level.

When I went vegan, I used to carry on the tradition of my Mom’s dough and add vegan cheese. Now that I’m also gluten free, I’ve lost the tradition. I have made my own dough, but it usually takes quite a bit of work and many different kinds of flour. Having a young baby, I don’t have that much time on my hands. When I see a vegan gluten free crust, I buy it.

Schar Vegan Gf pizza crustsI recently found crusts by Schar at a grocery store at the beach. I bought it to take home and try it out. We didn’t have a lot of our favorite toppings in the fridge, so we went with items from our garden and CSA. The pizza ended up having Daiya cheddar (I know, that isn’t conventional- but that is what we had), Chao cheddar, basil and tomatoes from our garden, and bell peppers from our CSA.

Vegan GF pizzaAs you can see from the picture, we piled the toppings high. The crust had a very nice flavor and texture. It was crunchy where we needed it to be and soft under the toppings. The package contained two small shells giving us a pizza for dinner and one for leftovers. I have not seen these shells in my area, but if I do I am sure to snag us more boxes and have many pizza nights!

Happy MoFo’ing!