Daiya - A Dairy-Free Cheese

Hello! Welcome to Beyond Soy!

In our last post, we talked about making food that's both dairy-free and soy-free with Earth Balance butter. Today we quickly wanted to mention another option for making food that meets both of these requirements: Daiya.

 Daiya is both soy-free and dairy-free - IMAGE VIA PEXELS

Daiya is both soy-free and dairy-free - IMAGE VIA PEXELS

Ashley and I tend to eat quite a few dairy products because they are easy to make soy-free. A dish like mac and cheese is typically soy-free as it is, so we don't have to worry about finding or using replacement ingredients. However, if we couldn't eat dairy, these types of dishes would be much harder to cook. Daiya is a dairy-free cheese replacement that also happens to be soy-free. In fact, Daiya is extremely allergen friendly. It is a great option to continue to make soy-free, dairy-based dishes without actually using dairy!

Full disclosure here, Ashley and I haven't actually tried it since we can eat cheese ourselves, but we really love the concept of a food that is easy to substitute into a recipe to meet a variety of allergen needs and wanted to present it as an option for those who need it.

 Daiya opens up tons of food options by being both soy-free and dairy-free... like cheeseburgers! - IMAGE VIA PEXELS

Daiya opens up tons of food options by being both soy-free and dairy-free... like cheeseburgers! - IMAGE VIA PEXELS

Daiya is a great choice for providing an allergen-friendly meal that still looks and tastes as good as the original recipe. It also opens up tons of foods to be options for people who can't eat dairy and don't enjoy other substitutes. Daiya ensures that foods like pizza, nachos, and grilled cheese are available to someone with a diary allergy. Additionally, making the whole meal using Daiya allows someone with a food requirement to feel included: they can eat the meal just like everyone else and they don't need a special dish.

Ashley and I do sometimes make non-dairy foods, so we do plan to try using Daiya at one point to see how easy (and tasty) it is. We'll keep you updated as we experiment with it; If you've tried it, let us know how it went!