Tag Archive: dairy free


So in my “My Alternatives” page, where I outline the different food alternatives I use, I mentioned that I had found another company that was attempting to make dairy free pizzas and I was interested in trying them out. My first attempt to get one of the pizza’s ended in utter failure. The grocer that I suspected would probably have them in stock did not have them in stock and my fallback grocer didn’t either. So, for a while, I kind of forgot about it. I went back to my whole food grocer the other day and they had 2 of the pizzas. They didn’t have the one that I really wanted to try and would have been comparable to the Amy’s Fire Roasted Veggie pizza I am used to eating, but I did pick up the Daiya Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Pizza and it is glorious!

First off, I’d like to point out that all the Daiya pizza’s are gluten-free and soy free as well as being dairy free. I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to find a delicious tasting dairy alternative that is not based on soy. I have nothing against soy but the majority of dairy alternatives are soy based and too much soy in the diet is not good, hormone levels and all. It is also vegan, and free eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.

The crust and pizza sauce are organic and they are topped with Daiya shreds. The crust is sort of thin and my oven burnt the outside edges based on the cooking instructions, so keep an eye out on the pizza if you don’t like burnt crust.

The texture on of the pizza is great. I did end up having to pick some of the mushrooms off (I’m not a huge fan of the texture of mushrooms). I was able to eat most of the pizza without taking the mushrooms off since they are cut up into smaller pieces and it’s not completely covered in mushrooms. The mushrooms if you’re wondering are a combination of shiitake and crimini. And the roasted garlic blends nicely with the cheese, mushrooms and sauce.

Here’s a comparison of the nutritional values

Amy’s Fire Roasted Vegetable Pizza Daiya’s Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Pizza
Serving Size 1/3 Pizza (113 g)
Calories 280
Fat 9g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 540mg
Carbs 42g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 5g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 2%
Iron 4%
Serving Size 1/3 Pizza (113 g)
Calories 250
Fat 12g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 340mg
Carbs 33g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 6%
Iron 2%

Daiya’s pizza is a bit more expensive than the Amy’s pizza I buy and it is not as convenient to get as the Amy’s; but I did enjoy this pizza and will probably buy more. I’m hoping my whole foods grocer will start carrying the Fire Roasted Veggie version as well so I can get an actual comparison between Amy’s and Daiya’s pizzas.

Powdered Sugar Crisps

Alright, enough of dressings, let’s go for something sweet! So, previously I’ve written about a dish my mother and I make called Stuffed Elephant Ears. I’ve decided to revisit that, but with fewer calories; since I am working off those excess pounds while I train for a 5K. I found a recipe for something called Powdered Sugar Crisps that is simple enough and with a few modifications mimicked the taste of the Stuffed Elephant Ears.

Ingredients

Cooking Spray

10 Wonton Wrappers

2 teaspoons canola oil

1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with the cooking spray

Step 2: Cut the wonton wrappers in half diagonally so there are 20 triangles.

Step 3: In a medium-sized bowl gently coat each triangle in oil.

Step 4: Mix the sugar and cinnamon and lightly sprinkle both sides of the triangle

Step 5: Place the triangles onto the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown and crisped.

Step 6: Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve.

Enjoy the cinnamon sugary goodness!

I’m all about dressings this week. I find that I am getting bored with store-bought dressings. There aren’t many that are dairy free – italians and vinaigrette mostly. I have found some “creamy” based dressings that are dairy-free. So here we go: Cherry Peanut Dressing.

Ingredients

1/4 cup chopped, thawed, frozen, pitted sweet cherries, juices reserved

2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons creamy Earth Balance peanut butter

1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

Instructions

Step 1: Whisk cherries, 1 tablespoon reserved juices, soy sauce, peanut butter, vinegar, vegetable oil and the sesame oil together until well blended.

It’s that easy. Enjoy!