Tag Archive: gluten 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.


Spicy Black Bean Soup

I love black beans. They are delicious and add a lovely flavor to whatever they are in. This recipe is inspired by Panera Bread’s Black Bean soup.


1 box of Pacific’s Gluten free Spicy Black Bean Soup

1 large red onion, diced

2 cans Goya Black Beans

2 tablespoons freshly ground peppercorn medley (Black, white, green and pink peppercorns)

1 tablespoon freshly ground sea salt

1 tablespoon freshly ground garlic

splash of balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon rosemary

1 teaspoon ground basil leaves


In a large pot combine all ingredients and cook on medium heat until hot all the way through, stirring occasionally.

Yeah… it’s that simple. Enjoy!

So my mom made this delicious smelling tortilla dip for my dad that last time I was home. She used bottled nacho cheese dip from Tostitos and ground beef and a packet of nacho seasoning. Unfortunately I couldn’t have any, but I decided when I got back home, I would make some that I could have. And so, I’ve managed it.


1 Veganrella Cheddar block

1 package LightLife Smart Ground Original Veggie Crumbles.

1 packet Gluten Free Taco Seasoning

A Dash of garlic powder


Step 1: Set up a double boiler to melt the “cheese” without burning it. Once the water is boiling, begin melting Veganrella block.

Step 2: Heat up in the microwave about 1/4 to 1/2 of the LightLife crumbles – depending on how beefy you want it.

Step 3: Once the block is completely melted add the heated LightLife crumbles and mix.

Step 4: Add taco seasoning and garlic powder. Mix well.

Yields approx 2-3 cups.

Serve warm with tortilla chips. Kettle chips makes a delicious black bean tortilla chip that tastes amazing with this dip. Alternatively you could also add chopped onions, peppers and a bit of diced tomatoes to the mix.