Meat Free Monday: Yummy Pizza, Vegan Cheez Optional

We made pizza three other night, and I happened too have some Daiya shreds, so I put them on half the pizza. 

It turns out that after a year of cheeseless pizza, I’ve lost my taste for it. The “cheezy” half just tasted salty and greasy.

I still love Daiya for grilled “cheez” sandwiches, though. 

Meat-Free Monday: Quick and Lazy Recipes: The Perfect Grilled “Cheese” (Vegan)

Vegan Grilled Cheese, that is, starring Cheddar Flavored Daiya, 100% cow-free. Which is good for the lactose-intolerant, as well as vegans. It’s doubly good for folks like me that are both.

Here’s how I make my grilled “Cheese” (daiya) sandwiches:



  1. Lightly toast two slices of bread. Toasting keeps the sandwich from getting soggy. I usually use setting 1 or 2 on our toaster.
  2. Put a skillet on the burner at just higher than medium heat (6 out of 10)
  3. Spread both sides of each slice of toast with vegan margarine.
  4. Assemble the sandwich on the skillet
  5. Cook until each side is golden brown and the daiya is melted. You’ll have to mind it the whole time and flip it more than once.
  6. You’ll provably have to press it down with a spatula before it’s done. That’s okay. Grilled “cheese” is supposed to have ridges and variations.
  7. Eat and enjoy

Okay, I know this isn’t a huge, overwhelmingly complicated process, and I know you could have figured this out yourself, but the grilled “cheese” (daiya) sandwiches I’ve been eating lately have been so darn good I just had to share.

Meat-Free Monday: WOW, Daiya, WOW

Okay,  so I haven’t had a grilled cheese sandwich in over a year. Even before I became vegan, when I ate lots of cheese, I rarely had something melty enough for a property grilled cheese. 

And I thought I’d never have one again, now that I’m eating plant- based.

Then I saw daiya in a grocery store.  It’s not exactly a local store, but it’s in a city we visit occasionally anyway. 

Yesterday,  I bought a package (cheddar flavor), and tonight I made a grilled “cheese” sandwich, using vegan margarine and bread. 

I am in love!  I can have grilled “cheese” again! One of my ultimate childhood comfort foods! 

And I am pretty sure it was the best grilled cheese sandwich I ever had. 

Daiya isn’t perfect: I did not like it one bit when I tried to eat it cold, with crackers. But hot and melty? Yes, please!

Now, I surely won’t eat this stuff like I used to eat cheese: the stiff price tag and long drive to find it will prevent that. But I can have it when I really want it, and that makes me smile.


Meat- Free Monday: Backing Into Veganism

Most vegans say that giving up dairy was the hardest part of the process. 

And it does seem that cheese, especially, is literally addictive.It certainly was for me. 

So I was surprised at how easy my transition from omnivore to herbivore has been. I’m the guy who’d eat half a block of cheese in one sitting, almost every day. 

I think I may know what made the difference,  but unfortunately it won’t help vegetarians go vegan: 

I gave up meat LAST.

I decided I was ready to do this during the last week of May. But we did a big Memorial Day cookout,  so I had all my favorite grill meats for most off the week. 

So I used that week to give up eggs and dairy. I didn’t have too much trouble because I had my favorite grilled meats to turn to. 

And once that meat was gone, I walked away and never looked back.

Meat isn’t the hard part.  But if you’re trying to go directly from omnivore to vegan, meat can be a great crutch for giving up dairy. 

Take out the hardest obstacle first,  and use that momentum to go the distance.