That being said, some of my favorite meals just wouldn't be the same without the addition of some melty, stretchy cheese. (Cheeseless pizza? No thank you.) For those situations, I usually turn to Daiya as a satisfying cheese substitute. It is one of the few options at our local Sprouts that is plant-based and completely dairy free.
Some nice people at the Go Veggie! company noticed our affinity for Daiya on the blog and recently offered to send us some of their products to try out and compare. I had always noticed the Go Veggie! shreds next to the Daiya on the grocery store shelf, but I never purchased them because they were only lactose free and not dairy free.
As it turns out, Go Veggie! has an entire vegan line that I never knew existed. There are shreds, cream cheeses, singles, and even a parmesan-style topping.
I accepted their offer to try out the products and was so excited when my big box of samples arrived!
When I started cooking with the Go Veggie! cheeses, one of the first things I noticed was how much better it melted than Daiya.
I used the Mexican shreds on this loaded sweet potato, and it oozed its way through all the veggies.
spaghetti squash enchiladas (made for the second week in a row).
I also added the shreds to a big taco salad and a bowl of rice and beans. I usually wouldn't eat any cheese with these meals, but I enjoyed the extra flavor.
The cream cheese spread wasn't quite as thick as real cream cheese but still had a great texture and flavor. Jay said this kind tasted like strawberry ice cream on his bagel.
I have really enjoyed the Go Veggie! products so far, and I'm looking forward to using the cheeses in future recipes.
As for the downsides...I wish this vegan line was more widely available. It looks like some of the vegan varieties can be found at Natural Grocers and Whole Foods, but unfortunately not at Sprouts or any of the big box stores.
Also, you do have to be sure to read the Go Veggie! labels carefully, especially if there are certain ingredients or allergens you are trying to avoid. As I mentioned before, not all of the Go Veggie! products are dairy free, and even within the dairy free line some products contain soy and some do not.
I'm happy to have new tasty options when it comes to dairy-free cheeses, but I plan to continue using these types of products in moderation. Just because something claims to be "plant-based" doesn't mean it is automatically great for you. Any brand cheese substitute is still processed and contains a lot of oils, so I wouldn't go too crazy even if they are delicious.
With that in mind, for those occasions when a pizza or nacho craving strikes, Go Veggie! cheese will be a great asset to have in my refrigerator!