Product Review: (Daiya) Pizza, Pizza, Pizza

Sometime all you want is Pizza. Something easy, usually pre-made and yummy. I can’t remember the last time I actually ordered pizza, it must be a few years at least. Unfortunately as much as pizza is a popular take out/delivery meal, gluten-free and dairy free options tend to be slim to non-existent.

Sure, I have made my own pizza from scratch, tried the cauliflower crust version and spinach crust versions, but those are not the same. I don’t necessarily want to put in lots of effort for a relaxing and easy meal. There are some grocery store that sell gluten-free pizzas, the store I shop carries fresh gluten-free pizza, sadly though it has real cheese on it.

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Finally to my delight I discovered Daiya Pizzas and I was ecstatic, and all this was before I had even tried them yet. All Daiya’s products are gluten-free and vegan, which makes their products a go-to buy at the store.

Since finding this product I have had it half a dozen times maybe, and by far my favourite pizza is the mushroom and garlic version. I usually prefer a thicker crust, but the thinnest of this crust is perfect, it crisps up nicely without burning while still being soft and chewy. The crust is a bit bland, but with the topping you don’t notice as much.

One thing that saddens me is the toppings look kind of sad, and thrown onto the pizza. I don’t need perfection but it certainly looks like something made by an automated machine. The “cheese” is great, it melts, stretches and tastes like regular cheese. I often buy the shredded cheese packs as I know it will stand up in any of my cooking.

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A downside is of course the price. It is certainly more expensive than regular pizzas, so not something I would buy every time I shop. A huge problem with dairy and/or gluten-free products is price. This diet may not be the “normal” diet, but as many people do suffer from intolerance, diseases or have a healthier lifestyle hopefully the products and the prices will reflect the need that is there.

One of my favourite things to do with Daiya’s Pizza is to add more topping, really make it mine. This time I chose Freybe Schinkenspeck Ham, a drizzle of balsamic and mustard greens (from my garden). Along with a fresh light salad it makes a great dinner. One pizza can serve 2-4 people depending how large you want the slices, or cut into smaller bite sizes and served as an appetizer.

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Pitted Fruit Salad
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Serves: 2-4 Servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2-3 Cups mustard greens
  • 2 Ripe peaches
  • Handful cherry tomatoes
  • Handful snap peas
  • 1 Plum
  • ¼ Cup olive oil
  • 1 Lemon
  • Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Squeeze plum juices into a container, discard pulp and pit.
  2. Add in lemon juice, olive oil, a dash of salt and a few dashes of pepper. Shake to combine. Set to side.
  3. Slice peaches into sixths and add to mustard greens. Add in tomatoes and snap peas. Toss together.
  4. Drizzle small amount of dressing on salad.
  5. Serve salad with reserved dressing for anyone who would like some more.

Enjoy!

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