Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Gluten Free Dairy Free Grilled Veggie Sandwich with Daiya!
I kicked Wednesday in the butt this morning!  I woke up a few minutes late, but I was not going to let that get me down!  I decided to jump up and get going.  I did some heart pumping cardio and then I literally worked my butt off(well, maybe not literally, but you get the idea)!  I am definitely going to be feeling that tomorrow...if not later today!

Today is the boys' last day of school.  Seriously...I will have a 4th grader and a 7th grader.  I am too young for this.  Although, since we decided to have kids earlier...we will still be young enough to really do some traveling later on!  While I am not wishing the time to go any faster (it is already slipping by), I am looking forward to going places with the illustrator.  Don't ask me why I went into all of this...

So, I went to Whole Foods the other day and guess what I got?
Yep, I mean seriously, how could I not.  Everybody in the dairy free community is going on and on about Daiya!  This is a new product on the grocery shelves that is a dairy free melty cheese alternative!  It is free of everything I have to look out for!  It's always so funny to me, when I tell people foods are dairy free, soy free, gluten free...they always get this look on their face and say, "Then what is it made of?".  Well,  this is made of amazing goodness and brought down by angels and fairies!
The base of Daiya is tapioca/arrowroot.  Plant based = perfect for me.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this stuff!  Since the illustrator begrudgingly gave me two slices of his Nature's Own Whole Grain Gluten Free Bread (that he has been having a not so secret love affair with), I decided this was a perfect opportunity to enjoy a grilled veggie sandwich with melty goodness.
Well, hello melted cheesy goodness!  Daiya is so melty and gooey!  The mozzarella flavor is very mild and worked perfectly with the grilled zucchini, squash and red pepper flavors.  What a great sandwich!  I have not had a panini in quite a while, so this totally hit the spot.
I saw the Nature's Own Gluten Free Bread at my local Kroger last week.  If you can get your hands on it...get it!  Seriously, like the illustrator said, "From now on, we will call this "bread"".  It tastes just like regular bread and it toasts up perfectly!  I did go overboard with the veggies, there was another piece of bread on the bottom.  So I had eat mine with a fork and knife, but I hate eating with my hands, so I didn't mind!

So, traveling...where have you been or where do you want to go?  We went to France years ago and I am so ready to go back!  I absolutely loved it!  I also want to go to Greece!  The list can go on and on...I still want to go to places on the west coast that I have not been to yet!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 1:28 PM  
  • At May 26, 2010 at 1:39 PM, Anonymous Food Makes Fun Fuel said…

    I'm making pizza tonight with daiya and CAN'T wait
    I want to go to Greek islands again. They're so relaxing

  • At May 26, 2010 at 1:46 PM, Blogger laura said…

    I'm so glad you finally got your hands on some Daiya. Awesome that it's now available in Whole Foods! I can't imagine life without our Daiya grilled cheeses and pizzas. That veggie sandwich looks amazing.

    I can think of one place on the west coast (cough Portland cough) you guys will need to come visit soon! As for me, any where that doesn't involve a comic book convention would be amazing (but especially Hawaii)! :)

  • At May 26, 2010 at 1:47 PM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    So glad you found the Daiya. We love it. Oh I would love to be able to just travel my heart out. We typically only hit the beach and then maybe one other mini-vacation like Seattle or this year it'll be Philly and NJ. But my dream is to get to Italy.

    And I loved your little tangent - let's me get to know you a bit more.

  • At May 26, 2010 at 1:48 PM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    THis looks delicious! I've never heard of daiya before!

  • At May 26, 2010 at 2:21 PM, Blogger Adrien said…

    Daiya looks amazing- I need to see if I can find it in Canada! Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention.. pizza here I come !

  • At May 26, 2010 at 2:44 PM, Anonymous Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said…

    I've been seeing that dairy-free cheese around the blogosphere and everyone is saying it's awesome. I'm going to pick up some if I see it. Wish they sold Nature's Own around here, I'm curious as to how the GF bread tastes.

    I haven't done much traveling lately. I haven't been on an official vacation since I was a child. Ughh, lol. The last place we went was Ohio last month. Fun, ha.


  • At May 26, 2010 at 3:30 PM, Blogger Christina said…

    wow that's impressive that nature's own has GF bread! nice.

  • At May 26, 2010 at 5:45 PM, Blogger Kelsey Ann said…

    you always make gluten free and dairy free so much fun!!! id totally kill to rummage thru ur kitchen and munch around haha. <3

  • At May 26, 2010 at 7:47 PM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    I have so got the travel bug ... but no trips for right now :(

    Hmm, I really need a break, so the Grenadines in the Caribbean is top on my hit list (I hear great things). I want to take my husband to France as he hasn't been to Europe ... and I still can't believe I have never been to New York! Oh I could go on!

  • At May 26, 2010 at 8:38 PM, Blogger Michelle said…

    I just stumbled across your blog and I love it! The layout is fabulous! I'll be back for sure :)

  • At May 26, 2010 at 8:41 PM, Anonymous Jessica (Healthy Exposures) said…

    I can't wait to try that cheese - i'm hoping once it's not so new i'll be able to get my hands on it!
    the panini looks amazing - my kinda food right there ;) looks like we switched places tonight - you with a panini and me with a salad! we must be rubbing off on each other :)
    for some reason, i've always wanted to road trip to colorado. i dont know why...i just like colorado? haha

  • At May 26, 2010 at 8:42 PM, Anonymous Danielle (Runs on Green) said…

    Yayy for another Daiya convert! I forgot I had some left in my fridge *gasppp* I'm using it asap

    I haven't gone anywhere exciting lately but I've traveled to Switzerland & England!

  • At May 26, 2010 at 8:44 PM, Blogger Nicole said…

    How old were you when you had kids? Is that too personal to ask? I'm always interested in the process of having kids, since I will be started a family...eventually. I still consider myself pretty young (25) so I have time. I have to try that daiya cheese, sounds yummy!

  • At May 26, 2010 at 9:25 PM, Blogger lynn @ the actors diet said…

    i've had daiya on pizza in restaurants before - it's quite good! i should buy some for the house.

  • At May 26, 2010 at 9:49 PM, Blogger Elise Brianne said…

    Isn't Daiya amazing? I just found out about it a few weeks ago, and just bought it for the first time last week. I made mac n' cheese for the first time in over a year, and it was delicious! I've never seen that brand of bread before, though, and I seriously want to try it.

    Hmm... travel? Ireland is my dream destination. Sigh, one day...

  • At May 26, 2010 at 9:53 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    Thanks Michelle! That means a lot!

  • At May 26, 2010 at 11:03 PM, Blogger Averie @ Averie Cooks said…

    im the only one who hasnt had it yet.

    they always get this look on their face and say, "Then what is it made of?". ---

    OMG when i first started reading about it, i went straight to their site to figure out what WAS in it if it was soy free, too.

    Parenting. Yes we are our own little tribe. Stand tall and proud :)


  • At May 27, 2010 at 10:43 AM, Blogger Megan D said…

    Must. Find. Daiya. Also that bread looks great! My bets friend's mom is allergic to gluten so I am definitely going to tell her to be on the lookout for this!

  • At May 27, 2010 at 10:53 AM, Anonymous Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter said…

    I desperately want to go to Spain! It just looks so beautiful and I love all of the architecture there. Plus the sexy Spanish men are definitely a plus ;)

  • At May 27, 2010 at 5:15 PM, Blogger Sunsets and Roses said…

    A melty non-dairy soy-free cheese?? Must try! I tried to make nachos with rice cheese a few months back, but it really didn't melt well at all.

    I've been to France, Spain, Italy - I highly recommend them all!

  • At May 28, 2010 at 5:41 PM, Blogger HEAB said…

    So glad you liked the Daiya, and I didn't know Nature's Own made a gluten free bread. Good to know it's good too - I trust you and the Illustrator. :)

    I'd love to go to Greece...someday!

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