As a college student who cannot have gluten or dairy, I have had to miss out on one of the greatest indulgences of college life: macaroni and cheese.
While I certainly have found plenty of other delicious foods to fuel late night study sessions and finals week madness, there’s truly no equal replacement for mac and cheese that I have found in my many years sans gluten and dairy.
Luckily, the food wizards over at Daiya set out to prove to the world that a macaroni and cheese without “normal” noodles and “normal” cheese can be everything I have been craving and so much more.
Without giving too much away, I can say that all three varieties of cheezy mac totally rocked my world and are definitely a must-have pantry item for kids of all ages (adults too)!
The three flavors of cheezy mac that are currently in production are cheddar, alfredo, and white cheddar with veggies. All three mixes are vegan and free from gluten, dairy (and lactose), and soy. Each serving has a decent amount of protein (5-6 g per serving) and makes enough for three servings (for me each box made two meals). The pasta in each box is brown rice pasta and the “cheeze” sauce is made using an oil base (coconut, safflower, and canola).
The cook process is simple enough, and takes 20 minutes tops, making it super simple for me to cook up a pot of creamy goodness whenever a cheezy mac mood strikes. To prepare, simply cook noodles in boiling water for 7 minutes, drain, add cheeze sauce, then mix and enjoy.
White Cheddar with Veggies
Without a doubt, Daiya totally nailed vegan and gluten-free “mac and cheese” in my book. It’s such a luxury to be able to enjoy the ultimate of comfort foods once again now that cooler weather leaves me craving this normally off limits pasta. Having dietary restrictions does not mean that I should have to miss out on the staples of college life, and I am so glad that Daiya is committed to opening those doors for those of us with food allergies, restrictions, or other special diets.
I found all three cheezy macs at my local Whole Foods Market. Click here to access Daiya’s product locator to find them near you.
Disclaimer: This review is current to the original publication date. Updates will be noted. Ingredients and manufacturing processes can change without notice. Each product should be reviewed for individual nutritional needs. Feel free to to contact me with any questions or comments. I purchased this product independently and the review is a reflection of my personal opinion.