Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Daiya Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Giveaway!

Who loves cheese? I love my vegan cheeses and I'm not ashamed to admit it. When Daiya contacted me about sending me some of their products to try, I said no. Not because I didn't want them, but because I've already tried them all! I have never met a Daiya cheese I didn't like! My favorite is probably the jack style wedge because it's mild and creamy and soft when melted, but the mozzarella and cheddar shreds are also permanent residents in our fridge.

Today I had a quick grilled cheese sandwich made with: tomato, baby spinach, a bit of Colman's mustard, Daiya jack style cheese, and an onion ring for good measure. The onion ring was pre-cooked and crispy, of course, and I buttered up the bread with a little Earth Balance to get it nice and toasty. I kept the skillet covered while I was grilling the sandwich to help the cheese reach its maximum melting potential, and it did!

Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Daiya Giveaway
Gooey!

Here's how to make a perfectly melted vegan cheese sandwich:

1- Microwave a frozen onion ring only for a few seconds until softened.
2- Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium heat, add about a teaspoon of olive oil and and the onion ring and cook for about a minute on each side. This is just to crisp it up, because nobody likes a soggy onion ring.
3- Grab two slices of bread and your other ingredients while your onion ring is cooking. In my case, it was just baby spinach, tomato, mustard, and sliced Daiya cheese.
4- Check the onion ring! Don't let it burn! Butter up both slices of bread on both sides and start piling up the ingredients on top of a slice. From the bottom-up: mustard, cheese, spinach, tomato, onion ring, more cheese, and then top it with the other slice of bread.
5- Carefully transfer the sandwich onto the hot skillet and cover it with a tight lid. Give it a minute and check to make sure it's not burning.
6- When the bottom looks nice and toasty, use a large spatula to flatten the sandwich down a bit, and then carefully flip it over to cook the other side. Cook it covered until toasty and eat up! Careful  it's hot and gooey!


Grilled Cheese Sandwich

How would you like to win some free vegan cheese? Daiya will send two winners three coupons for free delicious vegan cheeses! Here's how you can enter the giveaway:

- All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment and then click "I commented" on the Rafflecopter widget. Say whatever you want. If you don't know what to say you can answer this: What will you make with your tasty Daiya vegan cheese if you win the coupons?

- You can follow the Rafflecopter widget's instructions if you would like to earn more entries!

- Two winners will each get three Daiya coupons.

- This giveaway is open to US and Canada readers.

- I will announce the winners next Wednesday 26th.

- Please don't forget to enter your email address if you don't have a blog so I can contact you if you win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you, Daiya for this giveaway and for spreading the vegan cheese love! (See what I did there? Spread? Cheese? Never mind.)

(Andrea called me out when I forgot to include a feathered friend at the bottom of my post last Monday, so here is a picture of Woody the red-bellied woodpecker eating a peanut!)

Woody the red-bellied woodpecker
Woody says: Good luck, I hope you win some free vegan cheese!

70 comments :

  1. I love Daiya cheese! Though I've only seen the shredded mozzarella and cheddar here.

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    1. Our local grocery store brought in Daiya only a few days after I requested it via email. I felt powerful when they did my bidding! :D

      Ask your grocery store, maybe they will bring in some wedges!

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  2. I love Daiya. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. I absolutely love daiya. I use it mostly for pizza because it melts so evenly and the ooey gooeyness is delicious!

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    1. It's definitely the best pizza cheese I've ever tried!

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  4. Michelle W says: (I don't have Twitter, so couldn't enter those steps) But...I LOVE daiya cheeses. I make pizzas, grilled cheese n spinach sammiches, etc!! And I will happily make MORE of those things, once I WIN! :D

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    1. Now I'm not the last person in the world who hasn't joined twitter! I only started hanging out there a few days ago! :)

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  5. I love Daiya- best vegan cheese on the market, by far!

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  6. I added some of the Havarti wedge to my mac last night. WOW!

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    1. That sounds wonderful, Shannon! I do love the Havarti wedges too!

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  7. OH you put an onion ring in a sandwich! I knew there was a reason I loved you!

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    1. I think we should start putting onion rings in all things savory! Soup... burgers... spaghetti... How about onion rings in brownies? Took it too far? :)

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  8. What a great way to try additional Daiya products.

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    1. Good luck! I wish everybody could win and try all Daiya products!

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  9. There were no good vegan cheeses available to me in Canberra before I left, so I'd love to try Daiya now!

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    1. You have been vegan cheese deprived! I hope you'll love Daiya too!

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  10. I was finally able to veganize our families favourite herb & cheese biscuits thanks to Daiya!!

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    1. Score! Those biscuits sound awesome by the way! Carbs + cheese + herbs = WIN!

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    1. I see your 10,000 vegan grilled cheeses and I raise you 10,000 more! :P

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  12. Your sandwich sounds amazing!! I haven't tried the wedge-style Daiya cheeses yet, but it sounds like I definitely must.

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    1. The wedges are amazing! Not as stringy as the shreds, but creamier and just downright delicious.

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  13. Daiya's great on pizza and I'd love to win some.

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  14. An onion ring in a grilled cheese sandwich? That sounds amazing! I love the wedge with peppers in it, and it's super smooth and creamy. I really love it spread on a toasted everything bagel.

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    1. Onion rings make everything so much better! The spicy Havarti wedge really is amazing. I don't think I've ever had it non-melted before. I must try it on a bagel now, thanks for the tip!

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  15. I plan meals around Daiya! I almost always have at least one package on hand if i can.

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    1. You are a true fan! I also always keep at least one package on hand. I like to have a bag of shreds and a wedge in the fridge to mix things up.

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  16. I was going to say that you were missing the bird picture, and then I kept scrolling. you're lucky ;)

    I've never atually tried Daiya, because I'm afraid I'll become an addict. That stuff isn't cheap. I'd make Mexican first. And then I'd make spaghetti squash casserole. And then....

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    1. Phew! I'm glad I remembered the bird picture, because I would not like to feel your "wreath"! (I remember your funny wreath story)

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  17. The jack style wedge is the only one I yet have to try. I would totally put some in a grilled cheese inspired by yours: it looks and sounds awesome! I would even make homemade gluten-free bread for the occasion. Hmmm, that'd be a terrific grilled cheese sandwich!

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    1. I hope you get to try it soon! It would be lovely on some homemade gluten free bread! :)

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  18. I've been craving baked mac and cheese. Perfect timing ~ thanks!

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  19. Yay! Of all of the Daiya flavors, the havarti wedge is my favorite. So good!

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    1. It is so tasty. Now I'm second-guessing myself and wondering if I like the Havarti better than the jack.

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  20. I love Daiya! The co-op near my house just started stocking the Havarti, and it is hands down my favorite variety.

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    1. Awesome! It's so exciting when a grocery store/health food store starts carrying something you want to try. I remember when I first found the wedges here I was so psyched!

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  21. I love daiya! I just had some mozzarella on top of some rice for a quick breakfast (sad and weird, i know)

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    1. That actually sounds pretty tasty in a very simple way, Deborah! :)

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  22. I've never tried the Daiya wedges, so this would be a good time to do it.

    Thanks for the Woody photo!

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    1. I know you will love them! (More Woody photos coming soon... different Woody though)

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  23. I've been wanting to try Daiya for a long time now. It looks amazing! :)

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  24. i commented- I would use for french onion soup or baked mac and cheese with tempeh and roasted red pepper. thanks

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    1. I like the way you think, Sanni! I would love to have some Daiya-topped French onion soup right now!

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  25. i love daiya! it's so much like real cheese!

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  26. If I win, I will make grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup!

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    1. Such a classic combo! Excellent choice, Rebecca!

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  27. Ohhhhh man. My significant other loves Daiya SO MUCH! I will spoil him and make oooey-gooey grilled cheese like you did. And maybe some french onion soup with Daiya on top. Nomnomnom...

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    1. Lucky, lucky guy! I'd love some cheesy French onion soup!

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  28. I would just eat the cheese plain.

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  29. I'd make a broccoli and cheese casserole - a holiday classic on the family table

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  30. i've never had daiya, but i've been wanting to try it!

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  31. I've only tried Daiya once and really liked it! I've read about the wedges and can't wait to try. Great giveaway, River! And your grilled cheese looks divine. . . . love the onion ring. Hope you and Mr. Wing-It have a wonderful holiday season. Enjoy! xo Ricki

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    1. The wedges are even better than the shreds, I think! I hope you guys have a wonderful holiday season too, and if you find that there is too much snow there just send it my way! :D

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  32. I have been wanting to try the Daiya products, especially the wedges!

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  33. I definitely want to try the Daiya shreds to make a 7-layer bean dip!

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  34. Confession: I've been vegan for over a year and I've never tried Daiya. I'm not sure what I'd make - so many options!

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    1. It took me a while to try it too because I couldn't find it in my area for a few months, I think. I'm sure you'll love it too when you try it! :)

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