Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Autumn VEGAN Grilled Cheese 2 Ways + a Daiya Prize Package GIVEAWAY


Autumn VEGAN Grilled Cheese 2 Ways + a Daiya Prize Package GIVEAWAY

My regular readers know I've been a vegetarian longer than I haven't, and that I've especially been making an effort to incorporate more and more vegan and/or plant-based foods into my diet this year. I am not vegan, but the health and environmental benefits of choosing a plant-based diet can't be ignored. That said, my biggest struggle has (always) been giving up the deliciousness known as cheese. Recipes that include cheese are just so glorious (hello pizza/nachos/grilled cheese), and for a long time, I just couldn't find a dairy-free cheese that satisfied my cravings. Lucky for me, the universe brought Daiya into my life earlier this year (you may remember the plant-based party tray I shared earlier this year that stared the delicious Daiya Farmhouse Blocks), and my dairy-free cheese dreams officially came true. More recently, I discovered Daiya Slices, and suddenly grilled "cheese" had a whole new, incredibly tasty meaning.

With fall in full swing, I've been experimenting with autumn-inspired grilled cheese varieties that use Daiya Cheddar Style Slices. I've come up with a few goodies, and today I thought I'd share two of my favorites: pumpkin grilled "cheese," and apple and spinach grilled "cheese." Both sandwiches are savory with a hint of sweetness, and both evoke all sorts of pleasantly cozy autumn feelings.


FALL-INSPIRED APPLE & SPINACH GRILLED "CHEESE"

Ingredients
Daiya Cheddar Style Slices
1 organic apple (I like Honeycrisp)
small handful of organic baby spinach
2 slices of vegan rye bread
coconut oil

Cut apple into thin slices. "Butter" each slice of bread on one side with coconut oil. Place one side of bread, coconut oil side down, onto a medium skillet. Top with two slices of Daiya Cheddar Style Slices, followed by a few apple slices, followed by a few pieces of spinach. Place the other piece of bread (coconut oil side up) on top. Cook in a skillet over low to medium heat, turning occasionally, until the cheddar style slices are melted. (Tip: To help slices melt, cover pan with a lid or foil. You can also heat each pieces of bread separately and wait to close both sides of the sandwich until slices have begun to melt.) Serve with a glass of fresh apple cider.


FALL-INSPIRED PUMPKIN GRILLED "CHEESE"

Ingredients
Daiya Cheddar Style Slices
approx. 1/4 cup organic canned pumpkin (or, if you're more driven than me, roast your own)
2 slices of vegan multi-grain or sprouted bread
coconut oil

Spread pumpkin on one piece of bread. Place two slices of Daiya Cheddar Style Slices on the other piece of bread. Place the pumpkin covered bread slice, pumpkin side down, on top of the cheddar style slices to close the sandwich. Spread coconut oil on each side to "butter," then cook in a skillet over low to medium heat, turning occasionally, until the cheddar style slices are melted. (Tip: To help slices melt, cover pan with a lid or foil. You can also heat each pieces of bread separately and wait to close both sides of the sandwich until slices have begun to melt.) Serve alone or with tomato soup.


Both of these sandwiches are uniquely delicious, and make for the perfect fall lunch or dinner. These recipes are easy to multiply too, and are great for entertaining. And while the apple and pumpkin make them undeniably autumn, it's the cheddar style slices that are the star of the show. Daiya Slices are now cheesier than ever, and perfect for grilled sandwiches, cold sandwiches, or alone as snacks. They're also dairy-free and soy-free, and made from plant-based ingredients. Pretty great, right?


And now for the best part of this post: the giveaway! One lucky Bubby and Bean reader will receive a prize package of Daiya products including Cheezy Mac and the latest addition to their line of delicious plant-based alternatives, Dairy-free Dressings, along with coupons so you can have the chance to try Daiya Slices at home! ($50 value)




To enter, just use the form below. There are several options for extra entries as well.

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This giveaway will run through October 19, 2016 and is open to Bubby and Bean readers with delivery addresses in the U.S. and Canada. A winner will be randomly chosen via Random.org and announced here shortly after the end of the giveaway. Good luck!


I'd love to hear your thoughts if you make either of these grilled cheese recipes! Between you and me, the apple is my favorite, but they're both ridiculously good.

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25 comments:

  1. I would love to try the cheesy Mac! And both these sandwiches look amazing, can't wait to try to apple one.

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  2. I want to try the shreds to make nachos. Thanks for the chance!

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  3. Those sandwiches look delicious! I love cheddar cheese. The vegan variety over here doesn't melt as well as your brand ;-)

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  4. I'd like to try the spinach and mushroom pizza!

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  5. YUM! Those both look so good and now I'm hungry! I would love to try these slices and also the different kinds of Cheezy Mac. Great giveaway!

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  6. I love Daiya! I haven't tried their greek yogurt yet, that looks delicious!

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  7. I love all of the Daiya products I've tried so far! Haven't had the salad dressings yet, but I'd love to try them!

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  8. Would love to try their blue cheeze dressing!

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  9. Daiya is my vegan addiction!! I can't wait to try their cheezy mac and slices! :)

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  10. Great recipes! I'd love to try the salad dressings! Especially the Caesar dressing! I've tried many Daiya products but my favourite so far is their pizza! So good!

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  11. The strawberry cream cheese sounds delicious.

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  12. The block and slice cheeses are my current favorites. They are so versatile

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  13. I'd love to try their New York Cheesecake

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  14. I swear I could live on grilled cheese. I like these variations. And I like that the "cheese" melts. I've tried other cheese substitutes, but never have luck with them melting nicely.
    I'd love to try their Alfredo Mac n' Cheeze.

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  15. I'm intrigued! I will have to look for this "cheese". Non dairy cheese has been unappetizing to me too but I am willing to try something new! Pumpkin in a grilled cheese is quite foreign to me but it sounds delicious and a must try!

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  16. Yum! I have been eating Daiya ever since I went vegan 4 yrs ago, big fan! I'm so happy for new ideas, the apple sandwich looks especially good!

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  17. Yum! I have been eating Daiya ever since I went vegan 4 yrs ago, big fan! I'm so happy for new ideas, the apple sandwich looks especially good!

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  18. I love grilled cheeses made with daiya. It melts perfectly. & I would love to try the cheesy alfredo! It looks mouthwatering.

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  19. I have also been a vegetarian for almost half my life, and I totally agree about cheese being the reason I haven't gone full vegan yet! The fake meat, milk, ice cream, etc alternatives have all gotten so much better, but the cheeses I've tried haven't lived up to the real thing. Therefore, I really need to try their shredded cheeses and the slices!

    Xo,
    Allie | LunaVida
    www.lunavidablog.com

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  20. I'd love to try their home style ranch dressing!

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  21. I am most interested in trying their cheese lovers pizza.

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  22. I want to try Pepperjack Style Shreds

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  23. I'd love to try their NY cheesecake.

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