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”
3 Daiya Cheddar Style Slices
1 organic apple (I like Honeycrisp)
small handful of organic baby spinach
2 slices of vegan rye bread
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”
3 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
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)
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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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