Enthusiastic vegan girlA caught word of a new product on the market: Amy's Rice Macaroni with Dairy Free Cheeze. She tried it for herself and shared her thoughts in The Dairy Free Diva Recipe Exchange in the YumSugar Community.
When I saw that this product made it as a readers' fave in the latest issue of Vegetarian Times, I did a tentative happy-vegan-food dance. It sounded promising, especially since it's made with Daiya cheese. Plus, it's gluten-free. So I picked one up for $3.69. It was practically burning a hole through my reusable grocery bag on the way home. I couldn't get it in the microwave fast enough. Then the moment of truth . . .
Was it everything a gluten-free gal could hope for? Find out how it fared when you read on.
I did a full-fledged, unadulterated, happy-vegan-food dance like no other. Never in my life would I have thought there'd be a delicious vegan mac and cheese that rivals that of the real deal. Unbelievable. Even The Husband was hovering, hoping that I would share more than just the one tiny bite I had given him. No way.
Oh, man. Good stuff. It took me a few minutes to recover and wipe the cheeze from my face–I was not beneath licking the cardboard dish clean, nor am I embarrassed to admit that. It was creamy and tasted just like the real thing. You can cook it in the oven for 25-30 minutes (I had no patience for that) or in the microwave for about 4 minutes.
Alas, like everything delicious, it comes with a price. One 8-ounce container brings with it 520 calories (I better go for another run today), but it's actually comparable to regular mac n' cheese. Total fat: 22g, 5g of saturated fat and no trans fat Sodium: 740mg, Carbs: 72g, Protein: 8g, but hey, NO cholesterol! Overall, with no dairy, no soy and no gluten, it's an indulgence I can handle every once in a while. (Glad I bought two)!
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