I Ate This: Daiya Frozen Pizza

Whole Foods did it again, they sucked me into the frozen food aisle.  I find myself there every few months, usually on the way home from a 12-hour or longer work day, looking for something fast for dinner when I haven’t planned well.  And also something  slightly-less-objectionable than most processed, frozen food for this mostly-healthy eating girl.

So yeah, about that…We don’t eat a lot of processed food here, but we do eat Daiya cheese.  I was teaching a cooking class a few months back and suggested Daiya as a dairy-free pizza topping for my favorite homemade gluten-free crust.  A woman in class, can of Diet Coke in hand, read the ingredients on the Daiya bag and said she would not ever eat that as it was created in a lab, not in a kitchen.  Here’s my thing about that: I can’t eat regular cheese. Well, at least not without some pretty serious protests from my body.  Daiya is the least objectionable alternative for me.  I don’t drink Diet Coke, some folks don’t eat Daiya.  We all have to decide where the line is, it’s not the same for each of us.  My line has a curve in it that allows me to occasionally have Daiya.  And also a frozen pizza.  Just being real with all of you. :)

The Daiya frozen pizzas were a splurge, about $10 each.  My favorite fella pointed out to me when I was able to call and order pizza delivered to our front door, I wouldn’t have hesitated to drop $20 on a pizza or two.  Somehow it seems different when it’s frozen in a box at the grocery store, but it is also made with organic toppings and crust ingredients, something our local pizza place doesn’t offer.  Oh, and it’s gluten-free and dairy-free.  It’s also free of the top 8 allergens and vegan.  The tomatoes are from Italy.  So maybe it’s worth $10.

daiya frozen pizza box

The pizzas are smaller than the box looks but on the large end of the frozen gluten-free pizzas I’ve tried.  The box suggests a crazy high heat for the pizzas, 500 degrees.  We followed the convection  instructions, 450 degrees, instead.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen instructions calling for 500 degrees. That’s screaming hot!

garlic mushroom before cooked Roasted Garlic & Mushroom before baking

fire roasted vegetable before cooked Fire-Roasted Vegetable before baking

We tried two varieties: Roasted Garlic & Mushroom and Fire-Roasted Vegetable.  I gotta tell you, the house smelled so good while these were baking.  Both of the varieties we tried included roasted garlic  and there was no doubt plenty of garlic on the pizzas. One could tell that just from the aroma.  Hot from the oven, I sliced both pizzas and found the crust held up to being eating without a fork, no soggy, limp, fall-apart gluten-free crust here.

mushroom garlic baked Roasted Garlic & Mushroom after baking

fire roasted vegetable cooked Fire-Roasted Vegetable after baking

The toppings were plentiful, nothing skimpy on the pizza except maybe the sauce.  There were a few spots where I spotted completely bare crust.  But in eating the pizza, I wouldn’t have said it needed more sauce, it was more a visual observation.

With a salad or some other side, I think one pizza could serve two adults.  I would probably buy these again if I had a coupon or caught them on sale.  I’m still hesitant to buy a $10 frozen pizza, but this one tempts me.

 

Comments

  1. casey says

    Thanks for the review! It is hard to spend so much money on GF specialty products. And I agree about people judging a gluten free lifestyle when they aren’t always making healthy choices. You eat your drive thru food, and I will enjoy my dairy free products.

    • says

      Thanks, Casey! While I work hard to eat healthy, whole foods, it sure is nice to have a frozen pizza occasionally. Next time someone comments on gluten-free living, I think we should ask to take a peek in their fridge and pantry. ;)

  2. hannah says

    So funny you mention paying 10 dollars for them. Im from Australia and just bought these exact pizzas for 60 dollars (for both of course). After reading this review Im thinking it will be well worth it!

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