Galaxy Nutritional Foods is at it again! Having introduced their fabulous cream cheese in 2011, they’re showing no signs of slowing down with their latest debut, their Vegan Shreds, available in Mexican and Mozzarella styles. Perfect for those avoiding gluten and soy, these “cheeses” are not only free from gluten and soy, but also hydrogenated oils, saturated fats, trans fats, preservatives and GMO ingredients.
Upon first trying these new “cheese” shreds, I noticed a slightly buttery, but mostly smokey flavor. If you like smoked cheeses, I would think you will enjoy these, and they are nice in a variety of dishes. Galaxy’s shreds are great on veggie burgers and melt wonderfully (just as advertised) when baked. The cheese even stretches nicely! Furthermore, 1/4 cup of these babies provides 25% of your daily calcium intake! Who says vegans don’t get enough calcium? Pssshhh!
Following is a recipe I created that utilizes Galaxy’s Vegan Shreds:
Cheesy Pesto Pizza Bites
Yields approximately 20 pieces
1 french baguette (approximately 2-3 inches in diameter and 20 inches long)
1/2 cup prepared vegan pesto (recipe below)
1 cup tomato sauce
1 – 1-1/4 cups non-dairy shredded mozzarella cheese (I used Galaxy Nutritional Foods’ Vegan Shreds)
4 ounces fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 medium cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
Process basil, pine nuts and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. Add olive oil and salt, and continue processing another 10-15 seconds, or until oil is incorporated.
Next, preheat oven to broil and prepare a baking sheet by either lightly greasing with oil or lining with aluminum foil. Set aside.
Meanwhile, slice baguette into 1-inch slices. Place in a single layer on prepared baking sheet and spread approximately 1/2 – 1 teaspoon pesto on each slice. Next, top each with approximately 1-2 teaspoons tomato sauce, then sprinkle with cheese.
Bake in preheated oven for 5-10 minutes or until cheese has melted. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before consuming.
NOTE: The Vegan Shreds used in this recipe was a free sample provided by Galaxy Nutritional Foods, Inc. The views and opinions expressed herein are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect that of others.