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Using non-dairy cheeses in recipes --help!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Note: I am a 'mostly vegetarian' beginner. Eating like this has lessened my food cravings so I am trying to learn a new way of eating. I'd appreciate any positive ideas people have.


Because of also trying to avoiding dairy, I tried the Veggie Slices cheeses. I have just been eating the slices as is. But...I would like to make recipes with vegetables but I have not tried doing that yet. I don't really cook many recipes and can get overwhelmed really easily.

Has anyone made meals from the veggie slices or other of these soy-based cheeses?

i need to hear positive things--so if you hate these or would never use them---well,
thanks anyway. OK?

There are 78 recipes on the website! The photos make them look wonderful.

I would like to hear from people who have used these 'cheeses' in meals -or at least have some good ideas for me. THANKS! emoticon

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Vegan Cream Cheese (13)
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MOMKAT4310 8/12/2012 3:01AM

    Since this is Vegetarian by choice for health, we know you can choose days to add a little meat or cheese or other dairy. That said, my daughter used vegan cream cheese for her daughter who can have no dairy - the allergic reaction with potential anaphalytic (sp) shock. And they think it is great. Use it in cooking, dips, and as a spread. I use and have used Veggie slices, and for me a tiny bit of dairy is not a problem. I sometimes dice the slice or slices and sprinkle over veggies. Love the mild cheddar flavor or Am. flavor on broccoli. We use Almond milk, used to use Soy milk. I like the almond better. To drink, on cereal and to cook. I think these cheeses do not melt well, but depends on your recipe or planned use. I also use TVP, textured vegetable protein, in place of part of hamburger or in place of all hamburger. Have done that for years. It takes on the flavor of food you mix it with so it is not "different." I am a heavy used of cooked dry beans. Sometimes I cook my own - cheaper. I often use canned and just rinse really well - more convenient. I rinse thoroughly, divide by serving size, and put in containers in frig or freezer. They are ready to use. I put a half to 3/4 cup on lunch salad, plus extra sweet peppers, diced fresh tomato, cucumber, and 1 tbsp of sunflower seeds or walnuts. Sunflower seeds I have a hard time finding unsalted. So I put them on a terry kitchen towel and fold over another half of towel and rub thoroughly. Takes off most of the salt. I do not care for cheese on salad, must be strange. But I love most cheeses. Do not crave them. I do treat myself sometimes to "low salt, low fat Swiss" Lorraine or Heidi Ann are common. Have to ask for the low fat, low salt, as the make regular also. More later.

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GLITTER60 8/11/2012 5:05PM

    try going to a health food store, if you have one. they may have ideas. lots of cook books out there.

no i have not tried soy cheese. rather have tofu and regular cheese.

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SHEL_V2 8/11/2012 4:33PM

    While I'm trying to lose weight, I've discovered that NO vegan cheese seems to be worth the calories. Daiya and Teese aren't bad, but don't get your hopes up. I've been happier with dabs of vegan "cream cheese" on a veggie pizza.

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DS9KIE 8/11/2012 4:12PM

    First off do you like the taste of the veggie cheese?

Some veggies cheese has some milk in it, so how picky are you going to be?

Remember its up to you how vegan you become.

I like cheese in enchiladas, pizza, and chilli ( I have recipes that I make at home) that I use a little veggie cheese in. Caz I just love cheese on those dishes.

I don't realy know how to cook but I have learned to make simple dishes just by chopping veggies and putting in a pan with some water and lots of spices and boom you have sauteed veggies and I bet if you put a little veggies on top of the veggies it would tasted yummy.


Good luck and don't get overwhelmed just take it one ingredent at a time. emoticon

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SNOWBECH 8/11/2012 3:48PM

    Good luck with your new way of eating.

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REACHING4HOME 8/11/2012 3:34PM

    IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE A LACTO/OVO VEGETARIAN, YOU CAN STILL EAT EGGS AND CHEESE. IF YOU ARE GOING VEGAN, THAT IS NOT ALLOWED, NOR IS GELATIN (MADE FROM MEAT BONES), BREADS, ROLLS, TONS OF PRE-MADE PRODUCTS, AND IT GETS VERY, VERY COMPLICATED. I WOULD SUGGEST GOING LACTO/OVO FIRST. IF YOU FIND YOU CAN HANDLE THAT, THEN GO VEGAN. TRYING TO GO VEGAN AT FIRST IS LIKE TRYING TO DRIVE A NASCAR FOR YOUR FIRST BEHIND THE WHEEL EXPERIENCE. THERE IS ALSO AN EXCELLENT BOOK OUT THERE CALLED "THE GRADUAL VEGETARIAN". I GOT MY COPY AT MY LOCAL HEALTH FOOD STORE BUT ANY BOOK STORE CAN ORDER IT, INCLUDING AMAZON.COM. I ALSO HAD TO ASK FOR THE ASSISTANCE OF A NUTRITIONIST AFTER THREE MONTHS EATING VEGETARIAN AS I GOT MYSELF MAL-NOURISHED EVEN THOUGH I WAS PLEASANTLY FULL. COMBINING THE PROPER ITEMS IS CRUCIAL. I THOUGHT I WAS DOING THAT, BUT I WAS NOT. GOOD LUCK. IT IS NOT AN EASY APPROACH. EATING WHOLE FOODS IS EASIER AND FAR MORE BALANCED. BUT IF YOU REALLY WANT TO DO THIS, AND YOUR FAMILY WILL COOPERATE, I SAY - GO FOR IT!
ERIN

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DEEJON123 8/11/2012 3:30PM

    I've never heard of veggie cheese, wonder if it is even available in Canada? Anyone know if & where?
I checked where the keep the tofu burgers, hot dogs etc. and nothing there.
Hope you get some good suggestions CTUPTON ............. I will be checking back to see what comes up for you

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LASKIE2 8/11/2012 3:22PM

    These meatless meals looks yummy! Good Luck with you new vegetarian lifestyle emoticon

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LOSER05 8/11/2012 2:24PM

    looks delish.

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