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3/29/10 10:27 A

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I hope to soon go to the local Whole Foods Market (over an hours drive from me--so I don't make it there much) to see if they have Daiya cheese, because I sure do miss my cheese!

But the only down side is that Daiya cheese is high in oil (fat) and the diet I'm trying to follow (Engine 2 Diet) makes it very clear that the author wants us to avoid all oils (because even healthy oils like Olive Oil are so high in calories and there are other ways of getting our Omega 3's that are less of a "diet disaster" (like ground flax seed and certain plants).

But because I miss my cheese so much, I may have to allow this "oily cheese" in my diet. I enjoy too much my deli sandwiches and an occasional homemade pizza slice. So I guess sometimes we must compromise (as long as it does not hurt the weight loss too much--in which case I'll have to find another cheese alternative that is lower in fat).

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3/29/10 9:04 A

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Peacegranny - I purchase in bulk from Whole Foods deli which gets it. I pre-order a case and then pick it up. It freezes very well.

I have also purchased online at www.veganstore.com

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3/27/10 7:25 A

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I recently tried 2 different kinds of vegan cheese and they where both horrible. Never again!!!

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3/27/10 12:06 A

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I'll have to try this recipe sometime, Tsikes---thanks! But I'm curious...how do you prepare it after you remove it from the heat? Is it spread on a cookie sheet and then sliced, maybe?

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3/27/10 12:01 A

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As usual, you folks have been so helpful to me!!! Thank you all for the great advice on cheese!

Thanks to Jenn and everyone who recommended Daiya cheese. I've read up on it now and it sounds like it really taste like the real thing, and it's such a new product that it's not sold in stores yet, just on line. I'll probably be ordering some of this!

Thanks Vegetara for telling me about the "Uncheese Cookbook"! A cookbook on how to make your own cheese...who knew?!! I'm pleased to learn of this too, so thanks!

Thanks for telling me about Veganwolf.com, Carol...I'll definitely check it out!

It's also interesting to learn that many of you have lost your taste for cheese after being vegan for several months or years. Maybe that will happen to me too. I would like to hope that one day I would eat mostly "earth food" and less and less of the processed stuff.

Anywho...thank you all for being so helpful to me! You are a wonderful group of people!!!!

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PEACEGRANNY's Photo PEACEGRANNY Posts: 2,069
3/26/10 9:41 P

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I hope Daiya Cheese gets to the retail market soon. Does anyone know if it is already available at grocery stores? The web site says it is planned for the future.

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"Veganomicon", a new cookbook by Moskowitz and Romero has a WONDERFUL recipe for cashew ricotta that works beautifully in baked ziti, lasagna, etc. I've fed my baked ziti to non-vegan friends and they loved it. Hint: double the amt of raw cashews the recipe calls for...you get an even richer end product. Enjoy!

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I'm only a vegan when it comes to making things myself. I don't cook so I'm a vegetarian when it comes to dinners. I eat dinners from the health food store, and many of them contain cheese; therefore, I don't add cheese to anything I make. You get used to not having cheese, trust me.

However(!), Ellen DeGeneres had her personal chef on and both of them swore by Daiya cheese; they said it tastes exactly like real cheese. It has won a lot of awards and taken the vegan world by storm! I haven't found any of it near me, but if you can find it, give it a go!

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3/26/10 1:41 P

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For sliced cheese I use Tofutti. I LOVE Daiya shredded cheese. I also make uncheese.

2 cups water
1/2 cup raw cashews
1 jar (4oz) pimientos (wal-mart sells them cheaper than anyone else)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder (I always add more onion & garlic powder for more flavor)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
3 TB cornstarch
1 TB lemon juice
1 TB sesame tahini


Blend everything in 3/4-1 cup of the water until very smooth. Bring rest of the water to a boil & stir in the mixture from blender. Keep stirring until thick. Remove from heat.


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3/26/10 12:49 P

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When I want cheese, I go to Follow Your Heart brand. I like the cheddar on things like tacos, the mozzarella on pizza.

However, it is not like regular cheese, it is processed for sure, some company makes it after all, and as much as I like to use it, no way I can eat it straight the way I could dairy cheese.


So mostly I don't eat it or use it, but it's nice on pizzas, and if I really want a cheeseburger, I have the cheddar for the vegan vegi burger.


Raw vegans do have recipes for cheese - I can't point you to a specific one as I've not found one I like, however I have had "cheeze" at various raw food events or restaurants, and I liked it there.

There "cheeze" is essentially a nut or seed pate and sometimes does call for nutritional yeast.

You can find recipes online and try them.



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3/26/10 12:04 P

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One thing to remember about vegan cheese (especially if you are trying to lose weight) It is almost all fat! The E2 plan is a low fat plan so anything like this should be used very sparingly.

The taste for cheese goes away. After 10 months of being vegan, if I eat cheese (accidentally) I get sick.

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3/26/10 11:32 A

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Yes, the desire for cheese does go away. I also make vegan lasagna (and it has to be gluten free also for me). I sometimes use the vegan alternative cheeses, but to tell the truth, it isn't worth it really. I have tried to make a cheeseburger (with Amy's Bistro burger which is vegan and GF) with the vegan cheese, and that's not bad. However, the tomato, lettuce, and onion I put on it are much more tasty and satisfying.

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3/26/10 11:23 A

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If it contains casein it's not vegan, simple as that. It couldn't even be called non-dairy.

I guess over the years I've learned to rearrange my thinking. I don't think of what-to-put-the-in-the-lasagna-instead-of-
cheese, for example, but I do think about how to make a great lasagna. From scratch, using vegan ingredients.

Note also that cheese is chemically addictive. The missing of it does wear off after a while.

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3/26/10 11:13 A

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I second the Uncheese Cookbook. Cheese was my vice as well, but giving it up was my New Year's resolution. So I bought the cookbook and haven't had to think twice about giving up cheese since then.



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3/26/10 10:15 A

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Vegan pizza...never met one I liked! Unless the 'cheese' is just left out of the equation.

Though, my daughter did find a decent fake goat cheese that was ok, probably doesnt melt well, but could place dollops on a veggie pizza to get the idea of cheese.

For sandwiches, I would recommend maybe spreading some fake cream cheese or other sort of topping instead of vegan cheese. You will still get the creamy texture, but no dairy.
Or hummus, I do like hummus on a sandwich, and then you will not miss the cheese at all. Hummus with a ton of veggies (and maybe some flax seed or sunflower seeds) makes a really good one.

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You might check out VeganWolf.com. He has great section on how to make your own.

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Do NOT go with VeganRella. I've never met anyone who likes it. The stuff is vile, at least to 100% of the people I've ever asked about it.

There is the Uncheese Cookbook, and it's full of different kinds of "uncheese" you can make. There is the full run of the different kinds of cheese, which is good. I like the stuff to put on toasted cheese. Yummy!

The stuff takes a few minutes to make, but it's worth it.

Of course it's non-packaged. You make it from ingredients at home.

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3/26/10 10:03 A

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Viking ...

I felt the same way. Gave up on vegan cheese. Then I discovered Daiya. You can go to their website for retailers, but there are not any near me, so I ordered from veganessentials.com

I promise ... it's the best thing to real that I've ever had.

I used to hear about Follow Your Heart and how good that was, but I thought it was absolutely icky. Daiya is the only thing I've liked that is truly vegan (casein free).

Good luck.

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The brands I've been told about are:
Tofutti, Follow Your Heart or VeganRella. Haven't tried them, but have been told of them.

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Hi Folks,

I'm still learning, so please be patient with my many questions. (And I so appreciate the help you folks give me! I almost always try the things you guys suggest.)

I'm now wondering if there are any new alternatives to cheese out there. When I was a carnivore I LOVED my cheese, but as a vegan the only choices offered seem to be nutritional yeast or processed packaged vegan cheese.

I've tried nutritional yeast on sandwiches and pizza and so far am very unimpressed with it (it has an odor and taste I dislike and seems a poor imitation of cheese to me) and the processed kind of vegan cheese in packages (which I "do" like, but according to the vegan author of the "Engine 2 Diet" even vegan processed cheese contains casien, an animal protein that has been linked to cancer, and he says we should avoid it).

So now, as it is, I have no cheese choices left in the vegan world, since I don't care for nutritional yeast and processed vegan cheese may be dangerous. Oh, I can learn to live without cheese of course...but when cheese was a favorite food before, it becomes hard to leave it behind...so I'm wondering if you guys know of other cheese-like choices? Or maybe you have new information on casien protein in vegan cheese that shows it to be safe?

Thanks for your patience and your help with this former carnivore who needs you ,
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