I might be crazy, but I am actually starting to like vegan cheese! You all are right when you say it doesn't melt the same as "real" cheese, it just melts differently, more like a sauce I think(not stingy). I have enjoyed it on lasagna, and veggie pizza so far. I use the Follow Your heart brand.
I'm really happy to say that I can actually eat this and enjoy the flavor for what it is, not trying to make it something its not(cow's milk cheese). I think that is key when trying new vegan products.
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I'm also a fan of the fake parmesean cheese or using nutritional yeast as a cheesy flavor.
But I do agree that there are many ways to enjoy food without cheese. I'd much much rather have a cheese-less pizza with some roasted mushrooms and peppers than one topped with not so edible alternatives.
The only vegan cheese I have tried is 'fake' parmesan - it tastes like the real thing and is really versatile. My local health food store has a few veggie cheeses available - however I am wary of trying them. They are quite pricey and from what I have heard not that good.
Everything I like is either illegal, immoral or fattening!!
I've been having trouble giving up cheese also (or finding a suitable substitute). But I've found that Pizza with no cheese and lots of veggies tastes pretty darned good! Sometimes I sprinkle a bit of nutritional yeast flakes on it. Veggie pepperoni is also pretty darned good. I actually like it better than the real stuff because it's not greasy:) I've read reviews for Sheese and I'm dying to try some of that! I hear it's quite expensive though.
There are two vegan cheese products that actually taste decent. One is Sheese from Scotland and another is Cheezly. You can buy them on line. I know that Vegan Essentials has Cheezly and Cosmo's Vegan Shop has Sheese. Having said that, I think that it is beneficial to go without all cheese subs for a while and get used to the idea of life without cheese. I really struggled with giving up cheese. I stayed a vegetarian for 30 years because I just couldn't see how I could give up cheese. The thing that really changed my mind was learning more about dairy farms and chees production. Cheese is such a cruelty filled, unhealthy product. There is a lot of stuff on the web about dairy production. Try the Vegetarian Food for Thought podcast or Vegan Freak podcast.
It took me about 4 months this time to really say I'm not interested in cheese. I really think that my tastes have finally changed. Knowledge is power.
Hi, I had problems getting over cheese myself (I had become lactose-intolerant, so the tummy aches, and bloating were motivation enough for me to say goodbye to it). Have you thought about not actually replacing cheese with soy, but replicating some of the stronger flavors and textures in favorite foods?
Here is a website with some amazing recipes- including ones for those of us with cheese cravings: http://www.randomgirl.com/recipes.html
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I'm really having an issue with this cheese thing, too! I recently read the list of products that contain animal ingredients that was posted in another thread of this group and I was SHOCKED. Other than gelatin, I had no idea how many ingredients were really derived from animals - I'm not talking dairy stuff, but things like rennet, enzymes, etc. I feel like a fraud for not researching this sooner and I feel SICK about it. We're supposed to go out for pizza tonight (at my suggestion - it was going to be my cheat meal of the week) and I'm going to have a salad because I'm betting the cheese they use isn't vegetarian.
I've been doing some research online to find cheese brands that are vegetarian and I couldn't find any articles newer than 2003. Everything seems really vague. Of course, I did remember about Horizon Organics - has anyone tried their cheese? How do the rest of you deal with this when shopping/eating out? Do you buy only organic? Skip cheese altogether? I feel like I need to completely overhaul my life - cheese and vitamins and who knows what else!
Sorry for the rant - I'm just flipping out about hidden ingredients and the fact that I wasn't a better vegetarian consumer before now.
I think I've tried every vegan cheese substitute and have finally! found a great product, Sheese. It is available at Pangea (http://veganstore.com/food-items/dairy-al ternatives/sheese-vegan-cheese/Page_1/ 218.html). The "blue style" is incredibly delicious as is the cheddar. It's the only substitute that is great melted and equally as great just by itself. Hard to believe, but this product is wonderful.
Alice Walker said it best: "The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men."
I found some recipes to substitute for sour cream, feta cheese, ricotta and cottage cheese in the book "The American Vegetarian Cookbook" from the Fit for Life Kitchen by Marilyn Diamond. She calls them Stedda" recipes. I haven't tried them all, but the ones I have have been good. Joan
I used Veggie Slices, but they are not vegan. they have casein in them. I have heard tofutti is good, but no one in my town sells it. I am not much of a fann of cheese so I don't worry about it. sorry I am of little help. I also heard that the previously mentioned uncheese book is wonderful...
I use Tofutti Mozzarella style slices for melting on pizza. They don't melt exactly like normal cheese - more like low fat cheese. But they do melt! While not available at most supermarkets, all the local health food shops near me stock it. Since it's an American product and I live in Australia I'd say it would be easier to find over there than here. Link: http://www.tofutti.com/cheese.shtml
I also got a jar of vegan parmesan from the health food shop. The ingredients are mostly savoury yeast flakes, sesame seed and garlic. It tastes really good on pasta. The company that makes it is based in Queensland, called Veita-Blue. I'm sure you'd be able to find something similar in your local health food shop.
Hi. So far I have eliminated from my diet, eggs, poultry, fish, beef, pork, cow's milk, and butter. But the one thing I have not given up on yet is cheese, but I want to. I'm trying to ease into it. Currently I am searching for a very good vegan cheese, one that melts(for my veggie pizza) tastes good,is cost effective, and that can be purchased at my local grocers. Any suggestions? I am also looking for a good vegan parmasean for my eggplant parm. Any suggetions would be helpful. Thanks.
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