we’re not ANTI-vegan cheese, per se, and we don’t think it’s gross. our empty plate of mozzarella sticks is a testament to how we’ll eat anything fatty, cheesy, and fried. we DO believe that there are always better, tastier alternatives, and way healthier alternatives. we also believe in supporting local farmers rather than large corporations. so yeah, we’d always rather not buy commercial non-dairy products, but for some things it’s more appropriate to use them.
we actually started working on this, but since a) most online nutrition calculators are way off and b) 90% of our meals are only recorded after-the-fact we gave up before we posted a single calorie. our recipes are intended as vegan inspiration; proof that you can be vegan and still eat varied and wholesome meals. we always strive for more healthful living, but this blog is a reflection of our actual lifestyle, not our ideal lifestyle.
perhaps in the future we’ll include these (there are a few recipe sites we’re looking into using for that purpose) but for now our focus is on quality vegan food. thanks for checking out our blog!
even though this is on our ‘how to go vegan’ page, i thought i’d address it here as well, because it can be a big issue for people considering the switch to veganism. here are some substitutes for cheese, going from most processed to least:
- you can buy commercial cheeses like daiya, teese, and many more. you can find them in big grocery stores, natural foods stores, and online. (we have not bought any commercial non-dairy cheese since going vegan, we’ve gone with all the other options, so don’t think you should default to this.)
- you can make your own cheese - hard, soft, or sauce. these are nut or tofu based. so far we’ve just made soft cashew cheese (a good replacement for ricotta) and nutritional yeast cheese sauce (for mac n cheese), but we are going to make other nut cheeses in the future.
- you can replace cheese with similar-tasting food. cheese is essentially a salty, nutty, fatty food that can be eaten by itself or as a spread/filler. pureed squash makes a great melted cheese replacement, on pizza, sandwiches, and more. season some tofu and eat that with tomato & basil on some crusty bread. fill your wrap with an olive tapenade or hummus instead of a hunk of cheese - my guess is that it will taste just as good.
- you can go without. it might sound crazy, but the cheeseless pizzas we eat taste just as delicious as they did before, they’re just a different kind of food now. instead of a pie covered in greasy, fatty, artery-clogging cheese, they’re loaded with roasted artichokes, sundried tomatoes, grilled onions, and drizzled with olive & red pepper coulis.
are these foods fulfilling? totally. do we miss cheese? not as much as we thought we would. once you get through the first month or two of “damn, we really can’t get just one slice?” you stop craving it so much. and when you DO crave it, we still have the other options listed above.