Today's trade-in is CHEESE!
There are so many options, so we're going to break this down into two posts. You can either buy pre-made vegan cheeses that come shredded, in slices, in blocks, etc., or make "cheese" at home with vegan ingredients. Today, we're going to go through the pre-made choices. We use these sparingly, as they're not truly part of the plant-based diet we try to keep at home, but if we need cheese, we go with non-dairy versions.
This is the brand we use when we make anything that needs "cheese." We use the cheddar in some mac and cheese recipes, and we use mozzarella for pizza and lasagna. The shredded "cheeses" are the best we've tried as far as similarity to the real thing goes. It melts like real cheese too. And they don't just sell shredded. They have other products as well.
You can still have cheese and crackers or make sandwiches with slices of swiss. Easy peasy. :) Of course, they don't taste JUST like the real thing, but I haven't had real cheese in a year and a half, so to me, this is cheese. :)
There are other brands and kinds of vegan "cheeses" you can check out as well: Tofutti, Go Veggie, Follow Your Heart, Heidi Ho.
Another good thing to remember is that nutritional yeast actually has a cheesy flavor. You can add it to sauces, sprinkle it on popcorn, or try something new. We use the Bragg brand.
Have you tried any of these? Are there others you love? Let me know!