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Vegan Cheese-y Delights

Vegan Dairy-Free Brie Cheez

This lovely round of creamy Vegan Dairy-Free Brie Cheez is delectable by itself. It’s also delicious on crackers or in sandwiches and is especially elegant as a snack or dessert served with fresh, crisp fruit, such as Asian pears. This versatile uncheese also makes a terrific pizza topping. Slice it thinly or thickly into wedges.  Recipe contributed by Jo Stepaniak, reprinted from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook.*
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Basic Herbed Cheese (Raw and Vegan)

basic herbed cheese (raw and vegan)

Some vegans find it difficult to give up cheese even though they know it’s not the best food to consume. Cheese is very high in calories and fat. To that, add sodium and cholesterol. Cheese may taste good, but like all animal products, there is no reason to eat it when you have healthy alternatives. This recipe for Basic Herbed Cheese is a healthy, vegan alternative for vegans and non-vegans alike who are looking for an alternative to cheese.

As for cheese alternatives in general, basic raw cheeses often contain nuts, probiotics, or rejuvelac for curing, lemon, salt, nutritional yeast, and some Irish moss for thickening. In addition, you can add a variety of herbs to enhance the flavor. Recipe and photo contributed by Mimi Kirk, from Live Raw: Raw Food Recipes for Good Health and Timeless Beauty (Skyhorse Publishing, 2011). Photo by Mike Mendell.
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Cheesy Sauce for Quick Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese

Cheese sauce for mac and cheese by stephanie weaver the recipe renovator This cashew-based dairy-free recipe makes a delicious Cheesy Sauce for Quick Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese that is quick, easy, and rich-tasting.

Make your own vegan cheese, yogurt, mayo and margarine! Cheaper and much tastier than store-bought, this e-book brings you the best 12 recipes for dairy alternatives from The Recipe Renovator blog. Complete with an ingredient list, quick recipes, and a more complex artisan vegan cheese, this will get you started making your own cheese and dairy substitutes today. Whether you are a vegan for ethical reasons, have gone plant-based for health reasons, are lactose-intolerant, or just want to eat fewer animal products, this book will give you everything you need to create your own “dairy case” at home. Recipe and photo from Twelve Terrific Dairy Substitutes: Vegan and Gluten-Free by Stephanie Weaver, © 2013. Used with permission.

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Vegan Cream Cheese

Have you ever tried vegetable cheese? It’s delicious and easy to prepare. It’s also healthy and nutritious!

The cheese can be eaten right away, but its taste is refined over time. I suggest letting it rest for at least 8 hours.

Vegan Cream Cheese
Serves: 1 cup
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw cashews (unsalted)
  • 2 tbsp. pressed lemon
  • 2 tbsp. apple vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. white pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Soak cashews in a bowl of water for at least 12 hours. The more they soak, the creamier the cheese will be.
  2. The next day, drain well.
  3. Pour all the ingredients into the blender and blend for a few minutes until you obtain a homogeneous, creamy preparation.
  4. Transfer the resulting preparation into a ramekin or a small glass bowl.
  5. Keep cheese in the fridge for about 8 hours before serving, so the flavor will develop.
  6. Like all cheeses, it is better at room temperature. Take cheese out of the fridge a little before eating.

 

Vegan Parmesan

Here is a recipe that will replace Parmesan cheese. Fast and very easy to make, this vegan parmesan does not contain any products of animal origin.

The taste is, of course, different from the traditional Parmesan, but once you get used to it there is no way you will put cow’s milk cheese on your pasta. This vegetable Parmesan is really delicious and you can use it on all your preparations. I added in some sesame seeds (rich in calcium) and yeast powder (naturally rich in vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, B9, PP, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, protein and fiber, source of iron and vitamin B12).

 

Vegan Parmesan
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Servings: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of cashews
  • 4 tablespoons yeast
  • 1 pinch of pink Himalayan salt, otherwise your usual salt
  • 1 pinch of white pepper
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender or a food processor
  2. Pulse and mix at regular intervals for a few seconds and not continuously. You must get a powder.
  3. Keep your Parmesan in a glass jar that you can close. Leave it in the fridge.
  4. To use on all dishes, instead of Parmesan!

 

Well-Crafted Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Mix

Vegan mac n cheese mix by Miyoko Schinner

Unless you were raised by macrobiotic hippies, you’ve had it. I’ve had it. And there’s no shame in saying it— we’ve all had macaroni and cheese out of the box. My kids would plead with me to buy it, and I was thrilled when the vegan stuff came on the market. Maybe you don’t crave it anymore, but it sure is convenient to have some on hand for the kids or the babysitter. But there’s no need to buy it, because you can make the instant cheese sauce mix yourself in just a few minutes! It makes enough to coat the equivalent of 5 store-bought boxes instant macaroni and cheese.Reprinted by permission from The Homemade Vegan Pantry* by Miyoko Schinner, © 2015. Photographs by Eva Kolenko, © 2015 Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Continue Reading…

Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez

Vegan Herbed Garlic Cheez by Ann Oliverio

Diana, blogger at Veggie Next Door, and one of my recipe testers, warns that this might not be the best snack for a party setting since one is guaranteed to have garlic-breath, but I couldn’t resist trying to make a favorite pre-vegan appetizer of mine — Boursin® cheese. Recipe and photo by Ann Oliverio, from Crave, Eat, Heal: Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetite* reprinted with permission © 2015 Front Table Books. Continue Reading…

8 Amazing Vegan Cheese Recipes

Smoky vegan cheddar cheez recipe

There’s no dairy in these vegan cheese recipes, but even your dairy-eating friends will be amazed by them! A good vegan cheese seems impossible, but certain ingredients lend a cheesy flavor. One of my favorites is nutritional yeast. It tastes good, and it’s good for you. Cashews, which are delicious just plain by the handful, create a magical texture that is reminiscent of goat cheese. Make sure to scroll to the end to see each one of these 8 vegan cheeses, all of which will knock your socks off!

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Smoky Vegan Cheddar Cheez

Smoky vegan cheddar cheez

You can make this vegan cheese-y appetizer as a spread in no time, or let it set up into slices. I like it both ways and hope that you will, too. This is good with sliced fresh baguette, or serve it with whole-grain or gluten-free crackers or crispbreads. It’s also quite nice served with chunks of red bell pepper and peeled celery cut into short sections. Grapes served in small bunches on the side add a nice flavor balance. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Continue Reading…

Sweet Vegan Ricotta

sweet vegan ricotta

Here’s something a little creamy, a little sweet, and easy to pair with nearly anything. Behold, shockingly simple, pretty, sumptuous sweet vegan ricotta. This spread pairs beautifully when slathered on crackers or toast, crowns fruit in a gorgeous way, adds oomph to baking recipes, and is a creamy, dreamy topping for oatmeal and granola. I like mine nestled between french toast and marmalade. Continue Reading…

Cheezy Tofu Spread with Pine Nuts

Cheezy tofu spread with pine nuts

This creamy spread is adaptable enough to serve at any meal. To prepare an open-faced sandwich for breakfast, spread a generous layer on whole grain bread, top with sliced tomatoes and vegan cheese, and melt it under the broiler. For a lunchtime sandwich, apply the spread generously to two slices of bread and add sliced tomato, onion, cucumber, avocado, lettuce, and sprouts. Include some pungent herbs like basil, arugula, or mint leaves for extra zest. For dinner, use it in place of ricotta for lasagne, stuffed pasta shells, and stuffed eggplant roll-ups. Recipe contributed by Zel Allen, from The Nut Gourmet. Continue Reading…

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