“I would go vegan, but I could NEVER give up cheese!” said every vegetarian ever. Fortunately, you don’t have to!!
Here’s a list of foods you can STILL EAT(!!!) as a vegan:
-mac & cheese
-loaded baked potatoes
-cheesy stuffed peppers, mushrooms, you name it!
Here are my recommendations (can be found at Kroger and/or Publix and Whole Foods):
-Daiya shredded cheddar, mozzarella, and pepperjack (best when melted, less is more!!)
-Follow Your Heart shredded cheese varieties (if you’re not a fan of Daiya)
-Daiya jalapeno havarti block (best with crackers- doesn’t melt well)
-Daiya swiss slices (amazing for grilled cheese/paninis)
-Follow Your Heart gouda (omg)
-Daiya cheddar mac & cheese
-Soul Vegetarian in Atlanta has the BEST mac & cheese hands down (foodgasm)
-Non-hydrogenated Tofutti cream cheese (great for recipes, and bagels)
-Tofutti sour cream (for enchiladas, tacos, etc)
-Pure cashew cheese (if ur feelin fancy) $$$
-Chao slices $$
-Amy’s Vegan Margherita Pizza
But does it taste as good? I think it does! Taste is subjective- it’s also adaptable! If the taste isn’t quite what you are used to, it will grow on you. My parents and brothers can attest!
Cheese may be delicious, but it’s pretty disgusting if you think about it.
There is a reason cheese is typically the last thing to go for aspiring vegans- it is physically addictive. When people talk about being cheese addicts- it’s no joke. There is a protein in breast milk called casein, which is basically crack cocaine for babies. This is advantageous- breast milk is very nourishing and we want our babies to grow. But there is a point of course, where we are weaned from our mother’s milk. This same protein exists in other species’ milk, and it is highly concentrated in cheese. Therefore, cheese = crack. It’s time to wean yourself off of this saturated fat and cholesterol laden, cancer promoting, constipating “food.”
I hear you- vegan cheese isn’t real “food” either. It is processed crap. But what makes you think real cheese isn’t processed crap? What makes you think consuming coagulated bovine secretions is natural? Vegan cheese, despite having more ingredients (gasp!) is a healthier alternative. It is lower in fat, and contains no cholesterol, casein, hormones, pus, or blood. Although I advocate for a whole foods, plant based diet (to look and FEEL your best), I view it as a spectrum. Processed food is okay in moderation. And if you read the ingredients in some of the more “gourmet” vegan cheeses, they’re not as scary as you’d think.
You’d be surprised by how delicious and satisfying things can be without cheese. A burrito at Chipotle, for example, does NOT need cheese. Amy’s No Cheese Pizza is the BOMB. Nutritional yeast adds a nice cheesy flavor to veggies, pasta, and popcorn. I love vegan cheese, but it’s not a staple in my diet.