My mom, my blogger friend, Mike, and countless others have told me that they can’t go vegan because they could never give up cheese. I get where they’re coming from – I was there. I found, however; that giving up cheese was easier than I imagined it would be. Sure, it was hard at first, but once I discovered how to make wonderful sauces, cheese-free pizzas and other cheese replacements it was a cinch (and delicious too!).
I’ve been perfectly content without cheese, but a few weeks ago my sister mentioned that a vegan cheese shop, Peace Cheese, opened up in San Diego. I thought this was strange because I didn’t think it was possible to make really good vegan cheese. Online, however; their cheeses – like Cashew Glow and Pumpkin Sun – looked tasty.
I have yet to make the trip to San Diego to check out Peace Cheese (I will soon!), but they’ve awakened me to the possibility that great vegan cheese exists. What’s funny is that once I opened my mind to vegan cheese, I started noticing tempting recipes on blogs I follow. How did I miss these for the past two years?
So now I’m embarking on a new phase of my veganism, I’m getting cheesy with it! I’m gonna start making artisan vegan cheeses so that the next time someone tells me, “I can’t go vegan because I can’t give up cheese,” I’ll simply stuff their face with a cheese I’ve made and smile.
If you want to “get cheesy” with me, check out these great recipes.
Recipes to Make You Say, “Yes!” to Vegan Cheese
Baked Cashew Cheese
Cashew Coconut Cream Cheese
Annie from an Unrefined Vegan always wows me with her luscious recipes, and her Cashew Coconut Cream Cheese is no exception. Just imagine this stuff on a bagel!
Quick and Easy Vegan Cream Cheese
If you want vegan cream cheese in a jiffy, try Welcome to Abby’s Kitchen’s Quick and Easy Vegan Cream Cheese.
Vegan Parmesan Cheese
I found lots of recipes for vegan Parmesan. The one pictured below is from Veggiful.com and is made with cashews. Since a lot of the cheese recipes I’ve found use cashews, I was also excited to find The Passion for Compassion’s recipe made from almonds.
15 Minute Grate-able and Melt-able Vegan Cheese
Macadamia Nut Brie
The hardest cheese for me to give up was brie, but I guess I never had to. Just look at this Macadamia Nut Brie from Vegged Out. If I bring this to a party, I bet I’ll never get told, “I can’t give up cheese,” by anyone ever again.
Here’s a simple Tofu Ricotta recipe from Girl Eats Greens.
No need to skip the cheese on pizza, just whip up this Cashew Mozzarella.
Pine Nut & Chives Cheese Ball
This festive cheese ball is perfect for a dinner party or for a holiday gathering.
Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheese
I just discovered that my blogger friend Sophie has some wonderful vegan cream cheese recipes like her Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheese.
For more recipes, check out Two Broke Vegans Vegan Cheeses.
If you’re feeling lazy…
If you don’t want to bother with making your own cheese, Celeste from Compassionate Tummies recomends Door 86 Vegan Cheese. They can be ordered online. And check out this Review of Vegan Cream Cheese Brands. Also check out 2 Broke Vegans Vegan Cheddar Cheese Review.
I’ll close with a cheesy smile 🙂
Pumpkin Sun Vegan Cheese photo by Yelper, Reenie V.