Just thought I would pop in and introduce myself. I've been vegetarian 8 years and I'm just turning vegan now. My fiance has been vegetarian all his life and vegan for the last 2 years and because of that I'd already stopped drinking milk, using butter etc in cooking but hadn't been able to give up cheese. :P Now I'm ready to give it up all together and join him in happy vegan land! ;D
Looking forward to meeting and chatting to you all here and sharing food ideas. ;)b
Way to go Bella, cheese was hard for me at first too, but after a fewmonths cold turkey I stopped missing it. Avocado in sandwhiches has a buttery taste kinda like cheese, so you could try that....I wouldn't try too many fake cheeses though, I have yet to find one I like, and they are expensive! I make lots of cashew /nut cheeses and nutritional yeast cheese sauces, but the nut. yeast ones are probably more of an 'acquired' taste.
Welcome to VegWeb....I hope you find this site helpful. Nice to meet you.
I thought cheese was going to be part of my diet forever, and then I became friends with nutritional yeast, and decided to go hardcore cheese free for 30 days, and after a month, i found that while real cheese still tasted "okay" There was something "off" about it, and it didn't taste like i remembered. It just seemed not worth all the fuss anymore. I was like... "I used to spend at least $4 for this?!?!? that could buy me some rice cream!...or 2 bags of rice and 2 bags of beans!!!" Ain't had no cheddah since =-p lol been....going on 3 months now.
nut cheese! yum, i love them. a couple issues ago vegitarian times did a story on vegan cheeses and had a mess of recipes. one was an almond cheese - to live for!
here are some vegweb recipes to start you off. enjoy!
raw ones: http://vegweb.com/index.php?board=764.0
here is the cheese recipes. some a nuts - many are good: http://vegweb.com/index.php?board=284.0
also, the uncheese cookbook has a TON of great recipes. YUM.
Cashew cheeses are my favorite! I have that vegetarian times mag with some good ones in it. Also, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ivc57B7cuA, on Everyday dish has a yummy artichoke dip using cashews!!! its super good!
oh hell yeah! *drools*