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Delicious, Kind 101

Kind Classics: Cheese!

I want to share some awesome cheeses that you can eat, and still be kind to yourself!

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I love Dr. Cow cheese. It is so yummy, and a good reason to throw a party! Make a cheese plate. Get a few different flavors, and put them on a tray. Add some figs, apricots or grapes. Maybe even put a little dish of agave nectar on the side to use as honey. If you live in LA, you can find Dr. Cow at Erewhon and if you’re not in LA, you can order it from 2 online stores: VeganStore.com and VeganEssentials.com. In New York they sometimes sell Dr. Cow cheese at One Lucky Duck.

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And don’t forget the crackers! There are so many great crackers at Whole Foods. I like Doctor Kracker, which are made from organic whole grains and seeds. I would love to know what crackers you guys have found, that you think are the yummiest ones. I am on a search for the yummiest and healthiest crackers ever, that I can serve them with this delicious vegan cheese!

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Another great cheese is Chao Cheese, made by Field Roast Grain Meat Co. It’s delicious crumbled on a salad. Yum! The salad I had in Portland with Arugula and Beets and this cheese was my first discovery of this cheese. Thank you!!!! You can find stores that carry Field Roast cheese on their website. It can be difficult to find, so ask your local grocery stores to start carrying it.

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My friend Tevia is a huge fan of Daiya‘s vegan cheese. Check out what she had to say about it on her Kind Life profile:

Introducing Non Vegans to Good Vegan Food

For some reason most non-vegans assume that vegan food sucks. I had my bike team over last night, 26 people and only 3 of them that eat vegan every once in awhile. It was a pot-luck so I made Mac-N-Cheese (yes, with the daiya cheese!) as well as Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies and a Vegan Chocolate Bundt Cake with a Maple Glaze. Everyone tried my Mac-N-Cheese and LOVED it. The response, “I can’t believe that this is vegan.” Then dessert came out and once again “I can’t believe that this is vegan” was repeated over and over. By the end of the night the non-vegans were asking for my recipes. Good tasting vegan food is the key to exposing people to the vegan lifestyle. Even if people eat vegan once a week the world becomes a better and healthier place.

New Vegan Cheese

Check out Daiya vegan cheese. This is by far the best vegan cheese that I have ever had AND it melts the best too. It works great for Mac-N-Cheese and for Grilled Cheese sandwiches. I have yet to try it on pizza but will do that this weekend. The cheese comes in Cheddar and Italian Blend. Whole Foods in Los Angeles is carrying it and there are other stores too. Their website lists the stores that carry the cheese. All I can say is THANK YOU Daiya Foods for making such an amazing product. I am off to make a Grilled Cheese now… until next time, eat well, live well & be well.

*I found all these great pictures of Dr. Cow Cheese on quarrygirl.com

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  • Julia

    I love Dr. Cow cheeses. I get them from Westerly Market. They always have several varieties in stock.

  • tammy

    thank you so much for all the vegan cheeses – I going to websites now to look for them

  • Becky Tucker

    Everyone should try Punk Rawk Cheese….it’s cashew based and is SOOOOOOOO good.

  • Sara VS

    The only problem I’ve found with Daiya is the added “yeast extract” which is code for MSG. This makes this transitional vegan very sad.

  • Mary

    Are you sure yeast extract is MSG? I use nutritional yeast in my vegan cheeses I make with macadamia nuts and cashews – it is not MSG.