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Hello, all! :)
I've been vegetarian for about 10 years now. I tried veganism a few years ago but only got 6 months in, and then I stopped, because I had a hard time not eating cheese. I'm a cheese plate junkie! So it was easy to not include cheese on sandwiches and things, but artisan cheese plates were my weakness.
I'm thinking now I could do plates of dried fruits, nuts, yummy spreads, etc. Basically everything a cheese plate comes with EXCEPT the cheese. I really want to try Dr. Cow nut cheese. Has anybody had this standalone? Is it good to use instead of artisan cheeses based on animal products?
Also looking to try making a cashew fondue at one point. :)
Anyway, glad to be back, and I hope I can stay.
I have been a Vegetarian for 20 years (I am now 31), I have tried and failed at being a Vegan about 3 times. but I am sure with Alicia's book and this site to help me I can do it. My weakness was also Cheese & Chocolate! But Chocolate I can do without, but its cheese is the hardest...
Tried soya cheese yesterday which was not very nice! Good Luck Shannon. x
Well at least you don't have to give up chocolate! But yes cheese is very difficult. Daiya is my favorite so far and is very good. I actually like it better on pizza than regular cheese!
Chocolate is vegan. Endangered Species' dark chocolate is one of my favorites. Ritter Sport Marzipan is vegan. Many many others out there.
Shannon, I can relate to the giving up cheese as being difficult. I tried to read more about it and watched "Earthlings" and "Forks over Knives." After that, I realized I was addicted to it. I told myself I would stay away from cheese for a few weeks. It was hard. I was craving it. I thought if an alcoholic can make it through recovery, surely I can stay away from cheese! After a few weeks, I actually did not crave it anymore. I don't even buy the plant-based cheese. I like the mac and cheese recipe by "Oh She Glows" (uses pumpkin and nutritional yeast) and Pasta Alfredo by Vegan Yum Yum (cashews and nutritional yeast). Super delicous!
Hope this helps.
I don't know if you can get it in the U.S. but there is a Vegan-Cheese-Brand from Switzerland called "No-Muh-Chäs" which is really good and has different flavours. One of it tastes like real parmesan. I tried it in a Risotto and nobody noticed that it wasn't real cheese. I'm a cheese addict too and believe me: giving up cheese is the hardest part. I fail from time to time too, but having good alternatives makes it significantly easier. Good luck in finding a very very good vegan cheese.