Right across the Williamsburg Bridge on a quiet street (South 6th) in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, is a tiny store called Dr-Cow that makes tree nut cheeses that taste just like cheese, only better (and unlike any of the commercial non-dairy cheese substitutes sold in grocery stores). These organic, dairy-free, raw, and plant-based cheeses are low in fat, sodium, and calories, have no cholesterol, and are high in iron and plant protein.
At Dr-Cow, tree nut cheeses are made the same way exceptional dairy cheeses are made: with three ingredients – milk, a culture, and salt – but instead of cow milk, Dr-Cow uses nuts (primarily cashews and macadamia nuts) which means, Dr-Cow cheeses contain no gluten, no casein, no soy and are lactose-free. And, yet, they taste incredible. Read more
Parma Zaan Sprinkles are an almond-based vegan substitute for parmesan cheese. Dairy-free with all natural ingredients and no artificial anything, Parma Zaan Sprinkles is also notable for containing no hydrogenated fats or refined sugar. Made with five ingredients: blanched almond meal, sea salt, nutritional yeast, dehydrated onion, and citric acid, Parma Zaan Sprinkles provide the nutty, cheesy flavor we all love without the dairy. Read more
Avellana is the spanish word for “hazelnut” or “filbert” so with that knowledge it’s not hard to guess what the number one ingredient in Avellana Vegan Hazelnut Parmesan is: hazelnuts – a nut that is high in calcium, vitamin B-6, magnesium, iron, and vitamin C. Read more
Christopher’s Kitchen – a restaurant, take-out, juicer, and wine bar in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida makes a product called Macadamia Cheddar that can only be described as pure fromage plant-based bliss. Made of organic ingredients – macadamia nuts, carrot juice, lime juice, nutritional yeast, turmeric, jalapeño, paprika, and sea salt, Macadamia Cheddar tastes like savory aged cheddar cheese baked into a semi-crunchy cracker. Read more
Parma is good karma!
Watching a fresh hunk of Italian parmesan cheese turn into a snowfest on top of my pasta used to make me giddy with delight. After all, what’s better than a big bowl of pasta covered in tomato or pesto sauce and freshly grated parmesan cheese? Few things are, so going dairy-free relegated parmesan cheese to a distant bittersweet memory. But life has a way of opening a new door after one has been shut. Read more
A vegetarian lifestyle has always been a natural fit for me and the only two things that really hold me back from becoming a vegan is butter and cheese. Although infrequent, I do indulge in a Levain Chocolate Chip Cookie or a Salty Oats oatmeal cookie by Kayak Cookies – both of which are made with butter (and eggs). And, then there is cheese. A slice of Comte or Vermont Cheddar on a toasted bagel with lettuce, tomato, and red onion is my dream bagelwich and my go-to snack when I’m on the road and fresh out of energy bars. I can go to any bagel shop and get my fix. “Hold the meat, keep the cheese, and add the veggies” and I’m off and running. Read more
Treeline Cheese is a totally dairy-free line of cheese that actually tastes scrumptious, rich and creamy like “real” cheese. Made of pure, wholesome raw cashew nuts, acidophilus culture (a species of bacteria that ferments), salt and pepper, Treeline Cheese makes four types of cheese: Classic, Cracked Pepper, Scallion, and Herb-Garlic.
Years ago when we were living in Spain, my daughter would often order a cheese platter for dessert and devour the 4 or 5 piece selection, much to my surprise as most kids order cake or ice cream for dessert. She just happened to develop a deep love of cheese (especially goat) at a young age and was an adventurous eater. Now that she is a vegan, life has changed as has her diet.
By definition, a vegan is a person who avoids using or consuming animal products so cheese is no longer on the menu. In its place is a product called Tofu Misozuke – an all natural miso-cured tofu that has been aged for two months. Rich, creamy and slightly tangy, Tofu Misozuke is the centuries old Japanese answer to cheese and a cheese-lovin vegan’s choice when a craving for the forbidden fruit beckons. But, Tofu Misozuke is also a delicious alternative to cheese that non-vegans should consider trying. Read more