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#1 of 11 Old 04-07-2004, 12:53 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My family has been lacto/ovo vegetarians for years now, and my dh and I would like to cut out the milk products and eggs for ourselves and slowly introduce alternatives to the kids. We drink soy milk, and have had soy "icecreams" that we like, so that part isn't so much of a problem as the CHEESE! we have tried many brands and they are so nasty! They don't melt or hey taste really odd. Also I am a big yogurt fan, I love it with homemade granola in the moring and fresh fruit, but the few soy brands I have tried are just nasty.
So what do you use and like..... so we can do taste tests!

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I'm not vegan, but my dd is veg by choice and allergic to dairy. I think once you have been off the "real deal" for some time, if you try the alternatives again, they may not be so bad. That's what happened with my dd anyway. In the meantime, I would just concentrate on new dishes that don't need them. Rice and Soy dairy alternatives are good for once in a while, but I don't think you want to base your diet around them.
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We aren't vegan either, we eat whatever is served at other peoples homes and at home we eat both honey and dairy yogurt. As far as cheese goes, we haven't found any great substitutes for slicing cheeses like cheddar, but for cream cheese you can't beat Toffuti Better Than Cream Cheese. It tastes and feels so real-great on bagels, sandwiches and no-bake cheesecake. You can make cream cheese frosting with it. Eat it with a spoon. I live in a town with one small health food store and they didn't carry it until I asked so if you can't find it-ask for it. If you find any winners in the slicing cheese category, please post! As for yogurt, we have a local company that makes soy yogurt that's really tasy but alas it's too expensive for us, so we eat the dairy yogurt form the same company. I'm not sure why soy is so much more expensive, seems like keeping a cow costs more than growing beans. Good luck with your search!
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Vegan cheese that melts and tastes great: Vegan Gourmet Cheese Alternative. It's made by Follow Your Heart (www.followyourheart.com).

Yogurt: Wildwood or Whole Soy are usually ranked highest. I love them both.

Also visit this link to see a list of vegan products to satisfy any omnivorous craving.
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Tofutti cheese slices, better than creme cheese, and sour supreme are all awesome.. my meat eating dad and cousing jus tried them and they were impressed....

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We have used the cream cheese and sour cream from Tofutti before.. they are good.
I will look into the cheese alternatives... that is really the main thing. (OK beside the yogurt for me... lol) My dh and kids love cheese sandwiches a couple times a wek, so I gotta find a replacement...

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My son has a dairy allergy and I nurse him so we don't eat any cow's milk products.
I have a huge list of recommendations and rejections here:
My Reviews of Dairy Alternatives

We love the Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, Wildwood Soy Yogurt and Chreese.

I liked the Vegan Gourmet mozzarella but the cheddar was AWFUL! The aftertaste reminded me of vomit.
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Yes, there is no subsititute for regular cheese. When I was vegan (I did so for 6 years) I finally had to give up trying to find any substitute and just forget about cheese altogether. After the few YEARS of cheese detox I tried fake cheese and it wasn't so bad. So I think one really needs to get the taste so far removed from their minds that fake cheese doesn't taste so bad!

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I was vegan as a child due to egg and dairy allergies (family was almost veggie except fish or chicken once a month or so.) and you can believe I've tried most of them. (I've now been vegan by choice for 4 years and was almost dairy-free before then anyway.)

There are some great products and some NASTY ones! I echo someone else's post about recipies who said "I tried it and said "they liked this?" Sometimes I feel like the person making the product has never actually tasted it. Anyway, there are SOOOOOOO many more alternatives than when I was a dd so you're lucky. Here are my dh and my faves:

Wholesoy yoghurt - my only problem is that even the plain is sweet and I miss that sour taste with granola and fresh fruit. But I really like the fruit flavors and they have a drink too. (the website also lists puddings but I haven't seen them yet)

Follow Your Heart Cheese - it really melts! I mean it! But we only like the nacho and mozzerella flavors. We use it on pizza (put under broiler when done to melt) and in various Mexican foods. I also sometimes use on pasta. I haven't tried grilled cheese yet.

Toffutti Better Than Sour Cream and Cream Cheese (FYI - cream cheese used to have hydrogenated oils for those great trans fats but they have altered the formula so it doesn't have them any more. I don't like the new flavor and my husband HATES it although the texture is better.) I can't live without the sour cream though.

Good luck with it!
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i think rice dreams american cheese slices make a killer grilled cheese. but i try to eat lots of fat and protein to avoid the cheese cravings when i can--avocados rock!

and when i want queso, i make the nutri-yeast/ro-tel kind.

have you checked out the "un-cheese cookbook"?

i agree that the longer i've gone without cheese, the better the substitutes taste. but my body isn't crazy about the substitutes. they feel like blocks of glob in my gullet.

sounds like you're getting lots of good ideas!

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I am just wondering if these fake cheese products are healthy. I tried some and never liked them so I went without. But I always remember reading the list of ingredients and wondering if they are from natural sources or just made up in a lab.
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