I warned you I'd be on with the sass, and it's on. No more Ms. Nice Gal. You wanna be vegan? I can help you. Give this a chance and you'll see how awesome your life can be. The next few posts will be about vegan cheeses and cheese inspired dishes to get you off the dairy-go-round.
So Fall is in full swing and that means comfortable and cozy Autumnal dishes. Back in my pregan days, the favorite was broccoli, cheese, and chicken casserole, the legend dish of any church potluck. But then I went vegan and thought I could never have it again. Not so. One of the biggest excuses people have for not going vegan is this inexplicable love affair with cheese. I was in that boat too.
Then I had kids and learned that cows have to be in lactation mode to make milk, Duh. And that means continuously being pregnant for about 4 years until becoming a pair of boots. When I breast fed both my babies, it was exhausting. I was never one of those dames that rocked pregnancy. It was awful. I couldn't imagine being pregnant over and over again like that just to make people milk, cheese, and ice cream. Fuck you. No thanks. And I haven't even touched on how much fun it is to have mastitis. Yeah, that's right. Cows get that too. There's more in that milk than just milk, kids.
So if you are a cheese addict, my tough love words to you are nut up and cut the cow out. Now. Don't wait. It's not the cheese you crave, it's the company. It's the fatty-salty-stretchy that can be achieved by using any of the vegan cheeses out there.
I made this casserole with cooked rice, Ms. Dash, Daiya cheddar shreds-on clearance for $2 a package, broccoli, and Gardein chick'n strips, which I found on clearance for $1.89 a package. Everything was ready in less than 45 minutes, including prep time. This is so easy to make and you'll hardly miss the real live cruel version after having this. But veganism is so expensive. Shut up. I'm sick of your excuses. The ingredients to make this are no more expensive than getting quality cuts of meat and cheese from an animal. You know what's REALLY expensive? A heart attack, cholesterol controlling medications, and going to see the doctor all the time because you feel like shit from all that dairy. I'm done hearing it. Just do it. Just quit. Now. Don't worry if you don't make the shift perfectly. I know you can do this. If I can do it, you can do it.
Cheese Insanity Replacements rated best in:
- Cost: galaxy nutritional foods vegan shreds
- Flavor: Daiya cheese, Teese
- Freezes well: Follow Your Heart cheese
One I'm not so wild about:
- Soya Kaas Vegan cheese
What I use when I don't want vegan cheese but want that cheese like flavor and fat:
- Avocados mashed and mixed with a little salt
- Nutritional yeast mixed with some salted cashews
Cookbooks to help you with your cheesly desires:
The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook
Best vegan queso:
Food For Lovers Queso
Vegan cheese tips:
- Don't eat raw, it doesn't work and tastes gross.
- Use sparingly, some of the flavors are strong if you're not used to it.
- Try, try, and try again. Find one that you like and stick with it.
- Cost? Most brand names have online coupons.
I love you. Stop making excuses. Go vegan.