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From: granolagirl (dsl-mr-209-115-165-i109-cgy.nucleus.com)
Subject: Dairy subs...
Date: August 26, 2002 at 11:11 pm PST

In Reply to: Going Vegan...maybe... posted by Kim on April 23, 2002 at 12:42 pm:

At one point, I thought that I would never be able to take the "vegan plunge" because I loved cheese so much. The problem with dairy subs (especially cheese) is that you will never find anything that tastes exactly like it. For example, soymilk on the most part, does not taste like milk. It does have a creamy (varies with the brand) taste, but ultimatly, it tastes like soymilk. The same thing goes for "cheese". (Be careful alot of non-dairy "cheeses" contain casein, a milk protien, and are therefor not vegan.)

What I have found very heplful in dealing with missing these foods, is figuring out what these foods add to the meal you are eating, or what you enjoy about them. For example, sour cream in a hot taco tastes good because of the creamy texture and cooling contast with the other flavors. Silken tofu has a similar creaminess and cooling effect when blended in the blender to make "tofu cream". Cheese adds a nice richness to sandwiches, why noy try some avocado or a rich bean spread like hummus?

The possibilities are endless. Personally, I enjoy making my own "cheese" at home, these are usually make with nutritional yeast, which is great, because I love (LOVE) nutritional yeast. Brand names that are good include toffuti. They have a "better than cream cheese" that really is!

So, give veganism a try, experiment, try new foods, and enjoy!!

Best Wishes,
gg



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