TRMom made a conscious choice to move from a vegetarian diet to a vegan diet. A vegetarian since her early teen years, there came a point when not eating meat was more of a habit than a decision given much thought. But her move to veganism was a researched effort towards better health and animal welfare.
The problem was that TRMom LOVED cheese. Gouda and a very sharp aged cheddar were among her favorites. Pizza dripping with cheese and simple cheese & crackers were often repeated meals or snacks. There wasn’t much that didn’t benefit from a topping of cheese, in TRMom’s opinion.
Why bother embracing veganism when you love cheese?
Well, there is a lot of debate about the health benefits of a diet that includes dairy products. And TRMom has always had a complicated relationship with dairy. She can’t drink milk or eat certain things like frozen custard without dire tummy reactions. But giving up cheese was less about health and more about animal rights. It just felt like the right thing to do.
The current TR household favorites are Daiya shreds (the cheddar are Bluey’s fav) and Teese Cheddar Cheese sauce. Daiya is great to top a pizza, on tacos or to add to a vegan burger. Teese is a fantastic addition to vegan nachos or elbow macaroni! Both products deliver on taste and texture. (Daiya also makes a frozen pizza that we haven’t tried yet- we’ll give you a review of that later!)
It is obvious you aren’t eating dairy cheese when you indulge in the vegan alternatives. But for TRMom, that’s a-ok. She hasn’t missed dairy quite as much thanks to these great options.