Plant-based cheese please!
Decadently delicious cheeses without carcinogens or cholesterol, and low fat! What more could you ask for? When it comes to cheese, plant-based is best!
Let’s be honest, you cannot replicate the proteins that make dairy cheese, and why would you? Casein and rennet are detrimental to our health, and considered carcinogenic – causing prostate and breast cancers.
But wait, all hope is not lost! We have soy proteins, vegetable oils (coconut oil, safflower oil), nutritional yeast, agar, various nuts (cashews, macadamias, almonds), tapioca, natural enzymes, pea protein, arrowroot and an assortment of bacterial cultures. Not to mention an incredible array of herbs and spices to create depth, flavour and texture. It’s safe to say, vegan cheeses are giving their dairy counterparts a run for their money, in a league of their own!
… an incredible array of herbs and spices to create depth, flavour and texture. It’s safe to say, vegan cheeses are giving their dairy counterparts a run for their money, in a league of their own!
Hold on a minute, just because vegan cheeses are made entirely from plant-based ingredients, doesn’t mean you can consider them part of your 5+ A Day (sorry, folks!). You still need to be aware of highly processed products, or those that contain a lot of refined ingredients. When looking at the back of the packet, go for short lists of mostly whole foods. And stick to local producers if you can!
So, where’s the vegan cheese at?
For general purpose and sandwich style vegan cheeses, Angel Food makes great cheddar, mozarella, parmesan and feta, and Zenzo also do a yummy vegan aioli. These cheeses are must-haves in your kitchen for whenever you need a cheesy kick to your food.
When it comes to something a bit fancier for your antipasto platters, wines and yummy breads, dips and crackers, check out Savour, Kaiaroha and Crescent Cashew Nut Cheese. You’ll find incredible, decadently delicious cheeses that are just to die for! Unmatched in flavour or creativity, let alone the fact they are totally vegan and New Zealand made. These are boutique producers, so consider yourself lucky to spot them on the shelf at your local organic store. Or, contact them directly to find out how you can get your hands on them.