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It’s all about the cheese

I love cheese. I love the taste, the smell, the gooey texture when melted and the mouth feel. Because I adore cheese, I have found it hard to transition from a vegetarian lifestyle to a vegan one. Consciously it is important to me to do this.  Climate change, better health and animal rights are all topics that have made me want to change my lifestyle. So, you can see it was a struggle.  A struggle until I found nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is the form of yeast called Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  When added to recipe it takes very similar to cheddar cheese! It’s allowed me to work towards veganism.

Nutritional yeast is found in most versions of vegan cheese. Vegan cheese also contains a variety of plant-based products.  These can include nuts, soy, seeds, coconut milk for creaminess, agar agar to firm the cheese, lemon for acidity, salt for flavour, tapioca starch to make the cheese melt better, and root veggies for bulk.

Like dairy based cheese vegan cheese comes in many varieties including Parmesan, mozzarella, cream cheese, shredded cheese, block sliced, nacho cheese, and Gouda. The best cheeses tend to have a cashew nut base as the taste is neutral and allows the flavourings to shine.

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Vegan cheese is often fortified with Vitamin B12; something that is essential for a healthy diet. In general plant-based cheese eaters tend to have better blood pressure and cholesterol than dairy consumers.

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Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

Now autumn is here I find myself craving comfort food.  Potatoes have always been a staple in my household and I remember coming home when I was a child to the smell of scalloped potatoes.  This recipe is hot, hearty and delicious.  Make extra as they’ll go fast.

INGREDIENTS

6 medium potatoes

1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese and old cheddar cheese (mixed)Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

1/4 cup flour

2 cups milk

salt

pepper

shredded sage

DIRECTIONS

Slice potatoes and place a layer in an oven safe dish.

Spoon a layer of flour, salt, pepper, cheese and sage over top.

Repeat layering in dish ending with a cheese layer.

Bake in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until the potatoes are tender and the cheese has melted.

Serve hot.

 

Cheddar Soup

Cheddar Soup is good on rainy days or in the winter after skating or skiing.  This recipe is different as it has mushrooms as a main ingredients.  Serve with a side of Bread Machine Rosemary Bread for a complete meal.

INGREDIENTSCheddar Soup

1 chopped red onion

1 lb chopped button mushrooms

3 tbsp flour

1 tbsp lemon pepper seasoning

3/4 tsp dry mustard

2 cups milk

2 cups water

2 1/2 cups shredded extra old cheddar

DIRECTIONS

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