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How Do You Live Without Cheese?

 

Written by Nicole Myers,  our  Superhero Student In Transition. 

GuestBloggerI stopped eating dairy 4 years ago.  If you asked me 5 years ago I would have said that would never happen.  I thought vegans were a little too out there for my liking and I LOVED my dairy in whatever form it came.

That all changed when I discovered the wonders of almond milk.  Once I had my hot little hands on this amazingly smooth, creamy, delish dairy substitute I was hooked and I knew I could kiss dairy goodbye.  For as long as I can remember dairy hasn’t left me feeling top notch.  I am sure you can imagine what happens to your insides and outsides when a food doesn’t agree with you and yet you keep on eating it.

Now that I am feeling oh so fab I have started having a lot of fun finding new ways to come up with old favorites.  Often the first thing people say when they hear I am vegan is “I could never ever do it, I just cant live without cheese!”

At first I bought almond milk in the giant drinking boxes until Meghan introduced me to the oh so wonderful nut sac. I love my nut sac and still get the giggles every time I milk it.

Then I got into making my own almond cheese; it is as easy as making your own milk and I have won over more than a few of my dairy loving friends.  It does take a bit of planning ahead because the almonds need to soak, but I promise it is well worth the wait!  This cheese has the creaminess of a ricotta and the sharpness of a feta.  Completely delish fresh out of the oven on some homemade crackers and right at home spread on a sandwich if that is your thing.  Dollop some on your veggie tortilla pizza and you will be in heaven.


Nicole's Cheeseless Almond Cheese

1 cup almonds
¼ cup lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic
½ cup water
1 1/4 tsp sea salt

Optional:

1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp fresh thyme (1 tsp dried)
1 tbsp fresh rosemary (1 tsp dried)

Directions:

  • Cover almonds with water and let soak for 24 hours.
  • Drain and rinse almonds.
  • Puree almonds, lemon juice, 3 tbsp olive oil, garlic, salt and water in blender/food processor until really creamy.
  • Place a triple layer of cheese cloth in a mesh strainer over a bowl and spoon mixture into it.  Bring the sides together and fasten with a twist tie.
  • Chill for 12 hours.
  • Place in pan (about ¾” thick) and bake for 40 minutes at 350F.
  • You can serve right away warm or chill in the fridge.

Optional:

  • Combine 1/4 cup olive oil with herbs and warm until heated through.  Allow to cool and drizzle over cheese.

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27 Responses to “How Do You Live Without Cheese?”

  1. Jodi Schuttler said…
    I just made this recipe. Followed it to the T. I am disappointed. It's nothing like cheese. It's grainy and stuck to the pan I baked it in. The flavor is good but for the amount of calories I would choose another option of some kind of "spread". I had found an almond cheese at Whole Foods called KITE and was hoping this would be similar. It wasn't even close. I guess I may try another nut, cashew, perhaps but this definitely did not work for me.
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  3. patti said…
    My husband, dearest man that ever lived, made this for me. It was AWESOME...soft, creamy goodness. Thank you for printing this recipe!
  4. Nicole said…
    This looks great!! Like another commenter, I am a big fan of KITE almond cream cheese - the chive is sooo good! Can't wait to try a version on my own :)
  5. mara said…
    How much cheese does this yield, ounce-wise? Also, is this 'melt-able'? I want to bake a pizza and would love advice on how I incorporate this. Thanks!
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      I'd say this makes about 8-12 oz of cheese. And it's not a melt-able cheese - you can dab it on your pizza, or use a small cookie scoop.
  6. di said…
    how do I skip cheese? simple...I hate cheese, always have, always will, don't use it, eat or cook with it. My friends know I will put cheese by the side if they want some on food. I do not feel as if I am missing out.

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