Review: Cheese SubstitutesPosted: April 5, 2011
Even though I am not a vegan, I am lactose intolerant, so I’ve been trying out some different types of cheese substitutes so that I can still enjoy the cheese flavor and texture without getting sick. I’ve tried a few different types of “cheese” including rice cheese and veggie (soy) cheese. Here are a few of the ones I’ve tried with some pros and cons.
Cheddar Flavored Rice Cheese Slices – This rice cheese has a great cheddar taste that works great in hot and cold sandwiches. The cheese has a texture that is a little more grainy than milk-based cheeses, however it does melt well if you are craving a grilled cheese. One word of caution is that this cheese does not taste particularly good on its own, but if you are avoiding soy and dairy, it’s a great substitute. This cheese is also low -cal at only 40 calories per slice.
Smoked Provolone Flavored Veggie Cheese Slices – This cheese is made from soy and it has a much creamier texture than the rice cheese. The flavor is a bit stronger than the rice cheese, but the soy cheese has a smoother texture. This cheese melts well and it tastes great on sandwiches. It also goes great with tofurky and other veggie sandwich slices.
Pepper Jack and Cheddar Flavored Veggie Cheese Shreds – I had this veggie cheese on some tacos and it was the perfect complement to the taco seasonings. This cheese melts really well and it has great flavor that rivals some of the pepper jack milk-based cheeses I’ve had. These shreds are perfect for pizzas and other places where you need a little melted cheese.
All of these cheese substitutes are made by Galaxy Nutritional Foods. I live in an area where vegetarian and vegan options are just beginning to become more prevalent, however, in bigger markets you may be able to find other brands. These cheese substitutes are not as cheap as some milk-based cheeses, and the rice cheese is even higher priced than the soy-based cheeses. However, if you’re a vegan or lactose intolerant, these cheeses provide a great alternative that doesn’t make you sacrifice taste. These are just a few of the options out there, so feel free to leave comments about some that you’ve tried!