I sometimes feel I'd like to eat cheese. Is there a good substitute (with regard to taste) which is not milk-based?
@ fembreak (re: cheese):
I'm new vegan (from vegetarian), and after learning about caso-morphin, I dropped cheese no prob. I won't even take aspirin unless things get super bad .. I just say no to drugs. haha.
I like avocado in my wraps... it has a nice consistency and helps me not miss cheese. I've recently tried the Daiya cheese... I am only using it in small quantities till I get used to it. So far I don't mind it... it has more of a 'fake' cheese taste (like kraft dinner cheese sauce) imo... but seems okay. In my cauliflower-cheese soup recipe that I used to make, I've tried cashew cream (blended cashews) as a replacement - although definitely not cheesy, I found it quite tasty.
I've tried the nutritional yeast (some suggest using it to replace parmesan).. I'm not in love yet, but I always try things 3 times before I decide... ie.most of the things I used to eat were acquired tastes, so it is only fair.
I think the biggest thing to realize is you won't find things exactly the 'same'. You are just looking for replacements. I had to try the Tofutti sour cream (I love salsa and sour cream with tortillas) a few times before I could accept it as a replacement. It is still not sour cream... it is different, but it is still good in a different way, so it works for me. Again, when I try the 'replacement I will only try it in small quantities so I can get accustomed.
Look up recipes.. I've found that very helpful. There are some really good ideas out there. I also saw there is a book about making your own vegan cheese(http://www.amazon.com/Artisan-Vegan-Che ... 521&sr=8-1
) ... I'm not ready to do that myself. Maybe you have more time than me tho ... and in that case, let me know what you make and how it is.