One of the most difficult parts of going dairy-free for me was having to give up cheese. I LOVE cheese. My youngest brother, living in Washington State at the time of my allergy attack that changed everything asked my mom what I was going to do without cheese. That was quite the dilemma for me.
About three weeks after the initial change I too a trip to one of the local health food stores & found Daiya. It was a mental hurdle boost. I was not a fan eating it plain, but once I tried it in casseroles/on pizza I was happy.
About 6 months ago I won an online contest and had a box of Follow Your Heart cheese sent to me. It was a huge game changer for me. When I ate it I immediately felt like I had eaten cheese. I gobbled it up; couldn’t get enough. I eat this on/with everything. Then, a few weeks ago, my brother bought me some Chao.
This also was a cheese that my brain said, “I had cheese”. They have a greater variety of flavors. My favorites so far are the Tomato Cayenne & the Creamy Original.
I especially like the Chao & FYH for grilled cheese sandwiches. I’ve also shredded FYH & at it on chips as “nachos”. For New Years, I used the FYH for a cheese ball recipe.
Conclusion: Still love cheese; I’m very happy with the options for non-dairy. Quick glance:
Daiya ~ Do not want to eat straight out of the bag, but is great (preferred) in/on casseroles/on Pizza.
Follow Your Heart ~ I feel like I am eating cheese, flavor is similar to flavors of cheese; I love grilled “cheese” sandwiches with this. It will melt, but at higher temperatures, but still works okay for grilled cheese.
Chao ~ I also feel like I am eating cheese. They offer a different variety of flavors. The coconut/herb is different, but still good.
Chips & Cheese (FYH)
One note: the brand “Go Veggie” is NOT dairy free; it has Casein/Caseinate in it. The exception is the “vegan” option. Always check the labels!
I know that there are more options out there ~ I look forward to trying them all.
Do you have a favorite brand of non-dairy cheese? Comment & let me know ~ I’d love to try it.