Kitchen Experiments: Say Cheese!

I am obsessed with nut cheeses!  I have tried cashew, almond, and hazelnut nut cheeses and each one was delicious. If you are one of those unlucky people like I am, who can not digest regular cow’s milk cheese, and have not been able to eat the substitutes because they contain casein, the protein found in regular cheese, or have found the vegan cheeses to be OK, but a little funky on the texture, then listen up!  Nut cheeses are the way to go!  They are easy to make and oh, so fun to eat!

I have my client Carolyn Norman and her husband Jim to thank for my new obsession.  I regularly ask her, “what’s for dinner” or “what new food has been Jim been making”?  It was one of these times that she told me about the cashew mozzarella cheese pizza that he had made earlier in the week.  My ears perked up immediately … pizza?  I have not been able to eat any cheese or cheese alternative since November and so my stomach started growling immediately.  The next day, guess what was for dinner?  You guessed it ….pizza!

The recipe that I followed can be found on the web site linked below.

Check out the whole post for Individual Vegan Margherita Pizzas.

I did not have tomato sauce on my pizza but instead I used a pesto and then the cashew cheese on top.  When my husband first saw the “cheese” sauce in the pan, he was quite unsure if he wanted to eat it.  However, once the cheese crusted up and it was served up for dinner, he was quite happy to put away several slices.

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Since that initial experiment, I have made the cashew cheese twice, a hazelnut cheese, an almond “sliceable” cheese, and an almond cream cheese.  Can you tell that I am a little “cheese” obsessed?  I will admit to it willingly and my stomach agrees happily! I hope that you will give it a try.  It is the best “not cheese” that I have eaten! Bon Appetit!

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About acunut

Acupuncturist, Nutritionist and co-director of Wellspring Holistic Center with Anita Bondi