I never had to learn the metric system, and struggled when faced with conversions. I would try to compare them - 1 liter about 1 quart, - know what I mean? But I lacked understanding. I finally learned to appreciate the system of tens on their own merit, and now I understand what the measurements are without trying to compare them to an unequal system
I don't know if that makes sense, but I'm trying to say don't think you can 'replace' cheese. Instead, try and change to new tastes that satisfy the things cheese does, but appreciate them for their own qualities.
Cheese is salty, fatty, sometimes tangy and just weird tasting with a bite. It has a creaminess, stickiness.
Avocado. Olives of ALL kinds. Sauteed mushrooms. Caremelized onions. Roasted garlic. Olive oil. Artichoke hearts.
I never had the fancier pricier vegan cheeses like Chao or Tree something. Daiya cheddar shreds makes a great grilled cheese though. Just like American slices.
I now find vegan cheeses like Trader Joes mozzeralla have their place, but they're not a trade off.
I really missed blue cheese on a chop salad but now I love green olives, walnuts, apples, celery maybe some dried cranberries and balsamic vinagrette just as much
There are good homemade nut spreads. Nutritional yeast is very good with vegan mayo like Just Mayo. Silken tofu and lemon juice and nut yeast and spices and olive oil also good, like ricotta
Don't look at healthy alternatives as a direct sub either. They're fine on their own, but won't replace what you're craving. I'd like to scream every time I click on a link using some kind of potato in a cheese spread.