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02-13-2017 10:53 AM
Thalassa I live in California where avacado is inexpensive, year round, so that's my suggestion if you live in CA or any state close to Mexico.

If you think that's expensive because of your location, tahini, unsweetened nut butters, oils, and homemade nooch "cheese sauce" may help...there are several different ways to do it, and it will all be cheaper than cheese, dairy or vegan.

For proteins, think beans and rice, chickpea curry with naan, tofu and quinoa, oatmeal and nut butter, when you are low on cash. It's about switching habits so it takes effort, but knowing alternatives to just swapping in cheese instead of meat it half the battle.

If you don't find these things as "exciting" as cheese, when you have the cash grab vegan dark chocolate covered nuts, or try vegan cheeses (like Daiya, or Follow Your Heart) on things like pizza or blended into something. Ne chevre black lava vegan nut cheese is yummy enough to eat on crackers by itself, but it's a little pricey.
02-13-2017 08:35 AM
highlyoriginal I just did a food journal for about 2.5 months with my dietician and it went well.

I came in with a, in her words, perfect BMI, and I left after journaling and seeing her a couple times with some intuition and guidance into going more vegan but also working with my current veggy diet and making sure I get the protein I need.

So far I've been putting time into making things like using PB made from chickpeas, I also use veggy protein that I can add to anything that thickens really (or even eggs if necessary).

I don't like it much though it has a bad taste, and basicalliy ruins the food.

My goal now is to add in more grains - such as farroh and quinoa. I have a tendency to take quinoa and not eat it all - I must stop making so much!
12-09-2016 11:00 PM
Sidhuriel Hummus does a great job replacing cheese for cravings.

You can even make a pizza sauce out of hummus, top it with grilled veg and olives and it is delicious

There's also vegan cheese on the market, which is usually not the kind that you want to use too much of so that might be a good replacement for you in some dishes like pizza too.

Further, think of creamy fatty things like peanut butter, guacamole, or other fatty spreads to cull cravings.
12-09-2016 04:02 PM
silva Just Mayo (or other vegan mayo- I find Just Mayo cheapest and easiest to find) with a good sprinkle of nutritional yeast!
Garlic, carmelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, and definitely olives!
If you feel like making things cashew cheese spreads are great! Hint- use some coconut oil, refined if you can so no coconut taste
12-09-2016 05:13 AM
highlyoriginal
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Originally Posted by Spudulika View Post
I used to be a huge cheese lover, but stopped buying cheese about two (or more - can't remember) years ago now and don't miss it at all anymore.

I very occasionally get vegan cheese - but mostly I don't like it. Instead we use other things to do similar jobs. David3 makes some good suggestions. On pizza I use dairy-free pesto, marinated artichokes, olives, marinated mushrooms. On pasta we use pangritata (poor man's parmesan). In white sauce, I use nutritional yeast and mustard.

Where do you mainly use cheese - what kinds of recipes?
Cheese with egg whites/veggy burgers or pizza.
12-09-2016 02:01 AM
Spudulika I used to be a huge cheese lover, but stopped buying cheese about two (or more - can't remember) years ago now and don't miss it at all anymore.

I very occasionally get vegan cheese - but mostly I don't like it. Instead we use other things to do similar jobs. David3 makes some good suggestions. On pizza I use dairy-free pesto, marinated artichokes, olives, marinated mushrooms. On pasta we use pangritata (poor man's parmesan). In white sauce, I use nutritional yeast and mustard.

Where do you mainly use cheese - what kinds of recipes?
12-08-2016 09:44 PM
highlyoriginal
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Originally Posted by jessandreia View Post
Don't buy cheese, that way you don't have it at home to use.
True - I don't really mean to, but then I do - very used to including it with so many things, but I am trying.
12-08-2016 09:43 PM
highlyoriginal
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Originally Posted by David3 View Post
Tangy and/or creamy ingredients, although not identical to cheese, can add that "special something" that cheese provides. In sandwiches, using mustard or hummus can satisfy cheese cravings. On pizza, marinated green olives, artichoke hearts, or sundried tomatoes are very good.
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Thank you - sounds like some good replacements for what I was asking
12-08-2016 09:02 PM
jessandreia Don't buy cheese, that way you don't have it at home to use.
12-08-2016 08:47 PM
David3
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Originally Posted by highlyoriginal View Post
I've been keeping a food journal so I can talk more in depth with my dietician about being a better/healthier vegetarian - and maybe working up to becoming vegan.

I've been noticing my issue, as did the doc. that I eat a lot of cheese, and I was doing well the first couple weeks but when I was down on funds I find myself grabbing cheese or using it to cook with.

Other than that I guess I've been doing a real good job. I've tried new recipes, and I've cooked things I've never cooked before.

Has anyone some asvice on cheese part of the diet? I've tried vegan cheese, and it's good - but I don't always have it around.



Tangy and/or creamy ingredients, although not identical to cheese, can add that "special something" that cheese provides. In sandwiches, using mustard or hummus can satisfy cheese cravings. On pizza, marinated green olives, artichoke hearts, or sundried tomatoes are very good.
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12-08-2016 08:38 PM
highlyoriginal
Keeping a food journal

I've been keeping a food journal so I can talk more in depth with my dietician about being a better/healthier vegetarian - and maybe working up to becoming vegan.

I've been noticing my issue, as did the doc. that I eat a lot of cheese, and I was doing well the first couple weeks but when I was down on funds I find myself grabbing cheese or using it to cook with.

Other than that I guess I've been doing a real good job. I've tried new recipes, and I've cooked things I've never cooked before.

Has anyone some asvice on cheese part of the diet? I've tried vegan cheese, and it's good - but I don't always have it around.

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