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Hi, I'm fairly new to all this veggie stuff - only since the beginning of the year. I'm curently a lacto-ovo vegetarian but I really want to go the whole way to vegan.<br><br><br><br>
Is there anyone else here who cannot stand soy products? This is pretty much the only reason I haven't gone all the way yet - I just can't find a substitute that doesn't smell and taste like floury water. I thought I had found a decent cheese sub but I was just searching on the net and found out that it still has animal rennet in it - even though it is labelled as imitation cheese for veggies - I'm talking about Mini Chol.<br><br><br><br>
I've tried a few brands of soy milk because I was told that the taste varies from brand to brand but I still hate it. I know it isn' going to taste the same as cow milk but it could at least taste like something other than flour.<br><br><br><br>
Anyone have any sub. suggestions?
 

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When I gave up dairy, I went to rice milk. I couldn't stand soy milk. but after a while I went to soy milk. now I don't like rice milk. ?<br><br>
Anyway, soy milk Does vary from brand to brand. and the packaged kind on the shelf tastes different than the kind bought in the refridgerated section.<br><br>
I really like Sun Soy. I could drink the whole carton!<br><br>
Earth Soy and SoyNow are very good too!<br><br>
As for cheese, I have had no luck substituting. I am allergic to casein. so I cannot even eat soy cheese. Kaas makes a casein-free cheese, but it is oily, and yukky.<br><br>
Keep Trying!
 

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Sorry to disappoint, but I don't think you'll ever savor a grilled cheese again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Hehe. There just is no good meltably gooey tasty alternative to that American slab (at least not that I've found).<br><br><br><br>
However, soymilk can be enjoyed. Have you tried any of the various flavors? I think the best way to ease into soymilk is to go for chocolate or strawberry flavored varieties. You'll mostly taste the chocolate, not the "flour." Then eventually you'll forget what real milk tastes like and find soymilk absolutely natural.<br><br><br><br>
Also, I would suggest not even looking for substitutes. Try to approach meals from a different perspective. Instead of putting fake bologna on a sandwich, make a hummus sandwich instead. Or go for beans and rice or chili for dinner instead of something that relies on meat or cheese.<br><br><br><br>
I personally can't stand most of the veg substitutes. I just build my meals around whole grains, beans, etc instead.
 

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the first soy milk i could handle was soy dream over cheerio's. i do use soymilk as a replacement in all recipes that call for milk and can not tell a difference, but i would never drink it in a glass..
 

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Some vanilla soymilk is great. I especially like the vanilla Whole Foods brand (365), and Pacific Ultra Enriched Vanilla. Sun Soy's pretty good, too, but it's not organic.<br><br><br><br>
It's truly amazing how different they all taste. At least when I drank cow milk, it all more or less tasted the same, though I never really liked it all that much. The only cheese I've ever missed is perfectly browned mozzarella on top of a Lamonica's New York Pizza, but I'm over that now... if only for the cows in this case.<br><br><br><br>
With respect to cheese, a mostly forget about it. You can use tofu to replace cheese (and even milk) in certain recipes, like some stuff manicotti, or pudding. The only substitutes I use (occasionally, and only with italian food) are Soymage Vegan Parmesan and Vegan Gourmet mozzarella (for my lasagna).
 

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I haven't found a good milk substitute worthy of drinking straight up. I use soy milk to cook with, but that's it. Even vanilla flavored soy shake drinks leave a bad aftertaste IMO.
 

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I can't believe you guys are lucky enough to have vegan parmesan and mozzarella<br><br><br><br>
I just can't find anything like that over here..
 

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BY FAR, the best Vegan Cheese available right now, is "EarthKind's Vegan Gourmet," created by Angel. They are delicious!<br><br>
Go here:<br><br><a href="http://www.imearthkind.com/Vegan%20Cheese.htm" target="_blank">http://www.imearthkind.com/Vegan%20Cheese.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
"Tofutti" brand of American slices are the best for burgers and grilled cheese -- Excellent! Great flavor, texture, very creamy not plastic-like. Also, "Soymage" vegan American Cheese singles are good and fatfree! for the same.<br><br>
These are available at healthy-type markets in the refrigerated section.<br><br><br><br>
As far as soymilk, I think "Silk" is the best tasting and texture. Some have had objections to it, based on (I believe) that the company, White Wave, was bought out by a non-veg company. And a few incidents with the processing. Not sure about that though. The unsweetened variety is excellent for savory dishes.<br><br><br><br>
If you still don't like soy or rice milks, why not try a nut milk? There is almond milk; you can make your own out of cashews or walnuts or a combo with seeds or other nuts and add a bit of sugar (a bit!) and a pinch of salt; and there are oat milks; and multi-grain milks available. I like all of them. I'm sure you'll find at least one you like! Check through the dry section of milks, there are lots of different kinds.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by plntygood</i><br><br><b><br><br>
I really like Sun Soy. I could drink the whole carton!</b></div>
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I second that! I adore sun soy milk.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by AussieVeganMum</i><br><br><b>I can't believe you guys are lucky enough to have vegan parmesan and mozzarella<br><br><br><br>
I just can't find anything like that over here..</b></div>
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Yeah I'm in Australia too. You guys have it good in the US, Veggies are an under represented group as far as supermarkets are concerned. AussieVeganMum (sorry what is your name I feel like a doofus calling you that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> ) whereabouts are you? I'm in Sydney and I've found that the stores in the city carry heaps more Vegan stuff - although I have still never seen Nut Milk and the like? I'll try some more health food stores.<br><br><br><br>
Am I alone in thinking it would be awesome to have a Vegan Aisle/s in the supermarket? How cool would it be to only have to go down those few aisles instead of fossicking through non-vegan items and checking labels etc ? Esp. seeing as most of the stuff is on the bottom shelves here - I'm too lazy to bend & stretch during the shopping.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for the tips guys - I will check around for some more alternatives. I wish I hated dairy it would make life so much easier.
 

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You can make your own nut milk... and substitute cheeses... Kreeli has some recipes on her website... I'm going to make some soon so I'll let you know how they go...
 

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First, I started putting soy milk in my coffee, then i had it on my cereal, and now i drink it straight and absolutely love it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"><br><br>
The longer you go w/o having cow's milk the easier it will be on your tastebuds. I truly love soymilk *now* but like you i'm sure if i tried switching in a day: one day cow's milk and the next day soymilk it would have been hard. Go slowly.
 
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