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I really like those Veggie Shreds that are made by Galaxy Foods, but they are pretty costly around here. I was wondering if anyone could suggest where to go and buy something like a big block of dairy free cheese. I am a broke college student so I try to save money on groceries whenever I can.<br><br><br><br>
thanks a lot!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I hate to burst your bubble, but <a href="http://www.galaxyfoods.com/ourbrands/usa/veggie.asp" target="_blank">Veggie Shreds</a> are not dairy free, they're lactose free. They use casein, a milk protein, in their product. That's why it melts so nicely.<br><br><br><br>
If you're looking for vegan cheese, your best bet would be to check out your local health food store.<br><br>
HTH,<br><br>
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Vegan gourmet, it's wonderful. I'm not sure how much it costs though, and kind of hard to find. Try at health food stores and such.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>~Wonder</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I hate to burst your bubble, but <a href="http://www.galaxyfoods.com/ourbrands/usa/veggie.asp" target="_blank">Veggie Shreds</a> are not dairy free, they're lactose free. They use casein, a milk protein, in their product. That's why it melts so nicely.<br><br><br><br>
If you're looking for vegan cheese, your best bet would be to check out your local health food store.<br><br>
HTH,<br><br>
~Wonder <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biker.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":ymca:"></div>
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^^^Yep, I bought these for my son ('cause I think he has a slight allergy to dairy) and low & behold, they have casein!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:"><br><br><br><br>
I've heard good things about the Vegan Gourmet brand, so that's what I'm going to check out on my next monthly trip to the HFS, AND they have all kinds of cool flavors!!!<br><br><br><br>
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Earth Island Vegan Gourmet is really good. But it's not cheap. At least not where I get it.<br><br><br><br>
It has a very unique texture and is certainly cheese-like and, while it does melt, it sure takes its sweet ass pimp time.<br><br><br><br>
On both nachos and pizza the outer cheese melted while the middle never quite got around to it. It probably would have if I left it in long enough, but come on! Who likes burnt stuff?<br><br><br><br>
Or maybe I just have a crappy oven.<br><br><br><br>
I don't know.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, a great product and certainly the best vegan cheese substitute I've ever tasted (which is like saying it was the least painful root canal I have ever had) but it doesn't quite have the same textural qualities.<br><br><br><br>
If you're on a budget, did you know that you don't need to have cheese or cheese substitutes in your diet in order to prevent death?<br><br><br><br>
Oh! And the nacho flavour is like omFg spicy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smoking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smoke:"><br><br><br><br>
Cheers!<br><br>
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The Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet cheese is really good and it doesn't cost much more than real cheese.<br><br><br><br>
The only downside is that you can't buy it shredded but it's easy to do it yourself.
 

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I have to say Vegan Gourmet as well. If you can't find it "in a store near you!" than you could always check online. Although I don't know if most places will ship stuff like that.<br><br><br><br>
I have to admit that when I first tried it I didn't like it. It is much better on something and a little melted than by itself. It isn't any worse than low-fat dairy cheese I've had before. But if you REALLY like cheese and want a substitute that is probably your best bet.
 

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I am also a broke college student, and I buy Vegan Gourmet "cheese" every once in awhile. It's awesome. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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wow, this isn't terribly helpful but you're one of the first people I've ever heard of who <i>likes</i> veggie shreds. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:">
 

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I like Vegan gourmet. (My dh and I are both poor college students with 3 boys.)<br><br><br><br>
But, really the cheapest thing is to make a white sauce in the blender and keep that around in the fridge.<br><br><br><br>
You can make the nutritional yeast stuff and then add green chilis, salsa and/or Amy's refried Black beans for a pretty good dip or to pour on nachos. It's much better if you pour it over the top of the chips and the top with nacho toppings like olives, green onions, chopped tomatoes and bake in the oven. We use our toaster oven for smaller snacks. But, my boys love nachos for dinner. You can do the same with flour or corn tortillas. It doesn't get that same stickiness as cheese, but if you add beans or mashed sweet potato and make sure it cooks till it's crispy you can get a pretty similar mouth feel. And, you know it's all about the mouth feel.<br><br><br><br>
If you make something that is more Italian like you can make up a pretty easy white sauce with tofu and tofutti cream cheese. Just add some seasonings like nut. yeast, thyme, rosemary, parsley etc and blend up adding just enough soymilk to get it going. That can be poured over lasagna or make up some pasta and toss with red sauce, then pour into a baking dish and top with the white sauce. The white sauce is good on pizza, too.
 

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Thanks a lot guys for letting me know about the casein, I am going to check at my local Sunflower Market and see if they have anything else I can work with.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks Sandy for the recipes too, I will definitely be trying the dip out within the next week. I haven't had nachos in a very long time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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