As much as I love cheese, I can't deny that it isn't always the healthiest thing (especially when I buy the cheap stuff as, let's face
I've tried fake cheese before. It tasted disgusting. You might like it, and it might just have been the brand I picked up ("Sheese"), but frankly it tasted like a lump of lard and nothing like cheese whatsoever. So, when I found this recipe for vegan cheese on OhSheGlows, I was dubious.
I've adapted the recipe the tiniest bit based on what I had at home at the time. My husband reckons that it doesn't taste a thing like cheese. I think it kinda does, a little bit, somehow. Either way, it tastes good!
You will need:
1 cup (ie 125g) cashews, soaked in water for 30 mins or overnight
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
50ml of water
A handful of fresh basil leaves (or 2 tbsp basil)
2 tbsp flax seed (or other nutritional yeast)
Squeeze all the juice out of the lemon and discard the rest. Throw everything else into the food processor and mix! You should mix for 5-10 minutes until the mixture is of a similar consistency to hummus.
So, what to do with this "cheese"? You can use it anywhere you'd use regular cheese - on pasta bakes, in sandwiches, on toast. Its interesting flavour could also make it an interesting salad dressing. It's also great to throw onto kale to make "Cheesy" Kale Chips (coming soon)!