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  • Dairy-free cheese alternative?

    I suspect this will end up being a stupid question with no responses, but...

    Any suggestions on a dairy-free cheese alternative? Specifically for melting or for lasagne? I am making a paleo lasagne recipe this weekend, and really can't think of anything I could use to replace that gorgeous cheese taste/texture. Trying to convert someone to primal eating - if worse comes to worse I will just use cheese on theirs (they aren't so bad with dairy) and skip it on mine.

    But thought I would throw it out there!

  • #2
    what about the dried kraft parmesan in the canister? Does that count? We made the Everyday Paleo "Hasta La Vista, Pasta Lasagna" and sprinkled a little "farmer john" on top. Hubby was over the moon for it.
    --Trish (Bork)


    • #3
      Nutritional yeast can be a decent stand-in for parmesan, but you're pretty much SOL for a melting cheese (and Lord knows I've looked). Fake cheeses tend to be either made of soy or just...hydrogenated everything.


      • #4
        You can get a good "melty" type cheese immitation by blending raw cashews and nutritional yeast in hot water, but thickening the mixture usually requires a starch of some kind.
        We must learn to do what the leaf and the whale and the wind do of their own nature. We must learn to keep the balance. Having intelligence, we must not act in ignorance. Having choice, we must not act without responsibility
        -Sparrowhawk, The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. LeGuin


        • #5
          How about converting someone to primal by making him a STEAK? *drool*

          I think eating meat & veggies is much more appealing than trying to fake casserole replicas. Just me!
          5'4" 39yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
          Current Weight: 175lb__________________________________Goal: 135lb
          Deadlift: 240lb________________________________________Back Squat: 165lb
          Bench: 130lb__________________________________________Pre ss: 85lb
          ***Winning a 20-year war against binge eating disorder***


          • #6
            Ooh I hadn't thought of yeast....hmmm I might have a little play and see what I come up with. Thanks for the suggestions!

            I agree all the 'fake' cheeses are just big no-no's!

            Hahaha so true MamaGrok, and believe me I've done that too! I'm just trying to demonstrate that some of his 'comfort foods' can also be healthier, and probably more delicious!


            • #7
              bumping to see if anyone else has a nondairy melty paleo style cheese.