I don’t eat dairy. I figured out by about my early twenties that dairy and I did not get along. At that time, I switched to Lactaid or Soy milk and ate cheese and ice cream only if I was willing to suffer a bit. Now, after the research I have done, I have concluded that a lot of dairy doesn’t support my health, so I have given it up completely. Which only means less upset stomachs. . . .because let me tell you, there are so many fantastic dairy alternatives, your taste buds won’t miss it!
I’m not a fan of processed ‘fake’ cheese, so I make my own from nuts and seeds when a recipe calls for cheese. One of our go-to’s for pizza and salads is cashew cheese.
- 3/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup water
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Small garlic clove, minced (optional)
Place all ingredients in food processor and process until well-blended. Add more cashews or more water to achieve desired consistency. When I use this on pizza or in salads, I like the cheese to be thicker. If I am using cashew cheese in place of a cheese sauce, I will add more water for a thinner, spreadable cheese.