While vegans have tons of options when it comes to protein from super grains like quinoa to powerful beans like red lentils, finding a replacement for cheese can be much more difficult.
When I saw the amazing documentary, Forks Over Knives, I learned that dairy-products contain animal protein known as casein that breaks apart in our digestive system as various opiates. Since casein has been directly linked to tumor growth, the fact that it makes us feel so good and our bodies crave more and more of it presents a serious problem. Yup, forget about Oreos, cheese is one seriously dangerous drug.
While your body physically breaks free of its addiction to cheese, it can be nice to have some healthy alternatives to keep your taste buds happy. I love Nutritional Yeast (aka “Nooch”) when I’m trying to create a cheddar or nacho cheese taste in a recipe. Here’s why it’s amazing:
- It contains a ton of vitamin b-12, a vitamin we need for red blood cell production but that is hard to find outside of animal sources.
- 2 tablespoons contain 9 grams of protein!
- It’s super high in fiber but low in sodium
- It’s delicious!
Try my super-simple spice blend the next time you make Brocoli and “Cheese” or Spicy-Seasoned French Fries.
“Nacho Nooch” Spice Blend
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp ground mustard (optional)
1/2 tsp turmeric (optional)
For a “Cheezy” sauce, mix this spice blend with 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast and 1/2 cup unsweetened dairy-free milk of your choice.
As a dry spice to season veggies, tofu, or french fries, toss pieces in a mixture of Nutritional Yeast and spice blend, enough to coat.