#TradeInTuesday – Cheese Pt. 2

Today’s trade-in is CHEESE!

There are so many options, so we’re going to break this down into two posts. You can either buy pre-made vegan “cheeses” that come shredded, in slices, in blocks, etc., or make “cheese” at home with vegan ingredients. Today, we’re going to go through the homemade choices. These are usually plant-based versions that use nuts to create a cheesy consistency for sauces, dips, or toppings. Click the links for more info, recipes, and awesomeness from the blogs they originally came from. I’ve changed a few things according to how Husband makes stuff, but check out the originals too. Love them!

Mac and Cheese Sauce
(from Detoxinista)

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • pinch of turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon or yellow mustard
  1. Put everything in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  2. If you don’t have a high-powered blender, add cashews to food processor and process until almost a nut butter consistency. Then add remaining ingredients and process until smooth.

Brazil Nut Parmesan
(from One Green Planet)
  • 1 cup whole, raw Brazil nuts
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Pinch sea salt
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor. Blend until mixture clumps slightly.
  2. Store in refrigerator.
Lasagna Ricotta
(from Oh She Glows)


  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for 30 mins or overnight, drained, and rinsed
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth or water (or more as needed)
  • 1.5 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast 
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  1. In a food processor, add your garlic and process until finely chopped. 
  2. Then add the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth.
See? Lots of yummy options! I promise you won’t miss real cheese if you give these a shot. 🙂 Let me know if you do try any of them, and send me your favorite recipes so we can give them a shout-out over here. In the meantime, click those links above and check out those awesome vegan/G-F blogs for their incredible recipes. 🙂 

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.