The previous article titled Replacing real cheese with cheese-alternatives takes practice, examined two dairy free alternatives to real cheese. The first being ‘Daiya’s Mozzarella Style Shreds’, and the second was ‘Cheddar Vegan Gourmet’ from Follow Your Heart (link to this article is below). It was mentioned in the previous article that the two aforementioned cheese alternatives were moderately difficult for new comers (individuals new to replacing dairy based cheese with vegetarian/vegan cheese alternatives) to substitute into popular food items (such as pizza for example), due to their taste, texture and consistency.
Lisanatti Food’s almond based cheese alternative provides a happy medium as far as non-dairy cheese alternatives are concerned, with regards to its’ most important characteristics as compared to the cheese alternatives in the previous article. First, Lisanatti Food’s cheese alternative is almond based (this is of course bad news if an individual is allergic to nuts). However, for the rest of us, Lisanatti Food’s Almond Cheese has an overall natural and neutral taste that’s not as ‘pungent’ as regular cheese, nor does it have an ‘artificial taste’, a characteristic of Diaya’s cheese alternatives. This particular almond based cheese alternative has a more grainy texture, which makes it a little more difficult to melt as compared to other cheese alternatives on the market. However, this is characteristic doesn’t play a huge factor as far as the timing of cooking a dish is concerned. It doesn’t spread a much (when melted) as the other dairy based cheese alternatives mentioned in this article. Overall, it’s an easy ingredient for both new-comers (to cheese alternatives) and veterans to work with while cooking.
Lisanatti Foods Almond Cheese is very versatile, as far as the variety of ways it can be used is concerned. It’s great to eat cold (on crackers or in cold sandwiches for example), or melted inside your favorite burrito or on top of a grilled veggie burger. It’s also one of the few cheese alternatives sold on the market, that people (who eat dairy based cheese on a regular basis) have difficulty determining whether or not the cheese they are eating is dairy based or a cheese substitute.
You may have noticed the ‘Kid Kritics Approved’ label on the package of the almond based cheese featured in this article (see the picture). All of the characteristics of this particular brand of almond based cheese (mentioned above), makes it very desirable for kids because the taste of almond cheese is not as strong as real cheese, or as strong as the other cheese alternatives on the market.
Additionally, each serving of this particular almond based cheese alternative contains 7 grams of protein (there are 8 servings in the block pictured – 1 ounce per serving), making this a great source of protein that isn’t animal based. Furthermore, this particular product is gluten free and it doesn’t contain cholesterol, GMO’s, lactose, saturated fats, or preservatives, which are all big bonuses!
For more information about Lisanatti Foods Almond Cheese Shreds and their other cheese alternatives, visit http://www.lisanattifoods.com