If you can’t or won’t eat anything dairy, yet occasionally want to eat something “cheesy”, there’s a growing number of vegan cheese substitutes available to you. Depending on your expectations, these may satisfy your craving for something cheesy, or they may just be poor imitations of cheese. I think they are all worth a try.
If you are looking for vegan mac and cheese, the best dairy-free substitute I am aware of is Road’s End Organic’s Shells & Chreese. That’s right, “chreese”. Chreese, which sort of tastes like cheese is a mixture of yeast, wheat flour, tapioca starch, mustard powder, garlic powder, onion powder, annatto powder, and salt(no casein or lactose).
It’s pretty easy to prepare. Just pour the contents of the chreese powder mix into a sauce pan with rice milk(or any vegan “milk”), and some oil if you want, and mix it with the already cooked shells at medium heat. Stir thoroughly to make sure the powder is dissolved into the mixture.
Without the rice milk or oil, the shells and chreese is 320 calories per serving(2 servings per package). I love having broccoli on the side. It satisfies my cravings for something “cheese-like”, but it doesn’t taste exactly like cheese. And it doesn’t trigger my dairy allergy, a huge plus. I always add a lot of cayenne pepper powder, and garlic powder to improve its taste.