• Cheese-Like Substances

    June 30, 2011

    Today was a good day. I’m not back to 100%, but, man, I feel a zillion times better. In fact, I felt so good today, I decided to do some shopping! Shopping > couch.

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    Because I’m a BananaCard holder, I received a special $15 off birthday coupon, which expired today, so I went to cash it in. I spent a good 30 minutes wandering around and trying on a few things, but nothing really jumped out at me. I thought about just buying something and getting my $15 worth, but I honestly don’t need any more stuff, so I left the store without getting anything. (Who am I?!)

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    Whole Foods is right near Banana Republic, so I popped over (I just typed ‘pooped over’) to pick up a few items. The first of which was nutritional yeast, which I’ve been meaning to try, but never could find at the grocery store.

    FYI: Nutritional yeast is in the bulk food section at Whole Foods, and it’s super affordable! 

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    Nutritional yeast is the bomb! At first, I was, like, ‘What the hell is this stuff? It looks like fish food.” But, as soon as I tasted it, I was in love. It sort of tastes like burnt cheese, but in flake form. I can definitely see this stuff becoming a staple in my diet.

    At Whole Foods, I also picked up another Naked juice, Glutino gluten-free pizza crusts, a sweet potato, a gluten-free cupcake, and Galaxy Rice Vegan Cheddar, which is a disgusting cheese-like substance. I ate one bite and was instantly shocked by its nastiness. It didn’t even taste like cheese!

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    Lunch

    I planned to use the fake cheese on pizza for lunch this afternoon, so I thought if it melted, it would maybe taste better. Well, it didn’t melt at all and tasted just as terrible. I actually ended up taking it off my pizza and throwing it away. I later threw the entire block of “cheese” in the trash. It was totally inedible to me.

    I was going to buy the Daiya brand cheese to make my pizza, but I just couldn’t get myself to pay the price. I now realize that I should have spent the extra $1.50 because I totally wasted my money.

    I’m so turned off by fake cheese now, I don’t think I’ll ever buy it again. Until I get better, I’m sticking to nutritional yeast.

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    For the sauce on my pizza, I spread TJ’s jarred Bruschetta, which was an great idea because it tasted fantastic and added a ton of flavor to the pizza. I also topped my pizza with nutritional yeast because it rules.

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    I also ate a side of mashed sweet potatoes with lunch.

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    Dinner

    Dinner was a repeat of lunch minus the nasty rice cheese. This pizza was amazing—super quick to make and delicious! I plan to eat it even when I’m well again!

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    After dinner, I enjoyed half of my gluten-free cupcake, which was pretty darn tasty. It wasn’t like a ‘real’ cupcake, but the frosting made up for it. I don’t want to get too cocky with my food choices, so I only ate half and saved half for tomorrow.

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    Have you ever tried fake cheese? What did you think of it? Yay or nay?

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    Amanda July 5, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I can’t do fake cheese. I could omit milk from my life, because of the tastiness of rice, soy, and almond milks, but I could never quit cheese. I’m an addict. I also can’t stand fat free products. I can do light or low fat, but get rid of all the fat, and I think the food officially becomes gross.

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    Kelsey July 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Nutritional yeast is good in a lot of things. I’ve used it in oatmeal, soup, pasta..

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    Lindsay June 26, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    If it’s any consolation, you probably wouldn’t have liked the Daiya much either, though it’s at least pallatable. I agree the Galaxy rice cheddar is completely inedible. I’ve had pretty good luck with Teese in the nacho cheese flavor for making Mexican food. But when it comes to pizza I’d say it’s much better to just add tons of toppings and skip the cheese altogether.

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