I love cheese, but cheese does not love me. I was thrilled when I first discovered the raw vegan alternative to dairy cheese. It gave me access to that cheesy flavour without the nausea and spots that plagued my previously dairy-fuelled life. If only I’d known I just needed to cut out dairy when I was an acned teenager!
It’s estimated that 80% of the Western World is dairy intolerant. Common indicators of diary intolerance include bloating, gas, skin conditions (including eczema), stomach cramps, nausea, and constipation or diarrhoea. If you’re not sure if you are, try cutting it out for two weeks and see how you feel.
Since I discovered raw vegan ‘cheese’ I’ve been doing all kinds of recipe experiments with it. I have to admit that I generally can’t be bothered with the fussiness of making fermented nut cheeses. I find the fresh kind just as delicious and they are ready to use straight away. (If you haven’t heard of fermented nut cheese, it’s quite fiddly to make and usually takes around 24 hours before you can eat it).
I love today’s superfood hemp cheese recipe. Like most of my recipes, it’s super quick and easy to make, and I’ve combined the classic cheese and onion flavour in the sandwich along with the lovely freshness of alfalfa sprouts and tomatoes.
If you don’t have alfalfa, use cucumber slices or shredded lettuce instead. You can use your favourite healthy bread or go gluten-free with raw crackers. Wrap your sandwiches up in waxed paper or cling film for a yummy workday or picnic lunch.
This Week’s Detox Recipe: Dairy-Free Cheese & Onion Superfood Sandwich
This is a great lunch to take to work or on picnics. You can use your favourite healthy bread or raw crackers to sandwich the yummy filling.
Makes 2 sandwiches.
1 cup hulled hemp seeds
2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
2 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp water
1 tomato, sliced
1 handful alfalfa sprouts
4 thin slices of red onion
4 raw crackers or slices of healthy bread
Blend all the cheese ingredients until smooth and creamy.
Fill your sandwich with the cheese and filling ingredients.