Giving up meat, not the easiest thing in the world, but not a big deal. The idea of giving up cheese...? Huge deal. At least for me. So the idea that nuts can be used to mimic different cheeses is very intriguing.
Several raw food sites and books point to cashews as the gateway nut. Okay, I don't think anyone actually used that term specifically, but I stand by it. Cashews are so easy to turn into cheese-ish dishes, that you'll immediately want to see what else you can do.
Not to say that this is identical to cheese, but it has a dense, creamy texture (it is still full of fats after all) and can sneak right into the place of a cheese dish. A cashew cheese dip/spread could totally hang out on an appetizer table at a party without being called out as the weird hippie food someone brought in.
Step 1: Ingredients
2 cups Cashews (Soaked at least 4 hours)
1/2 red pepper
2 Tbs Nutritional yeast (Optional)
1 Tbs garlic salt
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground white pepper
3 capsules Probiotic (Dissolved in 1 cup water)
2 Tbs Mixed spices (Garlic, sea salt, black pepper, dill seed, coriander, red pepper flakes)