Updated: Oct 22, 2020
Vegan food products have come a long way since they first started appearing on the market. I sometimes encounter people who have tried a crappy dairy-free product once and stuck with the belief that all dairy substitutes suck. But that is definitely no longer true.
Although I can relate to what these people are saying. When I decided to go dairy-free a few years back the only vegan cream cheese in the store resembled snot and tasted, I presume, no better. So I thought that rather than trying to replace dairy, it is better to just forget about it (here is why).
Luckily, my fondness for trying new things moved me to give new dairy-free products a chance and I am very glad that I did. These plant-based products not only resemble the consistency and taste of regular dairy products, they are actually absolutely delicious and are now regulars in my fridge.
1. Vegenaise - Better Than Mayo Egg-Free Spread
Vegenaise (you'll get used to the name eventually) was the first dairy substitute I fell in love with. I also got a few of my friends hooked on it, by ignoring their comment about how much they hate mayonnaise and making them my favorite sandwich with this spread.
I strongly recommend trying it on a toasted rye pumpernickel bread with avocado, tomato, salt & pepper (other options: Sriracha or Everything But The Bagel seasoning). Also, try making vegan mashed potatoes with it. I can personally guarantee that you will love it.
Flavors: Original, Chipotle, Pesto, Roasted Garlic, Barbecue, Sriracha, Garlic Aioli.
Types: Original, Grapeseed Oil, Organic, Soy Free, Reduced Fat.
2. Kite Hill Cream Cheese Style Spread
This spread looks and tastes just like regular cream cheese. When I first tried it, I took a second glance at the label to make sure I did not buy dairy cream cheese. It was so good, I ate a half of it with crackers on the first night. It is soy free, gluten free, vegan and kosher.
Smear it on a bagel, or make a breakfast sandwich with your favorite, lightly toasted bread, sliced cucumber and tomato, or any other veggie and you like, add spices or herbs. Turn it into a dip by mixing it with your favorite spicy sauce, or make a cheesecake.
Flavors: Plain (personal favorite), Chive, Jalapeno, Ricotta.
Where to find: It is av