Lettuce Discuss… Vegan Cheese Spread

Vegan Cheese Spread

One of the things that we really missed becoming vegan was cheese. Especially Mac Cheese! As we really try to avoid Soya and are totally Gluten free it was difficult. We have tried many recipes for cheeses and have developed a hybrid of them all that you can make in around 30 minutes. It’s delicious and makes a great spread or dip and you can spice it up if you like it spicy…

Ingredients

2 Cups Potatoes (chopped into 1 inch chunks) you can peel the skin off or leave on

2 Cups of Carrots (Chopped into ¼ inch chunks)

1/3 cup of Olive Oil

½ Cup of Water

1 teaspoon Rock Salt

½ teaspoon of Garlic Powder or 1 clove of fresh garlic

½ teaspoon of Onion Powder

½ teaspoon of Turmeric

½ Cup of Nutritional yeast

1 Tablespoon of Lemon juice or the zest of a fresh lemon.

Method,

Step 1

In a pan place your

2 cups of potato and

2 cups of carrot

Cover with boiling water and continue to boil for 15 minutes

Step 2

In a food processor or blender add the remaining ingredients and blend them together for 30 seconds leave them to rest in the Blender / Food Processor.

Step 3

After 15 minutes remove the carrots and potato and drain the water from the pan. Rinse in cold water to cool them down place the potatoes and carrots into the food processor and mix until the ingredients are all blended evenly and the mixture is smooth. That’s it done simple.

We find the longer you leave it in the fridge the better it becomes (a day or two).

You can also make different styles by adding ground hemp seeds, dried chilies, sunflower seeds, chopped or ground cashews. The options are endless.

Say Cheese

Many Blessings

Mako & Hema

Lettuce Discuss… The Importance of Essential Vitamin B12 for Vegan’s

tumblr_njbuskELTF1r5kguno1_500

You should be getting at least 1.5 mcg of B12 per day.

If you are Vegan you need to make sure that you are getting enough B12. This  only occurs naturally in animal derived foods. Therefore, being Vegan we need to supplement it. If you are B12 deficient this can cause the following,

Anaemia, caused by a lack of vitamin B12 can result in symptoms that include:

A lack of energy or lethargy, fatigue, tiredness.

Being out of breath, faintness, headache, ringing in the ears, appetite loss.

More extreme symptoms due to Vitamin B12 deficiency include:

Yellowing of the skin, mouth ulcers, sore tongue, vision problems, mood changes, irritability, and depression.

If you have some of these symptoms we recommend you visit your health professional.

For more information follow this link

Vitamin B12 Information

Vitamin B12 is found in fortified foods (these are foods and produce that have had vitamins and minerals added to them). You may have seen nutritional yeast with added B12 (This makes a great Mac Cheese more of that in the next blog).

 How to get B12:

There are many supplements on the market that contain B12, you need to make sure that they contain 1.5mcg or more also make sure that they don’t contain Meat derived gelatine.

Little and often is key with B12.

Fortified Cereals (all Bran) contains B12.

A Brief list of B12 fortified supplements

Almond Milk, Fortified 1 Cup contains 3mcg, nutritional Yeast, 1 tablespoon contains 3mcg, Vegan Mayo 1 serving 0.24mcg, Tempeh ½ cup approx 0.12mcg, Ready to eat cereal fortified with B12 ½ to 1 cup 0.6 – 0.66mcg.

B-wise and B-healthy!

Many Blessings

Mako & Hema