Angelic Powers Exalt You

Angelic Powers Exalt You: Orthodox Quotes & Prayers | Orthodox and Vegan

Around Your throne in heaven
angelic powers exalt you
with ceaseless hymns
and unending songs of praise;
so may Your praise be ever on our lips
that we may proclaim
the greatness of Your holy Name.
Grant that we may
share in the inheritance You have promised us,
together with all those who hear You, who walk in
Your truth
and obey Your commandments;
we ask this
through the mediation of the holy Mother of God
and all the saints.

Through the great goodness
of your only-begotten Son
who with you and your most Holy
and life-giving Spirit
is to be praised
now and for ever,
to the ages of ages. Amen.

-Sunset Prayer from Praying with the Orthodox Tradition from an 8th century codex,

Taco Bell Copycat Vegan Crunchwrap

Taco Bell Copycat Recipe: DIY Vegan Crunchwrap | Orthodox and Vegan
So, although I had gotten tons of requests for a Vegan at Taco Bell guide, I was still really surprised by the popularity of that post! So I figured I’d share this DIY Vegan Crunchwrap recipe with all you Taco Bell fans. It’s super easy, and you will wonder why you never tried it at home before 😀

Taco Bell Copycat Vegan Crunchwrap
flour tortilla shell or gluten free wrap (at least 10″)
fillings of choice
oil, for cooking

Start by quickly heating your tortilla or wrap in the microwave for about 12 seconds, so it will be flexible. While it’s in the microwave, get your lightly oiled skillet heating on the stove over medium heat. I usually just give the skillet a quick spray of cooking oil.

When your tortilla is warmed, place the tostada in the center. Layer on the fillings, keeping everything centered on the tostada. If you’re adding anything that could make the tostada soggy, first add a “protective” layer – I usually use a piece of lettuce.

Now, take the edge of the tortilla and fold it in towards the center. Hold it in place with one hand, and use the other to fold in another portion of the tortilla. Continue until you have made a sort of rounded hexagon…or in my case, a six-a-gon. Don’t have to be perfect!

Place your crunchwrap folded side down in the heated skilled until it begins to be brown – about 30 – 60 seconds. Flip it and brown the other side. Eat it as soon as it’s cool enough to handle, otherwise the tostada will get soft!

DIY Vegan Crunchwrap

I use a 10″ tortilla and I’ve never ever been able to get it completely closed. Ah well, I’ll just have to keep practicing which means I’ll just have to eat more crunchwraps.

*If you don’t have a tostada (a flat, round, toasted or fried little tortilla), you can use tortilla chips. Make a circle shape by placing the chips side by side with the pointed ends facing in. Different brands will be different sizes and you may have to play around with them.

Vegan Crunchwrap Fillings

You can pretty much put whatever you want in your vegan crunchwrap, as long as it fits. My favorites include:
-Refried Beans
-Frank’s Redhot Sauce
-Vegan Cheese (try it with Homemade Coconut Milk Cheese)

I put the cheese on last so it’ll get all melty – yum!! Even though I can never close the thing completely, I’ve never had an issue with my fillings spilling out. I think it’s because I layer it in such a way that everything sticks together inside.

Pro Tip: Add a second tostada or layer of tortilla chips to make your vegan crunchwrap EXTRA CRUNCHY.

What are your favorite crunchwrap fillings? Tell us below!!!!!

Vegan at Taco Bell

Vegan at Taco Bell | Orthodox and Vegan

Black Beans & Rice, Fiesta Potatoes with Guac, and the Frito Burrito made vegan at Taco Bell

Seems like the question most often asked of vegans is, “So…what do you eat?” The answer “Anything plant-based” doesn’t seem to help much, for whatever reason, but it covers a LOT of options. Some of those options are fast food (yay!). Today I’m going to tell you how to go Vegan at Taco Bell. (I promise I’ll have some healthy smoothie recipes soon, but I’ve actually been getting a lot of requests for a Vegan at Taco Bell guide!!)

Things to Know Before You Go

-The Taco Bell drive-thru has a little screen that shows your order as it’s being entered, including any substitutions, additions, or subtractions. This is very helpful as you can see if the clerk makes an error – if you asked for no cheese but the screen doesn’t read No Cheese, say something!

-Taco Bell has a nifty online menu that lets you see all your options in advance (and in some areas you can also order online). They have a huge menu, so it’s less overwhelming if you have an idea what you want before you show up.

-Taco Bell fries items containing eggs & dairy in the same oil used to fry items made with vegan ingredients. This is why certain items that don’t contain animal products themselves cannot be certified vegan. From what I’ve seen in my research, they do not actually fry any meat products in the oil.

Certified Vegan Ingredients at Taco Bell
Black Beans
Border Sauce – Fire
Border Sauce – Hot
Border Sauce – Mild
Border Sauce – Verde
Cantina Salsa
Green Chili Sauce
Green Tomatillo Sauce
Mexican Pizza Sauce
Pico de Gallo
Premium Latin Rice
Rainforest Coffee
Red Sauce
Romaine Lettuce
Salsa Del Sol
Taco Shell
Tostada Shell

Vegan Ingredients, But No Certification Due to Shared Fryer
Chalupa shell
Cinnamon Twists

I know this doesn’t look like much, but use your imagination. The first thing you need to know is the beans are vegan and you can always substitute beans in place of meat. Most additions will cost you something, usually 25 cents to 50 cents each – BUT you can add onions and red sauce for freeeeeeeeee!

So, what can you make with these ingredients? Taco Bell’s menu is too huge for me to veganize the entire thing for you, but I’ll give a few ideas and I think you’ll get the hang of it.

Cheap Vegan at Taco Bell

Let’s start with a few cheap options for those of us on a budget. I’m using the Dollar Cravings menu & sides, but the tacos from the regular menu aren’t much more expensive. Of course the cheaper items are smaller amounts, but you can get a decent light meal for $5.

Spicy Potato Soft Taco
Order it Fresco-style and they’ll automatically replace the cheese and chipotle sauce with pico de gallo.
Cost: $1.00

Frito Burrito
Substitute beans for meat
No cheese
Optional: add red sauce and onions
Cost: $1.00
Luxuries Consider adding extra Fritos and guac for an additional 30 cents each
Pro Tip: Eat this burrito immediately or the Fritos will get soft

Triple Layer Nachos
No cheese
Add onions
Cost: $1.00
Luxuries Add guac for .30 or pico de gallo for .25

Fiesta Potatoes
No Cheese
No sour cream
Add red sauce and onions
Cost: $1.39
Luxuries Consider adding guac to replace the cheese, .30

There are also plenty of sides that are vegan just the way they are:
Chips & Pico De Gallo
Chips & Guac
Chips & Salsa
Black Beans & Rice, $1.49 each

Luxuriously Vegan at Taco Bell

If you have a few more bucks to spend and are just looking to save time, Taco Bell definitely has something for you. Haha, I’m so cheap, I’m calling these luxury selections.

Smothered Burrito
Order it Fresco-style
Substitute black beans for meat
Ask for extra red sauce and onions on top
Cost: $3.99

Cantina Power Burrito – Veggie
No cheese
No sour cream
No avocado ranch sauce
Add onions
Add refried beans for .25
Cost: $4.04

Crunchwrap Supreme
No cheese
No sour cream
Substitute beans for meat
Add onions
Add guac for .30
Cost: $3.49
Pro Tip: Eat the Crunchwrap immediately before the tostada shell inside gets soft!

Cantina Power Bowl – Veggie
No cheese
No sour cream
No avocado ranch sauce
Add double red sauce, and onions
Cost: $4.99

Breakfasting Vegan at Taco Bell

For breakfast, you basically have hash browns, juice, and coffee unless you’re feeling bold. And by that I mean unless you feel like starting your day fueled by large amounts of carbs. That sounds good to me.

Breakfast Crunchwrap California
No bacon
No cheese
No eggs
If I were you, I would ask if you could have an extra hash brown for free since you’re leaving out the meat, eggs, and cheese (if you ordered “extra” of each of those ingredients it’d cost $1.30. An extra hash brown is .99). If they refuse, stick it to ’em and add the regular potatoes for only .50!
Cost: $2.79 (or $3.29)

I have to admit Taco Bell is my new guilty pleasure, and I really enjoyed “researching” for this post! I was also inspired to create my own copycat recipes to share with you all, and I’ll post those soon.

If you’ve gone vegan at Taco Bell, what was your favorite item? Know any awesome tricks for making the best of a trip to Taco Bell? Let us know in the comments below!

Be Attentive

On Ascetic Labors, by St. Gregory Palamas | Orthodox Quotes at Orthodox and Vegan
“The attentive person can do much more for himself and within himself: first of all, he can draw God’s attention, God’s love, God’s grace. Saint Symeon the New Theologian says that one must struggle, pray, weep, repent, and undertake ascetic labors – but all the while recognizing that it is not ascetic struggles that save us, but attention, God’s eyes, which see us in this spiritual disposition and condition. It is He, the Lord, Who saves us. Through one’s ascetic struggles one simply demonstrates that one desires salvation and that one is disposing oneself to it, that is, that one is attentive to it.”

-From The Heart is Deep: St. Gregory Palamas and the Essence of Hesychasm by Bishop Atanasije (Jevtic)

Vegan at Meijer

Meijer is a grocery store that started in Greenville, Michigan in 1934, and now they have stores all across the Midwest. My family has shopped at Meijer for as long as I can remember – it’s so convenient, there are six locations within about 10 miles of us, and they’re open 24 hours a day every day except Christmas Eve (they close around 6) and Christmas Day (happily closed all day). But now Meijer is even more convenient for vegans! Of course they already had a huge vegan section from the beginning – the produce section 🙂 But lately it seems like they have more vegan options all the time. Here’s how I shop Vegan at Meijer

Vegan at Meijer

Vegan at Meijer: Field Roast | Orthodox and Vegan
It all started when I noticed the Field Roast items. I took a picture to share on my facebook page, and then I noticed…

Vegan at Meijer: Tofurky | Orthodox and Vegan
Hey, that’s Tofurky stuff right next to Field Roast! Never noticed that at Meijer before. What else is here?
(P.S. The Veggie Shreds in the purple bag are vegan! Green is NOT, so beware. Oh, and those Smart Patties are vegan, and there’s Smart Bacon, and Smart Deli, and…)

Vegan at Meijer: Margarine | Orthodox and Vegan
They’ve carried Earth Balance for years and years, but Melt is a relatively new addition. And there’s a variety of Smart Balance, check the packaging.

Vegan at Meijer: Non-dairy Milk | Orthodox and Vegan
They’ve also had Silk for many years, but now they have a wide variety of non-dairy milks including flax milk!

Vegan at Meijer: Cold Brew | Orthodox and Vegan
Cold brew coffee with almond milk, thanks to Califia.

Vegan at Meijer: Non-dairy Yogurt | Orthodox and Vegan
SO Delicious vegan yogurt. UPDATE: They also carry Silk now!

Vegan for Five Days - Califia Farms Vegan Coffee Creamer
Vegan creamer in delicious flavors, again by Califia Farms.

Vegan at Meijer: Non-dairy Ice Cream | Orthodox and Vegan
SO Delicious ice cream, ice cream bars, and ice cream sandwiches! There’s also sorbet, and multiple non-dairy popsicle options. UPDATE: They now carry the non-dairy Ben & Jerry’s!

Vegan at Meijer: Qrunch Foods | Orthodox and Vegan
Qrunch Burgers & Toastables in multiple flavors, and at one of the lowest prices in town. I forgot to look, but I think some of these Van’s waffles are also vegan!

Vegan at Meijer: Meat Alternatives | Orthodox and Vegan
Gardein stuff, and many vegan options from Boca. I’ve also seen Amy’s brand vegan burgers, vegan mac n cheese, and a cheeseless vegan pizza. UPDATE: Some Meijer locations are carrying Daiya pizzas now!

Vegan at Meijer: Meat Alternatives | Orthodox and Vegan
Morningstar Farms has become more vegan-friendly over the years. I used to avoid them because it seemed like all their products contained eggs, but not anymore.

Vegan at Meijer: Mayo | Orthodox and Vegan
Just Mayo, from one of my favorite vegan companies, Hampton Creek! And vegan mayo from Spectrum.

Vegan at Meijer: Sugar | Orthodox and Vegan
They even have certified vegan sugar!

Vegan at Meijer: McDougall's Soup | Orthodox and Vegan
Looking for a vegan cup o’ soup? Look no further!

Vegan at Meijer: Ranch Dressing | Orthodox and Vegan

Vegan at Meijer: Peanut Butter Cups | Orthodox and Vegan
Fair trade vegan peanut butter cups. I found them on clearance once and bought a dozen packages! They also have Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, includes bags of the mini cups.

Vegan at Meijer: Greek Food | Orthodox and Vegan
Greek Vegan in a Can. Maybe not just how yia-yia made it, but good enough. Make sure you grab some pita bread for dipping!

Vegan at Meijer: Kathleen's Kitchen | Orthodox and Vegan
Pot o’ beans.

Vegan at Meijer: Instant Mashed Potatoes | Orthodox and Vegan
Why do people need mashed potatoes in a box? I don’t know, but I’m glad we have that option!

Vegan at Meijer: Frosting | Orthodox and Vegan
AND THIS FROSTING. It’s so good. I brought the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough flavor to a Lenten picnic recently and it was a huge hit. Several times I was asked, “This is vegan?!” YES. Proud to say it’s vegan, and tastes like heaven.
UPDATEI just brought the PB Cookie Dough and the Hot Cocoa flavor to a meeting, and everyone LURVED them both suh much! I’ve confirmed Dollop is available at all Meijer locations.

There are actually a bunch of non-dairy frosting options available, they just aren’t certified vegan. Duncan Hines, for example has tons of frosting and cake mixes without dairy or eggs. If you’re concerned about the source of sugar, you’ll have to contact the company, though.

Vegan at Meijer: Neat Egg | Orthodox and Vegan
The Neat Egg – in fact, I’m sure they also have Neat Meat and somehow I didn’t get a picture. Thought it was pretty cool finding this in the baking aisle.

Vegan at Meijer: Gelatin Substitute | Orthodox and Vegan
BaKol Jel Dessert, complete with retro packaging. A delicious low-calorie treat without boiled animal parts :p

Vegan at Meijer: Dandies Marshmallows | Vegan and Orthodox
And speaking of delicious, boiled-animal-parts-free stuff, how ’bout vegan marshmallows hanging out right there with all the other marshmallows? These don’t seem to be available at every location, but I know for sure they have them here in Grand Rapids at the 28th Street store.

Vegan at Meijer: Chocolate | Orthodox and Vegan
And there’s vegan chocolate, so you can make vegan S’mores!

Vegan at Meijer: Powdered Coconut Milk | Vegan and Orthodox
And whatever you might do with powdered milk, now you can do it with vegan powdered coconut milk.

Now, is this all the vegan stuff at Meijer? I doubt it, this is just what I found quickly scanning the aisles while trying to sneakily snap a picture without anyone seeing me because I felt weird. If there is some wonderful vegan item you’d like to see at Meijer, I encourage you to request it since they’re obviously open to expanding.

What other great items have you found to help you go vegan at Meijer?

Sweet Nothin’: Wink Frozen Desserts Review

Wink Frozen Desserts Review | Orthodox and Vegan
About a month ago I started seeing ads in my facebook feed for Wink Frozen Desserts, a vegan ice cream-type dessert that’s gluten free, soy free, and nut free, with no fat, no sugar, and only 100 calories per pint. I was immediately intrigued because I have a really bad habit of eating ice cream by the pint, usually adding up to about 1000 calories, 50g of fat, and close to 100g of sugar! Yes, even vegan ice cream typically has its foundation in sugar and fat…delicious sugar and fat.

What does ice cream without sugar and fat taste like?

Wink Frozen Desserts Review | Orthodox and Vegan
I started with the Cake Batter flavor. It looked kind of icy on top rather than creamy, I guessed that was because of the lack of fat. It did scoop pretty well and never really quite melted. Instead it got kind of…stretchy?
Now, we were having a hot streak when I bought it, and I admit I did sit down and eat the whole pint (we don’t have air conditioning, so I can live off popsicles for days in summertime). I think I may have also eaten the whole thing just because I could. And to see what would happen to me (nothing happened).

My dad asked how it tastes. “Like the absence of flavor.” And that is the truth. The ice cream is sweetened with monk fruit and stevia instead of sugar – and that would be fine, but you need something to carry the flavors. Fat is a flavor carrier, and without it the taste is just flat.

When I tried Cocoa-dough I discovered it tasted pretty much the same as Cake Batter. Cake Batter basically tasted like vanilla, and Cocoa-dough actually tasted more like vanilla than chocolate, too. I don’t think you can eat this ice cream unless you’ve first been hypnotized by the man with the red eyes.

Bottom line, a sugar free vegan ice cream sounds great, but I’m not allergic to anything and I want fat in my ice cream. Full fat coconut milk would be good. But if I were allergic to every kind of fat that would be good in ice cream, maybe this would do.

Merciful Heart: St. Isaac the Syrian

Orthodox Quotes from Orthodox and Vegan

What is a merciful heart? It is a heart on fire for the whole of creation, for humanity, for the birds, for the animals, for demons, and for all that exists. By the recollection of them the eyes of a merciful person pour forth tears in abundance. By the strong and vehement mercy that grips such a person’s heart, and by such great compassion, the heart is humbled and one cannot bear to hear or to see any injury or slight sorrow in any in creation. For this reason, such a person offers up tearful prayer continually even for irrational beasts, for the enemies of truth, and for those who harm her or him, that they be protected and receive mercy. And in the like manner such a person prays for the family of reptiles because of the great compassion that burns without measure in a heart that is in the likeness of God. – St. Isaac the Syrian

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Tahini

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This recipe for chocolate chip cookies with tahini is inspired by cookies my sister brought home from St. John Chrysostomos Greek Orthodox Monastery in Pleasant Prairie, WI. At the time, I found one recipe for tahini-based chocolate chip cookies online. It used vodka instead of water, but since I usually make booze flavored and booze soaked desserts for feasts, I decided to switch out the vodka for water during the fast.

The tahini works as a great replacement for butter, and the taste is surprisingly mild (if noticeable at all).

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Drop onto a greased cookie sheet by the spoonful. After I bake mine for about 8 minutes, I stick them under the broiler briefly to give them a little color. They don’t brown like regular cookies.

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The recipe made about 32 medium sized cookies. When I used 1 C of sugar there was a very faint taste of tahini, but when I used 1 1/2 C and couldn’t taste the tahini at all, it seemed too sweet. I think 1 1/4 C might be perfect.

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Tahini

2 C flour
1 to 1 1/4 C white sugar*
1/4 C brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tahini
2/3 C water (or unsweetened non-dairy milk)
2 tsp vanilla

1 C vegan chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.
Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl.
In a large bowl, add tahini, water, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet. You may add more water, 1 Tbsp at a time, if dough seems too thick. Fold in chocolate chips.
Drop onto a greased cookie sheet by the spoonful and bake 7 to 9 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom. Then place cookies on top rack under the broiler just until they begin to brown slightly on top. Place on wire rack to cool.

*1 1/4 C sugar was pretty sweet for me, but cutting the sugar to 1 C means there’s a faint taste of tahini.

Vegan Q&A, Part 1

Sooo…there are a lot of interesting ideas out there about veganism. I find a lot of them on facebook, and recently I found some on a meme that was floating around – something about vegans eating grass :p (Yeah, we’ve all heard that one). For some reason this seemed to provoke non-vegans more than actual vegans. I decided to take a few screenshots and turn their comments into a Vegan Q&A.

Please note, I do not think English is the first language of these commenters.

Vegan Q&A

Question #1
Vegan Q&A on Orthodox and Vegan
Actually, red meat consumption has dropped 15% in the past 10 years while demand for vegetarian and vegan products grows. Even if food producers don’t care about animals, they do care about money. They will give us what we demand with our dollars.

Question #2
Vegan Q&A on Orthodox and Vegan
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every plant bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, which has seed in its fruit; to you it shall be for food.” – Genesis 1:29
Just sayin’.

Vegan Q&A on Orthodox and Vegan
God gave us dominion, or stewardship, over the animals – that is, He put them in our care. At the very least, we should consider this when buying cheap factory farmed meat, dairy, and eggs. Do you really know where your food came from? Do you think that’s how God wants us to care for His creation?

Question #3
Vegan Q&A on Orthodox and Vegan
If we stopped breeding animals for food, eventually there would be fewer cows, pigs, chickens, etc and there would be more than enough greens (and grains) for everyone.

Question #4
Vegan Q&A on Orthodox and Vegan
The beauty of being human is we have the ability to reason, whereas animals rely on instinct. We’ve already come up with tons of alternatives to meat, dairy, and eggs and continue to do so using our brains in a way animals are unable to. Lucky for you because otherwise you wouldn’t be able to use the internet to leave these comments since we’d probably all still be living in caves and urinating in bushes.

Question #5
Vegan Q&A on Orthodox and Vegan
Wow, what can I say… Well, most of us don’t go vegan because of taste. Although there are some vegans that can’t stomach anything that remotely resembles a dead animal, for many of us we’ll eat it as long as it’s not actually made of dead animals. By the way, hamburger refers to a beef burger. The Merriam-Webster definition of burger is “a food that is like a hamburger but that is not made from beef.” And the example they give is tofu burger!

Vegan Q&A at Orthodox and Vegan
Interestingly some people really do believe meat tastes better if the animal has suffered, such as the people that take part in the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China (the dog above is being boiled alive). I really don’t know what to say to anyone that believes this is okay.

Question #6
Vegan Q&A on Orthodox and Vegan
Plants don’t have a central nervous system. They don’t have feelings.

Question #7
Vegan Q&A on Orthodox and Vegan
First of all, veggies don’t come from the “vegan industry” and are not all that expensive. You may spend more on vegan convenience foods (I mean, I think you definitely will), but not if you’re preparing your own food. Things like beans and rice, salads, and even homemade vegan nachos and pizza are actually pretty inexpensive. And did you know you can easily make your own meat substitutes from scratch for a fraction of the price of store-bought? I’ll be sharing my recipe for vegan ribs in the near future.

If you have any questions about veganism, feel free to comment below! And for my veg friends, what’s the weirdest anti-vegan comment you’ve gotten?

Make Vegan Coconut Milk Cheese!

This recipe was inspired by the Bunny Kitchen’s 15 Minute Slice-able & Melt-able Vegan Cheese. First, I’m not a big fan of soy milk, but I am a big fan of fat. Yeah, I said it, I’m not a vegan for my health :p (Although this homemade vegan coconut milk cheese is cholesterol-free, and healthy enough if you don’t eat the whole block at once!) I changed up the seasonings to help mask the coconut flavor, and cut down on the nooch.
You can do this recipe paleo, grain free & gluten free.

How to Make Vegan Coconut Milk Cheese
I originally made my coconut milk cheese using an agar bar to set it, but you can also use agar flakes or powder.

And although I used cornstarch to thicken it, you can use tapioca powder as in the Bunny Kitchen recipe. If you use tapioca starch you can chill it in the freezer to get it nice and firm for grating, but if you use cornstarch it will turn spongy in the freezer.

How To Make Vegan Coconut Milk Cheese
Because the coconut milk has such a strong taste, I increased the salt and added more seasonings. I haven’t had dairy cheese in 15+ years, but I think this tastes kind of cheddar-y.

How to Make Vegan Coconut Milk Cheese
Just be sure to either use a silicone mold, or use parchment paper to line your glass mold for easy removal (you could also try oiling the glass mold, I haven’t attempted that yet).

How to Make Vegan Coconut Milk Cheese
During my experiments I noticed you may get a slightly different consistency using agar bars, flakes, or powder. You can experiment, too, and find the texture you prefer. My mom once added extra agar powder by accident and ended up with a cheese that was so sturdy, it sliced like meat and sort of tasted like bologna. So….yeah, keep that in mind 🙂

P.S. With no oil added, this cheese is perfect for a strict fasting day. And since it’s homemade and very inexpensive to make, I think it’s great for Lent!

Vegan Coconut Milk Cheese

1 can full fat coconut milk (approx 13oz)
2 tsp fine salt
1.5 tsp vinegar
1/2 agar bar* (or powder or flakes, see below for amounts)
1/4 C nutritional yeast
1 heaping tsp of smoked paprika (or to taste)
1/2 tsp of turmeric for color, optional
1/4 tsp garlic powder (or to taste)
1/8 tsp onion powder (or to taste)
2 Tbsp cornstarch*, plus enough water to make it pourable

Put 2 Tbsp cornstarch in a cup and mix in just enough water to make it pourable, set aside. Bring coconut milk to a boil. Remove from heat, stir in salt and vinegar, and throw in the agar bar*. Stir and mash until it breaks down as much as possible. Strain. Put coconut milk mixture back in pan, stir in nutritional yeast, paprika, and turmeric (if using). Pour cornstarch mix into coconut while stirring rapidly. Continue to stir as you slowly bring the coconut milk to a boil again. Then remove from heat, and pour into parchment-lined dish or silicone mold.
The cheese will look very oily at first, but you won’t notice it after it has set.

*You can replace the agar bar with 6 Tbsp agar flakes, or 6 tsp agar powder, and skip the straining step.
To make the recipe paleo/grain-free, substitute 4 Tbsp tapioca starch for the cornstarch.

I use vegan coconut milk cheese in quesadillas, soups, cheesy mac, sandwiches…what will you do with vegan coconut milk cheese??