So, it turns out that there is cheese alternative that doesn’t have pea protein. Technically, Charlie isn’t allergic to peas anymore, but we’re happy to have this Follow Your Heart cheese alternative, especially because it’s delicious. We found it at the local co-op, along with some other Charlie-friendly dishes. We’ve tried all of them and the kids have liked them almost as much as we have. We started with the Follow Your Heart cheddar.
As it turns out, the Vegan Gourmet cheese alternative is a good deal. It feels a little oily, but it shreds OK, melts decently, and tastes close to cheese, especially with a little salt. Charlie loved it, and taco night got even better.
So, score one for us. We’re still keeping an eye on Charlie and peas, so it’s nice to have this as a control when we’re testing other foods that we haven’t fed him before. For example, we used the Vegan Gourmet mozzarella alternative when we made a pizza with a new crust. I’ll get to that in a different post. One of the things we’ve been struggling with is expanding our menu. Having a decent cheese-like product on hand is already making a big difference for us. Charlie is willing to eat just about anything, but Max is much more picky. I’d say that, while Max isn’t thrilled about the cheese alternative, he’s willing to eat the meals that it’s a part of. And right now, that’s all I need.