A few years ago, I figured out that I developed (seemingly out of the blue) a dairy allergy. More specifically a lactose allergy. That meant no milk or buttermilk, no cream, no ice cream or whipped cream, and no cream cheese or any cheese at all.
Giving up milk was no big deal. I found it pretty gross anyway. Giving up ice cream wasn’t even that big of a deal. Giving up cheese? That was hard. I cheated often and ate cheese anyway and paid the price. I tried dairy-free cheese and let’s be honest, basically all options are pretty icky and the texture is just something I can’t get past.
But then I finally found an easy and delicious dairy-free Cashew Cheese recipe that I fell in love with and now not only am I hooked, but my husband is hooked too!
While I eat it on crackers, vegetable strips, and toast, one of my favorite ways to enjoy my homemade cashew cheese is in a wrap with spinach and turkey and other veggies.
We go on a lot of family hiking adventures and road trips, and pretty much pack a picnic lunch every time — it’s way more fun to have a relaxing picnic than to sit in a restaurant for an hour.
The problem is that when I’d pack pre-made sandwiches, they’d always bee just a little soggy. When I’d pack stuff to make sandwiches, something was always missing. My sandwich felt dry. It needed cheese dang it!
Luckily with my new dairy-free Cashew Cheese recipe, all my problems went away. I made a big batch of it before we left for a week long road trip to Pinnacles National Park, Monterey, and Big Sur and packed it with us in the ice chest.
In the mornings, I’d make us fresh wraps with cashew cheese, spinach, turkey, and sliced bell peppers on the tailgate of the truck to pack in our backpacks — and they never got soggy!
At home, I often add avocado or guacamole to the wrap, and we simply use whatever vegetables we have on hand and available.
The cashew cheese added the much needed texture and flavor back to our lunches and wraps that was missing, and unlike other condiments, the wrap, tortilla, or bread never gets soggy over time, so it is perfect for a picnic.
If you try it, I’d love to hear what you think!
Cashew Cheese, Turkey, And Vegetable Wraps
Perfect for a poolside lunch or to wrap in foil and take on a hike or picnic, these dairy-free cashew cheese and turkey wraps are delicious with fresh veggies!
- Flavored wraps, like spinach or chipotle
- Cashew Cheese
- Spinach leaves, trimmed and sliced
- Red bell pepper, sliced
- Layout the wraps flat on a plat for piece of foil. Spread 1-2 tablespoons cashew cheese down the center of each wrap, spead or mash avocado onto the cashew cheese.
- Top cashew cheese and avocado with turkey, spinach, and sliced red bell pepper. Roll up and slice in half to eat immediately or wrap in foil to bring on a hike.
Here is the Dairy-Free Cashew Cheese Recipe to make your own cashew cheese at home.
You can put anything you like into your cashew cheese and turkey wrap. Try tomatoes, apple slices, broccoli slaw, shredded carrots, or sliced radishes — just not all at the same time!