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Oh, You Thought Vegan Cheese Was Total Crap?

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I’m a big fan of cheese—the kind that comes from animals. Vegan cheese?

Ugh. Not so much.

What even is that???

But I try to be open minded. So I looked into it.

I didn’t realize there are so many different varieties. It piqued my interest. Because this is, after all, food.

And I love food!

Cheese Professor has a post on their favorite artisanal vegan cheeses. And I learned from them that January is “veganuary” which is strange since it’s also when National Cheese Lover’s Day is celebrated…is this a battle royale between the vegans and the purists???

I’ve been using using nutritional yeast over my popcorn for an additional nutty/cheesey umami taste for years, so some of these aren’t that long of a stretch for me.

Here’s a compilation of 18 recipes (shared with permission) that are either about making your own cheese or using vegan cheese in your cooking. A few are even nut-free, which I know is especially good for some people.

There are 2 sections: making the cheese itself, and using vegan cheese in a larger recipe.

Making Vegan Cheese

Kick off your journey into alternative cheeses by making your own. Here are 7 different recipes to try:

Stretchy Vegan Cashew Mozzarella | Alternative Dish
Stretchy vegan cashew mozzarella cheese is perfect grated on pizza and melted in quesadillas and grilled cheese sandwiches.
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Vegan Cauliflower Cheese Sauce | Stacey Homemaker
This dairy-free cauliflower cheese has the perfect cheesy texture and flavor and you can eat it as a dip, mix it with pasta, or drizzle it over veggies. It’s oil-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and it’s ready to eat in 30 minutes!
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A bowl of yellow melty vegan cheese dip topped with limes, chopped red peppers, red onions, and jalapenos
Vegan Cream Cheese (No Cashews) | Stacey Homemaker
This oil-free vegan cream cheese is super creamy and inexpensive to make because it’s made with sunflower seeds! Ready to eat in 20 minutes!
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4-Ingredient Vegan Parmesan Cheese Recipe | Vegan Vigilante
A Vegan Parmesan Cheese Recipe that requires only 4 ingredients & takes less than 5 minutes to make. Raw vegan, gluten-free and WFPB.
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Dairy-Free Parmesan Cheese {Vegan & Paleo} | Cassidy’s Craveable Creations
This easy vegan parmesan cheese is salty, cheesy, and so delicious you’ll want to sprinkle it on everything you make! #VeganParmesanCheese
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Pistachio Nut Cheese with Cranberry Jelly | My Pure Plants
This Pistachio Nut Cheese with Cranberry Jelly is the perfect vegan Christmas appetizer. Sliceable, so enjoy it on toast with veggies or on cracker.
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Paleo & Vegan Ricotta Cheese | Cassidy’s Craveable Creations
This Vegan Ricotta Cheese is easy to make and works well in any recipe calling for ricotta cheese. Plus, it’s nut free, soy free, and Paleo! #dairyfree #soyfree #vegan #dairyfreericottacheese
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But wait, there’s more!

Using Vegan Cheese Substitutes

Want to dive right into using alternative cheese in your dishes? Here are 11 more recipes to explore:

“Cheesy” Green Chile Black Bean Dip – Vegan | A Meal In Mind
This Mexican-inspired vegan cheesy green chile black bean dip is smooth, garlicky, tangy from the lime juice and slightly cheesy from the nutritional yeast.
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Vegan Carbonara | Vegan Huggs
This Vegan Carbonara is a full-on comfort meal made with savory tofu bacon and a silky sauce that is filled with smoky and cheesy flavors. It’ll be a new family favorite!
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Vegan Cauliflower Cheese Soup (Gluten-Free) | The Pesky Vegan
This vegan cauliflower cheese soup is creamy, indulgent, and gluten-free. Easy to make and cheesy in taste, you won’t notice there’s no dairy.
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Easy Vegan Mushroom Crostini | Happy Kitchen
These festive vegan mushroom crostini recipe is an easy and impressive-looking appetizer perfect for your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu
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Pumpkin Mac and Cheese (Vegan & Delicious!) | By The Forkful
The most delicious vegan pumpkin mac and cheese. An easy recipe with the creamiest sauce and all the comforting goodness you need.
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Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese | Vegan Huggs
Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese – the epitome of comfort food! Loaded with rich, cheesy and buttery goodness that’ll have you coming back for seconds.
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Best Vegan Spanakopita | A Virtual Vegan
Vegan Spanakopita. My take on the great Greek spinach and feta pie! Featuring shatteringly crisp phyllo pastry, and a soft, salty, feta-cheesy, spinachy filling, all baked up to golden perfection. Comfort food at it’s finest.
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Spaghetti Squash Greek Pastitsio | A Meal In Mind
Greek pastitsio is a relative of lasagna – spiced, layered and creamy. This gluten-free spaghetti squash Greek pastitsio has béchamel-like sauce and tomato-y red meat filling.
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Gluten-Free Stuffed Shells with Vegan Almond Ricotta
A classic Italian dinner recipe made-over so everyone can enjoy. Gluten-Free Stuffed Shells with Vegan Almond Ricotta and a homemade sun-dried tomato sauce! A cozy family meal that leaves bellies full and hearts warm! The two big pasta dishes in my Italian family were always ziti and stuffed shells,…
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Easy Vegan One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta | Delightful Adventures
This one-pot cheesy taco pasta can be on your table in under 30-minutes! It’s a quick, easy recipe that can be made in your Instant Pot or the stovetop.
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Creamy Vegan Tortellini Soup Recipe (Under 30 Minutes in One Pot) | From the Library of Jules Buono
This creamy vegan tortellini soup oozes comfort and decadence with non-dairy ingredients, and it can be made in under 30 minutes in one pot!
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I’d be really interested in how you feel about vegan cheese. Is it something you use regularly or are you still not convinced?

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