Get ready to satisfy every cheesy craving you ever had because January 20th is National Cheese Lovers Day. It’s a day to celebrate all things cheesy and that includes vegan cheese. Vegan cheese is smooth, creamy, spreadable, sliceable and melt-able so you can enjoy all your favorite cheesy recipes. Plus, you can buy vegan cheese or make your own!
The vegan cheeses on the market are simply incredible. They taste amazing and can do everything we would want them to. Check out Vegan Cheese is Better Than Ever: Try These 11 Brands for the best dairy-free cheeses on the market. Or opt to make your own. Take a look at these 20 Amazing Vegan Cheeses You Can Make at Home.Then get ready to celebrate with 15 of our cheesiest dairy-free recipes.
1. Life-Changing Chili Cheese Fries
Will these Chili Cheese Fries really change your life? Well, they have Cajun-spiced fries baked until they’re golden and crispy. Then the fries are topped with a smoky and spicy chili. A creamy vegan cheese sauce gets poured down over it all, plus creamy avocado on top. Guess you’ll have to taste them to see.
2. Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza with Blue Cheese Spread
This Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza with Blue Cheese Spread is so amazing, you’ll never get delivery again. It is spicy, savory, and crunchy with roasted cauliflower tossed in Buffalo sauce. The blue cheeze spread really makes this pizza – it tastes really close to dairy blue cheese but so much better. For such an impressive meal, it’s not that difficult to bring together and it’s really worth it.
3. Cheesy Baked Kale Artichoke Dip
This Cheesy Baked Kale Artichoke Dip is a veganized version of the classic spinach and artichoke dip that everyone loves! It’s still just as creamy, cheesy, and totally dip-able, but the nutrition is punched up a bit with the addition of kale. Eat with bread, chips, or your favorite sliced veggies.
4. Creamy Mashed Potato Soup with Melty ‘Cheddah’ Cheeze Sauce
This Creamy Mashed Potato Soup with Melty ‘Cheddah’ Cheeze Sauce is hearty and comforting. It has all the goodness of mashed potatoes, with a hint of melty, tangy cheddar cheesiness! This will warm you right up on a cold winter’s day! Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftover mashed potatoes that might need a little extra love.
5. Skillet Cheesy Enchilada Stew
Everything you love about enchiladas is in this hearty, luscious Skillet Cheesy Enchilada Stew. It’s got spicy soy curls, broccoli, mushrooms, black beans, and more all cooked in a bold and spicy sauce. Spicy pepper jack cheese gets melted all through it. Serve this in a bowl with plenty of tortilla chips to scoop up all the cheesy goodness.
6. Hot ‘n’ Bubbly Cauliflower Cheese
This Hot n’ Bubbly Cauliflower Cheese dish will have everyone running to the dinner table. Steamed cauliflower is tossed in a rich, cashew-based cheese sauce and then baked in the oven until it’s hot, bubbly and golden brown. It’s healthy, decadent, and delicious.
7. Smoky Apple and “Cheddar” Stuffed Baked Potato
The combination of flavors in this Smoky Apple and “Cheddar” Stuffed Baked Potato is incredible. The sweet apples combine with the spicy chili powder for a perfect balance. Add the smoky and slight maple flavor of the tempeh to the sweet and spicy apple, and the cheddar flavored cashew cheese, and it’s like a flavor bomb went off in your mouth.
8. Double Black Bean Tofu Cheeseburgers
These Double Black Bean Tofu Cheeseburgers will blow your mind. They taste more like beefy burgers than bean burgers. The texture is crispy on the outside and tender inside. Topped with lots of melty cheese, these burgers are like having your favorite burger joint inside your own kitchen.
9. Autumn Nachos With Pumpkin Queso Dip
These homemade Autumn Nachos with Pumpkin Queso Dip are cheesy and delicious. Tortilla chips are topped with all your favorites: jalapenos, olives, salsa, guacamole, and onions. The queso dip is made with pumpkin or squash and cashews and is so good, the tortilla chips won’t be the only thing you’ll be dipping in it.
10. Super Healthy, Ultra-Cheesy Mac and Cheese
You can stop searching, because this Super Healthy, Ultra-Cheesy Mac and Cheese is the last mac and cheese recipe you will ever need! Why? It’s nut-free, soy-free, and gluten-free, ridiculously easy to make, and the cheese sauce is addictive. Seriously, it’s creamy, cheesy, and rich, and comforting – you’ll want to drink this stuff with a straw.
11. Cheesy Polenta with Creamy Artichoke Pesto
This Cheesy Polenta with Creamy Artichoke Pesto is a comforting meal that combines all the best things in life. There’s soft polenta topped with nutty pesto made with artichokes, basil, and arugula. It’s a great easy dinner when you just need to sit down to something easy and hearty.
12. Spinach and Mushroom Alfredo Lasagna
This Spinach and Mushroom Alfredo Lasagna is comfort on a plate. Lasagna noodles are filled with spinach and mushrooms and layered with a simple, creamy and cheesy Alfredo sauce. Topped with fresh tomatoes, this dish is comforting, but not heavy, leaving plenty of room for dessert.
13. Cheezy Chilaquiles
Breakfast, lunch or dinner, these Cheesy Chilaquiles are perfect when you want an indulgent but easy meal. The tofu soaks up all the flavors in the sauce like chipotle in adobo and tomatillos. Served over tortilla chips, this is your new favorite skillet dish.
14. Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake
This Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake is easy, nourishing and comforting all at the same time. Brown rice and broccoli are tossed in an easy homemade cheesy sauce and baked in the oven until browned and bubbly. More cheesy sauce on top and you have a dish that’s the epitome of comfort food.
15. Vegan Poutine
Poutine is a traditional Canadian dish that is the ultimate comfort food. This Vegan Poutine has perfect oven-baked crispy fries that are topped with vegan mozzarella that’s melted until it’s ooey-gooey good. Then the whole thing is smothered with homemade brown “beefy” gravy. This is hot, crispy, gooey, cheesy, and indulgent.
Go ahead and treat yourself! Try one, two, or ALL of these recipes in celebration of National Cheese Lovers Day.
Lead image source: Hot n’ Bubbly Cauliflower Cheese