For many of us, cheesy recipes are a symbol of comfort food. We can remember pizza night being our favorite night at home and pizza parties at school when the teachers ordered from the parlor instead of serving cafeteria pizza being the best school day ever. We knew that if we put our heart into it, we were capable of devouring more macaroni and cheese than seemed possible. And there are so many more cheesy recipes we grew up with that were the epitome of “good” food. Baked ziti, lasagna, and baked potatoes loaded with cheese and sour cream, to name a few. If you’re making the choice to eat more plant-based meals, you might think those days are in the past. But the good news is, they’re not!
It’s easier than ever to eat cheesy, plant-based meals. Many grocery stores will have options like a bag of vegan cheese shreds, a block of vegan cheese, a box of vegan macaroni and cheese, or a frozen vegan pizza. If you like to cook at home, you have options like this Grateable Almond Cheese, 5-Ingredient Almond Feta Cheese, Marinated Tofu Feta Cheese, Lemon Almond Parmesan, Moxarella Cheese, and even Baked Brie. You can also make your favorite cheesy recipes at home. So if you find yourself craving dairy, don’t worry — try these 15 cheesy vegan meals!
Pepperoni pizza is a comfort food with flavors holds a permanent spot in our hearts. But what can you do when you want it meatless and dairy-free? That’s easy! This Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza recreates that hot, spicy pepperoni flavor with crispy, thinly sliced zucchini marinated in a spicy and flavorful sauce. Top that with melty vegan cheese and you’re ready for pizza night.
2. Life-Changing Cheese Sauce
Sometimes all a recipe needs is to be smothered in cheese sauce. Baked potato? Put some cheese sauce on it. Roasted broccoli? Pretty much meant to be eaten with cheese sauce. This Life-Changing Cheese Sauce is your new secret weapon in the kitchen. You won’t believe how authentically cheesy it tastes! And get this — it’s super easy!
3. Caprese Sandwich With Cashew Mozzarella
There is nothing quite like a grilled cheese sandwich. Gooey, melty cashew mozzarella is sandwiched between two buttery slices of Italian bread with an easy balsamic vinaigrette dressing, fresh lettuce, and thick slices of tomato. Behold, the vegan Caprese Sandwich With Cashew Mozzarella! Because everything is better when you put it on bread.
4. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Get a serving of veggies in the form of the ultimate comfort food. Nice and cheesy with a spicy kick, an addictive taste, and the goodness of cauliflower, this Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is definitely a keeper! Healthy AND tasty — so it’s a win-win.
5. Cheesy Potato Skins With Coconut Bacon
These Cheesy Potato Skins With Coconut Bacon are the perfect appetizer for any occasion! Crispy oven-baked potato skins are loaded with cheesy sauce, smoky coconut bacon, and topped with additional goodies. Make sure you double up on this for your guests, because they definitely won’t last long.
6. Cheesy Leek Quiche
This Cheesy Leek Quiche makes for a great dinner dish. While this recipe is delicious as is, broccoli and peppers would also work well. Make a couple of these to pop in the freezer and enjoy gooey, melty deliciousness all week (or month) long!
7. Gooey Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Making vegan grilled cheese without nuts or soy can be tricky, this recipe for Gooey Grilled Cheese recreates the sandwich we all know and love without either! It combines vegetables, sunflower seeds, and a little bit of nutritional yeast for extra cheesy flavor, resulting in an ooey-gooey sandwich that’s perfect for dipping in tomato soup.
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8. Mozzarella-Stuffed Quinoa Pizza Bites
Homemade vegan mozzarella rolled in soft and fluffy quinoa. No, this is not a dream. With a savory tomato sauce dipping sauce on the side, these little Mozzarella-Stuffed Quinoa Pizza Bites will cure the fiercest of pizza cravings. Make these as a fun appetizer or make a big batch and gobble them up yourself.
9. Cheesy Lentil Lasagna
This meaty, Cheesy Lentil Lasagna has layers of hearty lentil Bolognese, creamy cashew cheese, and pasta. And if you make a few key ingredients ahead of time, like the lentils and the nut cheese, you can assemble this dish in mere minutes. Yum!
10. Easy Green Casserole
Green veggies, crunchy quinoa, and a cheesy, dairy-free sauce make this savory casserole a new comfort food favorite. Make this Easy Green Casserole at the start of your week and you’ll have a week’s worth of dinner! Best of all, this recipe only requires one-pot meaning it’s an easy make and an easy clean up.
11. Cheesy Cashew Cream Pasta
This Cheesy Cashew Cream Pasta tastes indulgent but is actually great for you! The complex carbohydrates will supply you with long-lasting energy, and the cashew cream is a great cheese alternative. Pair this pasta with a simple spinach side salad, or throw in some veggies for extra green!
12. Roasted Broccoli and Sauerkraut Quesadilla
This recipe for Roasted Broccoli and Sauerkraut Quesadilla is easy, filling, healthy, but also comforting. These quesadillas are crispy, fresh, gooey with vegan miso cashew cheese, and all around a crowd pleaser. You are going to love them once you give them a try!
13. Cheesy Eggplant Burger
These Cheesy Eggplant Burgers are really something else. Eggplant is fried until soft and then mashed with a mixture of herbs, gluten-free breadcrumbs, and vegan cheese shreds, then fried until golden on the outside and tender and melty on the inside. Put some napkins on the side and enjoy, it’s gonna be messy!
14. 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.
15. Freezable Cheesy Chickpea Burritos
The sautéed onions and seasoned chickpeas in this recipe create the perfect texture to pair with spinach in cheesy cashew sauce. Wrap it all up in a whole grain tortilla that gets crispy and warm when baked – yum! These Freezable Cheesy Chickpea Burritos are great for breakfast. You can also freeze them, meaning less hassle!
When it comes to cheesy recipes, the more vegan cheese, the better — and we think that’s something we all can agree on.
Lead image source: Cauliflower Mac and Cheese