4 Ooey-Gooey Vegan Cheese Recipes for Meatless Monday

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Meatless Monday isn’t just a great day to go meat-free — it’s also a good time to try out some dairy-free vegan recipes. After all, whatever your reasons for eating less meat — be they ecological or humane — you’re only doing more when you cut out animal products entirely. This week, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite vegan comfort food recipes, all featuring vegan cheese.

Queso is a Tex Mex favorite, but this version contains none of its namesake ingredient. Instead, a combination of carrots, onion, garlic, cashews, and nutritional yeast is blended together for a vegan version of the classic dip. Adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers adds just the right amount of heat to this dish, which is delicious served with corn chips, crudités, or both.

Cheesy Vegan Potato Soup Recipe

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Cheese and potato soup is one of our favorite cold weather comfort food dishes, and this vegan version is no exception. Yukon gold potatoes form the creamy base of this soup: with more beta carotene than white potatoes and a silkier texture, they’re by far the best choice. Seasoned with onion, garlic, and a nice amount of nutritional yeast for that cheesy flavor, this soup will definitely keep everyone coming back for more.

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This spreadable vegan cheese is a welcome addition to any hors d’oeuvre platter. It’s seasoned with garlic and herbs as well as a touch of lemon zest for freshness. The resulting cheese is smooth and creamy; serve it alone or alongside hummus and baba ghanouj for a bit of a unique spin on the mezze platter.

Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe

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This vegan mac and cheese is a dream come true. The creamy sauce is made of a blend of potatoes and carrots — plus some cheesy nutritional yeast and the thickening power of arrowroot powder. This sauce is a cheaper, lower-calorie departure from traditional cashew cheeses and an excellent base sauce to have in your repertoire for cheesy broccoli or vegan nachos.

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Emily Monaco
Emily Monaco

Emily Monaco is an American food and culture writer based in Paris. She loves uncovering the stories behind ingredients and exposing the face of our food system, so that consumers can make educated choices. Her work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Vice Munchies, and Serious Eats.