“Cheese” up your vegan and dairy-free dishes!

“Cheese” up your vegan and dairy-free dishes!

by Natalie L 08 Jul 2019

“Cheese” and “vegan” often seem impossibly incompatible, and we understand how frustrating this problem can be for many cheese-lovers who follow plant-based diets. Cheese adds a unique taste and texture to dishes, one which cannot be replaced easily. Thankfully, you no longer need to be frustrated as we have some easy-to-make, cheesy vegan recipes that will quell that appetite sooner than you can say “mozzarella”!

 

Avocado Pesto Pizza

Ingredients

  • 10-12” pizza crust
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tbsp unsalted pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic (grated)
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 oz fresh vegan mozzarella cheese (you can get it here)
  • Sea salt
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes

 

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pizza crust using a pizza stone and heat grill. 
  2. Blend the avocado, pine nuts, lemon juice, basil leaves and garlic using a food processor.
  3. Slowly add in the extra virgin oil into the mixture in 1, then add some salt and pepper for flavour.
  4. Spread this mixture evenly over the pizza crust and add mozzarella and tomatoes over it.
  5. Place the pizza back over the pizza stone and remove when the crust turns golden brown.

 

Cheesy Nachos

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of tortilla chips
  • 2 medium sized potatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • Water

 

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop the potatoes and carrots, then boil them until they become soft.
  2. Drain the water from them and combine them using a food processor.
  3. Add the nutritional yeast, spices and lemon juice to the mixture in 2. Continue to blend them until the mixture has a smooth texture.
  4. If the blend is too thick, add water until you reach the desired consistency.
  5. Your dip is now ready to be served along with your chips!

 

“Cheese” Sticks

Ingredients

  • ½ block of vegan cheese
  • Frying oil

 

[For the breading]

  • 1 cup panko flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp paprika powder
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder

 

[For the batter]

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp black salt

 

Instructions

  1. Slice the cheese into sticks of an appropriate size.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients for the breading together in a clean bowl.
  3. Mix all of the ingredients for the batter together in a separate bowl.
  4. Dip the cheese sticks into the batter, then into the breading. Make sure that the cheese sticks are fully coated.
  5. Fry the cheese sticks over a frying pan, until they are golden brown.  

 

Grilled “Cheese” Sandwich

Ingredients

  • ½ block extra-firm tofu
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¾ cup marinara sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • 6 slices of crusty bread
  • ¼ cup vegan butter
  • Black pepper

 

Instructions

  1. Dry the tofu using a kitchen towel.
  2. Place the tofu into a food processor and crumble it. Add in the nutritional yeast, garlic, olive oil, salt, lemon juice and pepper.
  3. Process for a minute until the mixture has a smooth consistency.
  4. Spread the mixture over one slice of crusty bread. Spread marinara sauce and fresh basil over another slice bread. Combine these 2 slices together.
  5. Heat up a frying pan using medium heat.
  6. Spread vegan butter over one side of the sandwich and fry it.
  7. As you flip over the sandwich, remember to spread vegan butter on the other side of the sandwich before frying it. 
  8. Fry for about 5 minutes, or until the sandwich is golden brown on both sides.

 

These cheese-free recipes are great for social occasions or when you're feeling the urge to munch on something comforting. If you're catering to ardent cheese fans though, be sure to double  (or even triple) the portion of your dishes because they're almost guaranteed to run out quickly! 

 

References               

https://greatist.com/eat/vegan-recipes-that-are-super-cheesy

https://awhiskandtwowands.com/avocado-pesto-pizza-vegan/

https://www.elephantasticvegan.com/vegan-cheese-sticks/

http://www.doradaily.com/my-blog/2016/08/vegan-nachos-barbecue-jackfruit.html

https://www.rabbitandwolves.com/vegan-pizza-grilled-cheese/