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  1. Vegan Mozzarella Cheese a cashew cheese that stretches, melts, and grates!

    This vegan mozzarella stretches like real cheese, but it's also firm enough to grate (after freezing for a bit). And it has the perfect tangy, salty mozzarella taste! This cheese is perfect for pizzas, pasta dishes like my baked ziti or lasagna, or even mozzarella sticks!

    You'll want to plan ahead when making this vegan mozzarella. Start making it at least two hours in advance if you plan to slice it. If you will be grating it, it's best to prepare the cheese the day before so you can freeze it overnight.

  2. Vegan Baked Ziti

    For the longest time, I never wanted to even attempt a baked ziti recipe because I thought nothing could live up to the real thing. But after some trial and error, I was excited to learn that I was so wrong! This recipe uses my homemade vegan mozzarella, which melts and stretches like the real thing; it also uses my tofu ricotta, and the sauce is loaded with lentils instead of meat.

  3. Vegan Ricotta & Spinach Cannelloni

    This vegan cannelloni is stuffed with tofu and spinach ricotta, immersed in a homemade marinara sauce, and topped with a creamy vegan mascarpone sauce. It's a great meal to make for a special occasion, but it's easy enough to make any night of the week. And even picky eaters will love it!

    Cannelloni noodles can be hard to find in the United States, but I was able to order them online. In most US supermarkets, the closest thing you'll find is manicotti, which you can use, but it's much larger than cannelloni. (Scroll down for instructions on adapting this recipe for manicotti.)

  4. Vegan Queso Dip

    One of my favorite things in life is hosting parties, dinners, and gatherings at home. Cooking delicious, indulgent foods that everyone loves is a big part of that. This vegan queso is so cheesy that no one ever believes it's vegan! But it is! Even better, it's healthy! The main ingredients for this dip are cashews and vegetables--much better than dairy-based dips.

    This recipe uses a cashew cream base, and nutritional yeast, tomato paste, carrots, butternut squash, and powdered seasonings bring the flavor. For texture and flavor, I included chopped tomatoes, corn kernels, and a diced jalapeño pepper (but you can use any veggies you'd like for this, or leave them out for a smooth cheesy dip).

  5. Detroit-Style Vegan Pizza

    Let me start by saying that I've never been a big fan of vegan pizzas—especially vegan cheese pizzas—because they usually just taste okay. (However, I do enjoy a veggie-topped pizza with just a little vegan cheese). That's not the case with this pizza. I am not exaggerating when I say that this Detroit-style pizza tastes phenomenal.

    Until recently, I never knew that my favorite pizza was actually Detroit-stye pizza. When I tried it for the first time at Jet's Pizza in Fort Lauderdale, I thought it was just Sicilian pizza. While Detroit-style pizza is actually a descendant of Sicilian pizza, there are a few differences. With Detroit-style pizza, the cheese goes all the way to the edges and forms a crispy browned cheese crust. The sauce is often piled on top of the cheese as well, creating a gooey blend of bread and cheese under the sauce. This "red-top" method of making pizza actually works quite well for vegan pizza, since vegan cheese tends to melt better when it's surrounded by sauce.

  6. Lasagna is a crowd-pleasing main dish that everyone can agree on.

    The Absolute Best Vegan Lasagna

    Toss out that store-bought frozen vegan lasagna. Scrap all the other vegan lasagna recipes you've tried. Yes, this vegan lasagna recipe is that good.

    Before we get to the recipe, I need to mention that the flavor of a good lasagna is highly dependent on the sauce you use. So if you don't make your own, I strongly recommend that you use a high-quality sauce, like Rao's or the Silver Palate. (Although these brands are pretty expensive, I can often find one or the other on sale at Whole Foods, and I stock up when I see them).

  7. These carrot cake cupcakes with vegan cream cheese frosting are a favorite treat during the holidays.

    Amazing Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

    Sometimes, I create a recipe, and even I can't believe how amazing it turned out. This frosting is one of those recipes.

    As I've mentioned in previous recipes, I used to have a cupcake business many years ago. I've been (slowly) working on creating vegan versions of my old recipes. When I created my vegan carrot cake, I wondered how I was going to recreate a cream cheese frosting to go with it. I wanted to avoid using store-bought vegan cream cheese because they vary so widely in their taste and ingredients.

  8. Easy Vegan Ricotta Cheese with Tofu

    Many times, the best recipes are complicated and time-consuming. But not this one. It's simple and comes together in 10 minutes flat! And it has the perfect balance of flavors for your favorite Italian dishes, like cannoli, manicotti, stuffed shells, and lasagna.

    I tested lots of different ingredients for this recipe, including cashews, almonds, and sunflower seeds. Ultimately, tofu was the best at recreating the mild flavor and light, crumbly texture of ricotta cheese.

  9. Vegan stuffed shells with tofu and spinach ricotta

    Vegan Stuffed Shells with Spinach and Tofu Ricotta

    When I was in college and learning to cook, the first dishes I perfected were Italian pasta dishes, like lasagna, fettuccine alfredo, and of course, stuffed shells. Stuffed shells are a delicious comfort food for me, but they're made with cheese and eggs. Fortunately, I've managed to create delicious vegan ricotta from tofu, and stuffed shells are once again on the menu in my kitchen. A little bit of flour helps to bind everything together in place of an egg.

    These vegan stuffed shells are so easy to make, they can be made any day. But they are also perfect for holidays like Christmas and Easter, or family gatherings.

  10. This butternut squash casserole provides a great balance for heavier holiday dishes.

    Vegan Baked Butternut Squash Casserole with Cashew Cheese, Pecans, and Leeks

    Back when I was first teaching myself to cook, in my late teens, one of my favorite dishes to cook was a butternut squash casserole with goat cheese. It was simple, but delicious. Today, my version of butternut squash casserole has morphed into something a little more complex, and 100% vegan. But it's the most delicious version of it that I've ever made. To get to this masterpiece, I took some inspiration from this Epicurious (non-vegan) recipe, and this recipe from Oh She Glows.

    This butternut squash casserole recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, or you can make it any time. It works as a side dish, but it's also great as a main course.

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