Leandra (leandra_nyx) wrote in vegancooking,
Leandra
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solutions for cravings for cheesy comfort food?

I've been working really hard lately to make my diet more healthy. I'm in the phase of kicking my cheese habit to go fully vegan, and I've been including a lot more vegetables in the meals that I make (being one of those people who grew up hating vegetables of all kinds, this has been a challenge). The problem is, all of a sudden I'm *craving* all sorts of non-vegan foods! I've been craving my grandma's Finnish squeaky-cheese, and drooling at the thought of a pasta salad I used to make that had eggs in it, etc... and then I usually give in and make some cheesy au gratin potatoes or something of the sort. It's really disturbing to me... even as I type this I'm kind of like salivating at the sentence I typed above. Gross. I've read cheese is addictive, but... really?

I'm wondering if I'm lacking some nutrient that's causing the cravings, or what. Maybe I'm not getting enough calories. I don't know. Here in SW Michigan the past week has been cold and snowy, and I always crave rich hearty foods in the winter, so maybe that has something to do with it also.

Anyway, I was just wondering what people's favorite comfort food recipes are! I'm looking for anything rich, filling, gooey, warm, creamy, buttery (margariney, whatever).... something I can make to help me get past this stuck point.


Edit: Thank you all so much for the suggestions!!
Tags: comfort food, substitutes-dairy-cheese
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