The trick to creating a deliciously vegan & EASY charcuterie board is knowing the vegan meat/cheese world – and knowing what you like. I am obsessed with Daiya’s smoked gouda cheese. It does not have that nasty Daiya taste – it slices easy, looks pretty and doesn’t have any over-powering flavours. I also love Field Roast’s smoked apple sage sausage. These two products are almost always the stars of my vegan charcuterie boards. (For my local friends – I always buy the smoked gouda at Save On Foods and the sausages at Save On Foods or The Real Canadian Superstore).
Growing up, my aunt used to make a famously delicious lasagna. It tasted amazing and was everyone’s favourite at all of our family gatherings; but it was packed with dairy & cow products so it definitely made you feel tired, sluggish and just plain-old gross afterwards. I’ve been considering trying to veganize lasagna for a while now, but I really didn’t want to add a bunch of veggies to it. I think maybe I’ll do a healthier lasagna, maybe made with eggplant and mushrooms, but for now – we’re making a deliciously cheesy, decadent vegan lasagna with a red crumble sauce (like a meat-sauce, but no harmed animals) and a cheesy, creamy sauce (again, with no harmed animals). I’m not joking, I was literally licking the spoon clean after I finished spreading on the cheese sauce. It was so good, I might just have to update my vegan mac and cheese recipe! My husband is my certified taste-tester and he said it was the best thing I’ve ever cooked, better than my aunts (sorry Aunt Rachel!) and he wants me to meal-prep it for him next week. Kinder words have never been spoken!