Lusting after pizza, mac and cheese, or queso dip? We've got smart swaps that'll satisfy your cravings and your vegan diet at the same time.

By Shannon Leparski
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For most, the thought of giving up cheese in exchange for a cruelty-free life is devastating enough to nix the idea entirely. Understandable, since many of us grew up eating comfort foods like pizza, mac and cheese, and grilled cheese sandwiches. (And cheesy food is pretty darn delicious.)

The good news is, your cravings will diminish with time (seriously-I loved cheese as much as the next person and used to add it to everything, but now I don't even miss it!), and there are healthy vegan alternatives for every cheese craving under the sun.

If you're thinking about going vegan or have already made the transition but are experiencing major cravings, refer to this list during a cheese emergency.

If You're Craving Pizza...

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Buy frozen vegan pizza from brands like: Daiya (shown below), Tofurkey, Amy's, or Tofutti.They're all tasty and an easy vegan alternative to cheese pizza!

If You're Craving Mac and Cheese...

Make these vegan recipes: The Ultimate Vegan Mac and Cheese (shown below; veggie based, nut-free and low-fat!) or this cashew-based Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese

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Buy Vegan Mac and Cheese from brands like: Earth Balance (shown below), Daiya, Annie's, or Amy's

If You're Craving Queso Dip...

Make these vegan recipes: Vegan Cheese Dip (potato based; shown below) or this Vegan Queso Blanco (Mexican White Cheese Dip)

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Buy Queso from brands like: Nacho Mom's Ultimate Vegan Queso (shown below)

If You're Craving Cheesy Popcorn...

Make these vegan recipes: Cheesy Vegan Popcorn (shown below) or The Best Butter-Free Popcorn

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Buy cheesy vegan popcorn from brands like: Beanfields Nacho Chips (a Doritos alternative), Earth Balance White Cheddar Popcorn or Cheddar Squares (like Cheez-It), Skinny Pop White Cheddar (shown below)

If You're Craving Slices of Cheese...

Make these vegan recipes: Pistachio Crusted Cashew Coconut Cheese (shown below) or Garlic and Herb Vegan Cheese or Vegan Parmesan (for topping)

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Buy vegan cheese from brands like: Miyoko's Creamery (shown below), Field Roast Chao, Kite Hill, Go Veggie, Daiya, Follow Your Heart

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