This cauliflower shepherd's pie bake makes plant-based eating exciting

It's the kind of comforting creaminess that I think most of us crave, especially in winter.
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Vegetarian chef and author Amy Chaplin is stopping by the TODAY kitchen to share a few of her favorite plant-based recipes from her new cookbook "Whole Food Cooking Every Day: Transform the Way You Eat with 250 Vegetarian Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar." She shows us how to make a vegetarian version of shepherd's pie with a cauliflower topping and an apple-almond cake with cardamom.

Cauliflower, Leek and Greens Bake

This bake is really is kind of amazing. Every time I make it, the response is nothing short of ecstatic. Something magical happens when cauliflower is whipped into a smooth puree with cashew milk and nutritional yeast before being baked. The consistency and flavor are surprisingly good for such a simple method and so few ingredients; the result is the kind of comforting creaminess that I think most of us crave, especially in winter.

Roasted Apple-Almond Cake

Roasting the apples before adding them to the cake amplifies their natural sweetness. The fragrant cardamom and nutty almonds round out the wintry flavor of this warming cake.

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