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Giving Up Dairy Without Sacrifice

Imagine giving up cheese and ice cream. We know, this can seem like an impossibility, however, prioritizing your health and comfort doesn’t always have to come with severe sacrifices. For those who are looking to adopt a dairy free lifestyle but aren’t completely aware of how to do so effectively, rest assured there are alternative ingredients and excellent dairy free recipes available at your fingertips.

Vegan Cheeses

Nut Parmesan

Parmesan is a favorite amongst most cheese lovers and is frequently used in recipes. Unlike regular parmesan, nut parmesan is made of ground nutshells, cashews, or almonds which are then mixed with nutritional yeast flakes, salt, and occasionally garlic powder. The resulting product tastes remarkably like its dairy counterpart and can be used as a dairy free substitute for all recipes that call for parmesan.

Veggie Cheese

This option is rarely found in stores but can be easily made on your own. Creamy and cheesy sauces can be made using cauliflower, sweet potatoes, or butternut squash. These sauces are usually flavored with nutritional yeast to give it more of a cheesy flavor and texture for cheese sauce.

Tofu Cheese

Using tofu to make cheese can result in a product that is very similar to ricotta. Tofu can be used to replicate the creamy texture of the cheese. Furthermore, like ricotta, tofu is an excellent source of protein. Making tofu ricotta is as easy as throwing extra firm tofu, olive oil, garlic, and nutritional yeast into a food processor and blending till you reach a consistency you like.

Daiya Cheese

Daiya is widely available in most grocery stores and can be used to mimic the stringy texture of cheese. Daiya cheese may not have the flavor as some of the other dairy free cheeses, but it’s hard to knock it because of its amazing texture and similar mouth feel.

Dairy Free Recipes

Indulge in these healthier, dairy free recipes. You’ll soon realize that you don’t have to sacrifice the flavor or texture of your favorite comfort foods.

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cauliflower
  • 4 oz baby carrots
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¾ tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Cut cauliflower into 1/2-inch pieces, then into 1/2-inch strips, to create “macaroni-shaped” rectangle pieces (many of the florets will crumble, which is normal).
  2. In a large deep-sided pan, melt olive oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add almond meal, garlic salt, and pepper. Cook just until the almond meal begins to brown. Transfer to a small bowl, set aside.
  4. Place cauliflower in a pan. Add carrots, coconut milk, tahini, olive oil, onion powder, ground mustard, salt, and pepper.
  5. Cover and cook 10 minutes, until boiling. Reduce heat and add nutritional yeast. Stir to combine
  6. Remove the lid and cook until sauce begins to thicken and the cauliflower is very tender. Sprinkle with almond meal “breadcrumbs” and parsley.

Breakfast Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • ½ Daiya mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut the tops off of each bell pepper; remove seeds and pith.
  2. Bake bell peppers for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium-sized bowl, mix green onions, mushrooms, spinach, garlic, and eggs together.
  4. Remove the bell peppers from the oven and fill with egg mixture, and then place in the oven for 35 minutes or until cooked.
  5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle Daiya mozzarella cheese on top. Broil in the oven for another 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Going dairy free will make you feel healthier, more energized, and improve your digestion and with these excellent dairy free options, you won’t ever have to sacrifice flavor or struggle with curbing your cravings. With so many great alternatives to dairy products, it’s easy to adopt a dairy free lifestyle. Educate yourself on what to use as supplements and go online to find the best dairy free recipes to add to your collection.