A Few Favorite Dairy-Free Recipes
I’ve been dairy and soy-free since July and although at times I’ve been seriously craving pizza and ice cream from Picco (my favorite), it’s generally been an okay transition. Milo developed a milk protein sensitivity as a newborn, which hopefully he’ll outgrow, but while I’m nursing I’ve had to tailor my diet.
I am headed to France for the second time since going dairy-free and it is hard to pass on all the cheese and pastries, but I know it’s been a worthwhile choice for me (and Milo). I think that a big factor that it’s been relatively easy is that there are so many delicious recipes to make that don’t require dairy. I love browsing food blogs for inspiration, especially Cookie & Kate, Smitten Kitchen, and Oh She Glows.
Here are a few of my favorite go-to recipes that also happen to be friendly if you’re avoiding dairy (I know I’ll be creating them long after I re-introduce dairy into my diet):
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies – these are so delicious, and bonus: you can eat the raw dough!
Acai Bowl – I’ve been a longtime fan of acai, and I recently figured out the trick to the creamiest acai bowl (who wants a watered down one, anyways?). Coconut butter! I simply put a packet of acai (I use these from Whole Foods), another cup or so of frozen berries (I love a mix of strawberries and blueberries – but use whatever you like and have on hand!), one and a half cups of banana, one tablespoon of peanut butter, one tablespoon of chia seeds (these are my favorite), a teaspoon of vanilla, and two tablespoons of coconut butter. It takes awhile for it to all blend together since you’re not adding any liquid to thin it out – but my goodness, it makes all the difference. I usually top with granola, shredded coconut and whatever fresh fruit I have on hand.
Mujadarrah – Laura and I both love Deborah Madison’s recipes, and this one is a classic. Lentils, onions, and a healthy dose of olive oil.
5-minute Oatmeal Power Bowl – for breakfast, I switch between making eggs and this super easy and delicious oatmeal bowl. The beauty of this kind of bowl is you can use a little less or a little more and swap out ingredients for what you have in your cabinet, and it’s still delicious. I put everything together the night before and pop it in the fridge in a pot so it’s all ready to go the next morning.
Smoked Salmon Plate – Oddly enough one of the things I missed the most while pregnant was smoked salmon, which I didn’t even love pre-pregnancy. I couldn’t wait to eat a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon. I enjoyed a few before I went dairy-free and then was immediately sad… until I realized that I could still enjoy, just minus the cream cheese. Often when we go out to brunch, I find myself ordering a smoked salmon plate and it always hits the spot.
Banana Oatmeal Pancakes – I could easily eat these for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
What non-dairy recipes do you love? I’d love to try them out!