You can still keep dairy-free and cozy up with a bowl of mac and cheese — try this vegan version from LA's M Café. Loaded with extra veggies, like arugula, along with fresh herbs, this dish serves up big flavor while keeping it vegan. Watch this video for the recipe, and then whip up a batch today.
If you're constantly dealing with a bloated belly, eliminating dairy from your diet may offer relief. Going without milk or cheese for breakfast may seem easy enough, but if you love yogurt, cereal, or a pastry first thing in the morning, kicking out dairy can be tough. Look to the following recipes for an inventive dairy-free take on four breakfast favorites.
Trade in your cheesy egg breakfast for a tasty veggie-studded tofu scramble. An array of healthy spices not only brings flavor to the table, but the turmeric also makes the tofu look like real eggs.
Overnight Apple Smoothie
Instead of blending up a smoothie with yogurt or milk, try a delicious overnight smoothie that uses coconut water. The apple and flaxseed meal also offer plenty of fiber to aid in healthy digestion.
Keep reading for two more delicious ideas for a dairy-free breakfast.
Even if you're not a strict vegan, replacing the yogurt or skim milk in your smoothie with a plant-based product can slash calories and may even prevent belly bloat. From good-morning starts to sweet, decadent treats, prepare to be inspired by these 10 smoothie recipes — all 100 percent plant-powered.
As soon as the holiday season arrives, my first stop is Trader Joe's for a box of the Candy Cane Joe-Joe's, which are essentially Double Stuf Oreos with pieces of crushed peppermint candy inside the cream filling. Given the insanely addictive quality of these cookies, I knew this year I had to incorporate them into a holiday gift.
Easy to make and beautiful to bestow, these snappy chocolate clusters are packed with crushed Candy Cane Joe-Joe's, then sprinkled with colorful peppermint pieces. I used a high-quality dark chocolate, but if tempering seems too difficult or too tedious, these candies can be made using hard chocolate shell too.
To package these clusters for the holidays, simply wrap up six in a cellophane bag, tie it with festive ribbon, and encourage your gift recipient to eat these cooling clusters frozen.
Apple season has finally arrived! And with it comes a bevy of apple-rich desserts. If you're hankering for a slice of apple pie à la mode, but don't do well with lactose, try this dairy-free variation of the classic dish. The founders of the LA-based vegan cooking school Spork Foods gave apple pie à la mode a makeover and created a (non)milk shake. This dairy-free version is cholesterol-free, cooling, and tasty. Get your blender ready to rock this frozen treat.
Whether you're used to a dairy-free lifestyle or just trying it on for size, there are certain cravings that never quite disappear. Here are some easy swaps to make when your sweet tooth strikes.
- Instead of chocolate ice cream: Try chocolate soy milk — the similarity in taste is uncanny. Most people who try it end up liking it so much they stop buying dairy milk completely.
- Instead of cookies and milk: Try graham cereal in vanilla almond milk. Soaking graham crackers and then drinking the cinnamon-packed milk may bring you back to your childhood, so try this twist on an old favorite. In addition, this combo may actually leave you feeling more fulfilled. Worth trying: Puffin's Cinnamon cereal.
- Instead of peach cobbler: Try grilled peaches over vanilla coconut ice cream. This is a fun treat to make postdinner, especially if you are already grilling. The peaches only need to be sliced in half and warmed enough to melt the soft, delicious soy ice cream.
For a decadent dairy-free twist on traditional ice cream, whip up a batch with rich and creamy coconut milk. You'll save money and skip out on the corn syrup and artificial flavors often found in store-bought pints. Don't worry — no ice cream maker is needed to give these five delicious recipes a go.
Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Bake time: 30 minutes, oven preheated to 325°
Serves: varies, but bakes in a 3-quart (9×13) glass baking dish
Ingredients (Part One)
- 2 cups quinoa
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups chopped raw yellow squash
- 2 cups steamed cauliflower
- 2 handfuls arugula (or spinach)
Directions for quinoa
- To cook quinoa, bring 4 cups water to a boil.
- Then add in 2 cups dry quinoa and bring back to boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, or till water is gone.
Dairy products aren't the only choices when it comes to high-protein snacks. If you're eating a diet minus milk, or you just want a low-cal snack that's high in protein, check out these 150-calorie snacks that don't contain a drop of dairy.
- One serving of spicy roasted chickpeas (one fourth of this recipe: 134 calories, 5.6 grams protein
- Twenty-one raw almonds: 146 calories, 5.4 grams protein
- Six-ounce container of vanilla O'Soy Yogurt: 150 calories, seven grams protein
- One slice whole-wheat bread (100 calories, four grams protein) smeared with half a tablespoon natural peanut butter (53 calories, two grams protein): 153 calories, six grams protein
- Two Mini S'mores Luna Bars: 140 calories, eight grams protein
Keep reading for five more dairy-free snack ideas.
Turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, pumpkin pie, oh my! Thanksgiving is not only a time to give thanks and surround yourself with loved ones, but it's also the annual holiday most known for its savory signature dishes. For some, this means gorging on yams, biscuits, and casseroles, but for others the day means worrying about food sensitivities and allergies that can be triggered by basic ingredients in a number of dishes. If you're lactose intolerant, Thanksgiving dinner can be overwhelming since so many delicious food items contain milk and dairy products. Here are some simple tips for surviving Thanksgiving and still indulging like everyone else if you are lactose intolerant.