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Dairy Free Diet (not allergic - health choice)

Postby VanillaPickle » 08 Jun 2013, 17:20

I want to try a dairy free diet. It's something I've been increasingly considering and am looking for cookbook recommendations.

I'm veggie, well pescatarian occasionally, but the family are carnivores.
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Re: Dairy Free Diet (not allergic - health choice)

Postby ches » 08 Jun 2013, 18:45

Paleo cook books should suit.
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Re: Dairy Free Diet (not allergic - health choice)

Postby junglewonderland » 09 Jun 2013, 06:50

Let me know how you go. I hate being dairy free because a lot of the dairy substitutes I use have a heap of additives (emulsifiers, thickeners and the like) because they are pretending to be foods they are not.

Edited to say, sorry, not that helpful! I think my problem is I still try and make western food dairy free, instead of embracing other styles of cooking that are inherently dairy free (like Asian food).
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Re: Dairy Free Diet (not allergic - health choice)

Postby AB&M » 09 Jun 2013, 08:51

Going dairy free is really hard if you want to avoid ALL of it but it you just want to cut the obvious out of your diet its easier. I have never managed to creamy / cheesy pasta sauce though if anyone can suggest a good source!

I lost SOOO much weight on dairy free + BFing. :D
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Re: Dairy Free Diet (not allergic - health choice)

Postby Popsie » 09 Jun 2013, 08:55

I don't have a cookbook but I tend to use a mixture of vegan recipes and veggie recipes where I can omit cheese (for me and B) and/ or add meat (for DH snd B). And foods like curries and stir fries are so suited to your needs too. Plus websites often have searches where you can select dairy free recipes.
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Re: Dairy Free Diet (not allergic - health choice)

Postby monkeydo » 09 Jun 2013, 21:44

I like The Intolerant Gourmet but just don't use gluten free flours. Her Cashew Nut Carbonara is lush.
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Re: Dairy Free Diet (not allergic - health choice)

Postby VanillaPickle » 09 Jun 2013, 22:12

Well I had my shopping delivery and got some Alpro stuff - so far so good.

Almond milk in tea, not sure about that one. First sip was a bit of a shock but it did get better. Rice milk I've had on and off for years and I quite like.

Junglewoman - yes I can imagine some substitutes are yuck. Not sure I'm going to find a good cheese, and I am really quite partial to cottage cheese. I've grown up eating 'strange' food, my Mum (in the 70s) used to make her own baked beans, ketchup, yoghurt etc and every morning we were greeted with a small glass of fresh carrot juice, still can't face it. Is it an allergy for you?

B&M - I'm not one for creamy pastas anyway, tend to always have veggie based ones.

Monkeydo - oooo the Cashew Nut Carbonara does sound good.

I've been following Clean & Lean for a bit (on and off :wink: damn you Cadbury's!) so wheat and refined foods have been out for a while. Ah it'll be fun!!

Need to find a good substitute for tea though :?
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Re: Dairy Free Diet (not allergic - health choice)

Postby BacktoSaz » 10 Jun 2013, 05:09

I was dairy-free for a couple of years when bf-ing, and DH & the 2 boys are both intolerant, so most of the food in our house is dairy-free. DH is also pescatarian.

Tea was the hardest thing for me. I always used oat milk as a substitute in everything, which I have always preferred over rice or soya (can't get almond here). But in tea it was never the same, and I am a huge tea drinker. In fact I accidentally put oat milk in my tea the other day and just took one sip and it all came flooding back....it went down the drain! I never bothered with a cheese substitute - I love cheese, but there are no decent substitutes!

Soya yoghurt is fine and I am just as happy to eat that as normal yoghurt. I make ice-cream based on soya yoghurt & it is fab!

Coconut milk is good for cooking with - and we have lots of beany/thai type of food, which J refuses to eat :? DH did a fabulous Swahili beans last weekend. And lots of fish & vegetables.
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Re: Dairy Free Diet (not allergic - health choice)

Postby junglewonderland » 10 Jun 2013, 06:08

VP- Koala has the allergy and I'm too lazy to make food he can't eat.

My vote is for black tea, nothing else works in tea. And carrot juice sounds good! Sorry it was so traumatic for you :(
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Re: Dairy Free Diet (not allergic - health choice)

Postby oriel » 10 Jun 2013, 08:39

The best things I've found so far that go some way to getting that creamy, rich texture that you get from dairy are coconut (milk and dessicated, not to mention coconut oil as a brilliant substitute for butter), cashew nuts, and egg yolks.
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Re: Dairy Free Diet (not allergic - health choice)

Postby VanillaPickle » 10 Jun 2013, 19:04

Liking tea with almond milk today.

What is dairy free chocolate like?
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Re: Dairy Free Diet (not allergic - health choice)

Postby oriel » 10 Jun 2013, 19:50

I've just found a great ice cream replacement, made with coconut milk: http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/ ... =274050169
Though I still think ice cream without egg is wrong, so I plan to make my own coconut ice sometime.
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Re: Dairy Free Diet (not allergic - health choice)

Postby VanillaPickle » 10 Jun 2013, 20:57

Oriel when you make things with coconut milk is the taste very strong? I really don't like the taste :( I can bear it but would rather not!
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Re: Dairy Free Diet (not allergic - health choice)

Postby monkeydo » 10 Jun 2013, 21:03

I always have Oat Milk in my tea and I like it, even DH doesn't mind it.

Sainsburys does nice "milk" chocolate bars made with rice milk, but I tend to stick to dark chocolate.
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Re: Dairy Free Diet (not allergic - health choice)

Postby Gizmo » 11 Jun 2013, 16:20

We're dairy/processed food free for health reasons. It was actually far easier than I thought. The only substitute I use is oat milk for porridge, finding a good organic veg delivery helped loads because if you don't go to the supermarket you're not going to be tempted. For ice cream just put a few peeled bananas in the freezer and run through a juicer (or very short spin in a blender might work) with a bit of pure cocoa. I can't even have coconut milk so have found these a godsend http://www.thewannabechef.net/2012/01/0 ... -brownies/

These other links may be useful to you, sorry in no order and can't do fancy links.
http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-vanilla-mint-squares
http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2010/0 ... ce-no.html
http://www.kirstenskitchen.blogspot.com.es/
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