Thursday, August 29, 2013

What's for dinner?

I get asked this question a lot by people who are new to the dairy free lifestyle.  One of the hardest things about eliminating dairy is that so many of us are used to putting cheese on everything and when we look through our own recipe collection, we are hard pressed to find recipes that are dairy free.  So, here is a week of ideas for easy dairy free dinners. Enjoy! 

Monday: Tacos

If you need a really fast meal, you can stick to the basics:
  • tortillas or taco shells
  • ground beef or cooked beans
  • store-bought salsa
  • lettuce and tomato
If have some extra time, adding one or more of these elements will add lots of flavor (and not to mention nutrients!) 
  • guacamole is creamy so it's great instead of sour cream (try my super fast easiest guacamole ever)
  • saute some peppers, onions, and/or mushrooms in olive oil for about 10 minutes
  • diced raw onion (or other veggies)  

Serve with rice and veggies 

Wednesday: 15-minute Creamy Avocado Pasta 

From the oh she glows blog.  This is super yummy, vegan, and fast.  Make sure you include the optional basil when you make it.  I definitely do not consider it optional.  If you are making this for carnivores, some plain grilled chicken would go nicely... 

Thursday: Hamburgers or Veggie Burgers 

Some commercially made veggie burgers contain milk ingredients so check labels carefully.  
To make this meal super easy serve with some of the following: 
  • store-bought sweet potato (or regular) french fries 
  • tortilla or potato chips
  • frozen vegetables 
  • store bought baked beans 
If you have a little more time: 
  • mashed potatoes
  • grilled or roasted vegetables 
  • make up some guacamole to put on top of the burgers

Friday: Pizza Night

Super Quick: 
  • Buy premade pizza dough (Trader Joe's and Whole Foods both have dairy free ones.  Or check out your local pizza shop, most non-chain pizza places do not use dairy in their crusts)
  • Store bought tomato sauce (check labels!) 
  • Canned sliced mushrooms and olives
  • If you like fake cheese, you can sprinkle some on top.  Or just drizzle with a little olive oil to kick up the flavor a bit  
If you have a little more time: 
Romesco pizza with carmelized onions and squash.  This is my favorite cheeseless pizza, it is made with romesco sauce which is much more flavorful than regular tomato sauce.  It was invented by the vegan chef who wrote Veganomicon so it was never meant to have cheese on top and it really doesn't need it...  

Saturday:  Spaghetti with Tomato Meat Sauce and Salad.  

Or use baby portabellas instead of ground meat in the sauce to make it vegan.  

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