Tag Archives: dairy-free

pizza is delicious even without cheese

19 May
delicious cheese-free pizza

It even makes great leftovers!

I’ll admit that there are a few food items I really miss since going dairy-free. Namely: nachos, cheesy fries, and pizza. And let’s face it – vegan cheese substitutes are disgusting. So what’s a girl to do when she wants a date night with her man, some pizza, and Netflix? Enter vegan pizza.

I was not optimistic. The man was downright skeptical (mostly of the beans). Pizza without cheese just seemed impossible. And yet, what we pulled out of the oven was not only dairy-free, but delicious! I am sold, and the man liked it too. Pizza and movie night is restored!

Here is the recipe. Please note that although the pizza only needs to cook for 15 minutes, the dough requires almost an hour and a half of rising time. Continue reading

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banana pineapple nut bread

29 Jan

Who doesn’t love a good banana bread for breakfast? I like mine with a drizzle of honey and a mug of coffee to go with it. Yum!

This recipe is, as you might imagine, dairy-free. I use eggs from a local free-range farm. I tweaked a classic recipe a bit to provide more health benefits; I like my bread to be less sweet than the usual desert-like recipes, and I avoid the use of cane sugar. I use palm sugar and local raw honey, which are both sustainable sweeteners, and are lower on the glycemic index than sugar. I also use half whole wheat flour and throw in some flax seed meal for increased fiber. Instead of pure canola oil, I use a vegetable oil blend formulated for high Omega-3 content. Finally, we are blessed with fresh local pecans this time of year (I LOVE pecans!), but this recipe would be equally delicious with chopped hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, or walnuts.

This recipe makes a flavorful and very moist bread. Enjoy! Continue reading

a pill for everything?

20 Dec

pill supplementationI am proud to report that I have been effectively dairy-free for 5 months. Not just lactose-free, but dairy-free. That means no lactose-free milk, no bread with whey in it… NO dairy at all. (I have indulged two or three times in a cheesy snack, and I paid for it immediately.)

The reactions I get from others about this topic are frustrating. Most people ask, “Are you lactose intolerant?” And I reply that I suspect I am, since ceasing dairy consumption has alleviated my digestive problems. They invariably reply with, “Oh jeez, I’m sorry. You know, they make pills now that you can take before you eat dairy so you don’t have such a bad reaction.” Continue reading

comfort food

17 Nov
green chile chicken soup

the best comfort on a cold day

Winter begins to gnash its icy teeth at our doors again. Though we enjoy 320+ days of sunshine per year here in southern NM, heavy grey clouds shroud the Organ Mountains on stormy winter days. A mournful wind hurries yellow leaves through quiet streets, and the crisp morning greets me with its steamy breath. And I, like many people this time of year, crave comfort food. Continue reading

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