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Nondairy Macaroni and Cheese

Making macaroni and cheese from scratch doesn’t have to be difficult. Homemade tastes better, and you can add variety by using different-shaped pasta noodles. This nondairy version looks and tastes very [more…]

Grilled Nondairy Cheese and Tomato Sandwich

Eliminating dairy from your diet doesn’t mean giving up the classic grilled cheese sandwich. Try this version of the classic recipe recreated with nondairy margarine and nondairy cheese. [more…]

Nondairy Dinner of Manicotti with Tofu, Spinach, and Mushrooms

This traditional Italian dish made with manicotti (long, hollow tubes of pasta) is rich, flavorful, and free of saturated fat and dairy ingredients. The pasta tubes are cooked, filled with a nondairy cheese [more…]

Dairy-Free Dinner of Spaghetti with Spicy Marinara Sauce

This pasta dish is spicy, tangy, and sure to be a favorite in your house for a dairy-free dinner. You can easily change this simple meal just by trying different shapes of pasta, like bow ties, rotini, [more…]

Easy Dairy-Free Vegetable Lasagna

This take on the traditional Italian dish, omits dairy, adds protein, and cuts the saturated fat, sodium, and lactose by replacing ricotta cheese with tofu. Using plenty of your favorite spaghetti sauce [more…]

Dairy-Free Zucchini Parmesan Dish

This wholesome nondairy dish is rich, gooey and bursting with flavor, especially when you prepare it in the summertime when gardens are full of zucchini squash and tomatoes. [more…]

Roasted Red Pepper and Nondairy Cheese Panini

A panini is an Italian-style sandwich grilled in a sandwich press, usually recognized by those nifty horizontal marks on the finished product. You can find panini presses just about anywhere. The roasted [more…]

Vegetable and Nondairy Cheese Quesadilla

These Mexican-style grilled “sandwiches” are a great dairy-free dinner alternative (or cut into wedges and served as a snack) to a classic nondairy grilled cheese. [more…]

Dairy-Free Dinner of Spicy Vegetable Curry

Curry is a general description of various dishes unique to South Asian cooking. Curry powder, a mixture of savory spices, is a key ingredient. Prepare this traditional nondairy dish from India, which is [more…]

Dairy-Free Baked Seven-Layer Burritos

Burritos are a whole meal wrapped into one-flour tortilla. This dairy free burrito recipe combines the great flavors and contrasting colors of beans, sweet potatoes, fresh veggies, salsa, rice, and nondairy [more…]

Dairy-Free Dinner of Spanish Paella with Shrimp

Paella (pa YEY a) is a traditional, nondairy Spanish rice dish made with vegetables, olive oil, saffron, and tiny bits of fish or meat. This recipe will get you started but try making your own variety [more…]

No-Dairy Dinner of Indonesian Saté

Saté (a traditional Indonesian dish) is made with grilled meat, fish, or, in this recipe, tofu, and peanut sauce. The peanut sauce adds a creamy, dairy-based consistency without the dairy ingredients. [more…]

Nondairy Chicken and Vegetable Dinner Casserole

This delicious dairy-free dish is great for dinner — bursting with color, fiber, and a little sweetness because of grated carrots and bits of red bell pepper. Vegetarians can leave out the chicken or substitute [more…]

Dairy-Free Baba Ghanouj

Prepare this naturally dairy-free Middle Eastern eggplant dip and serve with toasted pita bread or crackers. Don’t limit this dairy-free delight to just a dip, it’s also thick enough to be used as a spread [more…]

Baked Dairy-Free Garlic Spread

If you like garlic this simple (two ingredients!) spread is a dairy-free delight. Smear the baked garlic on fresh French or Italian bread. Making this spread will make your house smell wonderful — although [more…]

Dairy-Free Spinach and Basil Pesto Sauce

This flavorful dairy-free sauce omits the parmesan cheese usually found in pesto and uses miso, a savory fermented soy product, and nutritional yeast instead. This sauce is great for pasta, spreading on [more…]

Dairy-Free Marinara Sauce

Take advantage of fresh Italian plum tomatoes in the summertime when you’re preparing this dairy free marinara sauce. Other times of the year, use canned Italian plum tomatoes-they’re still delicious and [more…]

Nondairy Tofu Sour Cream

To make this dairy-free substitute for sour cream, use a combination of lemon juice and tofu. This recipe can be used as a base in all your favorite dip recipes that call for sour cream, or add a dollop [more…]

Dairy-Free Alfredo Cream Sauce

In this dairy-free Alfredo sauce recipe, nondairy silken tofu (smooth soy product with a custard-like texture) and soy-based Parmesan cheese-flavored alternative replace the traditional cream and cheese [more…]

Creamy Dairy-Free Italian Dressing

Don’t limit this dairy-free dressing to just a salad, it works great on pasta and as an all-purpose dressing on sandwiches loaded with veggies and nondairy cheese. Creamy and very tasty, this is a good [more…]

Dairy-Free Green Goodness Ranch Dressing

Who says Ranch dressing has to be white? This dressing is also known as Green Goddess, which was a popular store bought dressing in the early 1970s before Ranch dressing came onto the salad scene. The [more…]

Dairy-Free Maple Nut Spread

A great way to get your day started is using this no-dairy, smooth and not-too-sweet spread, which is similar to cream cheese, on a bagel or slice of toast. This recipe may sound quirky but all of these [more…]

Dairy-Free Spinach and Artichoke Hummus

This recipe for nondairy hummus (a traditional Middle Eastern bean dip made with garbanzo beans (chickpeas), tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and spices) gets a boost by adding spinach and artichoke hearts [more…]

Delicious Dairy-Free Banana Bread

Banana bread is an all-time favorite. This recipe for a dairy-free quick bread is moist and sweet with a mild banana flavor. Oil is a nondairy substitute for butter and half of the flour used is whole [more…]

Nondairy Cheddar Cheese Bread

This bread tastes rich without saturated fat because it’s made with nondairy cheese instead of traditional cheddar cheese. Serve a chunk of this dairy-free bread with a bowl of chili or soup, or toast [more…]

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