Milk, butter, and cheese are all popular ingredients in many recipes and dishes, which can be tough when you’re lactose intolerant or opting for a dairy-free diet for a different reason. The good news is there are plenty of delicious recipes that don’t contain any dairy—you just have to know where to look! You can start here, with this list of 10 amazing dairy-free recipes.
And get an idea of more dairy-free options when you read: How to Fix the Food Plate for the Lactose Intolerant
Authentic Carne Asada
Carne Asada is not only one of my all-time favorite dairy-free recipes, it’s packed with flavor, which makes it a perfect meal solution. All you need for this recipe is flank steak, limes, orange juice, garlic, and a few seasonings. Read the recipe at The Stay at Home Chef, and while you’re there, make sure you subscribe to her blog for tons of tasty recipes.
My Favorite of the Dairy-Free Recipes—30-Minute Cashew Alfredo
My kids are crazy about alfredo sauce, and they are crazy about pasta. We had dinner with friends recently whose daughter is lactose intolerant. Enter this dairy-free recipe that has recently become my favorite—this quick and easy cashew alfredo. With this amazing recipe, you can seriously trick your taste buds (or the taste buds of a somewhat picky 14-year old) into thinking you’re eating a traditional cream-based pasta. But really, you’re enjoying a mix of raw cashews, garlic, sea salt, almond milk, and a few other ingredients. You can get this delicious recipe and others from Dana over at Minimalist Baker. Her site is jam packed with all kinds of fantastic plant-based recipes featuring 10 ingredients are less. Trust me, there is everything to love about what Dana is doing!
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
In my house, it’s impossible to go a full week without eating pizza. But if you’re lactose intolerant or not eating dairy, that can be tricky. That’s where this addition to our list of amazing (and amazingly easy) dairy-free recipes comes in, because a cauliflower pizza crust is a fantastic foundation for pizza. The crust is simple, containing just cauliflower, eggs, and coconut flour, and it’s dairy-free, grain-free, and nut free. You can top it with veggies or your favorite fruits (I’m a big fan of figs and fig jam on pizzas), and if you want a little cheese, grab some lactose-free cheese. There are tons of places to find recipes for cauliflower pizza, but if you check out Beth’s recipe over at Tasty Yummies, you’ll also discover a ton of other great healthy food options and a food blogger you’ll soon fall in love with, so we’re going to send you there for this one. You won’t regret it.
Say what? Cheese without lactose, read up on it: Lactose-Free Cheese? You Bet It’s a Thing!
Homemade Brat Burgers
Don’t you sometimes get exhausted by the very idea of coming up with new and interesting dinner options? I know I do. If you’re in search of something simple but different, a brat burger is crying your name. What’s that? Well, it’s pretty doggone simple. A brat burger can be made with a mix of ground pork, onions, Worcestershire sauce, gluten-free beer, and some yummy spices. And you know what? These babies, topped with beer-braised caramelized onions are beyond amazing. They’re exactly what you might expect from a foodie blogger from the middle of the Midwest focusing on healthy, gluten free eating. Go get the recipe at Iowa Girl Eats, and I’m fairly sure you’ll be an immediate fan of Kristin and the goodness she’s serving up on the regular.
Baked Paleo Pork Chops with Apples, Onions, and Bacon
Pork is not my most favorite protein, but I like it a lot when it’s combined with apples and bacon. Of course, when bacon is involved, everything is better. I make a variation of this combination on a regular basis and my people love it. Even better, this is another surprisingly simple recipe and perfect for anyone who is lactose intolerant or looking for dairy-free recipes. The ingredients are simple: Pork chops, thyme, apples, bacon, and onion. Find the recipe at Paleo Grubs and subscribe for even more dairy-free options.
Delicious Dairy-Free Recipes for Breakfast OR Dinner—Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Every now and then I like to change it up by serving breakfast for dinner, and this delicious dairy-free recipe for Blueberry French Toast Casserole is great, whether you’re having it for dinner in my crazy world, or for breakfast. Even better, if you’re a Paleo eater and haven’t yet discovered New York Times bestselling author Elana Amsterdam and her site Elana’s Pantry, you’ll soon be thanking us for introducing you her amazing world of easy, healthy, grain-free Paleo recipes.
Healthy Turkey Sloppy Joes
If you weren’t sure if sloppy Joes could be healthy, here’s your answer—it’s a resounding YES! This is one of my favorite dairy-free recipes and calls for ground turkey, tomato sauce, carrots, celery, garlic, onion, and a few other dairy-free items. Get this and other tasty recipes from Super Healthy Kids.
And if you need other ideas on feeding the little ones without using dairy products, check out: Dairy-Free Ways Moms Can Get Kids the Calcium They Need
Honey-Mustard Pork with Spinach & Smashed White Beans
If you’re in the mood for some comfort food and some dairy-free recipes that don’t include milk or cheese, this honey mustard dish pork is perfect. I already mentioned that I turn to a lot of proteins before I grab pork, but for me, the white beans in this dish are what get my attention. I am white bean crazy, which is great, because there are a great source of fiber. The main ingredients in this dish are pork tenderloin, spinach, garlic, cannellini beans, honey, and mustard. Subscribe to the EatingWell newsletter to see more healthy, dairy-free recipes.
Creamy Mexican Lime, Chili, and Carrot Soup with Smashed Avo Toast
My 12-year-old daughter has fallen victim to the avocado toast hipster fad (which is probably almost over, no?), so we have a LOT of avocado toast happening around these parts. When I can manage to pair that and the healthy fats that avocado represents with another of my dairy-free recipes, this one for soup, it’s comfort food personified. This soup is fan-pipping-tastic and it needs to go on your must-make list STAT.
Featuring basmati rice, lime juice, garlic, onion, carrots, and fresh chicken stock, it is different, flavorful, and I won’t be surprised at all if it is quickly one of your favorite dairy-free recipes as well! And of course you can add a side of toast topped with avocado. Resolve to make this Creamy Mexican Lime, Chili, and Carrot Soup with Avocado Toast for dinner one night this week—you will not be sad about it. Not for a moment! And along the way, make sure you subscribe to New Zealand foodie blogger Nadia Lim’s blog for tons of amazing, healthy, “nude food” options that are focused on moving away from processed foods and toward healthy, real food.
Grilled Sweet and Sour Meatball Skewers
What better way to get your daily serving of meat, vegetables, and fruits than with some healthy meatball skewers? Even better, when you’re feeding kids and can make your entrée as fun as it is full of stuff that’s good for them, it’s a winner. This is another of my favorite dairy-free recipes that is on regular rotation here, and I’m grateful to Lee Hersh of Fit Foodie Finds for the inspiration. This recipe calls for ground beef, flour, yellow squash, eggs, and your choice of fresh vegetables and fruit—such as pineapple, red onion, and bell peppers. The sesame seeds sprinkled on before serving are not only cute, they add some additional calcium to the dish—bet you didn’t know that now did you?
And when you go over to Fit Foodie Finds to get this recipe, make time to read about Lee and her journey from college student to entrepreneur. I predict that, like me, you’ll fall a little in love with her in no time.
As you can tell by these dairy-free recipes, you don’t have to feel deprived when you don’t eat dairy. In fact, factoring dairy out of your eating equation can be a no-brainer, you just have to work at it a little bit. But there are tons of great recipe options out there, and you can make sure you get your calcium from other sources by taking a calcium supplement like FitFormula’s Cal-EZ Calcium + D on a regular basis. Want to try it for 50% off today, using code: FitFormula50, we can hook you up! Buy it here and you’ll be on your way to checking the box on that “getting enough calcium business.”
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