When someone starts to avoid cow’s milk in their diet one of their biggest fears is how they’ll survive without eating or cooking with dairy products. I know it sounds crazy to think eliminating butter, cheese, cow’s milk, ranch etc can cause so much anxiety and fear, but it is actually very scary and depressing. Especially, when you are used to cooking with these ingredients and other family members have grown accustomed to them and expect the normal meals and food they’ve been eating for years.
When first diagnosed with a milk allergy as an adult, I couldn’t even imagine life without dairy products. I had been raised on dairy products and had been eating dairy in every meal, every day, for years. I thought I’d never eat the same food again! I was also very worried about having meals with my husband, or family and friends. Would I always have to eat something separate and how would I feel watching everyone else eat dairy products in front of me? However, with my allergy I still eat the same type of dairy products and make the same food I always have. This is possible because of dairy substitutes. Not only can you make great tasting food that everyone is used to enjoying but it will be healthier now!
Pretty much any recipe or meal that you’ve cooked in the past can be made by simply replacing your typical dairy products with the dairy substitutes. Some recipes you’ll want to modify to work better with the dairy substitutes, but most will be straight substitution. I remember thinking that I would have to start eating really crazy and different types of food and never eat what I considered normal food again. The majority of people also believe anyone with a food allergy doesn’t eat normal food. This is far from the truth. You’ll still be able to make the same recipes you always have. Please check out my Tips/Help page to get started living dairy free. There you’ll find my top list of dairy substitutes
I wanted to leave you with one of the most desired dairy substitutes that you can easily make at home. Ranch was one of the hardest things for me to let go of- and luckily I didn’t have to give it up and you don’t either! Buy Tofutti brand sour cream, regular mayo, and a packet of dry ranch ingredients. (Make sure you always check the ingredients on everything you buy. You might need to look at different stores before you find a ranch packet without milk ingredients. I have had good luck with most generic store brand ranch packets. When you do find the right brand without milk, make sure you load up on them for your pantry. Stay away from hidden valley brand as all of their ranch packets contain milk ingredients.) Now in a bowl mix together: 1 cup Tofutti sour cream, 1 cup mayo, and the ranch packet. There you go! – you’ll have amazing chip/ vegetable dip. Your friends and family won’t even notice it’s dairy-free. If you want to make it runnier for salad dressing, just add some Almond milk and adjust the thickness to your desire. Check out my recipe page to find the food or meals I post about: What’s for Dinner