Dairy Free and/or Lactose-free recipes
This year I've got these dressed-up brussels and kale on my Easter menu. Warm and mixed with sweet and savoury flavours of apple, cranberries, goat cheese, and leeks. I bet I can convince some of you to eat your brussels sprouts, and maybe even like them (a little)!
This asian-inspired dressing is full of flavour, and is a frequent in my homemade dressing rotation! It's a nice change from sweeter balsamic-style salad dressings.
This tomato soup is just out of this world, and a favourite way to use up extra ripe tomatoes from the garden and market at this time of year. See how it stacks up to some store-bought varieties.
A whole-food breakfast that's high fiber and nutrient dense, not to mention quick and easy. Add it to yogurt and fruit or pour steamed milk over it and let it absorb some of the liquid and it's really good! Make a batch and keep it in a jar in the fridge - it'll keep for months.
This simple green smoothie is really fresh and packs a nutritious punch with 7g of fiber and 18g of protein, not to mention all those vitamins and minerals from the greens! Plus, some nutrition talk about milk and milk alternatives. As an added bonus I got to use some fresh mint from my little garden I have growing on my patio!
These brownies are simple to throw together, more nutritionally dense than traditional brownies, and they're really yummy! I usually fiddle around with the recipe a bit to reduce the sugar (with variable results).
Light and flavourful, with an asian kick, this side will have you gobbling up your greens! Perfectly ripe asparagus is so tender, sweet and flavourful, especially when it's in season in the spring. The chewy mushrooms and light asian sauce add texture and flavour without being too heavy.
This shaved salad combines delicate thai flavours - papaya, anise, red onion with lime and fresh herbs. Slightly sweet with a little bit of crunch, it's a nice variation from traditional western green salads. I like this salad best paired with seafood - fish or prawns. The flavours are light so it goes well with spicy or stronger sauces.
Who doesnt' love chocolate, and this decadent dessert is full of chocolatey goodness! it's lighter than traditional cream-based chocolate pies, silky smooth in texture and doesn't involve any cooking! Also gluten-free and dairy-free :) Our family friend never eats desert, but she loved this one so much she had second helpings at Christmas and at Easter and requested that I name it Penelope's Passion!
Who doesn't love hummus!? And this is one of the creamiest ones I've ever tried. It's adapted from the Jerusalem hummus recipe (or a version of it) that I found on another blog. I have made hummus before, but it's never been this good - I'm hooked! Hummus is a great nutritious appetizer - full of fiber, complex carbs and protein, this version is a bit lower in fat than many store bought versions, it's much more cost effective, plus you get to skip the preservatives - win-win! :)
PB&C - Peanut Butter and Chocolate. If food soulmates exist, I think these two have got what it takes. These soft, chewy cookies have that satisfying almost cookie dough texture that I love. You'll never guess that they're free of flour, butter and low in sugar! Adapted from Texanerin's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites.
These chips satisfy both the sweet and crunchy snack cravings. Light and crisp with no added preservatives, fat or sugar, they won't last for long. Super easy to make - you don't even need to peel the apples! Great idea for kids lunches, hiking, or skiing! Serve a bowl instead of potato chips for a healthier alternative. For a more filling snack pair with a protein source like peanut butter or cottage cheese.
A coconutty, fruity twist on traditional rice pudding that has all the comfort but much more nutrition than the original. Made with black rice, coconut milk, and fresh mango it's full of nutrients and tropical flavour. I love the fresh fruit in combo with the coconut. This dish is best served warm :)
I absolutely love Green Tea Ice Cream! Refreshing and not-too-sweet, it is a favourite summer treat. This ice cream is made with fruit in a Vitamix, with no added sugar and real matcha tea. The coconut adds a slightly decadent touch. Enjoy!