Author: Contributed

This recipe was shared with Go Dairy Free by another recipe creator. We have not tested this recipe in our kitchens unless otherwise noted.

I do enjoy trying exotic healthy foods, but they aren’t always easy to find, and they’re rarely in budget. So for daily smoothies, I lean on nutritious “superfoods” that I can find in most grocery stores. This Blueberry Wellness Smoothie capitalizes on many of those any day, good-for-you-foods. It also incorporates an under-appreciated ingredient, apple cider vinegar, or ACV as it’s often referred to. Blueberry Wellness Smoothie with Apple Cider Vinegar & Everyday Superfoods Apple cider vinegar trended a bit a decade or so ago, but it’s enjoying a resurgence. This mother of healthy vinegars touts quite a few potential…

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Earlier this week, I shared a wonderful, vegetable-dense recipe for Rustic Ratatouille. That dish is great on its own, or atop grains, but it’s also delicious in omelets! These dairy-free ratatouille omelets make a wonderful breakfast or brunch, and are actually quite easy to make. Omelets themselves are often dairy-free, but restaurants sometimes add milk, cook them in butter, and/or stuff them with copious amounts of cheese. But at home, you’re in control. Dairy-Free Ratatouille Omelets for a Healthy, Flavorful Brunch Omelets are a special dish for Easter or Sunday brunch, and they’re naturally rich in dairy-free protein. If you…

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When people think of French cuisine, cheese is usually one of the first foods to come to mind. But France is also known for their use of fresh ingredients, and many of their dishes are naturally dairy-free and even plant-based. Take ratatouille, for instance. It’s basically a mélange of vegetables cooked into a ragout-style meal with a splash of olive oil and a few dashes of seasoning. This is often a summer or early fall dish, when zucchini and eggplant are most abundant. But this rustic ratatouille incorporates some cool weather vegetables, for a comforting year round dish. This Rustic…

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This past year has been a doozy. Quarantines, bare shelves at the store, and just when we think things are settling down, massive winter storms grip the nation. It’s hard to know what to say or what to do. In fact, I really couldn’t decide what to even share today. But I settled on posting this easy pantry recipe for plant-based chipotle chili, in the hopes that it brings warm comfort to some of you. Stay safe and stay healthy. Plant-Based Chipotle Chili for a Cozy Meal from the Pantry This recipe is made heavily from the pantry, and is…

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Large gatherings aren’t the norm these days, but you and your loved ones still deserve a special treat on Valentine’s Day – or any day for that matter. Enter the vegan red velvet mug cake! It’s a delicious personal dessert with a sweet cream cheesy filling. It takes no forethought, no planning, and only 90 seconds of cook time to show someone how much you care. Vegan Red Velvet Mug Cake with Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Filling Beyond making it dairy-free and egg-free, we have more options and tips to make this single-serve dessert even more accessible. First, the original recipe uses…

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I love creative dairy-free pizzas, and this one goes above and beyond. It’s topped with a from-scratch, walnut-based sausage that literally takes minutes to make. You don’t have to prep it ahead or cook it, just blend and top for a plant-based sausage pizza ready to pop in the oven. Plant-Based Sausage Pizza with Easy Vegan Walnut Sausage Crumble The flavors of the plant-based walnut sausage crumble are quite versatile. Though they pair it with pizza sauce and pesto, you could also use it on a white pizza with dairy-free alfredo. I also like to add loads of toppings. Here…

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A new cookbook was recently sent to me called Food as Medicine: 150 Plant-Based Recipes for Optimal Health, Disease Prevention, and Management of Chronic Illness by dietician Sue Radd, PhD. The publisher asked us to share two sample recipes from this nutritious collection, and I must admit, it was tough to choose! First, I settled on the Sweet Cashew Cream, because it was so unique (and works well, if you follow the recipe, which people don’t seem to want to do!). And then, I chose this Steamed Baby Bok Choy with Garlic Soy Sauce, for a variety of reasons … Baby…

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I’ve been adding plant-based protein options to Go Dairy Free, to lend more flexibility to our recipes. As you know, we cover all dairy-free cuisine. But I know it helps many of you if there are plant-based options that you can swap in. Some are easy recipes, and some are foods you can simply buy at the store and heat, like tempeh! These sesame ginger power bowls showcase tempeh, and pair it with quick pickled onions along with several other warm and nutritious foods. It’s all doused in an easy sesame ginger vinaigrette for delicious Japanese-inspired flavor. Sesame Ginger Power…

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You don’t need to buy processed vegan meats to enjoy some meatless meals. Easy, all-natural chorizo, pepperoni, and other flavorful meat alternatives are easy to make with whole food ingredients. And several plants work well as straight up “meaty” substitutes, like certain mushrooms, tofu, and the latest trendy vegan food, jackfruit. Young jackfruit is fairly neutral in taste, and it makes a great “pulled meat” alternative in recipes like this plant-based jackfruit chili. This Jackfruit Chili is Plant-Rich and Ready for your Instant Pot Jackfruit is a tropical fruit that grows in Southern Asia. When ripe, it’s similar to mango,…

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From casual gatherings to easy lunch-ables, these tuna sliders are a delicious twist on ordinary tuna sandwiches. And they’re naturally dairy-free! Though the recipe was contributed, I’ve added no fail options for customizing this simple snack to meet other special diet needs. Get Your Greens with These Tasty Dairy-Free Tuna Sliders These simple, can-do tuna sliders have sneaky bits of green vegetables throughout, including green chilies, herbs, celery, and lettuce. And you can swap other greens for the lettuce, if desired. Spinach or cabbage would go nicely. In fact, if you aren’t in a bread mood, you can serve the…

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At first, I wasn’t sure about posting this white bean artichoke dip. After all, I have another recipe like it here. But then I realized that the two recipes are actually quite unique. The other one is raw and rustic – it can even be used for a pita or sandwich filling. This one is creamier, cooked, and served warm, for a wonderful winter dip or spread. It’s comforting yet healthy enough for an anytime snack. And I think it’s the perfect appetizer to enjoy while watching the big games! Baked White Bean Artichoke Dip That Will Satisfy Cravings Ordinary…

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I didn’t grow up with black-eyed peas, or cauliflower “rice” for that matter. But I love the idea of embracing traditions. And in the South, black-eyed peas should be the first food to be eaten on New Year’s Day for good luck. I wasn’t quite sure how to enjoy them, until this Cajun cauliflower rice recipe crossed my path. From what I’ve read, it’s best to serve black-eyed peas with greens for maximum prosperity. The greens (usually collards, mustard, or turnip greens) represent paper money while the black-eyed peas represent coins. You can certainly add some of those greens to this Cajun cauliflower rice…

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If you need a special holiday meal that everyone can eat, or are simply craving some new dinner inspiration, this Pan-Roasted Pork Tenderloin & Vegetables dish could be your solution. Many meat glazes contain butter, but this dinner has a naturally dairy-free apple cider glaze. It’s festive, comforting, gluten-free, and top food allergy-friendly. Holiday hosting is all about providing guests a cozy atmosphere, good company, and food that tastes as good as it looks. But it can become challenging when various food allergies come into play. Fortunately, chef Chris Scott of the soul food restaurant Butterfunk Kitchen in Brooklyn has this…

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I love recipes that make me feel like a worldly master chef in my own kitchen. This simple dish has just three simple steps (marinate, bake, and reduce a sauce), yet it tastes so complex and has artisan-inspired Italian flavor. You can serve these roasted Portobello mushrooms as an impressive side, party bites, or even as a plant-based main dish. They’re delicate, yet hearty and comforting. These Roasted Portobello Mushrooms are Dressed to Impress Mushrooms are like a sponge for flavor and richness. When allowed to marinate for just one hour in fresh herbs and olive oil, they absorb the…

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This comforting BBQ Vegan Quesadillas recipe is another sample from Great Vegan BBQ Without a Grill by Linda and Alex Meyer. This delicious cookbook is filled with vegan versions of  burgers, pulled pork, ribs, wings, and so much more to enjoy indoors (in the winter) or outdoors (in summer). The chapters include: Meat-Free BBQ to Satisfy Meat Eaters Burgers and Sandwiches: From Way Up North to the Deep South Stick Food: Because Eating Food off a Stick Is Fun! Stuffed, Foiled and Smothered: Delectable Entrees for a Cozy Dinner Sides and Salads That Go with a Barbecue BBQ Dips to Bring to…

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This simple, moist chocolate pumpkin cake recipe is naturally dairy-free. It contains an infusion of olive oil, which pairs nicely with chocolate in baked goods. Recipe Tips: Chocolate Pumpkin Cake Bertolli uses their extra-virgin olive oil in this chocolate pumpkin cake recipe. I prefer not to bake with extra-virgin since 350ºF is the upper limit for its smoke point. Instead, I personally use their extra-light olive oil when baking. It has a more neutral taste and a higher smoke point. This chocolate pumpkin cake is light on chocolate to let more of the pumpkin flavor shine. You can increase the cocoa…

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We often tout summer as the big produce season, but the cooler months are when some healthy heavy hitters reach their peak. Kale, for example, is a top source of dairy-free calcium, vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin C. In fact, some medical experts believe it’s better for bone health than dairy milk! And its nutritious benefits are augmented in this savory miso kale Caesar salad. This recipe provides a big wallop of vitamins and minerals, and can even be a wonderful light meal with one of the suggested protein toppers. But it might have some new-to-you ingredients. Daikon radish…

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A little over a month ago, I shared an everyday recipe for Plain Old Tots from  Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer by Kathy Hester. Well Kathy has offered up another recipe, and it’s a perfect one for football season. Turn on the game and enjoy these Battered Air Fryer Onion Rings guilt free! Kathy new the Tots and Onion Rings were essentials that you would love, but Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer isn’t just about side dishes. You can see the chapters on this post, and here is a sampling of the other recipes you will find in this healthy cookbook:…

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Creative dinners featuring new-to-you ingredients are fun, but let’s face it – most nights call for something simple. We don’t always have the time, or the energy, to cook something elaborate. In our household, meals like this one-dish chicken and vegetable bake are weekly staples. It can easily be prepped in the morning or even the night before. And it’s suitable for most special diet needs, including gluten-free and top allergen-free. This one-dish chicken & veggie bake recipe with photo was shared with us by produceforkids.com. Special Diet Notes: Easy One-Dish Chicken and Vegetable Bake By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free…

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I admit it, I keep jarred pasta sauce on hand. As you can see in my books, I do often make sauces from scratch. But on busy, or simply lazy, weeknights, that pasta sauce seems like a savior. And I love quick recipes like this sun-dried tomato basil sauce that help to transform a standby jar into something new. You just might be surprised by a couple of the ingredients! Tips: Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Sauce Here are some more ideas to make this weeknight penne pasta dish special. Pick pretty presentation. I am in love with our pasta…

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