Dairy-Free for the Holidays
Are you or someone in your family dairy-free? Just recently, we met with our chiropractor and determined for the time being to avoid dairy for my youngest, and since he’s breastfeeding, that means I’m dairy-free too. As a girl who loves real cream in her coffee, this was a bit upsetting, but I’ve been dairy-free in the past to detoxify so I knew I could handle this again.
Except, wait, what about the holidays?!?!?
How will I make it through all those meals at Thanksgiving and upcoming holiday get-togethers without those creamy sides or desserts?
If you’re participating in a group dinner, you may not be able to know for certain that all the items are dairy-free, but you can always bring your own….
Fall & Winter Treats:
Image by Civilized Caveman Cooking
- White Wine & Thyme Cashew Gravy by Urban Poser
- Mashed Cauliflower
- Green Bean Casserole
- French Green Beans with Crispy Shallots by Urban Poser
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Pumpkin Pie by Everyday Paleo (scroll down to see the recipe)
If you have a family favorite that calls for butter, you can often subsitute coconut oil 1:1. Or, if you are sauteing, try olive oil instead. Lard can also be used in some instances.
For sweet treats, substitute full-fat coconut milk for whole milk or cream.
With an online recipe, if you are not sure about a substitution, scroll through the comments or user reviews, perhaps someone has made a dairy-free modification and shared their success story online! You can do a quick search on the page for “dairy” or “dairy-free” or what have you to find these comments more easily.
Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your delicious foods dairy and guilt-free!
What are your favorite dairy-free holiday treats or indulgences? How has going dairy-free impacted your holidays?
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