You wanna know the truth about going dairy free?
It’s really freakin’ hard. For the first few weeks of going dairy and gluten free last year in an effort to stop my sickness, I cried. A lot. Mainly because there was never anything in the house I could eat and I was too sad to go anywhere and get stuff (I know, an endless cycle of crying, right?).
But when I finally bit the bullet and really did it, I felt so much better. And I’ve stumbled a lot along the way – (cake, lots of cake) – but I’m back on track and feeling great. At the end of the day, I need to accept that my stomach doesn’t like certain things – dairy and eggs being the worst – and I need to give my body what it needs.
I also decided in the last few days to cut out most meat from my diet. At first I was going to stick to just fish, but after pushing aside some crayfish yesterday, I don’t know whether that’s even an option anymore. I’m gonna see how I go. To start, I decided to do a big dairy and meat free shop at Morrisons!
Soya milk is a big thing for me. I love it, I much prefer it to milk, so it’s always in my fridge. It isn’t the cheapest (it’s generally around £1.40 from the supermarket), but it lasts a long time and tastes so good! You also have the other options – rice, almond and coconut milk – depending on what you fancy!
The Alpro yoghurts are NEW (obviously), and taste so freakin’ good. Like, I can’t even tell you just how good they taste. These were on offer for £2! I love them over a banana or some strawberries when I’m feeling hungry between meals. Good stuff. And even more Alpro – ICE CREAM. Sweet lord above, ice cream. Plant based and less sugar, this stuff is amazing. And it melts quick so you’re not fighting with your spoon (bonus).
Rice cakes are always my go to for snacks. I love the dark chocolate ones with peanut butter on top – quick, easy, dairy free and depending on the brand, usually vegan! From what I understand these rice cakes (Kelkin) are made in the same factory as other milk products and so aren’t labelled as vegan, just in case.
Avocados are also a big go to for snacks or just a bit of extra good fats. I love just eating avocado on its on with a bit of salt on it, but also on the plain rice cakes too! It goes with everything.
The quorn? I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love how it tastes. I made char Sui quorn and it tasted incredible. The downside? It has eggs in it so I’ve really been suffering today. But I’ve been told that the Linda McCartney stuff is mainly vegan, so I’m gonna have a nosy at her stuff! Giz some sausages, r Linda.
And finally, the matar paneer. So good. 90p. Vegan. Easily enough for 3 meals (but I had two because, well, food). And it is so easy to make. You literally put it in a bowl and microwave it for two minutes and it’s sorted. Ready. Done. And if you have it with 2 minute microwave rice, it’s ready in no time at all. It has a bit of a kick to it (give me that spice!), but lord, it tastes good. And it’s easy. So no excuses!
So ladies and gents, lay it on me.
What are your favourite dairy free/vegetarian/vegan dishes? What do you just love to cook? From easy to complicated, from snacks to full on meals, let me know! Good experiences, bad experiences, the lot!