It’s Not Dairy, What?
I’ve been “officially” vegetarian for over a month now. And honestly it has been easier than I thought because I forgot the day that I officially declared my vegetarianism passed on Sunday. I guess it isn’t that big of a deal at all. When I think about the meat and wanting to eat it I just think about the pain it will cause and pass on by. So hard when you smell all the wonderful barbeques lately but I’m getting by.
But I still have a trouble with dairy. I can eat/drink it but I have to know my limits. the only problem is that those limits change daily alot like all the other things in my life and also change based on the dairy of choice. Oh the fun of IBS issues. But I’m not up for veganism and all the limits that entails. Meat is easy to avoid…but cheese oh oooy gooey cheesy…how can I deny myself that. Soy cheese just doesn’t compare and I love my cream and milk in my coffee. So every day I play the guessing game with my dairy intake and usually I am victorious…although I don’t wear the crown every time.
But then Heather showed me the way…the ooey gooey non-dairy cheesey way. After seeing that post I had to have it in the worst way possible. While I all things cheese including the fancy and the stinky I am normally using cheddar and mozzarella to make things like quessadillas and tortilla pizza and eggs. Preshredded easiness to make sure I actually eat at home instead of going to my favorite place down the street for the same thing that cost $8.25. Why does $8.25 taste so good when I could make it for $2? So the thought of my easy pre-shredded cheese in “Cheese” form really intrigued me. And the fact that it actually melted sold me. Fat free cheese and soy cheese just does not melt like regular cheese so I go for the regular stuff.
So at Whole Foods on Monday I sought the Daiya cheese out like a blood hound. I looked with the fancy cheese, then the milk and then finally found it with the other non-cheese cheese. Duh Cynthia should have looked there first. :-) Unfortunately my store only had the mozzarella version but I was totally game. I bought it and moved past the price tag as I gasped. More than twice what I normally pay for cheese. But I already buy other healthy things at a higher price. What was one more if it actually worked.
But did it work? I decided to make quesadillas for Hunni and myself. Black bean pepper quesadillas.
I sautéed up some of my presliced peppers, a can of rinse black beans, a table-spoon of tomato paste and some spices like garlic and cumin (I don’t remember which).
I did the proper pince tomato thing Jenna showed on her channa masala post so that she would be proud.
While the tomato paste was cooking in the hot tub with the peppers and beans, I prepared the tortillas. I preheated the oven to 375F (yes I just picked that number out of thin air).
Okay so most quesadillas aren’t made with mozzarella or mozzarella style cheese but that’s what I had. And notice I’m not sharing with Hunni. The dude has a cast iron stomach and can eat anything (unless it’s spicy) so he got his normal cheddar. I even snuck a taste of the raw cheese and it was pretty mozzarella like. Then assembly.
I divided the toppings between the two added a tad more cheese for stickability and topped with another toritlla. I used my fancy mister to spray it with olive oil and set to bake. I got frustrated they weren’t browning to my liking so I turned on the broiler for a minute. Hence the “Cajun” look.
But it really melted and tasted like melted cheese. Nothing fake about this except that there isn’t actually any dairy in it. And I learned I could conserve my cheeseless cheese by not using as much next time because I was classy and picked up the cheese that oozed out on the plate and ate it too. I will be making this purchase again and I hope they have the cheddar next time to try.
I’ve already told you about my love of almond milk and coconut milk ice cream but I was still leery to try alternative creamers. I’ll admit I purposely used flavored sugared creamers in my coffee because I don’t like the strong flavor of coffee and need it to look and taste coffee flavored not like coffee. The barista always looks at me like I’m nuts when I only ask for one shot of espresso in my drinks that usually come with 3. I just want the taste of it kind of like coffee ice cream. Ooo I could go for coffee Ice cream right now.
But I need to drink real coffee as my prescription for my IBS. So I brewed some and put it in the fridge and decided to try one of the non dairy creamers. First on the list was Silk.
I liked that it gave me the flavor like I had added a flavor shot and it made it the proper color (that’s how I make coffee not by measurements). But it was almost too much when I made a full glass. So I cut it with almond milk much like I do with egg nog or the lattes I get at Whole Food…BTW have you tried their lattes with Almond Milk? Sooooo good! And then I think I’m almost ready to cross Make the perfect cup of coffee off my 101 Things List. I’ve had this 3 days in a row and it was good all times. I still want to try the coconut milk version but for now I’m happy.
These lovely dairy substitutes actually taste like the real things so I can stretch my dairy tolerance to other thinks like greek yogurt and cottage cheese and I’m one happy camper. I will be eating these things again and my tummy will thank me.
Have you tried dairy substitutes? Which do you like?