Soy You Think You Can’t Eat Cheese?

August 20th, 2012 4:32 PM -05

Whether by choice or circumstance, a dairy and/or soy free diet can be challenging. So what do you do?

Well, for starters, you embrace all things rice-based.  Then, you hunt for grub with alternative oils (canola, safflower) and thickeners (tapioca starch).  Here’s a list of products that carried me through my allergen elimination diet:

Daiya “Cheese”: While the smell of this stuff repulses my husband,  it’s a fabulous cheese substitute.  I love using it for my nachfauxs (pita or corn chips with Cheddar and/or Mozzarella shreds, pickled jalapenos and guacamole).  This stuff gets a little sticky when melted, but, unlike several rice vegan cheeses (ahem Galaxy), it does melt fairly easily.  I get mine at Whole Foods and will likely keep eating it once I can have dairy again.

Earth Balance Soy Free Butter Spread is awesome.  I melt it in pasta and slather it on my morning toast.  I used to have to get this from Whole Foods, but my HEB started carrying it.

Speaking of toast, Ener-G Foods makes an extensive line of allergen-free products. Their website offers a handy-dandy search page that allows you to identify products that fit your allergen concerns.   I’m not a big fan of their cookies, but their assortment of rice-based, dairy free breads (including Hamburger Buns) are pretty decent! For those without a Whole Foods or a respectable health food aisle, Ener-G’s online store has reasonable shipping rates.

So Delicious is probably the most well recognized dairy alternative brand because of its widespread, mainstream supermarket availability.  From their almond to coconut products, they also provide a slew of soy-free options.   I love how each product page features not only the ingredients, but also lists the allergens.  Their Coconut Milk Ice Cream was my savior when I wanted dessert.

When it came to a milk subsitute, I started with Rice Dream but found the HEB/Central Market Brand much cheaper and better tasting.   I use it in cereal and in my sanity-saving Frappucino knock-off (Starbucks Iced Via! + Vanilla Rice Milk).

While a soy/dairy-free diet is a pain in the butt, it is doable and can be enjoyable.   Though the products may cost a bit more, there may be a way to recoup your expense …

Rice futures. 😉

One Response to “Soy You Think You Can’t Eat Cheese?”

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