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These days, more and more people are choosing to go dairy-free for their own health and the health of their families. People who follow dairy-free diets often weigh less, have fewer digestive issues, clearer skin, and reduce their exposure to added antibiotics and hormones that are often found in dairy products. Children on dairy-free diets are less likely to develop calcium anemia, and dairy-free diets have also been shown to be linked to less behavioral problems. It’s no wonder that so many people are going dairy-free!
If you’re thinking of making the switch to dairy-free eating, or you’ve already decided to but aren’t sure what to do next, don’t worry: there are tons of resources out there for dairy-free eaters.
Meal planning is a good place to start, to take the stress out of dairy-free cooking, especially on busy weeknights. Here are 12 of the best resources we’ve found for dairy-free recipes, products, substitution information, and meal plans:
If you and your family have decided to go dairy free but don’t quite know where to start, this site should be the first one you visit. GoDairyFree.org is a goldmine of dairy free eating facts, recipes, grocery guides, subsitiution guides, and more. Honestly after looking at this site I’m starting to consider going dairy free myself.
The goal of The Scramble is to relieve you from that 6 o’clock panic of, What’s for dinner? With a membership you can get detailed meal plans, including daily free or gluten free meal plans, for your whole family with grocery lists and everything you need to “restore dinner time sanity.” Check out their trial membership to see what it’s like.
EatThisMuch.com is basically a Godsend for anyone who wants to take the guesswork out of dairy free meal planning. All you have to do is put in your preferences – how many calories you want to eat, how many meals per day, special diet restrictions, even a price range – and then it generates a meal plan for you based on your preferences. You can change your preferences any time, access nutritional data, save your meal plans, and more. Best of all, the basic version of the site is completely free to use.
If you want to follow a dairy free meal plan but you really just don’t have time to cook, MagicKitchen.com is the site for you. Unlike other sites that just provide meal plans and ingredient lists, Magic Kitchen actually provides the meals themselves. Of course, it’s not free, but it can be really affordable if you use a coupon to get a deal on your meals.
Fork and Beans is the blog of Cara, who likes to share her gluten-free, dairy-free living tips, tricks, and of course, recipes. She has tons of tips that will be useful for anyone who is new to dairy-free or gluten-free cooking, including guides to common dairy and gluten substitutes and vegan baking tips.
Go Veggie Foods is not only a great resource for buying dairy-free cheeses, their site is also full of delicious recipes and tons of tips for dairy-free living. Just click “Kitchen” at the top of the site, choose your dietary preferences, and you’ll find tons of delicious recipes that fit your dietary restrictions. Their blog also has lots of resources, including tips for dairy-free meal planning for kids and downloadable meal plans.
This 5 Day Wheat-Free Dairy-Free meal plan from Nature’s Apotheke is a good jump start for your dairy free meal plan, or a good resource if you’re out of ideas and need some inspiration. The site also has information about calcium content of dairy substitutions, so you can make sure you’re still getting enough calcium with your dairy-free meal plan.
8. The Fresh 20
This is another site that offers members downloadable meal plans with grocery lists and recipes included. The difference with The Fresh 20 is that every week of meals uses just 20 fresh ingredients. Their meals are simple to prepare and their focus is on family involvement, so if you have kids, this site is a good choice.
Dairy-Free Omnivore is the blog site of Steph, who shares her dairy-free recipes, tips and tricks, and meal planning savvy for other busy parents who want to cook dairy-free but are lacking inspiration. If you’re craving your old favorites like mac n’ cheese, pizza, and lasagna, check out her recipes for dairy-free options.
Are you a lady with a restricted diet? With allergies? Healthful Pursuit was specially designed for people like you. With membership at this site, you can get dairy-free (& gluten-free) meal plans delivered to your inbox every week with grocery lists and easy-to-follow instructions. If you’re not sure this kind of meal planning is for you, check out the sample one week gluten-free, dairy-free meal plan here.
11. Milk Free Mom
This blog is a great resources for busy moms trying to cook healthy and yummy meals while sticking to dietary restrictions. Milk Free Mom offers tons of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, plus a guide to her favorite dairy-free products.
12. Simply Serina
Simply Serina is a blog where Serina posts her latest favorite recipes and family activities. If you click “GF/DF” at the top of her site, you’ll find a huge list of gluten-free, dairy-free recipes she has compiled. They’re categorized by the type of meal, from breakfast to dessert and everything in between. She also has a list of other sites that are useful for dairy-free and gluten-free meal planning.