Dairy-Free Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Posted October 26, 2016 in vegetarian cooking, dairy-free cooking, vegetarian, dairy-free, meal inspiration, recipes, healthy cooking, weight loss, hormone balancing foods

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I've been eating dairy-free since August 17!

My functional medicine doctor, Dr. Allison Blessing, recommended that I cut out dairy to balance out my hormones. I also went off my birth control because there's no way I could balance my hormones while on birth control. (read more about it here)

So far, I've felt amazing. Within the first couple of weeks, I noticed that I looked a bit slimmer. I was most likely experiencing some bloating from the inflammation that dairy was causing. Best of all, I haven't had any hormonal migraines! 

I'm feeling really optimistic about my journey so far. Later, I'll share more about how a hormone imbalance can impact your health, but today I wanted to share what I've been eating. 

I eat dairy-free vegetarian most days, but I've been eating chicken, fish or turkey one or two days a week. On days that I don't feel like cooking, I usually have Avocado Toast with Scrambled Eggs. I also eat a lot of Trader Joe's Quinoa Cowboy burgers, usually over a salad or with roasted vegetables and quinoa or rice. 

I typically eat the same things over and over again - the black bean burrito bowl was on heavy rotation for awhile. Which is why the BF and I tried Blue Apron. We needed some meal inspiration. 

The following are meals that I have been making pretty regularly over the past couple of months. 

Dairy-Free Dinner Recipes

Tofu Stir Fry with Brown Rice or Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry with Tofu

1/2 package extra firm tofu

1/2 red pepper

1/2 yellow or orange pepper

1/2 onion

other vegetables of your choice (ie. chopped Brussels sprouts, bean sprouts, etc.)

1 tbsp. soy sauce or tamari

1/2 tbsp. sesame oil

2 tsp. rice wine vinegar

Pinch of red pepper flakes

Olive oil or other cooking oil

Brown rice

Place a paper towel or tea towel on a plate. Place tofu on top of towel. Place another paper towel or tea towel on top of the tofu, and place a plate on top. Let sit for 20-30 minutes to allow the liquid to release from the tofu. 

Cook rice according to package directions.

Press tofu gently to release any excess liquid. Add enough olive oil to cover a pan over medium heat. Cut tofu into 1/2-inch cubes. Add to pan. Cook on each side until golden brown. 

In another pan over medium heat, add sesame oil. Add onion, peppers and other vegetables. Add soy sauce or tamari and rice wine vinegar. Cook until softened.

Toss rice, tofu and vegetables together in the pan. Add more soy sauce or tamari, if desired.


Black Bean Vegetable Burrito Bowl

Cook brown rice according to package directions. Sautée onions, red and orange peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and black beans with chipotle powder and cumin. Top rice with the veggie and bean mixture, then top that with guacamole and chopped green onions.


Vegetable Chickpea Curry

Recipe from The Happy Cook by Daphne Oz


Tofu with Soba Noodles and Fried Shallots 

Recipe from The Happy Cook by Daphne Oz


Tofu Black Bean Tacos (without Greek yogurt)

Please keep in mind that this is my journey that I'm sharing with you to be transparent and possibly help someone that is going through something similar. I'm making changes based on test results and recommendations that I received from a doctor. I don't suggest that you make any changes to your health without consulting with a doctor first. I do highly recommend seeing a functional medicine doctor though! Dr. Blessing works in Omaha if your local. 

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