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September 2nd, 2013, 11:20 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Okay, so another satisfying thing for dinner stuff is crock pot chicken - southwestern or tortilla soup, chicken pot roast, etc. But you MUST use whole legs or thighs, with skin on and bones in. It will make the soup or stew or whatever you make much richer. Chicken fat, schmaltz, is the secret ingredient of Jewish/Eastern European cooking
it is DELICIOUS and will satisfy a lot of craving for rich things. When it gets colder, I also like to do beef pot roast. Animal fats are generally good sources of rich satisfying calories and there are lots of great things you can make without any need for milk, cheese, etc. Think of more British type recipes though.
Just forget about Italian food. Don't even think about it. It's ALL cheesy.
If you can get into Middle Eastern food, that is great stuff and it's very light on the dairy, it may just call for a little goat or feta cheese which is easy to leave out. Lentils, hummus, kebabs, salads, etc. Lots and lots of good olive oil on everything.
Also, pretty much all Asian food is dairy free, though not soy free, you have to be careful about soy when buying ready-made sauces or eating out. But as far as recipes, stir frys are a great basic thing to experiment with, just get some meat and veggies and have at it. Also, fried rice can be great, and you can make it with leftover rice, and put some egg in it, and it's very filling.
I feel like the standard American diet sort of defaults to slapping cheese on everything to make it taste good, but it's really not necessary. If you get into more global cuisines you find lots of cultures just don't use much dairy and don't need it. You do need some nice fats, including saturated fats, to get a rich flavor in things. But vegetable oils (especially olive and coconut), nuts, and meat are great ways to get those fats too.
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