Cows milk free diet

Cows milk is a huge part of the western diet, however there are many alternatives, and you can eat some delicious food entirely without it. Pictured below are three readily available alternatives.

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Soy milk, rice milk, coconut milk and almond milk and others are all good alternatives for drinking and for cooking. There are also alternative cheeses, tofu, soy yoghurt and many others. If you can not eat soy this further restricts things, but in a world of food there are many other things that you can still enjoy.

It is easy to substitute milks for their alternatives when it is for the drink alone, however the cooking properties of milks are different. Soy for example, curdles if overheated or mixed with acid ingredients, and so is not good in foods that have a liquid consistency. It is fine in baked goods. Apparently Rice milk works better, although I have not tried it.

Cheese is another challenge. You can use tofu as a substitute in some circumstances, but if you cannot use raw oay it is difficult. There is no real substitute, however you can change your taste paradigm.

On pizza I have used beaten egg, which when baked has a similar effect to cheese. You could use natto to add flavour over pasta instead of parmesan. Nuts and nut butters can be used on sandwiches instead of cheese.

Natto, pictured below, is a fermented soy product. It comes frozen in little foam dishes which contain a flavoured oil sachet, and it has a viscous sticky texture. The texture may put some people off, but once you get accustomed to it the taste is very pleasant.

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If you explore the supermarket, and visit continental and asian groceries you will find an abundance of alternative ingredients that can be used to make your food interesting, and you will not feel like you are missing out.

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~ by aadbro on January 5, 2007.

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