Dear 100 Hour Board,
What are your favorite non-dairy comfort foods?
-Non-dairy newbie Whistler
I don't know what you would consider as comfort food, but I love chocolate, popcorn, and mac and cheese. I've tried to make my own mac and cheese and I think all of the kinds I've made are gross. The Target where I live seems to have a lot of good non-dairy items. I want to go there soon and try some new things out soon.
- Walmart brand Tagalong Cookie - 18 cookies for $1.33. The BEST discovery I've made so I can have something that tastes somewhat like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. They also have a Thin Mint cookie and you get a ton of those. But I like the Tagalongs better. NOTE: Their Great Value Samoa cookies are NOT dairy free.
- Act II Butter Lovers Popcorn - Yes, it's actually dairy free and super buttery and delicious!
- So Delicious Ice Cream - Mint Chip is super good too. I don't know if I like Salted Caramel Cluster or Mint Chip better.
- Potato Soup - I really enjoy this as it's super cozy and delish.
- Chicken Pot Pie - I buy the pie crust, Smart Balance for my butter substitute, and almond milk instead of milk. It's such a good recipe and I love chicken pot pie.
- Mod Pizza (or Blaze Pizza) restaurants
- Duncan Hines is (mostly) an all dairy free brand. I love their fudge brownies! Also if I'm ever craving cake I use their box mix and frosting. (If I remember correctly, there might be some frostings that have dairy in them. I can't remember.)
- Trader Joe's Mac n Cheese (pre-made) is supposed to be good.
Curry with coconut milk, a recipe which I shared earlier in Board Question #93080.
I absolutely love a certain brand of packaged spicy Korean ramen that is available in regular grocery stores. According to my former roommate who served her mission in Korea, it's the most authentic Korean tasting ramen she's been able to find in the states. Poach an egg in the broth, and serve with green onions or chives on top, and it is to die for. Be warned that it is quite spicy, though.
Popcorn and fresh homemade bread are my other main comfort foods. I have a popcorn popper for over the stove, so I always just pop the kernels in a bit of oil, and then lightly salt them afterwards. It's delicious. As far as the bread is concerned, I'm a sucker for all kinds of homemade breads, but my personal specialty is challah bread.
Trader Joe's has the BEST non-dairy ice cream. The chocolate one has no coconut taste at all and is freaking delicious. The strawberry one is also good but there's some coconut flavor, if you care. The ice cream place Creamistry is also amazing, depending on where you live. They have just stellar coconut milk ice cream, and their cashew milk ice cream is pretty good too.
Lake Champlain 72% Dark Chocolate. I've tried a fair amount of chocolate and this is my favorite so far, hands down. It's not overly bitter like a lot of dark chocolate, and it has a nice almost brownie flavor to it. They used to have it at Whole Foods, but it disappeared a few months ago, unfortunately, so I have to buy it online now. I have literally dozens of bars in my fridge—I'm hoping they last me through the summer since shipping chocolate in the Texas summer heat doesn't sound like a good idea.
I don't know how sensitive to dairy you are. This is one of those "May contain traces of milk" things. Besides that though, the ingredients are remarkably clean for chocolate.
This one time (that lasted for 10 months) I was breastfeeding Small Boy, and every time I had even a tiny bite of anything with dairy in it, he would wail and wail for at least an hour after he ate. It was awful. For all of us. I seriously had to scan the ingredients list of everything we bought at the store to make sure it was completely dairy free. So, during that time I got to experiment with a few things that I would not normally eat.
Anyway. My main comfort food during that ordeal? Pancakes. We replaced the milk with almond milk and used oil instead of butter. Still delicious.
- 1.5 cups all purpose flour
- 3.5 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1.25 cups milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
Looking back, going dairy free is probably the largest contribution to my postpartum weight-loss. Worth it? I'll let you be the judge.
Dear Non ~
Dehydrated strawberries and mangos. Fruit leather. I believe Mint Patties are actually dairy free. (At least they were well over a decade ago when I did a dairy-free month.)
~ Dragon Lady