Thursday, February 28, 2008

Dairy Free Faux-Tatoes

Ok, if you like cauliflower... this is an AWESOME dish!!!

1 head of cauliflower (I used just the florets)
3 Tbsp Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese
1 Tbsp dairy-free margarine
splash of plain soy milk
(you might also like to add: garlic, onions, chives, etc.)

Place about an inch of water and the florets in a large saucepan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook until cauliflower is tender (easily mashed with a fork), stirring occasionally.

Drain. Transfer back to saucepan. Mash florets. (Like for mashed potatoes, but the constancy will be lumpier).

Place saucepan with mashed florets on the stove eye while off, but still warm. Stir in cream cheese, margarine, and soy milk until mixed throughout.

My mom says: "DEE-LICIOUS!" and I concur. :)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Baking Chocolate Substitution

Straight from the back of a Hershey's Cocoa powder box:

3 Level TBSP cocoa
1 TBSP shortening or oil


1 square ( 1 oz) unsweetened baking chocolate

UPDATE: I've used a generic cocoa and it wasn't as good as Hershey's... maybe the conversion is different? Anyway, only use this conversion with Hershey's.

Marmalade Pork (Dairy Free)

With permission...
Super Yummy Pork from In the kitchen with KC

The original recipe uses pork roast, but I used 4 chops because that's what I had on hand. I'm sure it would be good with any kind of pork! DE-licious! and Eee-zee! :)

mix equal parts soy sauce and orange marmalade (about 1/2 cup of each)
add 2 chopped cloves of garlic (I used minced)

cover pork with marinade
cook in 375 oven until internal temp reaches 160

Serve with steamed spinach and whole wheat couscous - the marinade/sauce is SUPER good on the spinach/couscous.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Dairy Free Apple Muffins

Head over to Mama of Boys for the best dairy free Apple Muffins I've ever had! The icing is easily made dairy free with the right choice in margarine... yum!

(I haven't received permission (yet... hopefully) to reprint the recipe here... but take the time to make the click, these are good!)

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Dairy Free Bean Dip

1 can black eye peas
1 can corn
1 can kidney beans
1 can hominy
1 green bell pepper (chopped)
1 sweet onion (diced)
1 diced tomato
1 diced jalapeƱo pepper
1 bottle Italian dressing
cumin and cilantro to taste

Drain canned vegetables. Combine all ingredients; chill and allow to marinate for 24 hours. I like to serve this with corn chips.

Aunt Glenda's Sweet Potato Casserole (Dairy Free)

2 big sweet potatoes
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

1/2 box light brown sugar
1/2 cup dairy free margarine (softened)
1/2 cup flour
chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

Peel, slice, and boil potatoes until soft. Mix potatoes with eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish.

Combine all topping ingredients in a separate bowl using a fork to mix until crumbly. Pour on top of potatoes.

Bake 45 minutes - 1 hour watching for even spreading of topping.

Dairy Free Brownies II

These were "all the rave" at my last get together! Everyone kept saying, "These are homemade aren't they? You can tell; they are so good!"

2 cups sugar
1 cup dairy free margarine (2 sticks - softened)
4 eggs (well beaten)
6 level Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsp oil
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup nuts (optional)

Mix it all together. Pour into a greased 13x9 pan. Cook at 350 for 35 - 40 minutes.

Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe comes from the back of a Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip bag. However, I did not use Nestle chocolate chips because they contain milk products. The Wal*Mart brand of chocolate chips does not contain dairy! (Cheap is good sometimes!)

2 1/4 cup All purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 sticks dairy free margarine, at least a little soft
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs (or 1/2 cup applesauce)
2 cups dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate morsels

I literally put it all in the bowl together and mixed it with my Kitchen-Aid Hobart mixer.
Drop small balls of dough onto ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Cook 11 -13 minutes at 375. Yield: about 45 cookies

For a really detailed look at the original recipe and whether you want to sift your dry ingredients or not, visit Cooking for Engineers - it's a fun site for cooking!

UPDATE: These can also be made into bars. Just spread the dough onto a 15x10 inch jelly roll pan and bake 20 -25 minutes at 375. Use a pizza cutter for ease of slicing while warm.