If you’re trying to avoid dairy and reduce animal protein or maybe just get inspired with new healthy recipes, these dairy-free vegetarian recipes are perfect for you!
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 and Plate Joy. We needed some meal inspiration.
The following are meals that I have been making pretty regularly over the past couple of months.
Dairy-Free Vegetarian Dinner Recipes
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.
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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