Meatless Meals (I Wish) My Mother Made

It has been a long time since I posted a recipe here. Truth be told, that is because we have been completely slacking off on trying new recipes … and sometimes on making old recipes …

As part of taking care of The Kid (-to be), I have gone dairy-free for a while. In an effort to make post-child-bearing meal planning a bit simpler, I decided to go through recipes that we already know and love and pick out the ones that don’t have dairy in them. And then I thought hey, I could share that list with you, in case you need it for some occasion.

One disclaimer: these recipes are not necessarily vegan. A person who eats vegan will not eat animal products of any kind. Meat/fish and dairy are on that list, but so are eggs and honey. Some of these recipes are vegan, but I wouldn’t want you to choose one blindly when your new vegan friend is coming over for dinner, only to choose one with eggs in it. They are all vegetarian.

Last few thoughts: While there are dairy-free alternatives to various cheeses and butters, I’m not going there in this post. So if cheese is an essential ingredient in a recipe, it’s not on this list. However, since we don’t drink cow’s milk ’round here, if non-dairy milk can be used in place of cow’s milk, the recipe did make the cut. Obviously, if something calls for “olive oil or butter” for example, olive oil would be the non-dairy choice.

That said, these meals that have been featured so far do not contain dairy:

Cannellini Beans with Cabbage and Pasta

White Bean, Butternut Squash, Kale, and Olive Stew

Homemade Popsicles

Mom’s Crockpot Chickpeas

Bratwurst Dinner

Couscous Surprise Salad

Chana Masala (Spicy Chickpeas) with Spinach

Sweet Potato Chickpea Burgers

Moroccan Roasted Vegetables

Fragrant Chickpea Stew

Green Beans Tossed With Walnut Miso Sauce

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas

super simple broccoli with chickpeas & tahini sauce

Spicy Black Bean Chili

Minestrone/Pasta e Fagioli Soup

Empty-the-Pantry Bean Burritos

Black Bean and Barley Burritos

Bean and Vegetable Burritos


Lots of options! We’re not going to be hungry after all 😉

2 responses to this post.

  1. These recipes look great, especially the crockpot chickpeas and the Bob Barker’s vegan enchilada bake. Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing.

    • The crockpot chickpeas are wonderful. We haven’t made the enchilada bake in a long time, so I would need to read what I wrote about it to remember how much I liked it 😉

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