About Simply Whisked

Making dairy free life simple with everyday recipes for the whole family.

You know it’s time to give up dairy, but have no idea how to integrate your new dietary restrictions with you love of food. You know that dairy free life must be doable, but you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin.

You want dairy free to be easy. You don’t have the time to make complicated substitutions, and you don’t want to rely on dairy replacement products.

You want dairy free recipes that your whole family can enjoy, regardless of their diets. You don’t want anyone to feel like they’re giving something up, and you don’t want to cook two meals every night to make your family happy.

I believe you can live a completely satisfying life without dairy, and I want to teach you how.

What readers are saying:

“This soup was completely unbelievable! If I didn’t make it myself I would have been SURE that there was cheese in this!! It was hearty, creamy, healthy, and SO delicious! I made your Dairy-Free Croutons recipe to top off the soup and it could not have been better!! Passing this on to everyone!!” – Kat

“We love this recipe! I’ve been making it for months. Thank you for such a simple, delicious meal that makes even me seem like a good cook! There are few recipes loved by the whole family and this is one of them!” – Erin

“I’m so happy I found your blog! I recently had to go dairy free, and I was feeling so deprived, but now I see there’s lots of alternatives available!” – Renee

Our family’s journey to dairy free living.

One afternoon, my husband came home from work and told me he wanted to give up dairy. At the time, we were living in France, land of all the cheese, and I was 9 months pregnant with our first child. Honestly, I was not emotionally equipped to handle such a request. He explained that he thought it would resolve the unexplained symptoms that he’d been suffering from for years, and I hesitantly agreed to give it a try.

Within two weeks, the majority of those symptoms were completely gone, and he felt healthier and more energetic than he had in years. There was no use in fighting it. I knew right then that we would be embracing this “lifestyle” for the foreseeable future.

I had already been blogging about food and passionate about cooking for years at this point, so I knew that I could find a way to accommodate these new dietary restrictions. Living abroad made it a little harder, but we slowly figured it out. It hasn’t been easy, and we’ve definitely stumbled along the way, but we now live a fully satisfying life without dairy.

Three years later, we’re now settled down in my hometown in Wisconsin, also land of all the cheese, and we’re still happily dairy free.

A few things I learned along the way

  • Dairy free cooking requires a little extra effort, so give yourself a break and use shortcuts where you can. There’s nothing wrong with store-bought pie crust and pre-washed vegetables).
  • Cheese is the hardest thing to give up. While the substitutes can help, but they are also the hardest to get used to.
  • Find new things to get excited about. The best thing you can do is stop dwelling on the things you can’t have anymore, and start embracing the truly amazing things you can have.
  • Be patient. It takes time to get used to a new diet and lifestyle, and there is a lot to learn when you first start out. So take your time, let yourself “grieve” you former diet, and do the best you can.

You can do this and I’m here for you.

Please don’t hesitate to email me or get in touch. I’m here to help you, cheer you on, or talk you down if you’re feeling overwhelmed. I’d also love to hear what kind of recipes you’re looking for in the future.

Here’s how you can connect with me:

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    August 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Awesome site Melissa recipes look delicious and actually doable.

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    Hockey Wife (@HockeyWife_22)
    August 16, 2012 at 9:59 am

    So happy to hear you’re making these delicious meals in Europe! Gives me a little hope … options are limited! 😉

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    Georgia Perrey
    September 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Heya great blog Melissa! Found you through foodie blog roll.
    Great pics and info – well done. Will be following for sure!

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    August 10, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Bonjour , ive been creating recipes and taking picture with my cell for a while now (thinking maybe one day ill do something with those) when i read about you i could realy related and i think you got the best idea and you do it perfectly !!!

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    August 23, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I just came across your blog from Iowa Girl Eats, Friday Favorites with the cleaning schedule. After reading about you I can’t wait to keep up with your posts! In a month I’m heading overseas to Athens, Greece where my husband will be playing basketball this year. How great it was to read that you’re also learning how to adjust living in another country, but making the best of it! It’s a different lifestyle but, it’s always fun to find someone you can relate to! 🙂

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    December 8, 2018 at 10:10 am

    My son has been diagnosed with a dairy allergy. I’m so thank full to have found this place!!!!!

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    January 24, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Thank God for you and this website. I have a dairy-allergy in the family but we all think gluten and eggs are delicious! It’s so hard to find resources geared towards dairy-free without also being vegan and/or gluten-free!

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      Melissa Belanger
      January 24, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      I’m so glad you found me! I found it really hard in the beginning, too, because I love my carbs and meat/eggs! That’s why I decided to focus on exactly that. Let me know if there are any recipes you’re hoping to see on here, and I’ll try my best to make it happen!

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    April 3, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Thank you for this site! We found out last week that my youngest son has a dairy allergy, so I’ve been researching the internet for dairy-free recipes. It’s been hard because I LOVE dairy, but I’m willing to make lifestyle changes so my little one can thrive.

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      Melissa Belanger
      April 3, 2019 at 9:42 pm

      I’m so happy you found me! If you need anything at all, don’t hesitate to reach out. I know it seems hard, but I promise it gets easier. You can live a fully satisfying life without dairy. I promise!

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    April 6, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    This is the best site thank you so much!

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    April 9, 2019 at 11:31 am

    I’ve been diagnosed with a cow dairy allergy (including many other random things, most difficult being eggs, cane sugar, peppercorns, etc., etc.)! I’ve been cooking the same way for decades, so this is really a challenge for me. I’m really stuck on substitutes for cream cheese, sour cream, ricotta and the like. I also miss the convenience of using things like cream of chicken/mushroom soup in fast recipes. Have you found substitutions for items like these? I’m getting so discouraged. Thank you so much!

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    April 16, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you for this website and the facebook group- very helpful!

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    May 4, 2019 at 9:22 am

    I just found your site. Hoping you can help. My grandson has extremely high allergy stories all dairy products. To the point he has been to hospital many times. He can’t eat in any restaurants. We have to bring his own food no matter where we go because of cross contamination. I’m looking for recipe for soft sugar cookies. On top of dairy he has egg, beef and shellfish allergy. He is afraid to try anything. They are trying ti introduce egg slowly. Like one Mimi cupcake everyday. He is graduating next month and I would like to make some things that he could enjoy for his party, that also taste good. Is there anyway you can help.

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      Melissa Belanger
      May 4, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      Hi Terry! I’m so glad you found me! I have a sugar cookie recipe that does contain 1 egg, but you could easily substitute a flax egg or unsweetened applesauce for the egg. If you try it, I would love to know how it turns out. https://www.simplywhisked.com/super-soft-sugar-cookies/

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    Ann Cobb
    May 13, 2019 at 8:51 am

    For no mayo tuna, what size tuna cans, 3 small or 3 large cans?

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      Melissa Belanger
      May 13, 2019 at 9:04 am

      3 small cans!

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    Ann Cobb
    May 13, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Thank you.

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    May 26, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Have you found a good recipe for dairy free cream cheese icing/frosting?

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      Melissa Belanger
      May 29, 2019 at 8:40 am

      I have tried a few, but I’m still testing them out. The closest thing I’ve found so far is substituting vegan cream cheese for regular and leaving out the milk since the vegan cream cheese frosting tends to be thinner than regular.

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    Catherine Brown
    July 31, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Just found your blog and thank god i have! We have had to put our youngest aged 21 months on a dairy free diet for ? Cows protein allergy. Its been at the back of mind for a while but found the thought so daunting. We have only been doing this a week and we have all survived so cant be that bad! One of our main challanges tho is trying to get our oldeset to eat dairy free as my youngest just wants to have what her big sis has. Im desperatly trying to find an edible cheese so if anyone has any suggestions i would be so grateful. Me and both my girls are huge cheese lovers! Thank you Melissa for your inspiration, its making this new step in our lives look more positive!

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    KC Chef
    August 5, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    I’m very excited about your blog – I’m a caterer who has just been hired to do two big events that have to be dairy free. I’m planning on using your veloute sauce for one of them, and your chocolate chip cookies for the other. Can you please tell me which is your favorite buttery shortening brand?

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      Melissa Belanger
      August 8, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      For buttery spread (in a tub), I like Smart Balance. That is what I use went I was a real buttery flavor (but not for baking). For dairy free butter sticks, I like Melt. For shortening, I prefer Spectrum Organics (since it’s more sustainably sourced) or butter-flavored Crisco since it tastes more like butter.

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