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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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    Jayne
    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!
    http://thepescetarianpantry.blogspot.co.uk

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    Vénus
    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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    Megan
    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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