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Or enchiladas or any number of tasty things that are made with lots of cheese? I feel like so many Mexican and Italian dishes are off-limits now (I'm off dairy because my nursling is sensitive to it).<br><br>
I'm wondering if you just omit cheese when you cook these things or if you replace it with something else (like soy cheese) or just suffer without lasagna :p. BTW, how does soy cheese taste? I've never had it.<br><br>
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I make all those things w/o the cheese and sometimes I will use soy cheese (but for it to truly have no dairy inged. it needs to be vegan). I think they are all very tasty w/o the cheese too, my kids and dh agree!!!
 

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PIzza without cheese is awesome!
 

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I have 2 vegan cook books with lasagna recipies in them. One is called The Voluptuous Vegan, by Myra Kornfeld, and the oter is called How it all Vegan. Vegan cookbooks in general are great for non dairy eaters. Both of these lasagna recipies use a blend of tofu, garlic, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper to make a "cheese" to go into the lasagna.
 

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I have a delicious 3-cheez lasagna recipe that I'd be happy to share with you if you're interested - - I can type it out a bit later on if anyone wants it.<br><br>
I have made it for potlucks and it always gets rave reviews <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've substituted firm tofu for the ricotta cheese in lasagna and my normally tofu-disliking DH couldn't even tell the difference. In fact, he preferred it!<br><br>
I've tried the tofu two ways...just crumbling it right out of the box (after draining it and 'pressing' it to remove most of the water)...and also after pan-frying it for a few minutes with some spices. It's yummy either way and for me it just comes down to how much time I have.<br><br>
The thing with most of the soy cheeses is that they don't melt very well, I've tried a few brands and I haven't found any that I liked. Oh, well.
 

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My son is allergic to milk and we have a lot of non-dairy solutions. You have to be careful and read labels because some soy and rice cheese products have milk protein in them. For lasagna we use mashed tofu in place of the ricotta cheese filling. Mash it with some sautéed minced onion and garlic and it is really delicious. I layer with marinara sauce, noodles, tofu filling, veggies (repeat). End with sauce on top. People who want cheese can add parmesan or mozzarella to their individual servings- or sprinkle cheese on the top ½ of the lasagna and leave the other half with just sauce. You can also make dairy free béchamel- if you like lasagna with oozy white sauce in it- or as a good alternate to cheese in the middle. Heat 2 TB olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat, add 2 TB flour and whisk constantly for about one minute- or until the flour/oil mixture is a bit browned. Add two cups of warm vegetable broth, or plain rice milk, or plain soymilk in a slow and steady stream while you continue to whisk the sauce. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently (you don’t have to stir constantly, but it burns easily so be watchful) until boiling. Cook at a boil for about one minute, stirring constantly, then remove from heat. Salt and pepper to taste. If you want add some additional flavoring like pesto (made without the cheese), or a clove of crushed garlic and some oregano- which are both good for lasagna- or try a touch of mustard to use the sauce to make “au gratin” potatoes. If you were eating dairy you could add shredded cheese to make homemade mac and cheese. It is very versatile and you can use it for lots of stuff. Be inventive.<br><br>
As far as pizza goes- instead of cheese go for something really flavorful to replace the marinara sauce- like barbeque sauce, or olive oil and garlic, or pesto sauce made without cheese. A cheeseless pizza can be really delicious if you put something intensely flavorful on it. You could try the béchamel sauce from above in place of marinara…<br><br>
As far as enchiladas and stuff like that- we just got used to cheeseless versions. Try stuffing with beans, rice and corn.
 

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i've done tofu for ricotta and it was enjoyed (i think the fact that i had a green pesto layer in addition to the tomato helped disguise.)<br><br>
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OK, what if you're sensitive to both dairy AND soy? Any dairy-free lasagna ideas that don't use tofu?
 

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I usually don't use tofu. I just layer cooked veggies, sauce and noodles, it is really good. You can saute the veggies or roast them for extra flavor.
 

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cheeze sauce:<br><br>
Blend until smooth:<br>
1 c water<br>
4 tbsp nutritional yeast<br>
2 tbsp starch (cornstarch/tapioca starch/arrowroot, etc)<br>
1 tbsp flour (we use rice flour bc we're off of gluten now too)<br>
1 tsp something acidic~lemon juice/lime juice/applecider vinegar, etc<br>
1/2 tsp salt<br>
1/4 tsp garlic granules<br>
Pour into a saucepan and stir over med heat until it thickens. When you're happy with the consistency, remove from heat and whisk in:<br><br>
2 tbsp water<br>
1 tbsp oil<br><br>
tadaaaa, you have cheeze! works well drizzled on pizza, i'm sure it would work well in lasagna (we're not big pasta eaters, so havent tried it), makes a really nice dip, etc<br><br>
and of course the flavour can be changed, depending on which spices you add.
 

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aww yeah.thats my specialty, the fav thing i make of everyone i know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Moss, thanks for the cheez sauce recipe!<br><br>
I was also wondering (as I started reading the thread) if you could make a white sauce with rice milk? If you could thicken it up like a regular white sauce, add some spinach and carrots to it....mmmmmm....veggie lasagna!
 

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We use avocado for cheese replacement in mexican foods and pizza. For enchiladas, I stuff with beans, veggies, and/or rice and top with mashed cado and bake. Yum! On pizza, I just slice up some cado and put in on top. I find the "cheese" alternatives to be pretty yucky.
 

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Thanks everyone! These ideas are great <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I once had a recipe for a vegan soy-free lasagna that was topped w/ mashed potatoes (mashed w/ veggie stock). It sounds weird, but it was very good. I'll post the recipe if I can find it.
 
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