I’ve been dairy-free for about eight months since we discovered Audrey has a dairy intolerance. Since she’s not completely off of breast milk yet, it looks like this is going to be my first holiday season without dairy. :’( It’s hard for me to overstate how much I love dairy, so needless to say I’m really bummed about not having some of my holiday favorites this year. But it’s ok. I keep reminding myself that this is only one year and I can have dairy for many more years in the future.
I’m looking at this year as an opportunity to try new recipes for Thanksgiving. Since I’m cooking for just Dan and I, I get to do whatever I want. I’m swapping my beloved casseroles full of cream of mushroom soup and cheese, desserts topped with whipped cream and appetizers with cream cheese for non-dairy alternatives made with vegan butter, almond milk yogurt and coconut milk ice cream. Thank goodness they make dairy alternatives!
Here’s my dairy-free Thanksgiving menu: