Just a few of my favorite things...


Just a few of my favorite things...
These are some of my favorite dairy-free (and some meat-free) products that I stock my refrigerator and pantry with. Mirin cooking wine: a wonderful addition to marinades and other sauces. It tends to erase, or lessen the fishy smell in broiled or baked fish. Silk Soy milk: soy protein is comparable in quality to the protein found in dairy, meat and eggs.Soymilk is very low in saturated fat and 100% cholesterol-free and very easy to bake with. Oregon Chai Tea-Vegan: They make a great-tasting concentrate and warmed up with some soymilk, it makes an outstanding dairy-free chai. Add a touch of caramel sauce for added flavor, froth it to make a latte... Tamari sauce: Like a soy sauce, tamari is dark brown in color and usually slightly thicker than regular soy sauce. The salty fermented paste derived from soy beans, called miso, actually served as the basis for development of tamari. Typically tamari is almost always organic. Jasmine scented brown rice from Village Harvest: Wonderful to serve with stir fry, or just for a snack--add some steamed veggies and you have a healthy, yummy meal. It also has more fiber, more protein and more vitamin E than its white counterpart.Brown rice has even been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, lower cholesterol and encourage weight loss. Arborio rice from Village Harvest: Basically risotto, this hearty rice is great. It makes a great side dish: http://the-dairy-free-diva-recipe-exchange.yumsugar.com/6600488 Rice Cheese from Galaxy Foods: Their shredded cheeses are pretty good and they were great additions in my cheese ball recipe http://the-dairy-free-diva-recipe-exchange.yumsugar.com/6914717 and the layer dip recipe http://the-dairy-free-diva-recipe-exchange.yumsugar.com/6845249 Also pictured is their Grated Parmesan Rice Cheese, great on Hurry Up Alfredo: http://the-dairy-free-diva-recipe-exchange.yumsugar.com/6697866 Tempeh by Westsoy: Made completely of soybeans, tempeh can be cooked so many different ways: Marinaded and baked, fried, steamed, ground up--you name it! It comes in 5-grain and other flavors. Cheese slices, from Tofutti: Love them! Whenever you make a sandwich, add a slice. It's probably the best dairy-free cheese slices I've had. I like to top a warmed up Boca "Chicken" Patty with a slice of this and then stick it between two toasted English muffin slices. A perfect quick lunch or snack. Tahini by Joyva: I think they make the best tahini (sesame seed paste). This is a must-ingredient for hummus and even "cheese" sauces like the Hurry Up Alfredo. Ume Plum Vinegar from Eden Foods: Rich in organic acids, this is wonderful in marinades, sauces and even just to sprinkled over steamed veggies. Add to salad dressings and dips. Quinoa from Ancient Harvest: Get your fiber here! without gluten! It's such a healthy, power food that offers so much variety that I love to made side dishes using quinoa. See http://the-dairy-free-diva-recipe-exchange.yumsugar.com/6646978 and http://the-dairy-free-diva-recipe-exchange.yumsugar.com/3158708 Balsamic vinegar: Need I say more? It adds so much flavor to any sauce or marinade or just drizzle it on veggies and sandwiches. Couscous: Like rice and quinoa, couscous is so versatile, healthy and yummy! Earth Balance Natural Spreads: Tastes like butter without the fat and sodium, increased the good cholesterol and lowers the bad, all natural, rich in Omega 3s, no GMOs, no trans fats or hydrogenated oils or artificial flavors. They make soy-free, egg-free spreads as well as baking sticks. Seitan: Love this stuff! Called "Wheat Meat" it is entirely made of wheat gluten and is primarily used as a meat alternative. I'm amazed at how delicious it is. See my Pecan-Crusted Seitan recipe: http://the-dairy-free-diva-recipe-exchange.yumsugar.com/6899933 Smoky Tempeh Strips from Lighlife: Basically a take on bacon and it's delish! Perfect on sandwiches or with your morning tofu scramble! Tofu from Westsoy: Comes in a variety of forms: silky smooth to extra firm. They make a great baked tofu as well. Sour Cream from Tofutti: They make the best non-dairy sour cream I've ever had! I use in everything! Non-hydrogenated, no milk, no cholesterol, no lactose, and no butterfat. What's not to love? They make an excellent cream cheese, too. (Not shown, 'cuz I'm all, out! Used it in the fabulous cheese ball)! Miso: Is a rich, thick paste used for flavoring a wide variety of dishes, made from fermented soybeans. Great for marinades and other sauces. It comes in different varieties and I'll be posting some great dishes soon that use this incredible paste! So there you have it--just a few of my favorite things...I'm sure the list will continue to grow!