You guys are going to think I am crazy, but this staying away from dairy thing…it’s really ok. I thought I would have a harder time. I surprised myself. I went four weeks cold turkey. Lately though, I have had several backslides. Why do nachos have to be so dang tasty?
The trick to getting through a meal without dairy is to add different textures and to pair rich or dense foods with bright salty or acidic flavors. For example, pizza is still good to me because I can take my normal pizza dough, top it with slow roasted tomatoes, and then bake it. No cheese. When it is done, I add some fresh shaved asparagus, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper to the top. To take it to the next level I add some balsamic drizzle from Trader Joe’s. These combinations of flavors make you forget about the cheese.
Oh. If you are a meat lover, I highly recommend some salty prosciutto.
I would say that even mike eats that pizza, but not matter what I do, he is a straight pepperoni pizza man.
When it comes to pasta night, I sort of followed the same rules of flavor pairings and came up with this pasta dish you see here today. The reason I went with capellini noodles was because they are Mike’s favorite. If I am not giving the man meat or cheese, I can at least give him his favorite noodle. I tossed the noodles with lots of shaved asparagus, roasted tomatoes, lemon juice, and olive oil.
I did throw a few shavings of parmesan cheese on top along with lots of fresh basil just for the pictures sake. But, when you are making your own, feel free to skip it or even add in more. Ooooo or even some fresh mozzarella could be great in this. ugh!
Ok, maybe I do miss cheese more than I let on at the start of this post.