4 New Recipes and Dairy-free Alternatives


Some of you eat dairy, some of you do not. That’s cool.

I like to make sure that we have a little bit of everything here on Healthful Pursuit, for everyone. The definition of health is different for each and every one of us. Paleo, vegan, grain-free, dairy-free, candida, sugar-free…

Every month, I create 4 new recipes for Happy Days Dairies. Last month, I shared the 4 recipes with you and also gave you tips on how to shift a couple of ingredients around to make them into dairy-free recipes. You all loved the first post so very much that I’ve decided to make this a monthly thing.

You ready?

Cheddar Cheese Sauce (7)

White Cheddar Cheese Sauce – Thick and rich cheddar cheese sauce… perfect for a big bowl of fresh cooked pasta!

Dairy-free alternative: stay tuned this week. I have a solution to all of your cheese sauce woes.


Strawberry Cheesecake Shooters – Mini strawberry cheesecakes made in shot glasses to control portion size… and to feel cute while eating them!

Dairy-free alternative: stuff my vegan cheesecake in shot glasses and call it a day! To make things easier, you could use a fruit spread topping like in the Happy Days recipe and ditch the cranberries.

Curried Grilled Cheese (24)

Curried Grilled Cheese – Curried onions, mayonnaise and goat cheese in a grown up style grilled cheese.

Dairy-free alternative: your best bet is to use a dairy-free cheese like daiya vegan cheese or make your own vegan shredded cheese… but it will not be melty.

Creamy Lime Quinoa Salad (18)

Creamy Lime Quinoa Salad – A fresh and light salad packed with high protein quinoa, black beans and fresh veggies, surrounded in a creamy goat cheese and lime dressing.

Dairy-free alternative: remove the goat cheese all together and just have this salad with olive oil and lime juice. Still so VERY good!

I’d love to hear from you…

Do you follow a specific diet – whether it be paleo, vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, sugar-free…

Or, do you let your body be your guide and just eat what you feel you need to?

Your wisdom and experience can make a huge difference for others… so share away!

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  1. Hello,
    I’m currently half way through a ChiroThin diet where I am allowed about 500 calories a day including ONLY meat, veggies and some fruits. No grains, no dairy, no sugar, no starch etc…. I am REALLY craving cheese, pepperjack, grilled cheese, string cheese…etc…. is there anything out there that could be used? Sugar and dairy free? Thanks so much!

  2. Everyone always asks me what diet I’m on (vegan, paleo, etc). and I always have to tell them, no not a specific diet, just a “what doesn’t make me sick” diet.
    Although lately I’ve been trying to follow a low-histamine diet, which is really hard when all the good foods are high in histamine or release histamine!

  3. I eat goat cheese about once a month, otherwise I’m dairy free. Out of curiosity, how much dairy do you eat Leanne?

    • Hi Amy! Sounds like a nice plan! Kevin is the goat dairy eater in the family. All these recipes go straight to him. Other than testing a bit here and there with the Happy Days recipes I prepare, I don’t eat it generally.

  4. these are not dairy free-they contain goat cheese which is dairy!!

    • Hi Saniel – I have included dairy-free substitution recommendations under each recipe which will make each of these goat cheese recipes 100% dairy-free :)

  5. variety is the spice of life, and i love how you always have endless options on your blog!
    i look forward to trying all these recipes :) especially those strawberry cheesecaker shooters… omg YUM!
    great post!

  6. I can never write this enough, but thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes! I live to see what new, yummy treats you make. It’s been so helpful while adopting a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free diet. Thank you again! =)

  7. Hi! These look so delicious :) I went dairy free for a very long time for health improvement and have just started adding it back in. No bad symptoms yet :) I was wondering what camera you use? Your pictures look great! Thanks!

    • Hi April! Very cool. Have you tried goat dairy? It’s far easier on your digestion that cow’s dairy. Thought I’d mention ;) I use a Canon 7D and love it immensely. Thank you for your kind words!

      • Hi Leanne, thanks for the reply! Yes I have tried goat dairy. I actually enjoy it more than cow dairy. I also love sheep dairy, which is even more easy to digest than goat’s!

  8. I am allergic to whey, peanuts, and eggs of any kind. My allergy test didn’t show wheat, but I was still feeling sick so I went gluten free and feel much better since. I feel fortunate that hard cheeses don’t contain whey!! Seriously, I think I’ve developed a slight addiction to sharp cheddar (which I used to hate) since I stopped eating other dairy. I have tried a number of eating styles to try to find what my body likes…and my body doesn’t really like to stick to anything in particular. I find that when I eat what I want, I eat a relatively healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables, and a few choice grains like oats and rice. I tried eating Paleo for about 3 weeks. It felt amazing at first because I was eating more protein (I usually don’t eat enough of it), but after a while it just made me feel heavy and weak. For me, it’s all about balance and listening to what my body is telling me it wants!
    Thanks so much for putting together the dairy-free alternatives, Leanne!