VZ 232: Tips for Giving Up Dairy


For those new to the veg lingo, vegetarians consume some animal products whereas vegans avoid all foods and products made of or by animals (including honey).

When we started out on our plant-based journey, we decided to become lacto-ovo vegetarians rather than vegans because we weren’t quite ready to give up dairy and eggs. As we have learned more about the harmful effects of dairy over the years, we have given up quite a bit of cheese but are always looking to improve.

In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we share some tips for giving up dairy, some of which come from the amazing members of the Peas and Carrots Society! We also offer some vegan alternatives, in case you just need to have something “cheesy.”


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Here’s what we mention in this episode:

 What the Health DVD

 The Cheese Trap


Resources Used for this Episode:

Recipe of the Week

Trisha’s Homemade Vegan Cheese Sauce

2 red bell peppers, fire-roasted and peeled
1/2 cup of cashew butter
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp pink salt
1/2 cup water, or amount needed to make a smooth sauce
1/2 c nutritional yeast

Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix or similar high-powered blender. Enjoy!

Question: What are some of your tips for reducing or eliminating dairy? Challenge: Take ONE step towards reducing dairy (even if it’s just one sandwich substitute and let us know about it! You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Peace and Veggies,
Vickie and Larissa

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4 thoughts on “VZ 232: Tips for Giving Up Dairy

  1. Another cheese alternative brand that I enjoy is Kite Hill. They have a substitute cheese stuffed ravioli that everyone actually enjoyed (cheese lovers and all). I did a spaghetti squash bake with the cooked ravioli from Kite Hill on top and it was a hit!

    It was comfort food but healthy and vegan. 🙂

    Thanks for your shows. I talk to you guys so much while I’m taking my walks at work listening to you. I’m fairly sure when people see me they’re thinking I’m crazy. 🙂


    • Hi Keshia,

      Thanks for the recommendation! I’ve heard of Kite Hill, but don’t recall ever seeing it in our local stores.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the podcast. And don’t worry…I talk to myself out loud all the time, and I don’t even care if people think I’m nuts! I KNOW I’m nuts! 🙂

      Peace & Veggies,


  2. Love love ur podcasts!!! They have been so helpful as I start my journey as a vegetarian! Thank you both for a lot of great information and you make me smile and laugh out loud

    • Hi Karen!

      Aw, thanks! I’m glad you’re enjoying the podcast. Please do keep in touch and feel free to let us know about anything you’d like to hear us talk about on the show.

      Peace & Veggies,


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