Along the course of your treatment, there's a good chance that at some point or another your Naturopathic Doctor will suggest that you give eating dairy free a try. This includes milk, ice cream, yogurt, and most peoples favourite - cheese. Eating this way can be difficult for a lot of people, especially when it comes to favourite recipes that often include dairy. There are many substitutions available - these days you can find soy, almond, rice, and coconut versions of most dairy products (including milk substitutes, yogurt, and even ice cream).
Making those favourite meals is often a challenge at first so to help you out I'll share a favourite in our household. This recipe was given to me by the lovely Dr Monique Bassan (check out her website www.moniquebassannd.com for more delicious recipes).
Monique's No-Butter Butter Chicken (Dairy-free) Recipe :)
2 organic & free range chicken breasts - boneless + skinless
1 large onion
3 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp finely chopped ginger
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 red chili powder (or more if you like it spicy!)
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp garam masala
1 tsp tandoori powder
Optional: 1-4 strands of saffron
1/4 tsp sea salt add more to taste or use Herbamare
1 BPA-free can diced tomatoes OR 4-6 small diced fresh tomatoes
Organic virgin Coconut Oil
Grape seed oil
2 tbsp freshly ground cashew nuts or pure cashew butter
Sauté onion on medium heat until golden in 1 tsp grape seed or coconut oil. Add ginger, garlic and all spices with tomatoes, cook well on medium (4-5 min) until a thick paste is formed.
Add sliced chicken breasts, cover and cook on medium until chicken is cooked thoroughly.
Add cashew paste to thicken sauce.
Simmer on low for another 10-15 minutes. Add coconut oil and watch it melt. Garnish with fresh cilantro or green onion & enjoy ;)
We eat this with cauliflower rice to make the meal that much healthier!
If you try it, let us know what you think!
- Dr Kendra Clifford ND