My goal in this book is to provide you with a “Lactose Intolerance Compass” to guide you through the paces of lactose intolerance. It's my hope for you that you'll take this LI Compass and make it an adventure in discovering your varied and delicious options!
I've never been a fancy cook, coming from good ol' Midwestern stock, so you'll find the recipes in this book very practical and user-friendly. You'll find most of the ingredients in your local grocery store. If you choose more exotic ingredients, the national health food stores are bound to have what you're looking for.
As you know, awareness is about 90 percent of the battle — and knowledge is power. It's my hope that this book will provide you with simple recommendations on lactose, lactase, milk, and dairy products to arm you with the awareness necessary to help you create a healthy, lactose-friendly lifestyle without tummy aches!
There is a special section on yogurt cheese that might just change your life! In this section you'll find the how-to's of making yogurt cheese with lots of recipes for you to enjoy. The entrée recipes work for everyday meals — or add a little pizzazz to the presentation and serve them at a party or family get-together. You'll also find recipes for special soups, slaws, salads, rice dishes, couscous, veggies, and other accompaniments.
Good-for-you beans and lentils have their own chapter, as does pasta. There are even a couple of recipes for pizza! Lest you fear a life without dessert, the sweets chapter is one of the most fun chapters in the whole book. Choose from dessert recipes made with tofu, decadent cheesecakes made with yogurt cheese, and some of your favorites like chocolate cake and brownies.
With your LI Compass and the recipes in this book, please feel free to substitute ingredients with your favorites that work for you. Experiment and become adventurous in your cooking! You'll find that pleasing your palate and your tummy is very satisfying!
Finally, the importance of becoming a label sleuth cannot be overstressed. Reading each and every label carefully for lactose ingredients as well as learning to look for hidden lactose are key to fixing pleasing meals. This book includes a section on what to look for. If you want to learn even more, surf the Internet for free information on lactose intolerance.
With this book, you won't feel at all deprived — you'll be too busy creating your new healthy lifestyle and enjoying your new recipes.