If you're an ordinary vegetarian who eats eggs and dairy, then you're a lacto-ovo vegetarian. But if you consider yourself vegetarian and you don’t eat eggs but you do eat dairy products, then you should start calling yourself a “lacto-vegetarian” instead. First, to be clear, eggs are not a dairy product. So if friends are confused about your hang-up with some types of dairy – namely eggs – you can let them know that milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, cream cheese, and other foods made from the mil…
of mammals, are perfectly fine while even the USDA puts eggs decidedly in the meat and beans group on the food pyramid. Now that that’s settled, why would anyone want to be a lactovegetarian? On the one hand, some vegetarians don’t like eggs and they’re perfectly fine with consuming dairy products. Other people who follow a vegetarian diet may have an allergy to eggs, and they also are A-OK with dairy. It’s probably likely that a large percentage of lacto-vegetarians have an allergy to eggs since it is one of the most common food allergies, especially in kids. So if you’re looking for a bunch of lactovegetarian recipes, you’ve come to the right place.
Lacto-Vegetarian Baked Goods and Dessert Recipes
Eggs are so commonly used in baked goods, including vegetarian recipes, that this is one of the first categories you may be short on ideas. Some recipes you can make sans eggs include fluffy fruity or nut biscuits, pumpkin spice muffins, pecan and maple scones, Mexican wedding cookies, fruity crisps, molasses flavored bread, chocolate cake, and peach pastry with blackberries. Why not start the day off with some healthy, homemade scones? What you’ll need are pecans, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, butter, ripe banana, milk (or a substitute like almond milk), and flavoring, like vanilla extract and honey. After combining your dry and wet ingredients, simply bake for about 15 minutes. To top with homemade powdered sugar, blend organic sugar cane for several minutes on high. You can also add bits of fresh fruit to the mixture or to top your scones. To make a healthier chocolate cake, use whole wheat pastry flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, sugar, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Feeling adventurous? Go ahead and toss some into the mix to give it a sweet-tart taste, like sliced black cherries.
Lacto-Vegetarian Breakfast Recipes
Clearly, the first meal of the day will be the most difficult to make if you’re not a fan of eggs (or can’t eat eggs). That means no omelets, French toast, or frittatas, which, we all know, is just Italian for omelet. (It’s actually the Italian word for “fried.”) Here are some egg-free options: Granola, decadent almond butter toast, grilled cheese, greek yogurt with fresh fruit or yogurt tarts, granola bars, and hash browns. If you’re asking why you don’t just buy granola by the pound at the grocery store, the answer is that with a store-bought granola, you can’t control the type of ingredients or the amount. Supposing you like just a few old fashioned oats, not a whole shovel-full?
To make your homemade granola, here are some suggestions for ingredients, but you can get as creative as you wants. After all, it’s just granola! When we’ve made this for our family, we used whole-grain old-fashioned oats, pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, pecans, and walnuts, extra virgin olive oil (this gives your granola a savory edge), and honey – or maple syrup, if you prefer. After you pull your homemade granola from the oven, you can toss in dried fruit, like cranberry, tart cherries, or pineapple, all of which go nicely with dark chocolate chips. If you like a subtle coconut flavor, add unsweetened flakes halfway through the baking cycle. This is also a great recipe for those who are gluten free.
Lacto-Vegetarian Pasta Recipes
The last frontier for combatting recipes filled to the brim with egg ingredients is pasta. Pasta is such a great meal. Of course, you can purchase yolk-free, egg-free noodles from the store, or you can break out that pasta-maker you got as a wedding gift (because it was on your registry!) and crank out some delicious linguine, fettuccine, or spaghetti. Here’s what you need at home to get started: semolina flour, water, salt. Mix together to make a stiff dough – adding small amounts of water if it’s not moist enough. Knead on a floured cutting board and then let your pasta maker do the rest of the work. Just make it easier on yourself by using small amounts of dough at a time and cover the remaining dough so it doesn’t dry out. Once you make a batch of homemade egg-free pasta, you’ll never want store-bought again! You can top it with vegetarian marinara sauce or a meat-based ragu sauce.
There are tons of other recipes you can safely make without fear of finding an egg buried on the list of ingredients. Here are some great lacto-vegetarian foods that are quick, easy, and taste great: veggie burgers with a side garden salad topped with feta cheese; fresh roasted turkey, collard greens, and sweet potato or potato wedges; lentil soup; and butternut squash soup.