Cookbook cook-up: AltShift recipes by Sheryl Seib (week 1)

After ~3 months of doing the AltShift experiment I finally got to try some of the recipes in the book, developed by the author’s wife Sheryl Seib. What took me so long was a slight apprehension to introducing too much dairy into our diet, since both Alvaro and I get some respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms when consuming dairy. There are a few dairy-free recipes in the book but I must admit the dairy-full ones look more appetising. Here is what we tried on week 1:

Hamburger Soup: A dairy-free, super easy and comforting recipe. The hardest part was making the zucchini noodles, so go figure how easy it was to make.

Hamburger Soup

AltShift Mayonnaise: People in the Facebook group rave about this recipe. It features whole eggs instead of yolks, and more oil than I normally use. For that reason (and the fact that patience is not one of my strengths) I was afraid it wouldn’t work, but it did! It was super tasty despite the green colour due to the avocado oil.

AltShift Mayonnaise

Baked Salmon: The hardest step in this recipe was walking to Marrickville Metro to buy salmon. Really. Apart from easy, it’s dairy-free, delicious and healthy. It’s good straight out of the oven or cold as leftovers.

Baked Salmon

Sweet & Sour Sauce: This is a very simple Cantonese-style sauce. The recipe makes a big batch that you can freeze in portions for later.

Sweet & Sour Chicken: This is possibly the simplest recipe in the book, provided you have already made the sauce. We ate the chicken with steamed carrots and zucchini, and I imagine it’d taste great with rice, too.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

AltShift Lasagna: This recipe is (low fat) dairy-full and requires a bit more work than the others but wow! This stuff is crack! Part of the work was to find suitable ingredients… it calls for non-fat cheeses which I wasn’t able to find, so I got low/reduced-fat ones.

AltShift Lasagna

Tarragon Turkey: Another comfort food recipe. This stew is easy to make, it doesn’t take too long to cook (because it uses turkey mince) and it’s a crowd pleaser. It’s dairy-free if you omit the sour cream dollop on top.

Tarragon Turkey

Turkey Sausage and Egg Whites: This is a dairy-free protein-packed simple breakfast for those dreaded 3S mornings. I don’t use non-stick pans so there was some burnt bits that stuck to the pan, but otherwise it was a nice deviation from my routine.

Turkey Sausage and Egg Whites

Day After Thanksgiving Salad: We don’t have Thanksgiving here but we do have deli turkey breast, which is the alternative meat according to the recipe. This is a quick salad to put together, very tasty but it does contain dairy.

Day After Thanksgiving Salad

Taco Sauce: This is a great sauce to have in hand if you like Mexican flavours and can do dairy. Featured in the next recipe.

5 Shift Taco Salad: A low-carb alternative to a real taco. It requires a bit of preparation (to make the sauce and cook the meat) but is easy to make and very very tasty. Not dairy-free, though.

5 Shift Taco Salad

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