5 Calcium-Rich Recipes That Don’t Contain Dairy

Oct 3, 2016 //

Many people rely on dairy to get their daily dose of calcium, but what do you do if your lactose intolerant, vegan or simply don’t like milk and milk products?

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The good news is that there are a ton of dairy-free calcium sources out there there. Use foods high in calcium like sardines, bon chop, kale, oranges, oatmeal and more to enjoy nutritious, strong-bone-building recipes like the ones below.

1. Sesame Beef Stir Fry


A good source of calcium, a traditional Asian-inspired stir-fry is easy to make at home and super tasty. This recipe is also fast if you’re in a pinch. The amount of vitamins and essential amino-acids found in this dish pack a powerful punch, boosting your health effectively.

Sources of Calcium:

  • Sesame seeds, bok choy, broccoli, edamame


  • Sesame sauce
  • Sesame seeds
  • Bok Choy
  • Soy sauce
  • Broccoli
  • Edamame
  • Thin strips of stir fry beef
  • Cooked jasmine rice


  1. Sear beef strips in a skillet for three minutes on each side.
  2. In the meantime, dice and slice vegetables and greens as desired.
  3. Spread beef strips in a baking dish and drizzle soy and sesame sauce over to taste.
  4. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
  5. Lightly toss vegetables and greens into the mix.
  6. Bake an additional five minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  8. Serve over rice.

2. Orange Almond Chicken


Popular together and separately, tang and salt can cause each other to stand out more vibrantly. In this dish, you get the best of both –and the health boost! Oranges are full of calcium and other important nutrients, like Vitamin C.

Sources of Calcium:

  • Oranges, orange juice, almonds


  • Orange
  • Orange juice
  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Dissolved cornstarch
  • Bone in chicken thighs
  • Slivered almonds


  1. Lightly season chicken thighs to taste.
  2. Sear chicken in a skillet until browned on the outside.
  3. Place chicken in a baking dish with slices of orange.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together orange juice, honey, and soy sauce as desired.
  5. Add in dissolved cornstarch.
  6. Pour over chicken and orange slices.
  7. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes or until meat is cooked.
  8. Top with slivered almonds.

3. Blonde Chili


As a piping hot dish, chili is popular throughout the colder seasons. Come summer, it is great slightly warmed. This white version of chili is a fun twist, and it boasts a bunch more healthy nutrients. Blonde chili is especially high in calcium since its main ingredients are packed full of the valuable nutrient.

Sources of Calcium:

  • White beans, tofu, soy milk


  • White beans
  • Onion
  • Diced tofu
  • Soy milk
  • Chicken broth
  • Seasonings such as paprika, chili powder


  1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
  2. Season to taste.
  3. Cook over low heat four hours.

4. Salmon Pasta Salad


Cold salads are perfect for lunch or as a side dish. Add in the fresh taste of seafood and greens (even from the can!) and you have a dish that’s worth sharing. Your guests or friends will love this seaside flavor and enjoy all of the benefits this extra-healthy salad offers –like calcium and plenty of anti-oxidants.

Sources of Calcium:

  • Canned salmon, kale, collard greens


  • Canned salmon
  • Cooked rotini noodles
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Soy sauce
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Vegetables of your choosing


  1. Toss cooked noodles and canned salmon in soy sauce and vinegar, lightly coating.
  2. Serve over greens with the vegetables you prefer.

5. Oatmeal And Fig Bars


Who says dessert can’t be healthy? Many people rely on treats like ice cream and sweetened yogurt for their calcium (especially in the summer!) You can fairly substitute those dairy-laden desserts with these better-for-you but also sweet and delicious treats.

Sources of Calcium:

  • Oatmeal, soy milk, figs


  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsps. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup soy milk
  • 1 cup dried figs
  • ¼ cup honey


  1. Gently mix together oatmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Slowly add in soy milk, stirring until all dry ingredients are slightly wet.
  3. Layer in a baking dish.
  4. Boil figs five minutes or until soft.
  5. Drain the figs.
  6. Mix together figs and honey.
  7. Spread the figs and honey over the layer of oatmeal.
  8. Add another oatmeal layer.
  9. Bake uncovered at 350 for 25 minutes or until desired level of crispiness is reached.