What Are the Best Dairy Substitutes for Savory Recipes?

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Q: What are the best dairy substitutes for savory recipes? As in cheese- or cream-based dishes? I've read about replacing milk with almond milk or coconut milk for baking and sweet foods, but they sound like they would be too sweet for a pasta sauce or casseroles. 


My boyfriend is lactose-intolerant — he can eat some cheese and a small amount of cream before he starts having issues. Would something like sour cream or plain yogurt work instead? He said that his tolerance of yogurt is fairly good.

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Editor: Readers, what dairy substitutes do you most often use in your cooking?

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