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Category Archives: Dairy Free Life*
My little L has no room for dairy in her life so we’ve had a rough patch of finding a new normal for her but I think we have it down! I’d like to eventually have this be a rotating page but I am not too brilliant with the technicalities of blog design so until I can get around to that this will be just one big post.
First and foremost is butter! People don’t realize butter comes from a cow nor do they think of butter as dairy. Dairy is anything that comes from a cow, goat or sheep. With that EVERYTHING has butter in it or is cooked in it. After many taste testing of non-dairy butter my gal settled on Earth Balance.
I keep one at my parents house, sisters house, and a travel one outside so wherever we go it comes with us. It tastes great and it’s healthier so that takes care of that.
It turns out that she can tolerate goat products and sheep but NO COW.
When we initially had to make the switch to a lactose free live it was tough but doable. Through our research and talking to many people; doctors included, we learned that yogurt was tolerable because during its process most of the lactose is stripped from it. We found lactose free milk, cheeses (mozzarella for example doesn’t contain lactose), and ice cream.
But once her little body said no way to all dairy the challenge thickened. Giving up her morning milk was the toughest but is now just a faint memory. Going out is difficult esp if the server is insincere in his attempt to truly help us so sometimes we end up leaving or giving her a plate of fruit for $100.
Luckily she has a very mature palate and is up for trying new things. Her favorites these days are:
spinach drizzled with honey and sliced strawberries
bread with peanut butter and bananas
hummus and pretzels
most veggies dipped in honey
bagels with goat cheese
pasta with “her” butter
home-made pumpkin bread or banana bread
She still misses her yogurt although she asks for it less and less. The house is pretty much dairy free aside of H’s yogurt and the occasional splurge for H and S to have cream cheese or if cheese is dire to a dish we are making but other than that we try to cater to her needs.
We did go on a shopping spree to find her a yogurt she loves. We bought 10 different types of yogurts-brands and flavors, and she settled, quite fondly on Amande.
She is not a big fan of coconut (she’s crazy I know) but she doesn’t mind almond. the same goes for milk. She doesn’t particularly care for a glass of it alone but on cereal she is down with almond or soy especially if it’s vanilla.
I hate seeing her face these challenges but I love a home that is using fewer and fewer animal products.
Just recently found dairy free chocolate chips and they are ridiculously delicious!
* PLEASE NOTE THESE IS A COW DAIRY FREE LIFE- she is fine with goat and sheep products.
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This is similar to the Quinoa Bowl. Rice- we just cook the quick 5 minute rice sauté shrimp in a little dairy-free butter and fresh cilantro Start with a big A** bowl as you will want a lot of this yumminess. … Continue reading →
We are now cutting out gluten. BLAH we love gluten in this house. The more bread we can shove down our throats the better! BUT again the evil disease has plagued our home and my little L has major psoriasis … Continue reading →
Last night Steve made dinner with what we had mostly “hanging” around. It’s an annoying talent he has for making a delicious meal out of nothing. ~cook white quinoa and mix in a can of rinsed black beans. After that’s cooked … Continue reading →
L will devour anything I put in front of her as long as I don’t offer it. Make sense? So if I want her to try my veggie burrito I just eat it in her line of vision but don’t offer it to her and surely she will ask for some.
The latest indulgence minus photos is a veggie burrito wrap:
Cook black beans and tomatoes together and puree
Spread the cooled concoction on a tortilla
Top with the following: corn, avocado, lettuce/spinach, dairy free cheese
For Steve I add shrimp or some meat and H I minus the spread.
It’s yummy, easy to make, and full of vitamins and nutrients!
We love quiche especially Steve so here is our delicious quick and easy recipe; ONLY 6 ingredients! We’ve mixed and matched a number of recipes until we finally came up with this.
frozen spinach 10-12 oz- run the bag under hot water to thaw a little then pat with a clean towel. This just helps get rid of some of the water as it cooks in the pie
1 1/2 cups of Almond Milk
3 eggs (add an extra if you like eggs)
1 1/2 cups cheese- not soft
butter- just to give a little taste to the crust- I brushed it along the bottom before layering
crust- Steve rolls out his own while I tried a frozen. It was ok but home-made is definitely better
Super simple! Only takes about 10 minutes to prep AND clean.
brush a little butter on the bottom of crust and sides
sprinkle in spinach and cheese- enough to fill pie
mix milk and eggs together and pour on top of spinach and cheese
Pop in over for 45 minutes on 350 degrees
That’s it! When finished put on a cookie sheet to cool and enjoy!
We did finish the entire pie without the girls help. L didn’t want to try it although I know she would love it. It was a little late so maybe that’s why. This is definitely a favorite with Steve and I.
There are very few moments that L complains about living the dairy-free life. When we are at a party and kids are having cake she is totally fine with the treats I bring. When H is enjoying some yogurt she … Continue reading →