Monday, October 24, 2011

{Menu Monday} Dairy-Free Menu

I love my babies -- all 3 of them (so far)! And I love nursing them and knowing that my milk is nourishing them so perfectly. But, one thing that I don't like about the first six months is that each of my babies has been dairy intolerant -- anytime I consume milk protein (not lactose), baby gets super fussy, projectile vomiting, terrible gas, constipation, misery.... :-( So, I avoid it like the plague - what else can I do for my babies?

And while a happy baby is more than worth it, my very favorite food group is completely off-limits to me for 6 loooong months — no milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, butter, eggs (at least with Jonah, my most sensitive)! I KNOW, RIGHT?! Around 6-7 months, it seems I can start re-introducing dairy products in small amounts as my baby's tummy is better able to process the milk proteins. It's apparently a very common ailment that is frequently misdiagnosed and dismissed as colic.

Having gone through this a few times (and finally beginning to emerge from it for the third time), I have learned some tricks and recipes that make this time a bit more endurable. I know I'm not the only person out there who has to make changes to fit dietary restrictions, and I know lots of people out there are allergic to or intolerant of dairy. So, I am hijacking Lauren's typical day and topic to share my favorite tips and a typical dairy-free menu with you. 

Unfortunately, I'm only slowly getting on Lauren's SayMmm bandwagon, soooo we'll just see how this goes.

First off, favorite non-dairy indulgence --- Silk PureAlmond Dark Chocolate almond milk. Oh, my goodness!! For someone longing for a cold, creamy drink, this is heaven in a glass! I use it in my iced coffee every morning (talk about the sweet nectar of life!), I drink it for dessert in the evening - almost makes up for no ice cream or milk shakes. ;-)

As far as substitutions go, I personally prefer almond milk to rice or coconut milk over my cereal and for cooking, and I avoid soy altogether. And, I recently discovered, bought, and have tried several recipes from a new cookbook: Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar: 100 Dairy-Free Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Treats. Yep, they are yummy! Yep, the book is worth it!

And now, a week's menu of dairy-free favorites:

Monday: Coconut Curried Chicken, white rice, steamed broccoli
Tuesday: Chili, whole wheat cornbread (made with no egg and almond milk substitutions)
Wednesday: Modenese Pork Chops (olive oil substituted for the butter), saut├ęd squash, French bread
Thursday: Sweet, Sticky and Spicy chicken, white rice, Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce and Sesame Seeds
Friday: Sloppy Joes, baked sweet potato fries, fresh or frozen fruit
Saturday: Shepherd's Pie (with no cheese or butter)
Sunday: Spaghetti (I'm super-lazy and we prefer jarred sauce {GASP!} Great Value Italian Garden variety to be specific. I just brown some ground beef or turkey and simmer it with the sauce before stirring it all into whole wheat spaghetti.), seasoned Italian cut green beans, French bread


I'm linking up at Tip Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! We recently discovered my husband is lactose intolerant, so it is soo nice to find a few new meal options!!

  2. I'll have to check out that Vegan cookie book :) Hello! Stopping by to check out your blog! It looks great! I saw your link up at OrgJunkie! :)

  3. @Heather - Great! He'll actually have even more options since lactose free (also called non-dairy) foods are easier to find than dairy-free foods. But, yeah, I've learned some pretty tasty recipes along the way. Congrats on your marriage, by the way! Pictures look beautiful!
    @Cindy - thanks for stopping by! Yes, that cookbook is great! My faves so far are the Cowboy Cookies and the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows. MMmm!!