Non dairy diet ideas?????

Shannon - posted on 03/12/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter is allergic to all dairy, except eggs. But she doesn't like eggs. I need ideas for food to give her more variety. Is there a cheese that is non dairy? I can't get her to eat potatoes or noodles, maybe too plain. She eats chicken, hot dogs, meatballs, and veggies. Any suggestions to add to noodles/potatoes? Or any other food ideas other moms have would be great! Thanks!

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Robbie - posted on 08/18/2011

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OH and mashed potatoes I made with chicken broth and they are fabulous! Don't even miss the milk.

I love the Yukon Gold potatoes for baking - then add marjarine and salt/pepper. Not bland at all. It's a better flavor than regular baking potatoes. They don't make great mashed tho - fyi.

Robbie - posted on 10/26/2012

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Not all marjarine has dairy but I only found 2 brands - the Fleshman's LIGHT (had to be light) and Smart Balance LIGHT. They both have kosher dairy free symbols, so they have to be dairy free to have that symbol.

Robbie - posted on 08/18/2011

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I have had to be dairy free with all my boys while bfeeding. New Balance LIGHT is dairy free - the regular tastes best, then the olive oil - the flax is nasty. If you have Aldi's there, they have hogie rolls and kaiser rolls that are dairy free (hard to find). I also had to be soy free with this last baby so that made bread finding much more difficult.

For noodles, I use marjarine, a little salt, and a touch of garlic powder. Even my older kids love it that way!

Spaghetti was a fav, too - the Walmart Brand Great Value has no dairy in it for pasta sauce (many brands have cheese so watch ingredients). I would use the hogie rolls to make garlic bread.

If you want an occassional treat, the CHERRY ONLY flavor of pop tarts are dairy free. Pop Tarts brand only, too.

Both the Vanilla and Chocolate fudge Great Value sandwich cookies are dairy free, too. The chocolate fudge are pretty darn awesome.

Strawberries with sugar on top is a nice treat. Great Value chicken nuggest are dairy free. I think Tyson might be, too - just read the labels. BBQ sauce is typically dairy free, too, so I made bbq chicken a lot, too - on the grill or baked in the oven. Terryaki stir fry over rice is yum, too. OH my gosh I found a great recipe for Terryaki sauce for stir fry that is so good and when I had to give up soy I was so sad!

I don't do cheese substitutes so someone else can comment on that.

Duncan Heinz (ONLY) classic yellow cake mix is dairy free. Most white frosting (not cream cheese obviously) is dairy free, too. I 'think' the funfetti and white cake mixes are, too - just look at the kosher symbol. A 'U' or 'K' means no dairy, A 'U' with a 'D' means it has dairy in it.

My son loved Rice Dream milk. You can then use cereal - many normal (non chocolate) cereals are dairy free b4 you add milk.

As for potatoes - maybe fry in olive oil? They come out so much better than McDonalds when you fry them yourself! Just a little sea salt and yummmm. You just need a little oil maybe 1/4 in thick in the bottom of a small pan - add the cut up potatoes and just stir fry until golden. An omelet pan works great for that.

Banana pancakes are quick and easy - use 3 eggs to 1 banana - blend until smooth - make silver dollar sized pancakes on a griddle or non stick pan and cook until golden on each side - they are thin so they cook quick. Kids love them! They are great by themselves but you an add powdered sugar or a little syrup if you want.

Lay's BBQ chips are dairy free. NOT the honey bbq.

HAHA is that enough? Sorry probably too much.

Jessie - posted on 03/25/2011

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they do make different dairy free cheeses and they also make a lot of substitute products with soy. My 20 month old son cannot have dairy or wheat. I have bought him Silk soy yogurt (it is actually pretty good) and a type of cheese made from tofu. Personally his dad and I think the tofu cheese is terrible, but Hale loves it. we melt it on his wheat free bread like a 'grilled cheese' and he gobble it right up, same with the yogurt. My son also love chocolate and vanilla almond milk as well as soy milk. I have heard rice milk is good, but we haven't tried that yes. our little man eats a lot of different types of rice, he loves plain meats (without breading or with wheat free breading) like hamburgers, chicken breasts, fish (cod) filets, and a lot of fresh fruit/veggies. My little man used to like scrambled eggs but wont eat the any more :( We try to cook all of his food with soy milk. Also my son has his own 'butter' that is dairy and gluten/wheat free. it is more like a hard margarine made with diff vegtable oils. It is the Smart Balance Light brand w/ flax seed oil. Only certain types of smart balance are dairy free so read the tubs (we buy his at walmart). Also, little man loves garlic mashed potatoes and baked sweet potatoes. HTH :)

Amanda - posted on 03/16/2011

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Pasta with red sauce, pork chops (cut very small for young children) with a white wine sauce and yellow or red potatoes and peas, ground turkey with rice and carrots, chicken noodle soup, baked (candied) winter squash with brown sugar and olive oil and pumpkin pie spices (also try yams or sweet potatoes), pancakes with jam, mashed potatoes using soy or rice milk instead of milk and olive oil and salt instead of butter... There are so many things. If you want recipes, i've got em!

There are soy cheeses however many of them still contain whey, a dairy product. I would be really careful when using any of these.

Eggs are not dairy and can be found in many things. I don't have much experience with eggs because I have to avoid them for my son (so I can tell you what they are NOT in, haha).

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ESTHER - posted on 10/26/2012

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all you people posting things with marjarine... marjarine has dairy in it. I would avoid it unless your child seems ok when having a SMALL amount of dairy. My daughter gets super sick with even ingredients that have the smallest amount of whey in it... so be careful and REALLY read labels. Look not just for dairy, but look for whey as well.

Jenna - posted on 08/08/2011

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Hi Shannon, I've been vegan for about 8 years. The best non-dairy cheese is daiya cheese. Here are some great websites with recipes ideas that are non-dairy.

www.fatfreevegan.com
www.veganlunchbox.com

Hope that helps!
Jenna

Jennifer - posted on 08/06/2011

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I am vegan and these are the popular non dairy commercially bought substitutes that we like

Daiya "cheese" is allergen free. http://www.daiyafoods.com/products/chedd...

Earth Balance margarine

These products are also good http://www.followyourheart.com/products/...



For something really quick we have used olive oil and nutritional yeast ( a type of powder or flakes that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy)on noodles if we don't have red sauce. another good grain is rice and again a quick fix would be to splash some Braggs liquid amino acids ( like soy sauce but healthier). I agree with mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes.

A homemade cheese sauce we use is similar to this recipe on this website. We use it to make mac and cheese. http://taste-for-adventure.tablespoon.co...

Good luck!

Heli - posted on 08/04/2011

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My daughter can't eat dairy either. We do veggie cheese slices, turkey lunch meat, a lot of hummus and beans. It really forces us to get creative. Good luck!

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