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Long shot, but does anyone here meal plan dairy free?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
For a picky child? DS is almost 3 and eats like a typical toddler. I just started SAH and we're trying to have more family meals that we can all eat. Along with the finickiness comes his dairy allergy.

I'm hoping to get some new ideas to try out on him and get out of the chicken nugget rut.
post #2 of 12
I do.

Both my boys are dairy free and they're picky in that the rarely like the same things. Dh and I do sometimes make something for ourselves with dairy and then give them something else.

This week's plan is/was:

sandwiches (pb&j for the 2.5 year old, ham with mayo and nutritional yeast for the 6 year old)
breaded pork chops, roasted potatoes
roasted chicken legs, mashed potatoes, corn
baked potatoes with chili
steak, twice baked potatoes (I mix theirs with dairy free butter, bacon and nutritional yeast), fresh veggies

I'll have to look at my menu but I have most of Feb planned to give you more ideas.

Breakfasts are bagels (with Tofutti), fried eggs on toast, waffles, pancakes, french toast (made with rice milk), and oatmeal. Once in awhile we'll do cereal. Lunch, my 2.5 year old eats at daycare and just gets his food with no dairy in it. I pack a lunch for my 6 year old and its cut up ham with crackers, ham sandwiches, dinner leftovers.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks!! I'd love to see your Feb plan if you don't mind.
post #4 of 12
Here it is:

breakfast - sausage patties, fried potatoes, toast, fried eggs (or scrambled with a little rice milk
finger steaks, fries - I'll bread with egg and flour
pizza - I make my own crust and just do pepperoni or sausage with some sauce
salmon cakes, fresh veggies
sweet & sour chicken, fried rice - no guarantees they'll eat this one
chicken strips, fries, fresh veggies
burritos - I just use refried beans and a little nutritional yeast
hamburgers, fries
fried chicken, mashed potatoes, a veggie
taquitos, rice, beans - I'll just use chicken and sauce on theirs
post #5 of 12
I just had to go DF again. I am posting my menu soon to my blog

Also....tfrecipes.com has a GREAT menu mailer that is GF/DF/SF
post #6 of 12
i plan dairy free. dh has an aversion to dairy, and will not eat it no matter what. he's not intolerant, just doesn't like it. we also only eat meat 3 time a week, so the rest of the time we eat vegan. i substitue rice milk for regular milk and vegan margarine or some type of oil for butter. dh will eat eggs.

i make:
black bean burritos
tacos (with guacamole instead of cheese)
tofu or chicken stir fry
veggie pot pies
falafel burgers with just tahini and lemon juice dressing (no yogurt)
spaghetti and meatballs
a vegan spinach lasagna
meatloaf
bbq chicken w/stuffing and a veggie
salmon with roasted potaoes and spinach salad
broccoli noodle casserole
lentil soup
beans and rice with veggies
mushroom stroganoff
tofu or egg and veggie scramble
french toast
breakfast burritos with eggs, potatoes, veggies and salsa

that's about all i can think of right now. a lot of recipes i got from vegan cookbooks, and on others i just substitute with non-dairy alternatives.
post #7 of 12
This won't necessarily help the finicky toddler aspect (struggling with the exact same issue here, in fact) but I wanted to mention that the meal planner I'm working on has filters for dairy-free eating, as well as vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and so on.

http://mealplanner.eatrealgood.com

Also, this is not a meal, but you might try making kale chips. My kids like them, and one of my friends makes them for her kids all the time:

http://www.eatrealgood.com/kids-cook.html (Scroll partway down the page.)

I'll be checking this thread for more suggestions, too! My toddler's favorite foods are yogurt and chicken nuggets, neither of which is dairy-free, and I suspect he has a mild sensitivity... :
post #8 of 12
That is a very helpful website for easy, whole foods!


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Originally Posted by kaaris View Post
This won't necessarily help the finicky toddler aspect (struggling with the exact same issue here, in fact) but I wanted to mention that the meal planner I'm working on has filters for dairy-free eating, as well as vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and so on.

http://mealplanner.eatrealgood.com

Also, this is not a meal, but you might try making kale chips. My kids like them, and one of my friends makes them for her kids all the time:

http://www.eatrealgood.com/kids-cook.html (Scroll partway down the page.)

I'll be checking this thread for more suggestions, too! My toddler's favorite foods are yogurt and chicken nuggets, neither of which is dairy-free, and I suspect he has a mild sensitivity... :
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
I'll check those sites out. Thank you!

We've had a couple of recent successes. I think DS is in a phase or something because he has tried new foods lately. He has had pork chops, steak, and a pork roast from the slow cooker in the past week. He actually asks to try things we are eating. We are thrilled.
post #10 of 12
That's wonderful! I hope we have a similar turn of events here soon.
post #11 of 12
My dh eats gf & dairy free so our family meals are just that. One tip I have is to use non-dairy liquid creamer in place of milk/cream. Sounds weird I know, but I like it in mashed potatoes and sauces. We drink soy milk which I love, but I don't like the flavor that it gives to foods that I cook.

I use soy sour cream a lot to go with chili, quesadillas, and in recipes. We use Earth Balance soy based butter spread for spreading & cooking.

HTH
post #12 of 12
I'm kosher- so most of my dinners are dairy free. It really is easy for me- but I've always done this, so I'm not used to anything else.

Some favorites are:
meatloaf
a crockpot stew
pasta with meat sauce and garlic bread
a chicken or beef stir fry
grilled or broiled fish
chicken catchetori (so easy in the crock pot)
chicken soup
stuffed cabbage
omlettes with leftovers(or scrambles- as my DH likes to point out!)
big grilled chicken salads- lemon juice and some balsalmic vinegar with olive oil to dress
stuffed peppers (so so delish!)

I'm also good at subbing things for dairy. I will often serve a rice pudding (made with coconut milk) for desert, or make a casarolle and use chicken stock thickened with corn starch instead of creamed soups. Cheese can typically just be left out. Cream is also usually unnecessary, nad I may use avacado or some pureed veggies if it can't. pureed beans are also a good sub for a bit of dairy.
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