Have you got a little one who is dairy free? Or, perhaps you yourself are?
Recently I have had to go dairy free for my wee baby girl and it has totally shocked me just how much dairy we consume without even thinking about it. So many meals that I create on a daily basis contain some form of dairy, making weekly meal planning a little more tricky than normal.
There are so many wonderful dairy free alternatives out there that you really don't feel like your missing out (too much). The thing I am missing the most is cheese!! All the different varieties of cheese, feta is such a great addition to a salad, parmesan means no homemade basil pesto not to mention those tasty afternoon wine and cheese platters on the weekend. In all honestly I haven't missed dairy as much as I thought AND have been pleasantly surprised with the dairy free meals I have been creating.
Here are a few of my recent go to (dairy free) family meals;
- Roasted tomato and basil pasta sauce, made using homegrown produce and served with fresh fettuccine pasta.
- Moroccan chicken with lemony couscous
- Satay tofu salad with roasted pumpkin, leafy greens, fresh tomatoes, cucumber, herbs and asian dressing - my son has this with rice.
- Baked beef meatballs with mashed potato (using soya milk) and greens.
- Mexican wraps - one of our favourite: Mexican style beef mince (mild for the little ones), tomato and corn salsa and shredded lettuce. Usually I served these with sour cream however I have been having mayonnaise mixed with one of my Mum's tasty tomato chutneys.
- Noodles with sauté cabbage, grated carrot, coriander, soy sauce and sesame oil served with teriyaki chicken.
- Apple and mixed berry crumble served with coconut ice-cream or yoghurt. For the crumble topping I replace the butter with coconut oil.
- Mum's dairy free eton mess: broken meringue, whipped coconut cream, fresh raspberries and blueberries drizzled with raspberry coulis - sooo delicious!!
Soo many tasty options that even the diary eaters will love.