14 Days of Dairy & Egg Free Dinners

Dairy, Egg & Beef Free Recipes

Dairy, Egg & Beef Free Recipes

Here’s our menu plan for the second half of January.

1. Nana’s BBQ Pork Ribs, Baked Potatoes & Roasted Carrots

2. Crockpot BBQ Chicken on Homemade Rolls & Steamed Broccoli

3. BBQ Chicken Nachos (Use leftover chicken from day 2)

4. Simple Ingredient 6 Minute Soup & Bread & Vegan Butter

5. Sticky Chicken, Ranch Mashed Potatoes & Sautéed Zucchini

6. Veggie Pizza

7. Veggie Spaghetti (See photo below for recipe)

8. Flex Meal

9. Slowcooker Vegetarian Black Bean & Rice Soup with Lime & Cilantro

10. Picadillo Tater Tot Casserole

11. Easy Chicken Tacos (use 100 Days of Real Food homemade taco mix- click here for link)

12. Raspberry Glazed Pork Chops & Eat Your Veggies Casserole

13. Creamy Potato Soup without the Cream & Homemade Biscuits

14. Turkey Meatball Sliders on Homemade Rolls (see link for rolls on day 2), French Fries & Steamed
Spinach

Here’s how Nana makes ribs:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Salt and pepper ribs. Wrap ribs completely in foil. Put ribs on a cookie sheet and add a little water to the sheet to keep ribs moist. Cook at 300 degrees for 2 hours. Raise temp to 350 degrees and cook for another hour. Take ribs out. Open foil. Add bbq sauce to ribs and broil for 5-10 minutes, until bbq sauce is warmed.)

I’m also still on the hunt for an easy but yummy turkey meatball recipe for Day 14. Please share in the comments below!

Sautee chopped carrots & zucchini in olive oil until tender.  Add spaghetti sauce & serve over noodles.

Sautee chopped carrots & zucchini in olive oil until tender. Add spaghetti sauce & serve over noodles.

Coconut Oil Biscuits

Coconut Oil Biscuits

Crockpot BBQ Chicken on Homemade Rolls!

Crockpot BBQ Chicken on Homemade Rolls!

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Homemade Dairy Free Chocolate Push Up Pops

Most dairy free ice cream I’ve found uses canned coconut milk. That’s a big problem for me. With my nickel allergy, canned foods are a no-no in my diet. Add to that no dairy, eggs, or beef for SG, and well, I’ve never attempted homemade ice cream, fudgesicles or anything with canned coconut milk.

So, I usually skip over dairy free recipes using canned coconut milk… and then I found SO Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk in a BOX!

Hip, hip, hooray!!!

Hip, hip, hooray!!!

Hip, hip, hooray!!!

Okay- can you tell I’m excited? And doesn’t this look divine?

Dairy Free Fudgesicle

Doesn’t this seem like a good recipe to share in the summer?

We live in Iowa, it’s the dead of winter and it’s been anywhere from highs of -3 to the 30’s. Yes, it’s COLD! If we’re snowed in and cooped up, why not enjoy tasty treats? That’s my philosophy, anyway. 🙂

Here’s how I made dairy free fudgesicles/chocolate push up pops.  You can call them either.  Since I used push up pop molds, I’m going with the push up pops name.

Dairy Free Chocolate Push Up Pops:
(adapted slightly from this recipe at The Creekside Cook)

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend until well mixed. Taste. If not sweet enough, add more honey. The original recipe uses 2 tablespoons of honey. I started with that and ended up adding LOTS more honey. I *think* I used at least 4 tablespoons of honey, if not more. The original recipe also suggests using maple syrup or honey. I think next time I’ll try the maple, just for fun.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until solid. (I used these pushup pop molds because they work well for SG)

This recipe yielded 4 push up pops plus a little extra that ended up in my other not so reliable popsicle molds.

Delicious Homemade Fudgesicle.  Definitely use a bib with this for little ones!

Delicious Homemade Fudgesicle. Definitely use a bib with this for little ones!

The coconut milk box costs me $2.39. The rest I don’t really factor in because I always keep them in my pantry. $2.39 for 5 homemade popsicles is a lot cheaper than the “safe” store bought counterparts! That’s 48 cents per push up pop!

Y’all know our food allergy brands are expensive enough- so it’s nice when I can save some money.

And isn’t homemade always better?

I hope y’all enjoy these as much as SG did! I only licked the spoon because I didn’t want to take away from her treats. I think it’s time to buy more push up pop molds and make a big ole batch of these babies!

Ranch Turkey Burger Sliders on Homemade Dinner Rolls: Dairy & Egg Free

Yummy Ranch Turkey Sliders with Sautéed Zucchini

Yummy Ranch Turkey Sliders on Homemade Rolls with Sautéed Zucchini

Doesn’t this dinner look delish?

Hot, homemade rolls.

Ranch turkey burger sliders made with:

Homemade ranch mix.

Fresh green onions.

Lean ground turkey breast.

Served with sautéed fresh zucchini.

YES, please!

First, the rolls have to be made. I skipped the original directions for making the dough. With any bread recipe, I throw it all in the bread machine and press “dough.” It’s worked for me so far. It takes me less than 5 minutes to put the ingredients in the bread machine.

Here’s the recipe for the homemade dinner rolls.

Homemade Dinner Rolls
(adapted from this recipe from All Recipes)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp Quick Rise Yeast for Bread Machines
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I’ve used SO Delicious Original Coconut Coffee Creamer & SO Delicious Lite Culinary Coconut Milk)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the bread maker.  Use dough setting. This takes 1.5 hours on my bread machine.
  2. Once the dough is ready, divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape into balls. Mine are never perfectly round or even the exact same size. I divide the dough in half using a pizza cutter. Then I cut the halves in half. And cut each strip into three pieces. (12 rolls total)  Roll.
  3. Place in greased 8-inch round pan. Use vegan butter to grease the pan.
  4. Cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let it rise in a warm and draft free spot until it’s doubled in size. It takes my dough about an hour to double in size.
  5. When the dough is doubled in size, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Mine are perfect in 18 minutes.
  7. Remove from pan; brush with a small pat of melted vegan butter.

Next, whip up a batch of homemade dry ranch mix (link below). I always double this batch so I have some on hand to make dinners like this a snap.

Once your ranch mix is done, it’s time to start making your ranch turkey burger patties.

I found this lovely recipe on Pinterest. I’ve made a few changes to make it safe for our diet.

Ranch Turkey Burger Sliders
(adapted from this recipe from Laa Loosh)

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. The patties are for smaller dinner rolls, so make the patties the size of sliders. I get 8 sliders from this recipe.
  3. Heat a pan on medium. Spray the pan with olive oil spray.
  4. Cook the patties until well done.

To make the Ranch Turkey Burger Sliders with Homemade Rolls:

  1. Cut the rolls in half.
  2. Add turkey slider to bottom half of roll.
  3. Add desired toppings (sliced tomato, lettuce and/or sliced onions).
  4. Top with the top half of the roll.
  5. Serve with a veggie on the side.
Ranch Turkey Sliders ready to be Cooked

Ranch Turkey Sliders ready to be Cooked

Just the right size for homemade dinner rolls.

Just the right size for homemade dinner rolls.

Homemade Ranch Turkey Sliders on Homemade Rolls!

Homemade Ranch Turkey Sliders on Homemade Rolls!

A Glimpse into Living with Food Allergies

Faith, Family & Food Allergies

I talk a lot about food allergies.

Food allergies have determined certain paths we take.

Nothing is simple.

Want to take a bible study class with childcare? Just sign up and show up.

Not me.

There are emails and phone calls involved. There are questions about snacks. There are questions about having other kids hands cleaned in the room. There are quick EpiPen training sessions for her teachers. There are procedures figured out for me to be contacted immediately in case of an allergic reaction.

The same thing with any recreational event.

SG wants to take a dance class. She is currently crazy for Barbie in the Pink Shoes and wants to learn ballet.

Just sign up for dance class and show up, right?

Not us.

I emailed one place where I had previously spoken to the manager. To my face, she was agreeable and accommodating. I emailed her with the specifics needed to keep SG safe (either wipe hands or wash and no food in the room) and CRICKETS. No reply.

I crossed that place off of the list.

I emailed another place. The owner said she would have her own child wash her hands but it was up to ME to ASK the other parents to wash their kids hands. Ummm…no. What if they say no? I know most wouldn’t, but I have had issues with this in the past.

Thankfully I found a dance studio that is willing to wipe all the girls hands before they walk in the studio. (Thanks Jill for the help!) I’m overjoyed and can’t wait for my little ballerina to take real dance classes!!!

Let’s move onto grocery shopping. Put your kiddo in the cart (or buggie as we say in the south), fill your cart with any food you want, put your groceries on the belt, pay and go.

Not me.

First, I wipe the entire cart with wipes. Okay, not the wheels. But I SCRUB the part where SG might sit. I’m teaching her to walk beside me, but sometimes I have to put her in the seat part. The part where I’ve watched countless other kids eat the free, deadly dairy and egg filled cookies from the deli. And goldfish. That seat. And then I wipe down the rest of the cart- including the inside of the cart.

Then I find my ridiculously expensive groceries, reading EVERY LABEL, EVERY TIME. Because ingredients change without warning. I have to be sure that what I buy is safe for SG. I also have to keep SG right beside me while reading labels, repeating my mantra to SG “Don’t touch anything!” or “Please keep your hands to yourself!” or “Don’t touch your face!”

When my shopping is finally done it’s time to check out and pay. I try to find our favorite cashiers who know us by name. They know to spray and wipe the belt down for us. I have seen spilled milk on the belts. And there is always some random stickiness. Who knows what that is? With a contact dairy allergy and egg allergy, I take no chances. If I can’t find any familiar faces, I go to a new cashier. I explain quietly that we have food allergies and say “Can you please wipe the belt to keep us safe?” Only one time has a cashier refused to do it. And then I lost my cool. And then she wiped the belt. Anyway, all that to get and buy groceries. And I try to ignore the stares I sometimes get as people behind me look at me like I’m a little crazy for not putting my groceries on the dirty belt.  Sometimes I feel my cheeks turn red.  Sigh.  Not that I really care what other people think. Keeping SG safe is my job as her mother. And I take it very seriously.

Let’s talk about haircuts. I love Great Clips for SG. Mostly for one reason… there is a giant bowl of Dum Dum suckers for kids to have after their hair cut. Doesn’t that sound like a silly reason to choose a place for a kid’s hair to be cut? When we are there, SG gets to have the same treat any other kid gets. It almost makes me cry. Seriously, that doesn’t happen much. We usually have to say, “No thank you. We have food allergies.” At our Great Clips, the stylists wash their hands before cutting SG’s hair and she gets a sucker afterwards.

Thank you, Great Clips. You’re awesome!

Let’s talk about eating out. Well, there’s not much to say, really. We only go out to eat on our date nights.

This whole post is not supposed to be a bummer. It’s a little glimpse into our complicated little world.

Still, I am so very blessed to be SG’s mommy. It’s something I dreamed about, prayed about and cried about for 6 years.

I am blessed to have become pregnant after battling infertility for 6 years.

I’m blessed to be a mother.

I’m blessed to be a stay at home mom.

I’m blessed to be a wife.

I’m blessed my Huzz provides abundantly for our family.

I’m blessed to have regular date nights with the love of my life.

I’m blessed to not have to worry about weight. (Eating dairy, egg and beef free and not eating out much has kept us trim!)

I’m blessed that we followed Dave Ramsey’s plan early in our marriage.

I’m blessed with friends and family who want to keep SG safe.

I’m blessed by a church that goes to great lengths to keep SG safe.

I’m blessed with a Savior who loves me and died for my sins.

I could go on and on. Sometimes I need to sit down and remind myself of my blessings.

Because sometimes, this food allergy life can weigh me down.

Today, I choose to lay it all down at Jesus’ feet and know that no matter what, He’s got this.

I might have to take extra steps and precautions, but it’s all for a very good reason. There’s nothing I won’t do for my SG.