20 Days of Dairy & Egg Free Dinners

Menu Plan

It was so relaxing for me to sit down and plan out this menu plan. A few years ago, I never would have made that statement!!!

After our stressful vacation, it feels good to sit down and get back into our safe and comfy routine.

By the way, isn’t this graphic amazing?  My brother is a very talented graphic design artist and is responsible for graphic designs on my blog.  Thanks brother!  I will use this menu plan graphic in all of my upcoming menus.  I’m so excited!!!

Here’s our menu plan for the last few days of December and the first half of January.  I’m always adding new recipes (thanks Pinterest!) and mixing in our old favorites.

Speaking of favorites, I’m currently obsessed with pineapple fried rice. You’ll see that twice on this menu served three times. I could eat it for dinner everyday! And it’s meatless to boot. At least my version is.

I digress.

This menu has a mix of chicken, pork, turkey and meatless meals (beans and veggies as the main protein source).

I hope this helps. Maybe one day I’ll have enough energy to even make a coordinating grocery list. But not anytime soon.  🙂

I share these menus to help other families like ours out there. Meal planning can be a challenge with a special diet.

Just for fun, here’s a pic of my set up for menu planning and getting this post typed up. I love Coke with my homemade Dragon’s Breath Popcorn. It’s the perfect snack for this menu planning blogger mommy!

How I menu plan

How I menu plan

1. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (Make these awesome homemade dinner rolls, using vegan butter and non-dairy milk. Use dough setting on bread machine.  Follow directions for baking.  Once baked, cut rolls in half, add cooked chicken, top with safe bbq sauce) & Oven Roasted Carrots

2. Taco Pizza Rolls (use homemade pizza crust, use homemade taco seasoning from 100 Days of Real Food, ground turkey breast, & Daiya cheese)

3. Pineapple Fried Rice (omit ham, use only 1/2 cup pineapple & liquid aminos for soy sauce)

4. Lemony Chicken Stir Fry with Asparagus

5. Black Bean Chili & Cornbread

6. Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken, Baked Sweet Potatoes & Steam in a bag Broccoli

7. BBQ Chicken Pizza

8. Flex Meal

9. Vegan Crispy Cajun Chickpea Cakes, Homemade Dinner Rolls (See link from day one & make double batch for use in Day 10) & Sautéed Zucchini

10. Ranch Turkey Burgers made small enough to fit the Homemade Dinner Rolls from Day 9 (use 2 Tbs homemade ranch mix for ranch packet sub), French Fries & Fruit Salad

11. Tangy Slow Cooker Pork Roast, Roasted Carrots & Baked Potatoes (Bake enough potatoes for day 12, too)

12. Garlic Chicken, Baked Potatoes from Day 11 & Grilled Asparagus

13. Chicken Nachos (use leftover chicken from day 12 & Daiya cheese)

14. Pineapple Fried Rice (see day 3 for link)

15. Leftover Pineapple Fried Rice

16. Veggie Spaghetti

17. Ranch Pork Chops (make safe ranch dressing using link on day 10, dip chops on both sides in ranch, coat with panko bread crumbs & bake), Earth Balance Vegan “Cheddar” Flavor Mac and Cheese, & Steamed Spinach

18. Easy Chicken Tacos (use homemade taco seasoning using link from day 2)

19. Picadillo Tater Tot Casserole

20. Vegetable Soup & Bread & Vegan Butter

Here are a few photos of the foods in my menu plan.  Enjoy!

Homemade Dinner Rolls

Homemade Dinner Rolls

Ranch Turkey Burger

Ranch Turkey Burger

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.

Pineapple Fried Rice with Ham.  I now omit the ham and it tastes just as good!

Pineapple Fried Rice with Ham. I now omit the ham and it tastes just as good!

My Must Have Kitchen Items

I like small appliances and gadgets. I depend on them now that I’m a food allergy mom and cook dinner every single day.

If there’s an appliance or gizmo that will make cooking easier, well by golly, I want it!

Here is a list of my favorite small appliances, gadgets and doo dads that make my life a little easier.

  • Bread Machine: I use this a few times a month. I make my own pizza dough. My machine has a dough setting. The recipe I use isn’t even for the bread machine, but I tried it and it works. I don’t want to make bread if I can’t figure out how to do it with my bread machine. I’m not lazy… I have too many other things to do! I also make a super easy and yummy homemade bread. I choose the “rapid white” button and we have homemade bread in less than an hour.
  • Rice Cooker: I LOVE my rice cooker. I mean, I can’t live without it. Okay, *maybe* I’m exaggerating, but the point is, I DON’T want to live without it. When my old rice cooker broke, we immediately replaced it. I usually make rice at least once a week. This is a must have in my kitchen. Enough said.
  • Slow Cookers: I have a 12 year old Crockpot that I received as a bridal shower gift. I use it several times a month. I have a smaller one, too. I love having two different sizes. I want a third one, but I haven’t found one on clearance yet. You can never have too many slow cookers, right?
  • Wok:  We love stir fry!  We have a big, ole wok and enjoy using it.  I’ve also found it’s great for holding a ton of spaghetti sauce.  Like several jars of sauce plus meat.
  • Pizza Pans: Oh, cheesy and gooey pizza…I mourned you. Especially you, “Pizza, pizza!” We had to break up, you see. It’s not me…it’s you. I’ve moved on to homemade dairy free pizzas and I think I found the key- a pizza pan with holes! I bought two inexpensive pizza pans from Hy-Vee. The last pizza crust I made tasted just like the pizzas we used to buy. It is nonstick so I didn’t have to fight the pizza with the spatula to get it off of the foil. Win! Also, there was something about the pizza being round instead of the rectangular shaped ones I was making… It made me feel happy. It’s the little things, ya know?
  • Grill Basket: I love summer because the Huzz grills a lot. And I love handing him the protein to grill and a grill basket full of fresh veggies! I season the veggies with olive oil, salt & pepper. That’s it. Easy and fresh is the best!
  • Microwave Popcorn Popper: We use this to make popcorn. Just last week, SG was watching yet another movie on NetFlix. I decided she should have some popcorn. I whipped together a homemade, freshly popped batch of “Dragon’s Breath” popcorn. A few years ago, I had no clue how to do this. Food allergies have made us better eaters, that’s for sure!
  • Keurig: Okay, this is my list so I have to include it. I wake up and go straight to the Keurig. Even the short wait for the Keurig to heat up seems like it takes too long some mornings. Little Mama (that’s me!) needs and loves her coffee with Silk french vanilla soy creamer. Gotta have it. No coffee, no talkie!

What are some of the items you depend on in your kitchen?

Bread Maker & Rice Cooker

 My fabulous bread maker & rice cooker!

Pizza Pan

My handy dandy cheap pizza pan that has rocked our pizza world!

Allergy Friendly Movie Night Snacks

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SG is old enough to appreciate movies and eagerly half question and half exclaim every night, “Maybe we can have family movie night tonight?!?!”

We don’t have family movie night every night. No one wants to watch Frozen every night- except SG and countless other kids out there. 🙂 But when we do, here’s some yummy treats we cannot get enough of! Popcorn, chocolate, and raisins. Sounds simple enough. But my popcorn is different. We like to call it “Dragon’s Breath Popcorn.” I’ll tell you how to make that in a bit.

First, here’s the super easy snack. Almost chocolate covered raisins. Before food allergies, my favorite movie treat was chocolate covered raisins. Even though I don’t have a dairy allergy, I eat dairy free along with my child. So I don’t eat those delicious little store bought chocolate covered raisins anymore.

Here’s how I now enjoy chocolate and raisins. Simply put some raisins in a bowl and some Enjoy Life chocolate chunks (or chocolate chips). Pop a few raisins in your mouth along with a chocolate chunk. It truly tastes like eating chocolate covered raisins! It’s almost too easy and really requires no effort other than dumping two ingredients in a bowl and chowing down. I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I believe a mom from one of my milk allergy mom facebook groups mentioned this. It’s yummy and amazing!

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Now onto “Dragon’s Breath Popcorn.” I was watching the food network during naptime around Super Bowl time. A lady was demonstrating how she makes homemade popcorn and seasons it with a homemade “Cheesy Ranch” seasoning mix. I, of course, googled it and found her recipe. We can’t use the parmesan cheese. I sub nutritional yeast. And it’s good. The only down side is you have dragon’s breath after eating it. Which is totally okay as long as your Huzz and three year old eat it, too. Then we all have dragon’s breath and don’t care.

Here’s how I make it.

Dragon’s Breath Popcorn:
(Adapted from the Food Network recipe from Katie Lee. Weird side note- I couldn’t find her exact link and I even linked to it here in this previous post. She did have her own link and now it’s gone. End side note.) 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Corn Kernels
  • Olive Oil

For the popcorn seasoning:

  • 1/2 Tbs Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tbs Dried Chives
  • 1.5 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper

Directions:

  1. Make popcorn. I bought this contraption and it’s how I make our popcorn in the microwave. Maybe you like to make your popcorn in a brown paper bag in the microwave, or on the stove or even have a Whirli-Pop. (Shout out to Kari!!!) 🙂 I use the manufacturer’s instructions for my popcorn.
  2. Mix seasonings together in a bowl. Once the popcorn is cooked and hot, mix in some seasoning mix, stir the popcorn and add more seasoning. Stir again. If the seasoning mix isn’t sticking add a light drizzle of olive oil to the popcorn and that should help the seasonings stick. I make our popcorn with olive oil so the seasonings stick easily. I use about half of the seasoning mix per batch of popcorn. The seasoning usually lasts for two batches of popcorn. (I use 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels per batch.)
  3. Cover remaining seasoning mix and save for next time.

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Eat and enjoy your dragon’s breath. Mmmmm, it’s so worth it.