How to Make Kid Pleasing Gluten Free Dairy Free Meals Without Breaking the Bank

Posted on February 22, 2016February 20, 2016Categories Cooking/Recipes, Gluten FreeTags , ,

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Do you struggle to make healthy meals that your child will actually eat? This is one of the biggest challenges that all moms face and it’s even harder when you have to make those meals gluten free and dairy free. Furthermore you want to them to be inexpensive. Here are some tips to actually make gluten free and dairy free meals your child will want to eat and that won’t break your bank.

1. Plan ahead. This is a must with any kind of healthy meals but it’s even more important with gluten free and dairy free meals and when you are cooking for children. You can watch my video on my post that I did on How to Create a Gluten Free Shopping List for ideas on how to plan ahead and be ready with the right foods in your kitchen for cooking these meals.

2. Shop store sales. This is a must for saving money and even more so on gluten free and dairy free foods since you cannot easily find coupons for these foods. Although there are discounts available and I talk about how to find them with this post. How to Find Discounts on Gluten Free Foods.

3. Buy in bulk. This is another way to save and also have these foods on hand for cooking meals that your child will want to eat.

4. Check Amazon. This is another great way to save that many people don’t even think about. I’ve even bought some of the basics I use to make a lot of delicious gluten free and dairy free meals such as quinoa and millet on amazon and found it to be cheaper there.

5. Use fruits and vegetables in season. All vegetables and fruits have a season of the year when they are more readily available and on sale. For example trying to buy peaches in Winter will cost more and many stores won’t even have them available. Learn what fruits and vegetables are in season and therefore on sale when and buy them then. It also helps to be able to can and freeze them while they are in season so you will have some available for cooking when they are off season.

6. Use herbs and spices for adding flavor. This is a very cost effective and effective way of making gluten free and dairy free meals that taste good and that your child will want to eat. You can use things such as sea salt, herbes de provence blend, black pepper and lemon, thyme, basil and other spice blends to make quinoa, brown rice, millet, vegetables, chicken, fish and more taste better and have more flavor.

7. Involve your child in the cooking. Children as young as 4 years old can help with some basics. You can also ask your child to help you chose the foods and meals that he or she wants to eat. Instead of making it an open ended question. Show your child 5-10 gluten free and dairy free foods that you can use to cook a meal and ask him or her which ones he or she prefers. You can also do this with vegetables. For example show your child some broccoli, cabbage and green peas and ask him or her to chose which one he or she wants to eat.

Top 10 dairy free ice cream recipes that will leave your child begging for more

Posted on October 29, 2015November 18, 2015Categories dairy freeTags ,

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Do you want your child to be able to have ice cream but he or she can’t have dairy products and you don’t want to spend $6 a pint on the store bought dairy free ice creams? Here are 10 of my favorite dairy free ice creams that will leave your child begging for more. They are so delicious that your child and you will have no idea that they don’t have any cows milk in them.

Note: before you begin making dairy free ice cream recipes you will need one of the following:

1. (This is what I have and use and I love it)

2. Vitamix 5300 Blender, Black

3. Conair Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker (White)

4. Yonanas Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker – 100% Fruit Soft-Serve Maker (Black and Silver) (The least expensive but also the least flexible as you can really use this one only for ice cream and frozen deserts whereas the others can be used to make soups, smoothies and other recipes.)

Tips for all of the dairy free ice cream recipes:

Buy bananas in bulk when they are less expensive and freeze them. This is the basic foundation for all but one of my recipes.
You can use coconut milk or almond milk in all of the recipes although coconut milk is my personal favorite. You can buy it at the store or make your own by using one of the blenders listed above and blending coconuts and water, or almonds and water. I do not recommend you use rice milk or soy milk. Soy milk is not as good for you as it can mess around with your hormones and those of your child and most people who are on gluten free and dairy free diets eat a lot of rice without the need to also drink rice milk. You combine all ingredients in your blender or frozen dessert maker and blend using the ice cream setting. It’s very simple.

1. Frozen banana and coconut milk. This is the basic recipe. You simply blend frozen banana with coconut milk and enjoy. If your child doesn’t like the plain flavor you can also add in 1-2 drops of vanilla or other flavored stevia. This is my favorite kind. Sweet Leaf Vanilla Creme Flavored Liquid Stevia, 2 oz

2. Frozen banana, strawberries and coconut milk. This is another great favorite and works really well if you have a child that you know loves strawberry ice cream.

3. Frozen banana, and almond milk-again other classic version that you can also add a few drops of vanilla stevia or even vanilla extract to if your child doesn’t like the flavor.

4. Frozen banana, coconut milk and raw cocoa powder- This is personally one of my favorites because it tastes just like ice cream.

5. Frozen banana, coconut milk and pineapple- This is a great way to create a pina colada type of ice cream.

6. Frozen banana, coconut milk and peaches- A great refreshing summer recipe for when peaches are in season.

7. Frozen banana, coconut milk and raspberries- another great summer refresher recipe, you can also try mixing strawberries and raspberries.

8. Frozen banana, coconut milk and blackberries- another great one that works well in the summer but sometimes year round if you can find blackberries that aren’t too expensive. You can also try combining raspberries and blackberries.

9. Frozen banana, coconut milk and peanut or almond butter- If your child isn’t also allergic to nuts then this can be a great recipe to try.

10. Avocado, frozen banana and raw cocoa- This one is a bit different than the others but is a great one that creates more of a pudding type of dairy free ice cream. You want to make sure that the avocado you use is very rice but without being so ripe it is rotten.

Dairy Free Weekly Menu Plan- Simple and Delicious Dairy Free Recipes

Posted on September 29, 2015November 18, 2015Categories dairy freeTags ,

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Creating a dairy free weekly menu plan can be a challenge especially if you are cooking for a child who has to be dairy free or if you have people in your house who can eat dairy and others who cannot. Here are my tips for how to create a dairy free weekly menu plan with simple and delicious dairy free recipes that even the pickiest child will eat.

1. Make sure that you keep dairy free staples in stock so that you have them available to create your dairy free recipes. The following are food items that I try to never run out of:

Coconut or Almond Milk. (Rice or Soy milk can work too but I prefer coconut or almond)
Olive Oil (sunflower oil, grape seed oil, or avocado oil can work too but olive oil is my favorite. No canola oil however, as it is really bad for your health for other reasons.)
A selection of spices- lemon pepper, paprika, pepper, and pink himalayan salt are some of my favorites
Nutritional Yeast (this has some great vitamins in it but also has an orange color that can be used to make a great Dairy Free and Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

2. Write out your menu plan with a paper and pen or use a computer to type it out and then print it. This makes it more official and easier for you to track and can help with writing a grocery list to take to the store.

3. Make vegetables the focus of every meal with small amounts of meats and grains. Doing this makes creating simple and delicious dairy free meals a lot easier.

4. Experiment with various spices that can be used to substitute the flavor that you or your child is used to when using cheese.

5. One pot meals where you saute combinations of meats and veggies are my favorite classic dairy free meal.

6. You can also create an orange color by boiling carrots and potatoes together and blending them into a sauce. This can then be served as another way to create dairy free macaroni and cheese, or as a sauce over rice and vegetables or any other recipe that your child may be used to eating with cheese that has an orange color.

7. Know that it will take some time and experimenting but over time you will get better at it and you and your entire household will learn to enjoy a variety of simple and delicious recipes without cheese or other dairy products.