Back in December Buddy was having some tummy issues and we set out to explore what might be causing the troubles. Celiac runs in the family but the blood work came back negative (note to all, holding your toddler down for blood work is no fun, I do not recommend). While waiting for the follow-up appointment I checked out my friend google and determined dairy was the most likely culprit. Within just a few days we saw huge improvements. Hooray! I’ll talk you through the process because it hasn’t been all roses. Sneaky dairy still makes it’s way in on occasion (less so now than at the start) and leaves me worrying about little man’s health.
I had no idea how much this restriction would rock my routine. I tend to obsessively plan and like to be in control. Life had a rhythm to it, and then (and now) I had to figure out how in the world to feed my family when my go-to recipes were suddenly off the table. Faithful readers of this blog (even though I’m not a faithful blogger) will remember that pizza nights have been a Friday night tradition for as long as I can remember. I’ve pulled off a Whole 30, but cutting dairy for the long term (or at least the medium term) is a challenge. Half of Buddy’s meals are eaten at daycare so communication around his restrictions and good substitutions has been a process (and I am forever grateful that the staff have been so accommodating).
EK is a champ at advocating for her brother (or at least emphasizing that she gets to have what he can’t). She is quick to tell a church nursery worker that goldfish are off limits and exaggerates her whisper any time she’s allowed to have a dairy filled treat.
The Recipe Round-up
For any other moms out there trying to navigate lactose intolerance and dairy restrictions, here are a few of my new “go to” meals that are working in this season.
- Chicken Fried Rice from A Pinch of Healthy (I substitute ghee for the butter)
- Honey Mustard Chicken from Paleo Running Momma
- Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes from Brooklyn Farm Girl
- Pan fried kielbasa with olive oil/seasoned salt noodles and steamed veggies
- Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles from Crumb (I very loosely follow this recipe. In fact so loosely I should probably post my version at some point)
When I can pull it off I’ll also make dinners where cheese can be added at the very end. I pull out Buddy’s portion before finishing the recipe. So far this includes:
- Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes from Dinner then Dessert
- Bacon and Spinach Pasta Parmesan from Budget Bytes
- Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches from Carlsbad Cravings
So far I’ve tried a few of the vegan/dairy free cheese substitutes (I can’t quite get on board with the unrecognizable ingredient list for the store bought stuff) but my blender seems to be on it’s last leg. I’ve more than hinted (read: sent a link to Joel) that I’d like a new one for Mother’s Day. I’ll have to write another post once I’ve given those recipes a fair shot, and provide another roundup of what’s working for our family.