Monday, February 6, 2012

Life without the Moo

So, unfortunately, Baby Girl has gastrointestinal issues. At 4 weeks old, she had blood in her stool and being the first time mom that I am, instantly freaked and called the doctor. He said it was most likely due to a sensitivity to something in my diet; the most likely candidate being dairy.

Since then, I've cut dairy almost completely out of my diet. And let me tell ya, a sandwich just isn't a sandwich without cheese. I don't really miss drinking milk, although I do miss milkshakes! I have never wanted a cookout milkshake so badly in my life! However, when I cut out the dairy, her fussiness went way down, so here I sit... cheese and milkshake-less.

So in efforts to make the best of it, I've gone in search for some yummy dairy-free recipes. Here are my favorites so far:

  • "Loaded" Black Bean Soup
    • Here's what I put in mine: avocado (this replaced the creaminess I would've gotten from the sour cream), cilantro, crumbled bacon, andouille sausage, lime (I squeezed this on at the end and it was wonderful!). And I didn't miss the cheese at all!
  • Bourbon Chicken with my yummy green beans
    • I served the chicken over brown rice and served my yummy green beans to go with. They's super easy to make. Here's the recipe!
Teri's Yummy Green Beans - serves 4
  • 2 T butter
  • 4 handfuls of frozen green beans (I like the long skinny kind, not the cut ones)
  • One or two shakes of Lawry's Seasoning Salt
  • 1 T dried minced onions
Melt the butter in a frying pan and add the green beans, seasoning salt, and onions. Toss to coat and allow the green beans to warm through.
  • Steak and Mango Salad (made this for a lunch date with the lovely Carla)
    • I used frozen mango chunks because fresh mangoes are hard to come by this time of year.
  • Crispy Coconut Chicken Fingers
    • So crispy and delicious, but it wasn't as good the next day, so only make as many as you think you'll eat!


  1. You are super mom - way to go without dairy, something similar happened with me and baby #2 and cutting dairy is TOUGH, I never was very successful, but it sounds like your doing great! I also love the coconut chicken and so many more recipes on our best bites, I am going to have to try your green beans! Hang in there without dairy maybe it is like what I have heard about sugar, once you haven't had you don't crave it as much??? Oh good for you walking Lake Johnson, I so wish I was still in Raleigh so I could have gone with you! Keep it up the good work and Good Luck!

    1. I certainly don't feel like super mom just for cutting out dairy, but thank you all the same. And I really wish you still lived here so I had someone to walk around Lake Johnson with!! But I'm sure you don't wish Kent was back in school for one minute! :)

  2. If you really miss your milkshakes try making a fruit smoothie instead. 8oz of fruit juice and about 1.5 cups of frozen fruit. You can even substitute in some soy, rice or almond milk for some of the juice to add some creaminess. Great tips! Hopefully I won't need them when my little girl gets here but if I do I know where to find them! Hope everything goes well.

    1. Thanks for the idea! I might try that, especially with some almond milk!


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