Meal planning is the worst. Or maybe I’m just really bad at it. All I know is this mama has been spending way too much at the grocery store and I’ve been stumped for meals for awhile, so it’s back to the drawing board I go.
Except, problem: I dusted off my favorite cookbooks and realized that I can’t make any of these go-to weeknight meals. They all have dairy!
Asher (who’s nearing that 18-month mark at the end of September!) is allergic to the milk protein, and though lots of people say he’ll outgrow it, he’s still can’t keep dairy down. If milk/ice cream even touch his cheek, he breaks out in a rash. It’s sad.
ALSO, I LOVE CHEESE AND THIS MAKES ME CRY.
Plus side: I’ve found that substituting vanilla soy milk in baking recipes actually makes some dishes tastier. (I especially find this true for pancakes!)
But when it comes to recipes that use heaping amounts of cheese, sour cream, and milk, I’m totally stumped. And I never realized how many recipes require that stuff. And, to put another problem to the mix: We live in small-town USA where people run on meat and cheese and, a las, I have no Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s to help me as a flail miserably in my meal-planning. It’s not fair for me to make family dinners that my little guy can’t eat.
So, I’m putting out a request for you: Where do you get your dairy-free recipes?
Is there one really awesome cookbook I should buy? Or a site I should become a regular on? A Pinterest search gets so overwhelming, and some of those blog recipes just seem like a fail waiting to happen.
Please help me! We’ve been subsiding on fajitas and spaghetti.