Fruit Daddy

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The other night Dante said, “can I have a fruit daddy”? We were really confused and had no idea what a fruit daddy was so we asked him if he wanted fruit salad. He said no I want a fruit…you (pointing to my husband to indicate daddy). It was so hilarious the way he said it that I spit the wine out that was in my mouth and it shot into my eye out of my cup.

I still didn’t know exactly what he was talking about, but I cut up a bunch of fruit and arranged it on a skewer to kinda make the shape of a body, as best I could. He seemed satisfied with my creation. I used a grape for the head, a piece of pear to represent the arms, an apple slice for the body and a chunk of mango for the feet.

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Leela Dairy Test

imageIt was a beautiful Saturday evening, which of course calls for ice cream. When we go out for ice cream we always take a Popsicle or dairy free ice cream treat for Leela. Typically she is content with her own special treat, but today she was very interested in the ice cream that we were all eating and kept asking for a bite of my twist ice cream with sprinkles.  Every couple of months we do a test and give her some kind of dairy product to see how she reacts and since we hadn’t tested it in a while I decided to give her some. She of course loved it and ate a good amount. I was extremely nervous to see how the night would go because typically she wakes up many times squirming and crying in pain. She slept through the night and seemed totally fine! I am going to give it a couple of days to see how her body reacts as it comes out of her, but hopefully this is a turning point.

While I have gotten used to the dietary adjustments and always making sure that I have food for her at parties, restaurants, running around, it would be nice to have the option to order off the menu or on the go. 

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Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookie

IMG_5703One of the harder aspects of going dairy free was the desserts, particularly cookies. Every good dessert starts with lots of butter! I especially love chocolate chip cookies and I was on a mission to find a good alternative. I tried substituting fake butter into my normal cookie recipe and it wasn’t bad, but it was a little oily. I love using coconut oil, so I decided to give that a try and loved it.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup coconut oil, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

Mix together the softened coconut oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, and vanilla extract.

Add in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt, and mix until combined. Add the chocolate chips.

Make dough balls and chill them in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.

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Coconut Cookie with Coconut Oil

While I was on a dairy free diet for the year that I breastfed I had to find alternatives to every dessert recipe I had because they all had butter as the main ingredient. This coconut cookie made with coconut oil is really good and you can’t even tell that it doesn’t have butter.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the coconut oil, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  4. Gradually blend in the flour mixture, then mix in the coconut.
  5. I like to chill my dough before baking. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and chill for at least 30 minutes in the fridge or freezer. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart, they will spread slightly when they bake.
  6. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly toasted.

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Food Journey

From the moment Leela was born she cried and cried and cried. We quickly learned that she had a pretty severe dairy sensitivity. As a breastfeeding mom I had to eliminate all dairy from my diet, that means no milk, butter or cheese! I have also been a pescatarian for many years, which means I do not eat meat but I do eat fish. Adapting to basically a vegan diet was very difficult at first, once you start reading ingredients you realize that dairy is in everything. I tried many new recipes during this period, some were good and some were very bad. It definitely broadened our eating horizons though and overall was a very healthy diet for me and Leela. I will be posting different recipes on this blog that I have tried, some dairy free and some not. Now that I am done nursing we have three different dietary requirements, dairy free, meat free, and meat eating, which can make mealtime a challenge.

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