Another one for Jump into January series today. A few words on what it’s been like since JB was diagnosed as being intolerant to cows milk…before you all say ‘ oh it’s lactose intolerant’ it’s not…it’s another form of protein found in the white stuff. We initially switched to the lacto free milk you can buy (you know, with the cow on the front) but this didn’t make a jot of difference. After seeing a nutritionist she confirmed that it was cows milk. He’s fine with anything goat or ewe so it’s not been a complete deduction of dairy from his diet.
I do the majority of the cooking in the HappyWiseOwl house so to suddenly have this additional twist to the daily dilemma of what to cook for dinner was quite a faff initially.
No pizza…no lasagna…no spinach & ricotta filo pie…no warm Camembert to dip crusty bread into…no yogurt, ice-cream, cream or custard – the list goes on. JB was told not to have too much soya as a replacement as its a GM food so there was that to contend with as well.
However, we’ve survived the first year and it’s not been as tricky as we initially thought. The most difficult has been when we go out for meals as you notice just how many things have a creamy sauce or mash loaded with butter and cream. The only thing I can’t give up is semi skimmed milk in a cup of tea – anything else in there just taste weird.
Obviously I’ve had to get a few new cookbooks and new recipes under my belt. Initially I bought the Deliciously Ella*book however the portion sizes are completely random…it’s either LOADS for two people or barely enough for one. If you double up or decrease the ingredients the recipe just doesn’t quite work so that went out the window fairly early on. I do still make her humus though as we do eat a fair bit of it! The Eating Well Made Easy* by Lorraine Pascal however has been a godsend – loads of yummy recipes in there to try!
A few tricks I’ve learnt along the way…
You can still have pizza – I use a tortilla wrap, spread it with tomato base sauce (I should probably learn to make this from scratch TBH) and then we top with hard goats cheese plus the usual paraphernalia that’s on a pizza of your choice. It’s also slightly healthier as you don’t have as much doughy base.
I’ve managed to get this back on the menu recently – rather than the white creamy bechamel sauce I’ve replaced this with a butternut squash sauce that couldn’t be easier. Simply cut up the squash and roast until tender. Then blend it up and add around 200-300ml coconut milk. You don’t want it too runny but equally not too thick and stodgy. This is a great way of also adding another one of your 5 a day into your diet.
This has probably been the most difficult to get to grips with but a firm breakfast favourite is chia seed pudding.
- One cup of almond milk
- 3 tablespoons chia seed
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whiz it all up in a blender and leave overnight in an air tight container in the fridge – serve the next day with berries / banana / whatever takes your fancy.
I realise we’re fairly lucky as JB can still have cakes, biscuits, pastry if the cows milk product has been cooked – I am wondering if this day will come though…!!
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