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We have been talking about dairy envy and how we now have options for those with dairy and lactose issues. The simplicity of replacing ingredients with safer options is easier than you think. It is overwhelming when you first find out you have allergies or sensitivities to foods. When my son was diagnosed with all of his, I just envisioned a life changed. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Halloween- everything revolves around food and eating together.
We all look forward to favorite foods.
We all have special, secret, family recipes for our favorite foods.
It’s hard to imagine that life changing and to start with, it’s hard to think past the “can’ts.” Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think. Let’s start with mashed potatoes.
Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes
3 lbs potatoes of your choice ( I use red and I keep the skin on- it keeps the nutrients in)
1/2 cup margarine or dairy free butter alternative of your choice
1/3 cup Lactaid
Salt & Pepper to taste
Optional: Minced garlic, or garlice powder, minced or fresh chopped onion, 1/4 cup broth
Options are things we add in for extra flavor as needed or as the mood strikes.
Wash & Dice the potatoes and add to your largest stock pot. Make sure water covers all the potatoes, start boiling. Once potatoes are softened, drain water, add potatoes back to pot, and add in your other ingredients. Tip: All good cooks know to taste your food as you cook.
To balance things out, here is one of my favorite ham recipes to complete your meal.
Sweet & Savory Ham
1 (5 pound) fully-cooked, bone-in ham
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup of water
1 cup of orange juice
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Blend together apricot preserves and Dijon mustard in a mixing bowl. Score the ham with shallow criss cross cuts. Spread preserves mixture over the whole ham. Gently pat brown sugar over the top of the preserve mixture. Mix water and orange juice together in a bowl. In a large roasting pan pour orange juice and water in bottom. Place the ham on a roasting rack in roasting pan. Bake approximately 1 1/2 hours or until ham is heated thoroughly. You may need to add a 1/2 to 1 cup of the orange juice/water to the pan as your ham cooks and the liquid evaporates.
Dessert is usually the easiest part of a meal to eliminate holiday dairy envy, but if you need some new recipes, Lactaid has a great recipe on their website for Milk Chocolate Bundt Cake. Think about ways you can add dairy free options to it- Lactaid ice cream for your favorite pies, or to add to coffee treats. There are also dairy free whipped cream options.
Lactaid is a great alternative because it is real dairy, just without the lactose, so it doesn’t lose the great taste. 100% real milk and cream, but no lactose which makes it easy to digest, so no discomfort. Enjoy a family gathering and celebrate ending holiday dairy envy.
Now you can either cook dinner yourself, bring safe options for your family, share these safe recipes, or simply enjoy! How do you handle food allergies for holidays? Do you cook yourself, do you ask guests if they have any allergies to avoid? Does your family potluck and you need to list ingredients or label food?