Non-dairy/non-beef Meal Ideas for Food Allergy

Updated on April 06, 2009
A.C. asks from Sterling Heights, MI
14 answers

My 1 yr. old son has a dairy allergy. We've done fine for the past year with menu ideas, but I just tested him and it seems his allergy is still a problem. I am dreading one more year of the same meals we have been eating. I have plenty of beef meal ideas, but am lacking in the white meat department. I also am struggling to figure out lunch ideas for him (we've been doing turkey, ham, tuna, crackers, and fruit.)

To be non-dairy, that means no cheese, creams, or milk. Eggs are fine. I can do a butter substitute and if the milk isn't for flavor/creaminess/or thickening, I can use a milk substitute.

Recipes would be great, but just naming meal ideas is fine also.

My tummy thanks you in advance.

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answers from Grand Rapids on

My daughter is also allergic to dairy & beef, we cook everything with ground turkey - tacos, speghetti, meatloaf (she loves this), goolash, chili, etc. My husband will even eat it and admits that turkey isn't that bad at all. We have also done hamburgers on the grill, I would suggest buying the premade patties they stay together better than making them yourself. We also eat Ecrich Smoked Sausage (the turkey one) alot with potatoes or we have even put it on the grill with b-q sauce...hope this helps!

There is meijer brand of pancake mix that has no dairy, we make breakfast sometimes with eggs and turkey sausages.



answers from Detroit on

Hi A.
I ues a can of white beans blended w/ veggie broth and seasonings to replace creamy sauces. So I'd use that for chicken pot pie, or to replace the can of soup in green bean cassarole. I use rice or soy milk, and just add a bit of tapioca flour or organic corn starch to thicken them (any corn thats not organic is GMO).

What about tuna cakes make them like salmon cakes you'll find a ton of recipies on line.

Sheaperds pie, and the gluten free goddess has a great food blog I read for insperation when I need it. I also love raw food receipies. So thats a ot of smoothies w/organic kale blended smooth in water. Add frozen blue beries to hide the color, and a banana to make creamy and sweet.
:) A. H



answers from Detroit on

I am on a slow cooker kick and and have found great recipes on The writer used her slow cooker every day for a year last year. The best part is she tells you about the recipe and then gives her family's verdict - including two younger children. They eat a gluten free diet, but she also includes ideas for making things for folks with other allergies - including dairy free. Lots of chicken recipes! I've also seen recipes replacing milk with soy, rice or almond milk online. I have a friend with a dairy allergy and he eats the soy cheeses, yogurts and even ice cream. I guess some brands are tastier than others, so you have to check around. Hope that helps!



answers from Grand Rapids on

chicken nuggets or stripps. Melt your butter and add a little worshorstire sauce. Cruch some safe crakers and rolle the chicken in the butter mix, then coat with crackers. bake and serve witha side of safe fries! Or you could make ck breast in a fry pan. Just melt some safe butter add a little lemon juice and terriaki sauce and cook. Or you could do stir fry with chicken, sweet and sour chicken. Enchiladas, minus the cheese. If you need specific recipes just let me know. All my recipes will be egg free too though, because we have a dairy and egg allergy in our house. Or you could get a cookbook from this website:
I have been cooking only with this cookbook for over a year and no one in my family is sick of the meals. I have recommended this cookbook to others with allergies and they have enjoyed it.



answers from Saginaw on

Why not use ground chicken or turkey in place of ground beef? I use ground turkey in spagetti, lasagna, chili, tacos and many other things. If you season it well... you cannot tell the difference.


answers from Kalamazoo on

We've been non-dairy for a while now and you're right, I've struggled to find good ways to make creamy non-dairy sauces for a while. Here's what I've found works well if wanting to substitute soy milk for a can of evaporated milk. You will need a good blender. Add 1/3 cup raw cashews and 1 cup of soy milk to your blender, a tsp of chicken seasoning helps disguise the flavor of the milk. Blend for at least 2 minuets, check to be sure all the little cashew pieces are smooth. Add to your recipe. This is something you can vary and mix up with different flavors as well, but is nice and creamy due to the fat in the cashews. A little roasted red pepper (you can buy it in jars) and some sesame tahini (pureed sesame seeds, kind of like a peanut butter, comes in a jar - look in the international section of your grocery store) will give your milk a cheesy flavor, good for potato or broccoli soups! I like the flavor of this cheesy stuff compared to soy cheeses that do melt, but don't taste as flavorful!

I'll pass along my recipe blog to you as well. We're vegetarian, but I use a lot of substitute meat products, so you could just substitute the real deal back into the recipe (since I often go the other way). I have a good recipe for gluten chops, these work well to substitute for your son instead of beef. They're easy to make and full of protein. You'll see categories on the side, there are pages and pages of recipes to choose from.

Another thing, there are great soymeat products in the freezer section of the grocery store, things like burgers, crumbled hamburger to add to sloppy joes, chili, spaghetti sauce etc... Sausage links, chicken patties, nuggets... Look by the breakfast foods (eggo waffles and OJ).

Best wishes, this is tough, but you'll figure it out!


answers from Detroit on

Hello A. ~ I know how you feel. My daughter is 4 yrs old was diagnosed at 8 months w/a dairy allergy & then at 2 yrs old w/an egg allergy so we are dealing w/dairy & egg allergies still...anyway, I make a marinade w/apricot jelly & zesty italian dressing I season the chicken/pork chops with a little sea salt & cracked black pepper & bake in the oven at 350. Another good marinade is balasmic vinegar & olive oil about 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar, sea salt, & cracked black pepper. For a teriyaki marinade I use about a 1/4 cup of kikkoman soy sauce, 1/4 water (subsitute orange juice or pineapple juice), 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar & honey. BTW these are all great on the grill in the summer time; I hate using my stove in the summer. I have tons more if you want to contact me please feel free. Hope this helps

For butter I used Fleischmann's unsalted margarine make sure that it's the Fleischmann's that is unsalted as the other one does have dairy.

oops I also forgot to mention for breadcrumbs I buy an off brand bag of Rice Krispies cereal (if found this was cheaper than the "shake n bake") you can crunch them up in a ziploc bag or put it in a food processor/chopper. I season the crumbs with a little paprika, sea salt & cracked black pepper you can do garlic salt or whatever season you like. This is great for baking or stove top frying.



answers from Grand Rapids on

My family does not consume any dairy simply because we believe we don't need it or that it's good for us....we're not baby cows...we're people.

So we use rice milk, you mentioned that you can't use a milk sub. if you have to use it for flavor, creaminess or thickening... You can use it for all of those, it's just a little bit different. If you need something thickened more than the small amount that rice milk will thicken on it's own you need to add some flour or corn starch to it while it's cold and then go from there with how thick you want it.
You can make a ricotta cheese type substance that is quite good out of tofu I use that for stuffed shells and other things and we just really like tofu. Here is the website that has the recipe.
Also you can google, non dairy sub. for sweetened condensed milk etc...
you can pretty much make anything non dairy similar to a dairy recipe, some of them take more work, but most just takes experimentation...however I have never been able to make instant pudding work, with either rice or soy milk, that's the only thing I've had trouble with which is no big deal since it's not good for you anyway.

Just give things a try that call for regular milk and see how they turn out.

Oh we also use rice cheese...the motz. is pretty good but I am not a huge fan of the cheddar flavor. (there is also soy cheese, I just prefer rice)

Hope that helps, I am sure you can do a great job.


answers from Lansing on


You can thicken almost any sauce with potato starch or tapioca starch. The trick to lump-free sauces is to mix your thickener with water 1:1 in a small jar with a tight lid, give the mixture a very good shake for about a minute. Then, add about a Tbsp or two of your hot liquid that you want thickened to the jar and shake again. (This is called tempering) Then add the entire contents of the jar to your sauce and whisk well.

Note: Tapioca starch turns very gooey when it is heated so you only want to use 1-2 tsps for 1/2 - 1 cup of sauce.

There are a lot of great recipes from Leanne Ely's Saving Dinner books. My son has 7 food intolerances (we treat them like allergies) and I make a lot of substitutions in my recipes.

I would be happy to help if you have a specific recipe you would like to try, but are not sure how to fix it for your son.

Good luck!

Oh, my son loves pizza! My husband makes the best tortilla, peanut butter, pepperoni and mushroom pizza you've ever had. It sounds weird, but it gives my son a chance to enjoy pizza without the sauce or cheese. =)



answers from Detroit on

Do remember with many dairy products that they have coloring, prservatives, hormones, etc that could be the trigger to dairy sensitivity. Have you used organic products? Or maybe raw dairy products?
Wild caught meats are best, which you can find at Better Health or Whole Foods. Sock eye Salmon is protein, and it's what goes on a bagel with cream cheese. (lox and bagel?)
Sweet and sour shrimp is good. My youngest loves the stuff. I just wish he were around (air force) to make it for. Let me know if you want the recipe.



answers from Grand Rapids on


This is a cake recipe we have been making in my family for generations. I think originally it was called a poor mans cake, because it has no eggs, milk, or butter in it. We have been making it as long as I can remember and it is delicious. If you want to make it as cupcakes one tip is to freeze the baked cupcakes overnight or they will be very crumbly.

Preheat oven 350 degrees
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3 TBL cocoa

Make a hole in flour mixture and add:
6 TBL oil (vegetable oil is fine)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup cool water
1 TBL white vinegar

Mix and pour into a square 8 x 8 ungreased pan. Bake for 25-30 min. This recipe may be doubled using a 9 x 13 pan.

Also I have also noticed a new product out and its powdered goats milk. I don't know if the allergy is to all types of milk or just cows. I just thought I'd mention it.



answers from Lansing on

I recently found this website. I believe from my few searches on there you can cater food allergies and dietary restrictions. Good luck.



answers from Grand Rapids on

A.; how about pork chops, i would bake mine in a creme of mushroom sauce, we buy turkey meat and use it in spaghetti sauce, for spaghetti, turkey meat is a great substitute for beef, but its turkey, you might be able to find also turkey hot dogs, egg salad , ooo creeme of mushrrom can be made with water, but it may contain milk, either way , pork chops, or ribs, with bar b q sauce, vegges, rice , noodles, noodles with plain ole butter over them, if you said butter can be used, peanut butter and jelly, pancakes? i love pancakes for dinner, not sure about the little milk made with them, burritos with turkey meat, salad, tacos without cheese, lettuce and tomato only , goulash made again with turkey meat, puttin turkey meat in wehre the beef goes you got alot, sloppy joes, any way , have fun and have a good day , D. s



answers from Saginaw on

make a marinade consisting of olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper,minced jalepeno(just a few slices from a jar is easiest, and not spicy) cilantro, the juice of an orange, and the juice of 2 limes. let the chicken sit in it for about an hour but not longer than 6.
grill it...then slice it up to use in tortillas for you...but for him just cut it up really tiny.

another one...take boneless skinless chicken breast. brush dijon mustard on one side, dip in italian bread crumbs with a little basil added, then soy milk (or whatever milk substitute you use) then back in bread crumbs again, saute in olive oil until done. you'd be surprised how much flavor this has with such simple ingredients. (same thing, cut it up tiny for him, some of the breading will of course fall off...but all the flavor will be there.

i've heard that skippy makes a peanut butter that is non peanut butter on crackers or something would be a great snack and lunch.

you can make pancakes without using regular milk too.

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