Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Brianna's Homestyle Rich Poppyseed Dressing


I have no idea why I even checked. 
Everything that is creamy has dairy in it. 
Brianna's Homestyle Rich Poppyseed Dressing does NOT! 
Dairy-Free, Soy-Free!


I eat this on my salads at home, and carry it to restaurants, and put it on my turkey pitas, and sleep with it tucked under my arm.

I love it and eat it on everything!  It's way to add a little flair to your dairy/soy free life! :)

dressing ingredients

Spinach Salad


Ok, so I know that you might be like, "Duh, Salads are dairy and soy free!"  But just bear with me. 
There are salads, and then there are SALADS, ya, know?!

My favorite (easy) Dairy/Soy free SALAD is comprised of:

Baby Spinach
Fresh Tomatoes
Bacon (read your labels here, and beware of sneaky dairy/soy ingredients)
Boiled Eggs
Brianna's Homestyle Rich Poppyseed Dressing


It's good,  I'm tellin ya!


Orange Juice, Silk Brand Dark Chocolate Almond Milk, Turkey Omelet and Grits

Grits are dairy and soy free! 
You can pair them with some eggs or a turkey omelet. 
They make for a filling breakfast! :) 


Tuna Salad

tuna salad lunch
tuna salad pita with cape cod original potato chips

When I'm eating without restrictions, tuna salad probably isn't one of my go-to meals...
but can I just say that when I'm eating dairy/soy free, I LOVE a tuna salad pita?!

It's quick and meaty and filling.
It's easy to keep the ingredients on hand.
And there's no cooking involved.

If you're eating dairy free for baby, then you've got a little one (or ONES) to tend to... there's not time to spend slaving over the stove for LUNCH.

So, I give you... the Tuna Salad Pita! 

tuna salad ingredients

Canola Mayonnaise
     (The only two brands of Mayonnaise I've found that are soy-free are Hain Canola 
     and Spectrum Canola Mayo- I've found these at Publix or Kroger)
Sweet Relish
Starkist Yellowfin Tuna packed in Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Toufayan Pita Bread

A note about tuna...
Most tuna is packed with "vegetable broth" (check the label). More often than not, the vegetable used in that broth is soybean. (much like the vegetable in "vegetable oil" is most commonly soybean)  Even though the allergens listed on a can of tuna do not list soy, MSPI nurslings can have an adverse reaction to the trace amount of soy protein in packaged tuna.  Don't shoot yourself in the dairy/soy free foot (or breast! ha!) by buying the wrong tuna.  Educate yourself!  And go forth and buy soy-free tuna!

Look for tuna packaged in olive oil instead of vegetable broth
tuna brand

No Vegetable (soy) Broth, here!

tuna label

Mix the ingredients in a bowl... add as much or as little as you like of the mayo and relish.

You can also beef it up a bit by chopping up a boiled egg in there.

(No, eggs are NOT dairy! They come from chickens! Not cows! Even though they are oftentimes found in the "dairy case" at the grocery store... you'll be amazed how many people are surprised by the fact that they are indeed "dairy free!" )

tuna in the bowl

Tuna Salad on a pita! .... quick, easy, slightly smelly, but tasty lunch! :)

tuna salad

Might I suggest following up your tuna salad lunch
with a tasty Dairy/Soy Free mint, such as a tic-tac! :)

tic tacs

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp


I'm a firm believer that shrimp was meant to be wrapped in bacon.  They just go together.  It's really the best way to eat shrimp and it just so happens that it's Dairy/Soy Free.  BONUS!

The only key to bacon wrapped shrimp is making sure that the bacon you buy is indeed dairy free.
Who would have ever thought that there are MILK derivatives in some BACON!?
Read the labels!  But if you're eating DSF, you already do that :)

We buy frozen JUMBO shrimp (this recipe wasn't meant for popcorn shrimp, ya hear?!)  and thaw them under cold running water. 
Did you get that? COLD running water.
Running frozen shrimp under hot running water = COOKED shrimp... and we gotta save the cooking part for the grill!
(You can totally use fresh shrimp, if you're high falootin' like that :) ) 

Slice the bacon in half and wrap it around a piece of shrimp.

Skewer the bacon wrapped shrimp using two skewers so they don't go all wonky on you when you're trying to get them evenly cooked on the grill. 

shrimp prep

Grill 'em up over medium heat until the bacon is fully cooked.
If the bacon is cooked, the shrimp will be too.

grilled shrimp

This is another one of those recipes that's good to double, because once you get to the end of the skewer, you'll wish there was more! :)

grilled goodness

It goes great as a mixed grill dish with chicken souvlaki.

Rice Krispie Treats

rice crispie 

Yummy desserts are hard to come by on a dairy/soy free diet.

And I like dessert.

While I might not always have the time to make my beloved banana bread, it isn't too hard to whip up a batch of these Dairy/Soy Free Rice Krispie Treats!

These babies can thrown together before you can say, "Snap, Crackle, Pop!"
 And they are de-lish! :)

rice krispie ingredients

3 Tablespoons Canola Oil
4 cups marshmallows
     (read the labels and pick a non dairy/soy free brand- 
     watch for "natural flavors" and try to avoid if at all possible)
6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
Dash of Vanilla 

In a large stock pot, heat the canola oil over medium low heat.
Add marshmallows.  Stir until melted.
Add a dash of vanilla.  Stir until smooth.
Remove from heat.  Add Rice Krispies.  Mix thoroughly.

Using a paper towel, spread some canola oil in a 13x9 baking dish so the Rice Krispie Treats won't stick to it. (Don't use Pam Spray here... it contains soy)

Use some canola oil to grease the back of the spatula and spread the treats out flat.

Bite the extra pieces off the spatula.   :)

rice krispies in the pan

I love having a pan of these around... although, they don't last for long! :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Chicken Souvlaki (Marinated Grilled Chicken)

shrimp and chicken skewers
The center skewer is chicken souvlaki, the right is bacon wrapped shrimp
and the asparagus is tossed in olive oil and salt and grilled.
This is pretty much our favorite-avorite dairy/soy free meal.

1 lb chicken breasts cuts into 1 inch pieces
3T fresh lemon juice
1/2 t dried oregano
2 t olive oil
1/2 t salt
1/2 t garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in a ziploc bag, shake and marinate 30 min. Skewer and grill.

I love this recipe because it's QUICK.  You don't have to marinate overnight or anything like that... it's just 30 minutes and BAM!  Tasty chicken! 
I'm a fan of doubling the recipe and keeping a bag of the cooked chicken in the fridge for pitas or for poppin' in my mouth during one of those "I'm-so-hungry-I-could-eat-a-horse" moments us nursing moms experience.

This chicken is good, yall!  Give it a try! :)

Banana Bread

slice of bb

For me, this Banana Bread is a treat.

It takes a while to get a batch of bananas to become "banana bread ready," so in that regard, it takes some forethought and preparation.  I kinda tend to do things a little more on the fly.. BUT this is one exception.  It also uses a lot of dishes and I don't like doing dishes.  BUT in the end, when you're eating dairy/soy free... the effort put in here is worth it.  It's a yummy, filling treat and you don't feel like you're eating pretend food.  It's REAL, actually tasty, banana bread! 
. . .

banana bread ingredients

2 cups of All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup oil (may substitute 1/2 cup applesauce)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
4 ripe (really ripe-- covered in brown spots, ripe) bananas, mashed (I use a potato masher)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. water (you can use Milk or SILK if you wish-- it's just as good with water, though!)
  • ***Note*** I've tried this recipe with several different "ages" of bananas-- green, yellow, yellow with some spots, yellow with mostly brown spots and black-- the best banana bread is made with bananas that are yellow with mostly brown spots-- the more they ripen, the sweeter the bananas get, and the better the banana bread tastes-- If all you have is green bananas, or even yellow-- make something OTHER than banana bread! :) Or wait to make the banana bread. I usually buy about 15 bananas and by the time we've gone through the first 10-11, the rest are plenty covered in spots enough to make some tasty banana bread!
Preheat oven to 350.
Stir flour, soda, baking powder and salt together. (Sift if you wish to remove clumps-- I don't always do this because it messes up another item to wash, but sometimes, if I'm feeling extra-snappy, I'll sift.
Set aside dry ingredients.
Combine oil and sugar in a large bowl.
Beat in the two (already beaten) eggs, thoroughly squished bananas (no chunks), vanilla and water.
Add the flour mixture until just combined. (Don't mix it up too much--)

Pour into greased loaf pan and bake until toothpick insersted into the center comes out dry (about 1 hour and 10 min.). *Sometimes it looks as if the top is getting burnt before the inside is done, but if you take it out too early the inside of the bread will not be done*

Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.

banana bread loaf

A note about storage...
I like to keep mine in a long rectangular "ziploc" brand disposable tupperware.  It fits in there nicely :)  And then I throw a piece of press and seal saran wrap over the top to keep it fresh and moist.  (The crown of the loaf is too high for the tupperware lid.)  I also always cut the very end slice and leave it in the container, pressed up against the loaf, so that it holds the moisture in on the slices as we eat through the loaf. 

Yummmmmmy in my dairy/soy free tummy!!! :)

keep the bb

Homemade Popcorn is the BEST!

popcorn in the bowl

  • There are lots of benefits to homemade popcorn...
  • There are no trans-fats
  • There are no hydrogenated oils
  • It's dairy/soy free!
  • It's cheaper than store-bought
  • It's tastier than store-bought
  • It's just plain FUN to make!!


Here's the instructions we use (You can find it on the back of the bottle of popcorn):

instructions3Tbsp of Canola Oil
1/2 Cup Popping Corn
Large Stockpot
Popcorn Salt


1.Use a large stock-pot with lid (we like the non-stick because it's easier to clean afterwards)
2. Measure 3 Tablespoons of canola oil into the saucepan.
Add 3 kernels of popcorn, cover with lid and heat on medium.
Wait until one of the kernels pop.
Now the oil is hot enough to pop your corn!


3. When first kernel pops, lift lid and add 1/2 cup of popcorn, cover with lid and gently shake pan until popping stops.

pourin in the corn

startin poppin

It's fun to watch the popcorn, POP!

watchin the poppin



4. Pour popped corn into a large bowl and season to taste. (we add popcorn salt and a little sugar so that it tastes like kettle corn)

b with pop