Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter with Food Allergies (Part 3) ~ Dairy-Free Menu Plan

Easter with Food Allergies (Part 1) ~ Family Gatherings
Easter with Food Allergies (Part 2) ~ Safe Treats and Hunts

We celebrate Easter at Jeff's parents' house as they are very understanding and accommodating of the seriousness of food allergies.

My mother-in-law can even cook safe dishes for Miles, which is awesome.  When we arrive, we all give a last run-down of what we have for Miles to eat. And my MIL is great about saving all the containers, wrappers, boxes, etc. that ingredients came from so we can double check everything one more time.

Miles usually eats the ham cooked by the in-laws.  His pieces are cut first before any cross-contamination can happen.

Then he can have some straight veggies like corn or green beans.

We might make a corn dish, something a little fancier than plain corn since it's a holiday. We do scalloped cream corn.  One can of cream corn and one can of drained corn with crushed saltines over the top and baked in the oven until heated through and bubbly.

We also like to bring the sweet potato dish which is delicious and milk-free. It's your classic potatoes with butter and brown sugar baked in the oven. We just use Earth Balance buttery spread and nobody could guess it's milk-free.

Sometimes I make homemade rolls or bread.  These hot cross buns from Food Allergy Mama are also a hit.  

Jeff's mom usually makes Jello jigglers in festive shapes which are safe....if Miles' pieces are set aside ahead of time.

Then for fruit, we usually make some candied apples using safe butter and brown sugar for something a little more tasteful than plain fruit. Also fruit salads with bananas, apples, pineapple, cherries, etc. are fun. He  doesn't get the jello salads that everyone brings because of ingredients like cottage cheese or sour cream.

As for dessert, I have plenty of cake and cookie recipes to choose from these days! I make enough to share with everyone.

Our Vanilla Cake recipe is very popular this time of the year.  Aren't the bunny cupcakes adorable?!

So tell us, what is on your dairy-free Easter menu?


Molly said...

This is the first time we are opting not to eat with my husband's extended family. It was so stressful at the same host's house for Thanksgiving because she doesn't consider our food allergies (for example, she forgot and put butter on the turkey last year). We will go for a visit earlier in the day and leave before their meal, and I feel so much relief. For my little family, I will cook a ham, potatoes cooked in coconut oil, salad, and resurrection bread (or "Jesus bread" as my kids like to call it). :) I love your idea of the creamed corn casserole and may have to try that or the sweet potato dish you mentioned.

Jamie Kaufmann said...

Molly, thanks for sharing. Do what's best for your fam...yes! :) Jesus bread, love that! Have a wonderful holiday with your family.