Adjusting to a lactose-free life!
A few weeks ago, we finally got the answers we'd been looking for; our little lockdown Lottie was diagnosed with Lactose Intolerance! The relief we felt to finally have answers was immense but then came the overwhelming realisation that lactose is in SO MANY foods and drinks! Finding the balance between work and mum life is hard enough without adding additional, complicated meals into the mix.. Anyone who follows me on social media will be well aware that I don't possess the natural cooking ability that so many mums have, so I went in search of some lactose-free recipes which were easy to prep, simple to cook and didn't require an endless number of bowls and utensils (my washing up pile is high enough thank you!).
We've been through a lot of trial and error but here are mine (and the family's) absolute favourite lactose-free meals!
VEGAN MAC N CHEESE
This vegan mac and cheese is SOOO good! I love cheese and this is one of the things we missed the most, there’s just nothing better than mac and cheese on a cold day.. or a hot day! We LOVE cheese. A few of the ingredients took a bit of getting used to finding in the local supermarket, but now it’s second nature. My favourite lactose-free cheese is Violife Epic Mature Cheddar Flavour Vegan Cheese - you can thank me later.
EASY HAM FRIED RICE
Super tasty and super easy to cook.. this savoury ham fried rice is a dish that is full of flavour and can pack in loads of veggies that are hard for fussy eaters to pick out! If you’ve got to the end of the week and due a food shop but lack the motivation, just add in whatever veggies you have in the fridge to bulk it out.
DAIRY FREE CHOCOLATE PUDDING
We are chocoholics in this house so the thought of no chocolate didn’t sit well with me.. but at the same time, how could I let half the household eat the chocolate and say no to the other half? I needed a fair solution.. and this was it. Dairy free chocolate pudding is our ‘go-to’ weekend treat, it’s perfect for satisfying those sweet tooth cravings without causing upset to our little Lottie.
I really hope this helps any other families that have felt overwhelmed by the sudden need to change your diet and regular food shop, my biggest tip is to start small and gradually build up the amount of lactose-free replacement products you use. Most of all, know that you're not alone and take comfort in the fact that awareness of allergies and intolerances is increasing by the day and this will bring many more lactose-free options with it!