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If you’ve seen some of my recent posts then you will know that I am now the official food blogger for the Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy Support Charity. CMPA Support are a wonderful charity; their aims are to raise awareness of the allergy at all levels, so that future generations of CMPA babies (& their families) shouldn’t have to suffer; and to provide information, support and practical advice to parents/carers at whichever stage of the CMPA journey they are on. You can find CMPA Support on Facebook and join one of their many Facebook support groups. I publish one food related blog post per week on behalf of CMPA Support and I am very excited to be a part of such an amazing charity.
My son who has cow’s milk protein allergy and is soya intolerant is now 2 years old. Searching for dairy free weaning recipes seems like a life time ago, but I haven’t forgot that lost feeling I had, of not knowing what to feed him and constantly searching for new recipes so he wasn’t having the same meals day after day. I have listed quite a few of the recipes I used to make below, to hopefully give you some ideas and inspiration for weaning your baby onto a dairy free diet.
You will need an electric blender for the puree’s, I had the Tommee Tippee baby food electric blender but I found it was too small and it meant I could only blend 1-2 meals at a time, so I bought a bigger one. I used to make my sons puree’s in batches and place them in plastic food pots and keep them in the freezer. If you do this you must use the frozen puree’s within three months of being frozen. The first food my son ever had was pureed sweet potato, he absolutely loved it and couldn’t eat it fast enough. As he was on Neocate LCP (which tastes vile), I think he was shocked to finally taste something sweet and delicious.
Dairy Free Weaning – Puree’s
Dairy Free Sweet Potato Puree
Peel and chop sweet potato, place in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil and then simmer until the sweet potato is soft. Remove from the pan and place in an electric blender until smooth.
Dairy Free Rhubarb & Strawberry Puree
Roughly chop 4 rhubarb sticks and bake in the oven on gas mark 4 for 30 minutes. Let cool and hull 200g washed strawberries. Mix the strawberry and rhubarb together in an electric blender until smooth.
Dairy Free Creamy Broccoli Puree
Steam some broccoli florets for around ten minutes or until tender. Place in an electric blender and add a small amount of baby’s usual milk/formula, blend until smooth.
Dairy Free Carrot & Swede Puree
Peel and chop 1/4 of a swede and one carrot, place into small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and then simmer for around ten minutes or until tender. Remove from the water and blend in an electric blender until smooth.
Dairy Free Apple & Banana Puree
Peel, core and quarter one apple. Peel and chop one banana. Place the apple in a small saucepan with boiling water and simmer for around five minutes or until the apple is soft. Add the banana and apple to an electric blender and blend until smooth.
Dairy Free Parsnip & Baby Rice Puree
Peel one medium parsnip and cut into small pieces. Place in a small saucepan of boiling water and simmer until tender (about 6-8 minutes). Drain and set aside. Make up baby rice by adding two tablespoons of baby’s usual milk to 30g baby rice. Add the rice along with the parsnip to an electric food blender and blend until smooth. If using formula milk, make formula as usual and then add two tablespoons of the made up formula. I used Hipp Organic Baby Rice – available from Waitrose.
Dairy Free Butternut Squash & Sage Puree
Preheat the oven to gas mark 7. Drizzle 1kg peeled, deseeded and chopped butternut squash with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and roast in the oven for 25 minutes. Add 2-3 fresh sage leaves and roast for a further 5-10 minutes until the butternut squash is tender. Add to an electric food blender and blend until smooth.
Dairy Free Clementine & Yogurt Dessert Puree
Put 4 whole peeled and deseeded clementines in a pan with 50ml apple juice. Cover and cook gently for 45 minutes until softened. Let cool and then add to an electric blender with 100ml dairy free plain yogurt and blend until smooth. See a list of dairy free yogurts here.
Dairy Free Mango & Berry Puree
Peel and slice 1 ripe mango down either side of the stone and cut into chunks. Put the flesh into a bowl. Add a handful of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries then blend in an electric blender until smooth. You can also add 1-2 tablespoons of plain dairy free yogurt to make it creamy if you like. See a list of dairy free yogurts here.
Dairy Free Blueberry Dream Puree
Place 4 apples, each peeled and sliced, into a saucepan with 4 stoned, sliced plums. Add 5 tablespoons apple juice and bring to a simmer. Cook for ten minutes, covered. Add 150g blueberries and cook for a further five minutes. Blend in an electric blender until smooth.
Dairy Free Chicken & Sweetcorn Puree
Place 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast in a pan of boiling water, reduce to a simmer and poach for ten minutes. Remove and tear into shreds. Drain a 198g tin of sweetcorn into a saucepan, add the chicken, 75ml of water and bring to a simmer. Blend in an electric blender until smooth.
Dairy Free Leek, Carrot & Potato Mash
Bring a pan of water to the boil. Chop 1 peeled baking potato, 1 carrot and 1/2 leek and add to the pan. Cook for 20 minutes until tender. Drain the vegetables, then blend in an electric blender until smooth with a little dairy free cream cheese.
This is the dairy & soya free cream cheese I use, I get it from Tesco’s.
Dairy Free Beetroot, Apple & Pear Puree
Peel, trim and dice 300g beetroot and place in a saucepan with 300ml water. Cook, covered, for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, peel, core and cut 450g of apples and 300g of pears into pieces that are the same size as the beetroot. Add to the pan. Cover and cook for a further 20 minutes, drain and blend in an electric blender until smooth.
Dairy Free Banana & Mango Puree
Peel 1 small banana and place in the food blender with 75g peeled and chopped mango. Blend until smooth.
Dairy Free Banana & Avocado Puree
Place one small banana, 1/4 avocado, peeled and two tablespoons of baby’s usual milk into an electric food blender and blend until smooth. If using formula milk, make formula as usual and then add two tablespoons of the made up formula.
Dairy Free Tomato & Red Pepper Puree
In a small frying pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil. Add a small, chopped onion and 1 deseeded and diced red pepper. Lightly fry until softened, add 2 chopped tomatoes and 1 tablespoon tomato puree. Cover and cook for five minutes, then blend in an electric blender until smooth.
Dairy Free Celeriac & Potato Puree
Cook 250g peeled and diced potatoes and 250g diced celeriac in boiling water for ten minutes or until tender. Drain and place in an electric blender with 10g dairy free spread (use dairy and soya free spread if needed) and 50ml of baby’s usual milk.
Dairy Free Cheesy Cauliflower & Potato Bake Puree
Cook 250g cauliflower florets and 200g peeled and diced potatoes in a pan of water for around 20 minutes or until soft, then drain. Melt 40g dairy free spread (use dairy and soya free spread if needed) in a pan and cook 100g finely chopped leeks for five minutes. Stir in 25g flour, (use wheat/gluten free if needed) cook for one minute and then remove from the heat. Whisk in 250ml baby’s usual milk, return to heat and simmer for two minutes. Stir in 30g grated dairy free cheese and the cauliflower and potatoes. Spoon into an oven proof dish, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon grated dairy free cheese and put under a preheated grill for ten minutes. Blend in an electric food blender until smooth.
Dairy Free Broccoli, Pea & Pear Mash Puree
Place 300g broccoli florets in a medium saucepan with 3 peeled and sliced pears. Add 250ml boiling water and cook, covered, over a medium heat for twenty minutes stirring occasionally. Add in 155g ready shelled garden peas halfway through. Blend in an electric food blender until smooth.
Dairy Free Bubble & Squeak Puree
Bring a pan of water to the boil and add 350g peeled and chopped potatoes. Cook for 25 minutes, adding 250g peeled and chopped carrots after ten minutes. Finely chop 200g cored green cabbage, add to the pan and cook for a further 5 minutes. Drain well. Heat 30g dairy free spread (use dairy & soya free spread if needed) in a frying pan and add the vegetables, using a fork mash the vegetables and mix together over a low heat for around five minutes. If you want the puree smoother, blend in an electric food blender until smooth.
Recently I have received a lot of questions on our Facebook page about the symptoms of cow’s milk protein allergy and I think it would be great if we can share our questions and support each other on this journey. I have created a group on Facebook so we all have somewhere we can discuss and support each other in regards to living with cow’s milk protein allergy. Please take the time to read the group description. It is a closed group so, only members can see and reply to posts.
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Disclaimer: Some of the recipes above are taken or adapted from a book I have, Sainsbury’s Little Ones, Recipes & nutrition. It’s a great book which includes recipes and advice from pregnancy to pre-school. Available in most Sainsbury’s stores.