27 December 2009

Milk Allergic/Sensitive Recipes: Ham and Bean Soup

For me, the hardest part of going milk free was adjusting my thinking to what I could eat rather than lamenting what I'm missing. However, once I did some research on all the dairy replacement products out there, googled some dairy-free recipes, and thought about how I could adapt what I normally cook, going milk-free wasn't so bad. In fact, I'm really enjoying trying some new dishes! But I won't lie: I'm tempted to feed the girls frozen milk for two or three days so I can binge on Mac and Cheese, Pizza, Tacos, and Ice Cream...

So for those of you with the same Milk-Free Restrictions  the girls have put on me, I've decided to start a dairy-free recipes series.  As I've already mentioned, most of my cooking is a fun creative experiment. I toss things in the pan and see what happens.  But since I have two little ones to care for, most of these recipes will be very simple and quick.  However, sometimes I do cook-a-thons on Saturdays or Sundays while Derek cares for the girls, so some recipes take longer. I'll try to remember to mark more weekend-oriented recipes.

Ham and Bean Soup 
Hands on Time: 10-20 minutes chopping veggies. Less if you roughly chop them in the food processor.
Total Time: 30-40 minutes

  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Red Potatoes
  • (Any other veggies dying to get out of your fridge)
  • 2 packages of cubed ham (or a ham and turkey mix)
  • 2 Cans of Great Northern beans
  • 2 containers of reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
  1. Finely chop onion and celery and cook in a little oil until translucent.
  2. Add finely chopped potatoes and ham cubes.  Cook while rinsing your beans.
  3. Add beans and broth.  Bring to a boil.
  4. Turn down to a simmer and simmer until potatoes are tender (15-20 minutes)
  5. Serve with homemade Jiffy Corn Muffins (dairy-free mix!) if desired.

1 comment:

Michelle said...

SUCH a hard thing. EVERYTHING has milk in it. What a great mama you are to go milk free for your sweet girls. I did it for Lauren and she is doing SO WELL now. She can even have some milk products. We do goats milk as her primary milk product, but she can handle things with milk in them. Keep it up! Email me at michelle@grachek.com if you need a pick me up. I thought that I would have a meltdown every time I passed Marble Slab. Worth every effort though to have a healthy, happy girl.

Michelle G.
mommy to Grant and Lauren 8/6/08 and Fellow UMOM