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What can I feed DD (10 months old, vegetarian, avoiding cow's milk)

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nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 12:10:13

please help smile

DD is quite happy to shovel food into her own mouth.

she's got eczema and although she hasn't been advised to avoid cow's milk, we figured it wouldn't hurt.

God, I miss milk chocolate. sad

she's still BF.

I'm rather stuck for food ideas, really. We made some goat's cheese biscuits and she likes cream crackers.
she doesn't seem to care much about toast, but anything biscuit textured she devours.
she likes broccoli and other veg - doesn't seem to care if it's cooked or not grin
she also loves apples. but doesn't like cooked courgettes.

I'm just running out of ideas, really. Because I work, we end up eating breakfast at the shop, and it seems to always be cream crackers (dry because she won't eat it with spread on it), and I'm worried she's not getting a proper balanced diet.

examples of typical days:
milk feed before waking, cream cracker for breakfast, apple mid morning, water, goat's cheese biscuit, goat's cheese on toast for lunch, then only milk till tea time. (she'll have carrot or broccoli as a snack too)
when she's hungry she'll choose milk first, but then she falls to sleep.
tea-time she'll have generally what we have, just small bits of it (last night it was pizza, about 2/3 slice in total, the other night it was a mild curry, so quite a few chunks of veg and potato)

what else could I think of for daytime?
tia smile

Karaokemamma Sat 13-Oct-12 12:48:35

Why no meat? What about risotto or pasta, Get the Annabel Carmel book some nice stuff in there.

AKissIsNotAContract Sat 13-Oct-12 12:53:02

How about provamel dairy free yoghurts?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 13-Oct-12 12:55:04

If you don't mind mess spaghetti is always fun. Pasta and tomato sauce. Houmous and dippy things.

PurplePidjin Sat 13-Oct-12 12:56:37

Breadsticks, rice cakes, weetabix (with rice or soy milk), dried apple/banana/mango...

bamboostalks Sat 13-Oct-12 12:59:41

I think you need to give her protein in the form of fish or meat tbh. Sorry if that is not helpful but I think her diet is not great. son has an appalling diet so it is a case of do as I say not do.

MamaGeekChic Sat 13-Oct-12 12:59:57

What about veg or banana muffins made with dairy substitute? soya yogurts? more fruit- banana, melon, blueberries, clementine segments, grapes (cut in half) were all popular with DD at that age, falafels, houmous, risotto, pasta,chunky soup, porridge or weetabix with soya/almond milk, omlette/frittata slices, lentil based dip/curry, scrambled egg with toast, baked beans, oatcakes.... loads of things! The dairy thing shouldn't be an issue as there are so many good substitues these days, I'm assuming the vegetarian thing is personal choice? not one I agree with for babies but that's not helpful

MamaGeekChic Sat 13-Oct-12 13:03:43

I'd definitely be swapping that cream cracker as of tomorrow, it's a ridiculous breakfast, there's nothing of any nutritional value in it and it's not a pleasant thing to eat on its own. Home made muffin or crumpet or oatcakes or porridge and banana/blueberries would be much better.

DameFannyGallopsAtaGhost Sat 13-Oct-12 13:07:53

One of the meals I used to give DDS at the same age was lentil Dahl, rice and spinach, which went down well and ticks all the boxes?

DameFannyGallopsAtaGhost Sat 13-Oct-12 13:12:14

Go easy on the soya - it can be a tricky protein and lead to future food intolerance. Especially avoid the really processed ones.

colditz Sat 13-Oct-12 13:15:47

Omelettes, baked beans, peas, cauliflower, butternut squash, pasta .... There's loads she can eat.

nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 13:56:53

bamboo - thanks, you're right, it wasn't helpful wink

she's veggie because i'm veggie.
I think it's morally wrong to eat meat (well, it's the killing that is morally wrong), and I won't feed my child something that I'm morally objected to.

nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 13:59:29

Mama - i know, that's why I asked.
It was easier to give her those than plonk uneaten toast in front of her!

In the past week or so, she's been more interested in eating, so it's now time that I can't just fob her off with milk and have to start thinking about food.

It then occurred to me that I had no clue what to give her in the early part of the day! no use giving her cereal, because she sits there with her mouth open expecting me to feed it into her, and I don't have time to do that (because I usually have customers)
she is never unsupervised, but has to help herself.

Pancakeflipper Sat 13-Oct-12 14:01:13

Make little casseroles of broccoli, cauliflower, carrot and parsnips, peas etc... and decent veg stock. My DS2 loves these.

You can add lentils into some of them for variety. I would go for pitta bread instead of crackers and hummus as they are tasty.

There's lots of good ideas on here.

Would you consider fish for your child? Just for the oils etc fish has?

Pancakeflipper Sat 13-Oct-12 14:02:44

I don't mean pitta bread for breakfast - I didn't realise crackers were served for breakfast.

nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 14:04:26

good idea, pitta bread.

I was worried about shop-bought foods because of the salt content, but i suppose there can't be too much in there, can there?

omelettes are good - i can put loads of veg in there, and pancakes?

Drladybird Sat 13-Oct-12 14:10:21

Great that your little one is veggie. I am bringing up my daughter as vegetarian and couldn't find easily accessible nutritional info for children so started a blog to store all the info I found and put up my recipes too. You might find it helpful:

When my daughter was young (she is now 18m), I used to give her oats soaked with a fruit compote for breakfast (making it the night before). It is quite sticky so she could probably eat it with her hands?

happierhigherstrongerwheezing Sat 13-Oct-12 14:11:42

My ds this week ate a quorn sausage, the new ones.

Make her quorn bolonaise? My ds doesn't notice.

Pancakes with stewed apples

Have you tried to find orzo,nigella cooked with it this week.

Tomato soup with bread fingers

I tried to make once sweet potato with pork, but you could substitute he pork bit!

I'm a veggie but children are not

Handsfulloffun Sat 13-Oct-12 14:11:48

What about mini shredded wheat / wheatabix, we used to pop them in the microwave for a few mins with a bit of milk ( could you use soya or goats milk ?) then drain milk off and just eat like a finger food.

Pancakeflipper Sat 13-Oct-12 14:11:50

There can be loads of salt in some products. Do check.

What milk are using to cook with? I only ask out of nosiness as I have a 4 yr old dairy-free kid. I found that tricky at first.
And there's some ok dairy-free chocolate ( for you to eat whilst breast-feeding). In fact those very sickly sweet Fry's chocolate bars don't have milk in them ( the ones with fondant fillings).

blueberryboybait Sat 13-Oct-12 14:12:09

I used to make up a frittata in the evening, then cut it into finger sized bites. You can add all sorts of veg to it. Or make some mini pancakes with mashed banana/grated apple/ in them - they can be batch made and frozen with a sheet of parchment between them and defrosted as needed. You can also make porridge very thick then leave it to set in a baking tray, slice into fingers for self feeding.

nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 14:12:52

it's okay, I don't mind what order food is served in! yesterday, I had soup and baguette for breakfast! (DD enjoyed eating the soup-soaked bread grin )

happierhigherstrongerwheezing Sat 13-Oct-12 14:12:55

Nigel slather last night Made a frittata , which you could put veggies in and slice into fingers

Drladybird Sat 13-Oct-12 14:13:02

P.s Your child is getting brilliant nutrition through your breastmilk. Up until one year, solid food is mainly complementary to the nutrition that they get from milk (whether breast or bottle).

PeachTown Sat 13-Oct-12 14:14:59

You say keeping her off dairy - even though it's not likely it's causing the eczema - won't hurt but it's clearly causing you big problems.

You're struggling to give her a balanced diet because it's pretty much vegan. She's only little and needs lots of fat and calcium. I have no problem with a vegetarian diet btw and I hope I don't sound like I'm telling you off.

Please either get her properly diagnosed if you suspect a milk allergy or reconsider this restrictive diet.

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