dairy free shells & “chreese”???

No, the title is not a misprint.  What I fed my son is actually called shells & “chreese”.  I guess by adding the random “R” into the word cheese it is supposed to be abundantly clear that this is not actual cheese we’re talking about… and indeed, it is not.

So, the vegan mac & cheese substitute.  Soy free, lactose free, cholesterol free, nut free, whey free, egg free, trans fat free… what could possibly be in the box???  Pasta, and powdered “chreese” mix. 

I boiled the pasta like normal, drained it like normal, and than made the “chreese” mix.  It did not smell like vomit like the name might imply, maybe a little garlicky.  So, finished making it, and tasted it… it actually wasn’t bad!  Eli seems to like it, which is good since the stuff runs about $3 a box!  I am going to have to find some sort of dairy free butter alternative, ’cause it did need a little greasing up, in my opinion… but overall, a good purchase.

I do have to say, all of these vegan dairy free purchases have been making me think more about the preservatives, artificial hormones, and basic junk that most Americans feed themselves on a daily basis.  It’s not such a bad thing to be a little “granola”, if ya know what I’m sayin’!  I like that the boxes for all of these products are all recycled materials, I like that they are pretty much all organic with no added nastiness… it’s just better for my kids.   Does this mean I’ll go hard-core organic/natural?  Nope.  However, some things  I already do.  Milk, for example.  Yuck… all of the stuff they shoot into cows???  It’s worth the extra $2 to buy organic milk… and I try to get most of our dairy products organic too.  The snack foods my kids eat most often I also buy organic.  I figure, if that’s a good bit of what they are consuming, I want it to be the best for them.  But everything organic? 

A.  I don’t think it’s necessary.

B.  The cost prohibits it. 

So, that’s it for today.  Another successful dairy free meal!   One week from today is our allergist appointment… we’ll see what happens after that, but until then, I’ll stick to the dairy free!

2 Comments on “dairy free shells & “chreese”???”

  1. Wow…also another HOT topic for me. I won’t rant and rave, but I do say “HERE HERE” to the comment about how parents need to start thinking about all the preservatives, hormones and junky junk they are letting their little ones consume on a daily basic.

  2. I know, right??? My sis was telling me the other day that she counted 13 ingredients in the artificial cheese in a frozen pizza! What happened to “mozarella”??? Hmmm…

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