My kids have dairy and peanut allergies so I understand your situation I SAH but for lunch my kids like a variety of things. Pot stickers (I get the frozen ones from TJ's with chicken and vegetables), pasta with vegetables, cut up chicken sausage, turkey sandwiches with honey mustard (no cheese obv), sunbutter on waffles with bananas, stir fried tofu and vegetables. I also make a lot of soups and stews loaded with vegetables and they eat leftovers of those for lunch.
Are you seeing an allergist? Have they done a blood and/or scratch test for the most common allergens as further support?
Have you tried soy cheese or soy/almond yogurt? DD loves both so we use that a lot for snacks/lunch. We do mini pizzas on english muffins with pizza sauce, soy cheese and mini pepperoni. Also grilled cheese, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, lots of pasta dishes, tator tot bake with beef and veggies (just omit cream), chili. We make some of this stuff for dinners and then use leftovers for lunch. Hope this helps!
Be careful with non dairy yogurts and many non-dairy cheeses, as they often have some sort of either milk based culture (yogurts) or whey product in them (cheeses). We had great luck with using coconut milk and So delicious brand yogurt for Ian. Also, look for daiya cheese....we found it to be the most "cheese like" as far as melting and texture.
Van brand has some egg and dairy free waffles that are pretty good.
I think we did a lot of pastas with vegan parm "cheese", veggie sticks, fruit cups, lunch meat with fake cheese, etc.
My DS is allergic to milk and coconut. We do combinations of meat, fruit, veggies, and grains. Tabbouleh is easy to make ahead for lunches, and we like to puree tofu and frozen fruit to use instead of yogurt. I've also used flax milk and tofu puree in place of buttermilk to make homemade ranch dressing. We use humus on most sandwiches and as a dip for veggies. Most pita breads are dairy free, and we tend to use hard boiled eggs for a protein addition to snacks, lunches, and salads.
I have a dairy allergy that has recently been uncovered, so I am learning to live with these issues as well. I've found a new love of hummus, Mexican rice bowls with black beans, chicken, and veggies and pasta salads with olive oil. Could you make up some cold pasta salad that is dairy free to send to daycare?
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