Cooking dairy free with Oatly and getting my sleep back

Frankie has cows milk protein allergy and she is also lactose intolerant so we cook dairy free and Frankie also has to have dairy free milk. Up until the age of two Frankie was prescribed Neocate milk. When Frankie was approaching two we had to make the decision of what milk to move her on to. There are so many alternatives soya , almond , oat milk the list is endless.

We decided to try her on Oatly which is an oat based milk. There are many varieties of the drink but we decided to go with the enriched with calcium and vitamins (D, Riboflavin, B12) one. It is free from lactose, milk protein and soya which is fab.

Frankie was never a good sleeper and still up until 20 months she was waking for milk in the night and she had only slept through a handful of times. She took to the Oatly really quickly it took two nights of fusing and refusing until she realised she did actually like the milk. I have tried it myself and it does taste like milk and has a really pleasant taste to it.

After about a week of having her sippy  cup of Oatly to take to bed Frankie started to sleep through and not wake for milk. After a few months of being on Oatly she now sleeps and I am eternally grateful to Oatly ! We sleep ! I think it may be the fact that it is Oat based and the relaxing nature of oats also maybe it fills her up more than the formula did. It has also given her a better appetite which I am thrilled with. When Frankie was on formula she would pick at her breakfast and lunch but now she is happy to have her breakfast when she wakes up and enjoys it.

There is so much you can do with Oatly , one of our favourite ways of using it in cooking it to make a fish pie. Here is the recipe for you to try.

Ingredients

  • 400ml of Oatly
  • 500g fish pie mix
  • 40g of Vitalite dairy free spread
  • 40g of plain flour
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 200g of grated Vio life cheese

For the topping

  • 800g of medium potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 40g of vitalite dairy free spread

Method

  • Arrange the fish and prawns in to an oven dish
  • To make the sauce for the pie melt the Vitalite in a pan then add the flour and whisk until it forms a paste , slowly add small amounts of Oatly bit by bit and keep stirring until a thick sauce forms. Add the Vio life to the sauce.

            

  • Pour the sauce over the fish in the oven dish add some salt and pepper.

  • To make the mash for the topping. Half fill a large saucepan with cold water. Add the potatoes and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  • Drain the potatoes and put them back in to the pan. Mash with the Vitalite until a mash is formed.

  • Cook in a preheated on 200C/400F/Gas 6 for 25 mins until golden brown on top

There will be a competition live soon over at my facebook page with8 a chance to win some Oatly vouchers and start creating some yummy diary free creations.

 

 

Mummy you need to look after you too – an open letter from the ankle biters

Dear Mummy ,

You need to start looking after you too.

Your always busy making sure we are looked after.

But what about you ?

When we wake up you fill our bellies with organic cereal and fresh berries ,  full of goodness. You sit there and drink coffee and grab a biscuit. You need to have goodness and be healthy too Mummy.

You get us dressed in our smartest ,  cutest fully coordinated outfits every day. You fix our hair and make sure we are preened and polished. You grab the nearest clothes and throw your hair up in to a mum bun. You deserve to be preened and polished too Mummy , curl your hair or put on some make up , do something for you.

Your last penny is spent on us , after all we need that other pair of boots or cute dress. What about you Mummy ? Treat yourself get that top you saw and loved , go on do it – you deserve it we have enough.

As soon as we show signs of illness or have a strange rash off to the doctors we go.  Mummy you have had a bad back since I was born , I’m now three don’t you think you should go to the doctors too ?

You take us to all of our toddler groups every week , gymnastics , dance class and always do fun things with us. You need to have fun things to do too Mummy – go for a spa day, get nanny to look after us , go shopping and eat a nice lunch or go on a date night with Daddy.

A lot of your time is spent trying to get us to take a nap. You say you were up all night last night you must be tired now , come on nap time. Mummy you were up all night with us too , now we are sleeping you sleep too. Leave the washing and the cleaning , crawl in to bed and pull back the duvet and sleep.

Mummy you make us the best bubbly baths with our favourite toys. You just jump in after us when daddy gets us dressed amongst all of our toys for five minutes.  Why don’t you have a bath with your favourite things when we go to bed ? Treat yourself to those bath bombs you like and read your book , go on Mummy you will love it.

 

So basically what we are trying to say is you need look after yourself. You matter too Mummy and need to be at your best to look after us.

Lots of Love

The ankle biters xxxx