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No Dairy, No Problem, More Green

No Dairy, No Problem, More Green


Well, well, well…

I had a bunch of fun things I wanted to share, but after having to disinfect the tub at 9:00pm due to an unforeseen little incident, I’ve kind of lost my mojo for the night. Well, because of that and because tackling these piles in my office and trying to organize everything on my computer are bigger tasks than I thought.


Let’s look at the positive. Sure, I may have had to disinfect the bathtub late on a Sunday night, but the second half of Joaquin’s little “present” actually made it in his little potty. That was a first. We’re making progress. No comment on Judah’s progress.


And, well, since this weekend was my first weekend without dairy, I made up for it by experimenting with more green things.


Here’s what went down this weekend (in no particular order).

I added some of this Torani sugar free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough syrup to my mocha.


Just fabulous.


I consumed a lot of chili peppers, along with some homemade baked corn chips and date night guacamole.


It actually looked a little like this before I tackled it.


We also added a blood orange to the blender when we made STUFT-ritas the other night. Pretty darn good addition. They were awesome.


I made a green version of healthy cookie dough dip (which I’ve pretty much been eating all weekend). I also shot a video while making it that I’m hoping to post tomorrow, so I’ll give the recipe then.


We drank some really great wine from my best friend (not on the same night as the STUFT-ritas of course).


I finally roasted some cabbage and butternut squash. I’ve been wanting to roast cabbage ever since I read Chelsea’s post about it.


It came out marvelously. It was so much better than I had imagined.


The butternut squash was also just as good (although my pictures don’t do it justice).


I put the cabbage on a lined cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, sprayed the top of it again so the seasoning would stick, seasoned it with sea salt, garlic powder, rainbow peppercorns and cayenne and baked it at 400 for about 35 minutes.

I pretty much followed Chelsea’s recipe except used cooking spray instead of olive oil.

I roasted the butternut squash the same way but mixed all the cubes in a bowl first with a little olive oil, garlic salt, garlic powder, cayenne, paprika, minced onion, sea salt and pepper before placing it on the cookie try.

The veggies went really well with our salmon and quinoa dinner


which actually looked a little more like this


with some goat cheese (oops, I guess that was dairy), jalapeño jelly, Scotty B’s sweet habanero sauce and Trader Joe’s Corn Salsa.


I also made the boys some toddler friendly “ice cream”. The only reason they got this was because I can’t steal their vanilla chocolate chunk Chobani Champions yogurts anymore. Just kidding (kind of).



Green Cho-Machine Ice Cream

1 Chobani Champion yogurt cup (I used the vanilla chocolate chunk)

1 frozen banana

handful of fresh spinach


Directions- Blend all ingredients in blender or food processor. (I used the Vitamix, but I bet a magic Bullet would work great.) Eat as is or freeze for about an hour.


What can I say? These guys love their Chobani pretty much any way, any how. See for yourself here.


I’ve been searching for some good dairy free protein powder. Um… that stuff is expensive friends. Yikes. I decided to just buy a sample packet before I shelled out the dough for one. I got a packet of Vega that I’ve heard a lot about.

I made my protein chia cookie dough. It was the perfect pre long run snack. The added green color was just a little bonus.


I may need to get my hands on some more of that protein powder.


Oh and I finally went on my first long run (13 miles) since my marathon. I was darn slow because of all my recent tummy troubles, but that’s okay. I have a race coming up in two weeks and wanted to make sure I could handle it.


If you read my 11 Random Things About Me post (which actually turned into about 32 things), you’ll understand why I did this too.


He he.


On the agenda for the week: the video and recipe for the green cookie dough dip, a post about healthy snack ideas, an upper body workout, hopefully an exercise plan to kick this diastasis to the curb (or try to anyway) and maybe some kind of Flat Kitty post.

Phew. That’s a lot.


Okay, last week I posted that we were going to do the #1 Happiness Trick and list five things we’re grateful for each week.

Our list tonight was something like this:

Me- My boys (all three of them), my family, our small STUFT with love house, amazing friends, the ability to run and the fact that my stomach is finally feeling a little better.

The Boys- “Grandma”, “Papap”, “Tutu”, “Batman”, “scooter”


What are you grateful for?

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  1. 1
    Tara Burner says:

    I’m grateful for my daughter and for any day that I wake up and am alive!

  2. 2
    Amy Zirkle says:

    What a yummy looking meal – I NEVER thought of roasting cabbage and I confess I love that green guy — it’s actually my go to veg for a kale/cabbage/carrot salad that just always makes me smile. But I have to try that this week. Have a super Monday —hope that you begin to notice improvements in your tummy too given the absence of dairy – take care, amy

    • 2.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Amy. I never thought of roasting cabbage either. I bought a head of it specifically to roast and it stayed in my fridge for about a week before I finally did anything with it. It was so good though. I totally want to try it again. Have a great start to your week. 🙂

      • Amy Zirkle says:

        OMG — I roasted some last night – heaven — I can’t wait to make more roasted cabbage tonight – thank you so much for sharing!!!!!

  3. 3

    roasted cabbage you say? might need to try that. just bought some cabbage, which i don’t do very often.

  4. 4

    I love roasted cabbage! I like to douse mine in lemon juice and pepper.

    Which Vega did you get? I just bought a chocolate sample pack. That’s happening in a smoothie ASAP.

  5. 5

    Love the roasted veggies. And I’m a big fan of lots of jalapenos too. I actually saw that wine recently and wondered if it was any good.

  6. 6

    If anyone is a fan of green, it would be you. You already have so many green recipes, switching some dairy for veggies should be a snap! =)

    My grateful list for today: my hubby, quiet time at the house, dinner plans with new friends, a co-worker bringing me a so-delicious non-dairy yogurt to try, and marathon week. =)

  7. 7

    Green is my favorite color! In food and life! Sounds like you had some adventures this weekend. I am making some cookie dough dip today. It WILL happen and I can’t wait. I hope you have a great week ahead of you!

  8. 8

    Love all of the green food! I am thankful for my family, their health, my dog and my education! By the way, I incorporated the Seated Oblique Twist into one of my workouts last week. I loved it! I am going to do it again today.

  9. 9

    Can’t wait to see the recipe for this green dough. I made some green protein bars yesterday that turned out awesome. I’m grateful for receiving help…in a ton of different capacities.

  10. 10
    Becky Przy says:

    MMMM I love cabbage, I have it every day….but I rarely have the patience to roast it;-)

    Is your tummy feeling better w/no dairy? Have you thought about eliminating/cutting back on Splenda and artificial sweetners? I had symptoms very similar to yours. I cut back to 0-1 diet coke a day and got rid of all Splenda and artificial sweetners/products (Stevia seems to be fine for my stomach). And I ate on a regular basis–meaning before I was starving or ate even if I wasn’t hungry (which doesn’t happen often) 😉 but sometimes I am just not hungry after a long run. I haven’t had a ‘flare up’ since. Just a thought.

    • 10.1

      I can totally second this. The splenda and waiting to eat until “starving” are two recipes for disaster on my stomach! It’s taken me a year+ to figure it out but it seems these two items are key for me as well!

    • 10.2
      STUFT Mama says:

      My tummy is feeling a little better. I think it was just a darn sickness that I couldn’t kick. I can usually handle dairy in small amounts. I’m still dairy free for a couple weeks though to rule things out. I should try eliminating artificial sweeteners too. That’s a good idea. I don’t have them all that often, but it might help. Thanks Becky. Glad you got your tummy issues under control. 🙂

  11. 11

    My dr. just told me to ease up on the dairy. I died a little inside…but I guess I should follow his directions.
    Sorry about the late night tub accident!

  12. 12

    I am grateful for my wonderful fiance and family! Can’t wait for the green recipes ;). I’ve been looking for some more ways to get greens in my diet. I’m getting kind of sick of salads haha

    • 12.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Lindsay- I used to eat a slad every day for lunch. Every day!!! Now I put so much green in everything else, I don’t eat salads that often anymore. 🙂 Your fiance is a lucky guy!

  13. 13

    Totally thought I read this post earlier today but then remembered I got sucked into the 11 random post instead 😉 But five things I am grateful for from the past week are 1) a successful long run on Saturday 2) my family, 3) my little dog, 4) a house that is mine and 5) a tax refund being deposited into my bank account ;). Not sure I am ready for the start of another week though!!!

    • 13.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Yay for your long run- I’ve been thinking about how you’ve been doing with running. 🙂 Oh man, I’m jealous of your tax return. I better get on mine. He he!

  14. 14

    Loving all the green!!! I’m grateful for my husband, family, friends, getting to teach fitness and our lil bundle of joy I’m growing right now 🙂

  15. 15

    Those roasted veggies look incredible! I”m going to have to try roasted cabbage for sure. I also love the idea of that healthy ice cream for kids (and me too!). And that it’s green and will be the perfect addtion to our day of green foods for St. Patrick’s Day! Isn’t it so great that our kids will grow up thinking green “ice cream” is normal? 🙂

    • 15.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Oh my goodness, I wasn’t even thinking about Saint Patrick’s Day!! I have to get all my green recipes together for a special post. Thanks for reminding me Candy!

  16. 16
    Erin says:

    Ooooh… I’ve been wanting to try roasted cabbage. After seeing this, I’ll have to give it a try. I roasted butternut squash and Brussels sprouts last night. Good luck with no dairy! You’ll find plenty of ways to rock it. I really like SunWarrior protein. I buy the vanilla flavor and if I want chocolate, I add some of your favorite cocoa.

  17. 17
    Laura says:

    Those roasted veggies look awesome, I just finished lunch and I’m hungry again. 🙂 Hope you can figure out what’s going on with the tummy… sounds like the no-dairy might be helping? That’s a tough one, but you’re creative, I’m sure you can make it work if you have to.

  18. 18

    I meant to tell you – ever since I found out I was pregnant I have been craving spicy stuff! I put hot sauce on everything now and we just bought a giant Costco jar of hot banana peppers 🙂 It’s so strange but I just can’t get enough!

  19. 19

    Great blog/site!! I found you via Drazil kids tea FB page! I have toddler triplets and am very into clean eating as well — all that food & wine made me hungry!! I always love playing with new ideas in the kitchen and am finally able to have the babes (20 months…guess they aren’t babes) get involved too…

    Glad to be a new follower!

    PS, we recently completed a 24 day cleanse w/ no dairy – it seems it is in everything!!

  20. 20

    I stumbled on your blog recently and haven’t stopped reading it. I love it! I was ALMOST vegan before I got pregnant, but went back to eating dairy for the time being. mmmm…. cheeeese….. But I still dont do much at all. Im a die hard oatmeal fan so instead of almond milk every time I use Bolthouse farm juices (or use homemade juice, I buy bolthouse cause they go on clearance constantly where I live) cause they are 100% freshy goodness. Its great cause you can have carrot oatmeal, green oatmeal, orange oatmeal. I love it!


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