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April 18, 2019

TODD’S “GOPPA” (NON-DAIRY MILK BLEND)*
{*requires a high powered blender}

My son will be 5 years old in a couple months, and he still drinks this non-dairy milk blend like it’s THE best thing ever. (Which is true because it’s completely packed with nutrition!) This is the only beverage that he consumes out of his Green Sprouts Sip & Straw Cup (he uses the spout, not the straw). To say that he is attached to drinking “Goppa” out of his cherished cup is an understatement.

We tried to progress him to drinking his Goppa out of a ‘big boy cup’ when he turned 4, but it turned out he was NOT ready. I do believe this is because he was a bottle-fed baby (see this related post). But that’s okay! Ever since that failed weaning attempt, Todd has called his Goppa cup his ‘small boy cup’…as in…”Mama, can I have Goppa in a small boy cup tomorrow?” [He asks me that most nights before he falls asleep]. I’m okay with that for now, because he’ll only be my ‘small boy’ for a little while longer. He’s already talking about becoming 8, 16 and ‘a dada’.

TODD’S GOPPA

Mix:
2 cups or 2 parts fortified soy milk (we prefer EdenSoy Extra Original)
1 cup or 1 part unsweetened hemp milk (we prefer the brand Living Harvest tempt)
1 cup or 1 part homemade cashew oat milk (Click here for the recipe)
Dr. Fuhrman Pixie Vites powdered supplement

Our favorite fortified soy milk & unsweetened hemp milk with ingredients soaking to make the homemade cashew oat milk

Homemade cashew oat milk & Pixie Vites

P.S.

We have no idea where the word, Goppa, came from. Eric and I always used to call it “formula milk.”

Todd (4) eating Mac ‘n Cheez

PICKY KID-FRIENDLY MAC ‘N CHEEZ*
{*requires a high-powered blender}

One of my most popular blog posts lately is “What My Vegan Baby Eats.” It’s funny because now Todd eats a tiny fraction of the things on that list. I need to do a new post called “What My Vegan Almost 5 Year Old Eats”! Anyway…this easy mac ‘n cheez dish got Todd saying, “Mmm, this pasta is so good.” Victory!

INGREDIENTS

1/2 C organic raw cashews
1/2 C water
1/8 t salt
2 T nutritional yeast flakes
1 T unsweetened/plain soy milk (I use EdenSoy)

1/4 C (dry) mini penne noodles (this is the amount Todd will eat in one sitting)

CHEEZ SAUCE PREPARATION

  1. Soak nuts in the water for at least 4 hours, up to 24 hours.
  2. Use a Vitamix blender (or other high powered blender) to blend the soaked nuts, the soaking water and the rest of the ingredients (but not the pasta, silly!).
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Store in a jar in the fridge (it fills up about half of a pint jar).

Cheez Sauce

MAC & CHEEZ PREPARATION

  1. Cook the pasta & drain.
  2. Spoon the amount of cheez sauce that you want on the pasta.
  3. EAT!

Picky Kid Friendly Mac ‘n Cheez

Tags: Vegan, Dairy-free, Non-dairy

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