Just a good old grilled cheese but dairy-free.
It’s a quick meal favorite at my house…
even though we had an epi-pen with grilled cheese once. Eeeeeek!
You see grilled cheese.
I see a food that put my toddler into anaphylactic shock and required an Epi-Pen.
But the story doesn’t end there.
This mama hasn’t made grilled cheese with the wrong cheese again.
And this ended up being my kiddo’s favorite quick food.
He vaguely remembers the epi a week from his third birthday.
The Grilled Cheese Epi Story
Yes, it’s true.
Every bad milk allergy reaction my son has had…
has been my fault.
Oh, and the cashew reaction, too.
But I don’t beat myself up.
For one, statistically this only makes sense.
He’s with me everyday (read, home school),
and I’ve fed him 90% of his meals in his fourteen years.
Secondly, all the mistakes have been learning opportunities that have actually kept us safer with food allergies over the years.
Yeah, I like silver-linings. They keep me sane.
Basically the Epi-Pen grilled cheese story is that I stayed up too late on a Friday night.
And on Saturday I made the family grilled cheeses for lunch.
We had our son’s soy cheese squares AND dairy cheese squares both.
I was supposed to make kiddo’s with soy, but you can guess what happened.
I was a newer milk allergy mom, mixed up the look-alike cheeses, and the rest has become a frightening memory.
Big swollen lip within five minutes, getting down from the table wondering and coughing, epi-pen, emergency room, steroids.
And never having dairy cheese squares in the house again.
Some dairy has made its way back in, but not those squares. They seriously look the same and if they fall out of the packaging, there’s no telling the difference.
The rest of the family can opt for no cheese or eat dairy-free when it comes to the squares.
It’s been working for us for a dozen years.
Dairy-Free Grilled Cheese on the Blog
Now this next part is a bit humorous.
Because as a food allergy blogger,
I always thought plain old soy square grilled cheese wasn’t fancy enough to blog about.
So I had a grilled cheese with olive dip posted at one point.
Truth, I’m the only one who loved it.
I’ve blogged a grilled ham and cheese sandwich before.
The kids hate it with ham.
And I blogged about the dairy-free grilled cheese with irresistible gooey cheese running off the sides.
It looked great. Only problem, though? SOMEONE found it resistible, my kids. HA!
Oh the days of trying to be a food and allergy blogger like every one else.
The True Dairy-Free Grilled Cheese
You guys, what you see pictured?
THAT is the dairy-free grilled cheese both my kids want.
As toddlers, as teens…
We are good to go.
At some point, they may want two.
Because I really don’t see the draw to this puny little sandwich.
But my kids love it.
I got over my fear of grilled cheese and ironically established the family’s favorite sandwich.
Who would guess!
This post, food allergy mom, is to give you permission to keep it simple.
I’m now owning the fact that our recipes are “allergy-friendly, simple, and KID-APPROVED”.
Mama, you rock that basic grilled cheese.
Serve it up with some canned tomato soup (check labels), and call it done.
It may end up being your kids’ favorite meal of all times.
No olive sauce. No gooey cheese necessary.
After all, just serve it up with love and you’re always golden.
HOW TO MAKE VEGAN GRILLED CHEESE
- Pull out two pieces of dairy-free, egg-free bread.
- Spread dairy-free butter on one side of each piece of bread.
- On the stove, heat a griddle or skillet on medium heat. (affiliate)
- Put one piece of bread down on the griddle, butter side down.
- Layer dairy-free cheese on the bread in the skillet.
- Top the cheese with the second piece of bread, butter side up.
- Toast the sandwich on the griddle, medium heat, until the butter side down is golden brown.
- Flip sandwich with a spatula and toast the second bread, butter side down, until also golden.
- The cheese inside should be melted and ready to serve when both sides of the bread are golden.
- Serve hot with a side of tomato soup, veggies, chips, or fruit.
Hope your kids enjoy this simple dairy-free vegan grilled cheese as much as we do!