Author: Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

We aren’t sure where this Cashew Pimiento Cheese Sauce Recipe came from, but we like the sounds of it! It is recommended for use with the Zucchini Spinach Lasagne recipe. Special Diet Notes: Cashew Pimiento Cheese Sauce By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. 4.0 from 1 reviews Cashew Pimiento Cheese Sauce Print Author: Alisa Fleming Ingredients 1 cup raw cashews 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons onion powder 2-1/2 cups water 4 oz jar of pimientos 2 teaspoons of salt ⅛ teaspoon of garlic powder Instructions Whiz above ingredients in…

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This simple Chocolate Silk Pie recipe comes from the About.com author for Vegetarian Cuisine , Jolinda Hackett. Special Diet Notes: Chocolate Silk Pie By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. For peanut-free: sub in almond or cashew butter. For nut-free: sub in Sunbutter or other favorite seed butter and use a suitable dairy-free milk (coconut, rice, etc) Chocolate Silk Pie Print Author: Alisa Fleming Ingredients 1 (12-ounce) package firm silken tofu ½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips (like Enjoy Life brand) ½ cup peanut butter 2 tablespoon dairy-free milk beverage 1 pre-made pie crust…

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This tofu ricotta is another dairy free favorite from Chef Alex Bury. Special Diet Notes: Tofu Ricotta By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Tofu Ricotta Print Author: Alisa Fleming Ingredients 1 box Mori-Nu silken tofu 1 lb firm, fresh tofu ¼ cup olive oil 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoon herbs (basil, parsley, oregano, etc) ¼ cup lemon juice Instructions Puree in a food processor with the “s” blade, but not too well—ricotta has a little bit of…

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This healthy nacho cheez sauce has a Mexican food appeal and comes from Chef Alex Bury. Special Diet Notes: Healthy Nacho Cheez Sauce By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Healthy Nacho Cheez Sauce Print Author: Chef Alex Bury Ingredients 1 cup flour 1 cup nutritional yeast 2 teaspoon salt and ½ tsp pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder 2 cups water ½ cup safflower oil 1 tablespoon wet mustard 1 tablespoon cider vinegar Instructions Mix dry ingredients well, with a whisk in a heavy sauce pot. Whisk in water and oil.…

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Tofutti has a non-hydrogenated Better than Cream Cheese which we highly recommend (look for the yellow label).  Most of their cheese alternatives contain hydrogenated oils, but lately they have released non-hydrogenated versions of the Better Than Cream Cheese and sour cream. This simple cream cheese icing recipe came from “Elegant Dairy-Free Entertaining” by Patricia Morales Fine. It’s simple, sweet, and perfect for cakes and cupcakes! Special Diet Notes: Cream Cheese Icing By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Cream Cheese Icing Print Author: Alisa Fleming Ingredients 16 oz. Tofutti brand Better…

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Special Diet Notes: Cheezy Tofu Spread with Pine Nuts By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Cheezy Tofu Spread with Pine Nuts (Vegan, Gluten-Free) Print The recipe comes from “The Nut Gourmet” by Zel Allen, however, it was the Vegetarian Kitchen blog that brought it to our attention with their review. Author: Zel Allen Serves: 2 cups Ingredients 1 pound extra-firm tofu ½ cup pine nuts 3 tablespoons unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast flakes 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1½ teaspoons red miso 1…

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This simple vegan fudge is made with healthy ingredients, but tastes so rich and decadent. How to mix up your vegan fudge: Mint chocolate: add 1/8-1/4 tsp peppermint extract Berry: swirl in a handful of chopped berries Coconut: mix in a few tablespoons of shredded coconut Nut butter: omit the cocoa powder Special Diet Notes: Vegan Fudge By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Optionally peanut-free. Vegan Fudge Print Author: Alisa Fleming Ingredients ½ cup unsalted almonds ground up to fine powder in coffee grinder or almond meal (available at…

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Dr. Fuhrman, author of the recent publications “Eat to Live” and “Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right” suggested this Orange Cashew Dressing recipe to experiment with.  Though it is light on sugar and oil free, there is no shortage of flavorful ingredients… Special Diet Notes: Orange Cashew Dressing By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. 2.0 from 1 reviews Orange Cashew Dressing Print Author: Alisa Fleming Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 2 peeled navel oranges ¼ cup orange juice ¼ cup raw cashews 2 tbsp. of blood orange vinegar or pear…

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Despite the name, Russian dressing is an American salad dressing that’s often similar to Thousand Island, but less sweet. It’s usually a blend of mayonnaise and ketchup with other flavorful elements added. But sometimes sour cream is added, and other times it’s a vinaigrette. This plant-based, dairy-free Russian dressing is a creamy version, but it’s completely mayo-free, cream-free, oil-free, and vegan-friendly. In fact, it’s plant-based and downright nutritious! Dairy-Free Russian Dressing made with Healthy, Plant-Based Ingredients This dairy-free Russian dressing recipe was shared with us by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of  the Eat to Live book series. He says it…

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This recipe for dairy-free salmon cakes was originally brought to us over a decade ago by Olympic. They used to make soy yogurt. Sadly, their soy product line has disappeared, but this healthy dish lives on. However, we have given the recipe and post an update. You’ll now find easier to follow instructions with egg-free and gluten-free options. Be sure to use traditional canned salmon, not boneless, for dairy-free salmon cakes with a natural calcium boost. The bones are soft and mash in easily and seamlessly.  You can enjoy these simple salmon cakes on a bun, in a lettuce wrap,…

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Trader Joe’s is our weekly go-to store. It’s fun and affordable, so we use it for staple foods and to try new foods. Most of their products are OE manufactured. This means that someone else makes the product, but the Trader Joe’s name goes on it. That said, they are fantastic at sourcing interesting foods from all over the world. These stores are smaller than your typical grocer, but they pack a lot in. They have full sections for produce, meat and alternatives, frozen foods, pantry foods, household goods, and alcohol (in most states). Because they have a natural focus,…

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Back in 2006, a report published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine indicated that drinking cherry juice might help to relieve those sore “weekend warrior” muscles. Researchers at the University of Vermont in Burlington ran a small study on muscle recovery.  Participants drank either apple juice or a cherry-apple juice combination during a one-week exercise program. The apple juice guzzlers had a 22 percent loss in muscle strength. But the cherry juicers had only a 4 percent loss in muscle strength, and actually gained muscle strength after 96 hours.  Likewise, the cherry juice was more successful than the apple juice in pain reduction.  The…

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I originally tried this Thai Chicken Summer Rolls recipe back in 2006. Over the years, I’ve adapted it a bit, added options, and I now use my Homemade Thai Peanut Sauce. These are kind of a summer roll – spring roll hybrid, since the filling is cooked, but they’re served in fresh rice paper wrappers. They aren’t fried like spring rolls often are. The recipe is naturally dairy-free, and it’s also easily gluten-free. You can serve this recipe as an appetizer, but we call it lunch! Special Diet Notes: Thai Chicken Summer Rolls By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free /…

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If you’re looking for an easy, healthy, naturally allergy-friendly meal that kids and adults well love, then look no further! These Turkey Sloppy Joes are filled with good-for-you ingredients, and are easy to whip up on a weeknight. Healthy Turkey Sloppy Joes with Homemade Wheat or Gluten-Free Buns Even the homemade hamburger buns can be from scratch before dinner! Of course, you can look for dairy-free hamburger buns at the store. But once you’ve made my Speedy Homemade Wheat Hamburger Buns or Skinny Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns, you won’t buy another bag again. This healthy sloppy joe recipe is adapted from one…

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At various times in my life, instant oatmeal has been a breakfast staple. As a kid growing up in the rainy northwest, hot cereal was a delicious way to warm up on cold wet mornings. And then, as an adult, when I discovered Nature’s Path Instant Oatmeal, I was hooked again. Tasting Notes for Nature’s Path Instant Oatmeal This quick hot oatmeal is similar to Quaker, but with slightly more wholesome, certified organic ingredients. And unlike their big competitor, they don’t have any flavors with milk powder or other dairy ingredients. Every flavor of Nature’s Path Instant Oatmeal is dairy-free…

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Thanks to Gail Davis at Vegsource for this healthy hemp biscuit recipe. It’s a dense and hearty version of crunchy English biscuits. They’re great with tea! Gail uses hemp seeds not only for their nutritional benefits (like iron, fiber, protein, magnesium, and Omega 3 fatty acids), but also for their mild nutty taste. They add a nice “pop” to each bite. Special Diet Notes: Healthy Hemp Biscuits By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, and optionally nut-free. Healthy Vegan Hemp Biscuits with Rye and Oats Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time…

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This Perfect Pumpkin Pie is another sample recipe that was shared with us from Recipes for Dairy-Free Living by Denise Jardine. Denise makes her crust from scratch, and it’s spiked with pecans. For the filling she swaps in pureed tofu for the liquid, helping the pie to firm up more for slicing. Special Diet Notes: Perfect Pumpkin Pie By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, peanut-free, and vegetarian. Perfect Pumpkin Pie Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 1 hour 15 mins We’ve edited Denise’s recipe just a little to clarify the instructions.…

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Most cheesy dips are loaded with fat and light on nutrition, but this vegan hot parmesan artichoke dip is downright healthy. It’s relatively high in protein, with a modest amount of “good” fats, but still rich in flavor and consistency. You can enjoy it with bread, crackers, or crudite. Serve it at gatherings or for any day. This recipe was originally shared with us from The Uncheese Cookbook by Jo Stepaniak back in 2006. But we recently updated the recipe for clarity and with more options. Special Diet Notes: Hot Parmesan Artichoke Dip By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free /…

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Special Diet Notes: Dairy Free Whipped Cream By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free,  peanut-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, and optionally nut-free. 5.0 from 1 reviews Dairy Free Whipped ‘Cream’ Print Author: Alisa Fleming Serves: 4 Ingredients 225g/8oz firm silken tofu 75g/3oz demarera sugar 2 tablespoon dairy-free milk beverage 1-2 tablespoon vanilla extract Instructions Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until very smooth. Chill for at least one hour. Serve in place of normal whipped cream with pies, fruit, puddings. 3.5.3229

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This easy enchilada sauce is the perfect ingredient for this vegan enchilada bake! But it can be used in any of your favorite enchilada recipes that call for a red sauce. It’s super-fast to prepare and it uses ingredients that you might already have in your pantry. If you want a little more seasoning in your enchilada sauce, you can double the cumin, garlic powder, or onion salt (or all three). Or you can increase the chili powder by up to 1 tablespoon. But taste test it before adding more fire to the mix! Special Diet Notes: Easy Enchilada Sauce By…

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