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.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is the name given to a group of disorders, which cause the intestines to become inflamed. Although less common than Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it is estimated that more than a half a million adults in the United States suffer from IBD each year. General symptoms tend to “flare-up” periodically, and may include abdominal cramping, abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and bleeding from the intestines. The two most well-known types of IBD are Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative colitis. Diagnosis by a physician is essential for IBD. The cause of IBD is still quite a mystery, however, many…

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What is Pasteurization? According to the CDC, pasteurization is “the process of heating milk or other liquids to destroy microorganisms that can cause disease or spoilage.” Pasteurization kills 95-99% of pathogenic bacteria in milk. What about the other 1 to 4%? On the typical dairy farm, un-pasteurized milk can be a source of Tuberculosis, Diptheria, Salmonellosis, Typhoid Fever, Undulant Fever, Q Fever, and Listeria. Pasteurization is also a handy way to increase the shelf life of refrigerated milk. The FDA requires that all packaged or bottled milk shipped interstate be pasteurized. What Could be Wrong with Pasteurization? Now there’s a…

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On our quest to bring honest information, we are often torn apart by rather biased interpretations from the dairy council and the anti-milk campaigners. When it comes to issues as sensitive as synthetic hormones and antibiotics, mixed messages can be dangerous. We have chosen the conservative side, and pooled together hard facts as evidenced by scientific studies, in order to identify any true risks: Bovine Growth Hormone, or BGH, is a natural occurring hormone in cows that stimulates the production of another hormone, IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor-1). IGF-1 in turn initiates the production of milk. The FDA approved the use…

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Who doesn’t swoon over creamy macaroni & cheese casserole with that golden, bubbly top? This baked macaroni and cheese is ultra rich and full of cheesy flavor. BUT it’s made without any cheese substitutes! It’s a from-scratch recipe that keeps it real with a roux-based dairy-free sauce and all the right seasonings. Unlike many other cheesy recipes, this one doesn’t contain any lemon or vinegar. So it has more of a savory “cheese” flavor without the tang. It was originally shared with us by PETA back in 2006, but we’ve given the post a big update! Special Diet Notes: Vegan…

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This Lessarella Cheez came from the 5 star “Country Life Vegetarian Cookbook” by Diana Fleming. You can use this Lessarella Cheez on pizzas, to make lasagna, macaroni cheese, on the top of mashed potatoes when making a bean shepherd’s pie, on toast with tomatoes. You can make it thick and set it and cut it the next day or you can make it thinner and pour it over vegetables as a cheese sauce. I use this recipe most frequently as it has no nuts or seeds which makes it cheaper. However, if you can afford them, the recipes with nuts and seeds are so…

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This Cheezy Sauce is a vegan cheese sauce made from simple ingredients and unlike most vegan cheese sauces, it’s nut-free! It’s a plant-based cheezy sauce that is smooth, creamy, and flavorful. It’s incredibly versatile – it’s a great substitute in mac and cheese, makes a delicious dip, or a nice creamy element to spaghetti. Special Diet Notes: Cheezy Sauce By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, nut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. “Cheezy” Sauce Print Author: Alisa Fleming Ingredients 1 cup tomatoes 1 cup water ½ cup lemon juice 1½ teaspoon salt 3 tablespoon oil ⅛…

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This Almond Cream recipe was shared with us by friend of the blog, Gizmo. I found agar-agar flakes in both Wild Oats and Whole Foods. This is a great sub for heavy cream or whipped cream for topping desserts… Special Diet Notes: Almond Cream By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, peanut-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. 4.2 from 5 reviews Almond Cream Print Author: Gizmo Ingredients 3 cups water, divided 1 cup whole almonds ¼ cup maple syrup 3 tablespoon agar-agar flakes ⅛ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon vanilla ⅛ teaspoon almond extract Instructions In…

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These garlic mushrooms make a super-easy side dish! The mushrooms are infused with flavor from everyday ingredients. They go well alongside just about any meal and would even be delicious tossed with pasta. Special Diet Notes: Garlic Sauteed Mushrooms By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, optionally vegan, plant-based, optionally vegetarian, and paleo-frendly. Sauteed Garlic Mushrooms Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 8 mins Total time 18 mins This easy, any day saute uses inexpensive ingredients to make quick and flavorful results. The mushrooms pair well with most mains. You can even…

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This flavorful sun-dried tomato basil aioli makes a delicious creamy dip for fries or roasted vegetables, spread for sandwiches, or burger topping. It’s easy to prepare and has wonderful depth of flavor. Since my husband isn’t a big fan of basil, I sometimes omit it. For a roasted garlic sun-dried tomato aioli, you can substitute 3 to 6 cloves of roasted garlic for the fresh minced garlic. This adds a little depth in flavor and very subtle sweetness from the roasting. Special Diet Notes: Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Aioli By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free,…

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When I took on a strict dairy-free diet, I was amazed by the number of breads that contained milk ingredients.  From whey to caseinates to nonfat milk – I was hard-pressed to find a loaf without dairy. Undeterred, I decided to take up bread baking. After all, milk isn’t needed for a good loaf of bread. And my first success was this classic dairy-free whole wheat bread recipe. I’ve since made several variations, which can be found in my flagship book, Go Dairy Free: The Ultimate Guide and Cookbook. But this mild, hearty loaf is where it all started. Really,…

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Dairy consumption has been positively linked to acne for many teenagers and adults. There have been numerous studies proving this association, including a portion of the landmark Nurses Health Study involving 47,355 women in 1998. Unfortunately, the reasons behind this milk-acne connection are much less concrete. Regardless, the facts are that thousands of people have given up dairy foods only to have their acne magically disappear. The results these people have seen speak for themselves and they need no particular explanation. For those of you who are still hesitant on the trial and error method, here are a few different…

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