Nourishing Meals provides Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes for the Whole Family


I vividly remember the day, when we stood around a small table at a friend’s house looking at Ali’s amazingly thick binder of original healthy recipes. “I’ve got hundreds of recipes completed, but haven’t had time to put them all together,” she said. Well, amongst the chaos of her busy and packed household, Ali finally compiled all of those recipes into one amazing cookbook, Nourishing Meals.

To note, both authors, Alissa and Tom, hold degrees in nutrition from Bastyr University. Ali has worked as a personal chef, and Tom travels frequently, speaking at events, and for his work as a faculty member of the Autism Research Institute. They are a powerhouse husband and wife duo of knowledge and good food.

That said, Nourishing Meals starts out with some excellent information from Tom on why the gluten-free diet can benefit your health, a look at the causes of food sensitivities and allergies, how to raise a healthy eater, key nutrients and contributors of deficiencies, and much more.

Nourishing Meals provides Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes for the Whole Family

But after all of the knowledge Nourishing Meals ventures into recipes like these.

Nourishing Meals: Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes for the Whole FamilyDark Teff Sandwich Bread

Nourishing Meals: Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes for the Whole FamilyCreamy Tomato Asparagus Soup

Just a few others that I dog-earred to trial included:

  • Buckwheat Hazelnut Pancakes
  • Healing Ginger Miso Soup
  • Pecan Crusted Chicken and Apple Salad
  • Moroccan Quinoa Pilaf
  • Sweet Potato Falafels
  • Thai Fish Curry w/ Garden Veggies
  • Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
  • Buckwheat Chia Tortillas
  • Maple Pecan Pie
  • Peanut Butter Monster Cookies

In addition to the 300+ recipes, Ali covers the nutritional benefits of soups and stocks, tips for getting your children to eat more  vegetables, charts for soaking and cooking whole grains, and ways to preserve the harvest, including recipes for lacto-fermented vegetables.

Nourishing Meals is 100% gluten-free and rich with so many wholesome recipes and ideas. Though it isn’t completely dairy-free, there are still around 300 dairy-free recipes to choose from. For the recipes that do contain dairy, most are pretty easy to adapt as Ali isn’t heavy handed with cheese, milk, or butter, and she’s certainly no stranger to using homemade almond milk and coconut oil.

Nourishing Meals Now in a Second Edition

In 2016, Ali and Tom switched to a publisher (they self-published previously) and released a second edition of this book. The newer edition is now called Nourishing Meals: 365 Whole Foods, Allergy-Free Recipes for Healing Your Family One Meal at a Time.

It has a new look, and some new recipes, but it still has most of the original content from the first edition.

To Enter to Win a copy of Nourishing Meals

This post originally included a giveaway. This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Chef Mary and Alisa DiLorenzo who each won copies of Nourishing Meals! You can order your own copy on Amazon.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, 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.


  1. Sweet potatoes, collards, roasted cauliflower, beets, carrots. Blood oranges, mangoes, bananas, peaches.

  2. we love all fruits and vegetables! current favorites are kale, arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, satsumas, mangos and berry spinach smoothies. great giveaway!!

  3. I love vegetables and protein. My favorite food is bread, but since I developed herniated discs, I can’t have it because the wheat is an inflammatory agent in my body. I would love to know how to cook good tasting gluten-free bread that doesn’t have the consistency of rubber.

  4. I love eating healthy foods. My favorite things to make are veggie tarts or a stuffed portobello mushroom.

  5. My fave healthy food is def, the smoothie, which can be changed to just about any flavor, or a awesome salad with peas, bell peppers, mabey a sprinkle of goat cheese. loads of fresh veges.

  6. I love steamed green beans and spaghetti squash! I also have a deep love for avocados and bananas =)

  7. My daughter has a dairy allergy, so we have discovered some new treats:) Some of our favorites are fresh fruit smoothies, and home made dairy free pizza with home grown pesto sauce….YUM!:)

  8. I enjoy a variety of healthy foods, fruits, veggies, beans,…I enjoy them in smoothies and a variety of one pot dishes. It saves time and my 14 month old enjoys them as well.

    • I love yogurt and veggies and fruit and hummus. Tofu is another fav of mine, but no one will eat it around here but me. I can’t convince them it is good tasting,New recipes would be so helpful, I could sneak some healthy things in on them!

    • Sheena Seewald on

      I love whole some, seasonal, and colourful fruits and vegetables. Teff would have to be the ultimate grain in this household, and wild fresh fish as a protein favourite.