Thursday, April 15, 2010

Dairy-Free Nacho Cheese Sauce

I am really excited to share with you today an amazing Dairy-Free Cookbook and Guidebook, Go Dairy Free, by Alisa Fleming! The fantastic nacho sauce recipe below comes from this book. I am also giving away a copy of the book, which will be sent to you directly from the author. Details at the bottom of the post.

This book is perfect for those of you looking for natural alternatives to your favorite dairy products, such as cheese, ice cream, milk, sour cream, and more. Go Dairy Free contains different recipes for each of those foods plus simple substitution ideas for practically all dairy products imaginable. From "Dairy-Free Fetta-ish to "Sunflower Seed Cheese to "Cashew Yogurt" to "Whipped Coconut Buttery Spread" to "Cashew Chai Frosting" this book has it all!

The book is about half recipes and half information on dairy. It starts out with "What is Dairy?" then moves into pasteurization and homogenization and the potential risks of these practices, and then on to evidence-based connections with dairy consumption and health issues which range from acne to cancer. Finally, if you are asking the question: "Where am I to get my calcium?" Alisa delves into non-dairy calcium-rich foods and other surprising secrets to strong bones. There are also chapters dedicated to dairy addiction, infants and food allergies, dining out, and reading food labels.

Go Dairy Free is a wonderful cookbook with so many great recipes. Most of the baking recipes contain gluten but the cheese alternatives are all gluten-free. I made macaroni and cheese today using the Orange Cheesy Sauce recipe from the book and Tinkyada rice noodles. My kids devoured it! Glad I got a photo before it was all gone!

The Five-Minute Nachos were equally delicious though my kids were not as fond of them. They did eat some though. Nachos are a funny thing for me because I have had them maybe only a handful of times during the course of my life. I just wasn't raised on highly processed foods. I was so happy to find this recipe in Alisa's book because it is made from healthy ingredients, all of which I had on hand. Well, except for roasted red bell peppers. I did have a few fresh ones in the fridge I so quickly roasted one in the oven. This ingredient is key! I initially made the sauce without it and it was so awful I had to compost it. Then I remade the sauce, added my freshly roasted pepper (after removing the skin), and voila - absolutely amazing dairy-free cheese sauce! Seriously, this sauce is addicting in a good way. My advice: follow her recipes exactly!

Dairy-Free Nacho Cheese Sauce adapted from the book, Go Dairy Free, by Alisa Fleming

You'll love this nutritious "cheese" sauce recipe! It is very quick to prepare and can be made into a meal when topped with black beans or shredded chicken, chopped cabbage, and sauteed vegetables. The tortilla chips in these photos are homemade. I use sprouted corn tortillas and slice them into quarters using a pizza cutter then toss them in avocado oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and Herbamare. I spread them into one layer on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. You'll want to turn them with a spatula one or two times during baking. Let them cool completely before using.

1/4 cup raw cashews
1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (cashew, soy, or hemp)
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil or olive oil
2 ounces roasted red bell peppers
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
2 to 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon Herbamare or sea salt

Optional Toppings:
sliced black olives
salsa
avocado
black beans
chopped cabbage
cilantro

Place all ingredients into a blender fitted with a sharp blade or a Vita-Mix. Blend until super creamy. Pour into a small saucepan and whisk over medium heat until thickened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly before pouring using. The sauce will thicken as it cools. Pour over a plate of corn chips and top with your favorite toppings. Serve immediately. You could also stir into the sauce a can of diced green chiles if desired (the original recipe call for this).

**Note: To roast red bell peppers, place them into a baking dish or onto a cookie sheet. Roast in a preheated oven on "broil" until the skin is charred, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and place into a bowl, cover with a plate, and let cool. Once cooled, the skin slides off easily and you can cut them in half and remove the seeds and stem. *One very small pepper is about 2 ounces, which is what is needed for this recipe.

Other resources by this author include the very popular Go Dairy Free website, her personal blog, One Frugal Foodie, and her new blog Dairy-Free Fitness.


Win a copy of Go Dairy Free!

To be entered in this drawing, please leave a comment below. Be sure to use your initials or some way of identifying yourself amongst everyone else. Anonymous comments need to be initialed please! And please only enter if you plan on checking back to see if you won. I will announce the winner here and in my next post. Drawing will be open until Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 9pm PST.

To enter more than once:
  • Tweet this post on Twitter and come back and leave another comment mentioning you did.
  • Share this post on Facebook and come back and leave a second or third comment mentioning you did.
Note: All comments are in moderation to avoid showing nasty spam comments with links to viagra and stuff like that. Your comment will be published when either Tom or I are at the computer and click "publish." Thanks for understanding! :)

This drawing is now CLOSED!

Update: And the WINNER is....Comment #126, drawn using random.org.

Here is the comment:
Lynn V. said...
"I was so excited to see this book that I sat at the bookseller for more than an hour writing down recipes (limited income). My grandson loves ice cream; it is difficult for both of us when I take him to dairy queen. Your cookbook is wonderfully helpful and I'm waiting for the new one. I love the generous way you share recipes and resources."
April 17, 2010 7:19 PM

Lynn V., could you please email me your mailing address? Thanks everyone for entering your comments into this great giveaway!

To answer the comments about yeast containing glutamates: Yes, yeast does contain glutamates. In fact, most foods rich in proteins do. Glutamic Acid (Glutamate) is an amino acid. Sequences of amino acids make up proteins. Therefore, foods that are rich in proteins such as meats, poultry, fish, eggs, yeasts, kombu, and dairy products are rich in glutamates.


193 comments:

  1. The mac and cheese looks great! Thanks for sharing this resource. I'd love to win. We've been dairy free for a few years now and would love some new recipe ideas. The day after the contest closes is my birthday! This would be a great present. Hint, hint =). Thanks for all you do. We love your blog and cookbook!

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  2. My wife and I have been dairy free off and on for a few years. We always paid a price when we indulged in ice cream or cheeses but sometimes the cravings were too strong.

    We will have to try this recipe and see how it compares. Now that we have our first child we are dairy free all the time. It is rough.

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  3. I'm so excited to see more options available for enjoying dairy substitutes that are not all based on soy and other allergens! Thanks WLN Kitchen!

    DWV~Portland

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  4. That looks exciting! Can't wait to check it out. I am swiss and grew up on dairy. The elimination diet is the first time of my life that I have gone without dairy for more than a week, and it has actually made a huge difference. I am sad but have to face the fact that I need to take dairy out, or at least limit it. This recipe and the book it's coming from, make me excited about the possibilities :)

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  5. I lost 12 pounds in three months last fall by going off of gluten, eggs, and dairy (when I tried to reintroduce (separately) I got immediate (in one day) 2-pound weight gains (the weight came off again within two days). But...it's been so frustrating trying to be without all three of those things, so I "fell off the wagon" and regained half of the weight. As of Monday, I'm back off all three (and steadily losing weight again). But I already miss dairy!

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  6. Ali, you have done it once again! I have been dying for a tasty cheese sauce that was dairy free. My cookbooks mention ones similar to this one, but there was never a picture to give me an idea of what I am in for. Please enter me in for the drawing.

    Much Love,
    Christina

    PS I facebooked this contest!

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  7. Ooooh! How exciting!! Mmmm dairy free options!! My baby is going to looove this! Thanks for posting the picture of your delicious looking nachos! And thanks for the advice on making sure we follow the directions EXACTLY!!

    -Lea!

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  8. the nacho cheese looks so good. sounds like a great cookbook!

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  9. I miss ice cream. I think I can live without everything else. a good ice cream replacement would be awesome!

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  10. Oh dairy...tastes so good, but hurts so bad. My husband and I are on a constant search to find alternatives to dairy that do not contain any other allergens (ie: soy!) or casein. Cannot wait to try this recipe. Love your blog and appreciate your no-fail recipes. We have yet to be disappointed!

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  11. This looks fabulous! I am posting a comment for a first time but visit this site often for great ideas. My husband is lactose intolerant (as well as most of his siblings) and I am always on the look out for new dairy-free ideas. Thank you for your great info/tips & recipes - keep up the great work!!

    PS, the Soy-Free Tamari Roasted Nuts are a staple snack at the coffee table.

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  12. Those nachos look so yummy!

    I know you made the chips for this recipe, but are there any brand name chips you will buy?
    I would loved to be entered into the drawing, thanks Cara

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  13. Very curious to find out what the nacho sauce tastes like, as it doesn't seem to be trying to imitate cheese at all and is just doing its own thing.

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  14. yeeeaaaaah! i had nachos tonight. not nearly as healthy, though. well, really,i made my nacho sauce and was dipping chips. first in red pepper hummus and then in the cheese sauce, a few times. oh boy..

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  15. What a fun post! Thank you, Ali!

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  16. Oh waow!!! This is so exciting! My oldest daughter has to be dairy-free, and so has become the whole family, but we NEED idea because the cravings remain, and the taste for cheese...
    Thanks a lot for this post, and for your whole super interesting blog.

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  17. Yummmmm. I miss my nachos for sure. Gonna try this recipe soon. Thanks!

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  18. This sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing :)! We've been dairy free for years and never realized all the options still available besides soy! Thank you for your blog and all your inspirations!
    -KMW

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  19. i am just recently Dairy free and Gluten free and love the resource that your website is for my family. Thanks so much! Can't wait to try the nachos!

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  20. I am transitioning to dairy free which has been challengin. I have Crohn's and (which is common) I am lactose intolerant but I LOVE cheese and induldge more than I should. It has been hard to find recipes that are close and taste good. I am excited to try this !!

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  21. I would love to get my hands on this book - thanks for mentioning it here. There are unfortunately many health issues in our family, and we are breaking away from dairy and gluten.

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  22. These recipes look yummy! I would love to win this book as am trying to get hubby completely off of dairy.

    Jo

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  23. Wow, you've really made my day with this recipe! The cookbook sounds like a great one!

    -Hallie

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  24. Thanks for all the great recipes you share, I have been gluten free, dairy free, and egg free for two years now and I am always looking to replace some of the favorite things I miss..... This looks delicious and is very tempting, hopefully it will help change my cooking skills, never started out as a great cook so these alternative recipes can be quite a challenge! All processed foods have been gone a long time, with the exception of soy ice cream and a few healthy cereals from health food stores! I could use all the help i can find to transform my entire family into a healthier way of eating to extend everyones life! Dairy is so bad, it is the one thing i never want to add back to my diet, now just to give up meat and I will be home free......Lisa O.

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  25. Mmmmmmmm! The sauce and the mac and cheese look so good, can't wait to try them! I've been dairy free (and egg-, cranberries- and sesame-free) for 2 years now. I really miss cheese and ice cream, and sometimes I can't help but cheat a little... This recipe book looks awesome, I'm sure it would be a great help! I will also explore her website. Thanks for the links!

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  26. Both recipes look amazing, Ali! I'm a big fan of Alisa's and her book. :-) She spoke to my support group a while back and shared a lot of great info. I have her book, but still wouldn't mind winning to pass on the copy to one of my dairy-free members. ;-)

    Note to Margaret (hope you don't mind, Ali): Dairy-free ice cream is sooo easy to make using coconut milk. (Even cashew milk is often used.) Ali has great dairy-free ice cream recipes as do many of us gf bloggers. You don't have to give up ice cream if you're dairy free. :-)

    Shirley

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  27. Healthy nachos! Wow! I haven't had nachos (an old favorite) for years for lack of a tasty, healthy fake cheese. Thanks for this!

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  28. I love all the gluten free recipes!
    I found out a few years ago, that I had several food allergies, that caused colitis and acid reflux. Now I live these recipes, thank you!
    Roxanne S.

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  29. My kids and I have been dairy free for a few years now. We would love some new recipes. I love your cookbook and this blog. Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes you come up with. I would love to win a book with even more dairy alternative recipes. Thank you so much. I can't wait to try the nacho recipes!!

    Jenn and family

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  30. These nachos look really delicious! I can't wait to try the recipe. I've been dairy free for about 9 years now, and I do miss cheesy nachos, which were a favorite of mine before I changed my diet.

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  31. Just wanted to let you know that I've retweeted this!

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  32. I've also posted on my Veggiegirl fan page on Facebook!

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  33. Thank you for sharing this info and for another wanderful giveaway!

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  34. i am excited to try this dairy free nacho sauce as i love cheese but cannot eat dairy-it will be worth the effort!

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  35. Just got a vitamix two weeks ago(gift from my brother who wasn't using his anymore), and just got your Whole Life Nutrition cookbook in the mail on Monday. So excited to try the recipes and start on an elimination diet this summer. Thanks for this blog and your work.

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  36. would there be a recipe for cheese sauce for pizza in that cookbook? i miss pizza!

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  37. I almost forgot to mention: I just became a fan of your Facebook page and shared your Dairy-free nacho cheese sauce post with my friends.

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  38. I'm very excited to learn about this cookbook and this recipe, can't wait to try it out! I recently discovered MimiCreme and that has resolved the ice cream/cream issues in recipes and food cravings. Cheese is still a difficult item to replace so I'm hoping this cookbook will be of great value in that regard!

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  39. Hi Ali. Thanks for another delicious looking recipe. My husband and son are both allergic to milk so this recipe will be much appreciated. I would love to win the cookbook.

    I do have one question. Is the nutritional yeast necessary? My husband is also allergic to yeast.

    Thanks.

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  40. I would love to have some more recipes for dairy free cooking, please enter me in the drawing. I love the pictures - Can't wait to try the mac 'n cheese it looks so good. Thanks!

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  41. Thanks for the recipe! I am completely new to dairy-free eating, and knowing there are sources out there to help certainly is encouraging!

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  42. I'm new to the whole elimination diet but so far so good. Dairy, cheese in particular, has been the hardest thing for me to give up so I really appreciate this recipe and can't wait to give it a try. I'd love to win a copy of the book :)

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  43. Thanks for the recipes on the cheese sauce. I have recently been diagnosed with a dairy sensitivity and am already gluten free. I am a big fan of your website, recipes and cookbook. Would love to win this cookbook so I can have more recipes to help with my diet.

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  44. I love nachos and have not been able to enjoy them since I found I have a dairy intolerance. I would love the book! E.C.

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  45. I totally love this site....so glad that I have found you cause it is hard with gluten allergies, dairy allergies, and eliminating refined sugars from diet to eat period....and you guys have wonderful recipes. thanks so much and look forward to more!

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  46. I'm having a taco night with friends tomorrow. I'm hoping to make this for them. Thanks for the recipe and thanks for entering me into the drawing!! LOVE YOUR BLOG. Keep up the great work. kaechds in Bellingham

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  47. I am amazed at the delightful ways in witch cashews can be coaxed into creating a reasonable likeness of some of my favorite foods! Just a couple of weeks ago a friend gave me a recipe for caramel .... now nacho cheese! I cannot wait to give this a try!

    And specializing in abdominal massage, I see many clients who are working on eliminating much out of their diets. Knowing what a struggle it can be, I am all to happy to refer them to your blog as well as your cookbook.

    Thank you!

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  48. I'm dairy free and I love it! I love your blog, your cookbook... Thank you for all that you do!

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  49. Eeek! I accidentally just deleted 3 comments that came in late last night. I am going to add them in myself. Copied from my email inbox - so sorry about that.

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  50. From Arielle at 12:13am 4/16:

    I love new fake-cheese recipes! Your list had be almost drooling :)

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  51. From OnlyByHisGrace at 12:17am 4/16:

    Thanks for sharing the delicious sounding recipe...and the mac cheese looks delish too!

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  52. From OnlyByHisGrace at 12:21am 4/16:

    I went and shared about this post on facebook. :) Thanks for the chance at winning this great cookbook!

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  53. We've been dairy free for a long time, but it'd be nice to get some new ideas how to make creamy foods sans cream and milk. I am also interested in her ideas about how to get more calcium from our diets since that's one thing I think about often on our extended breastfeeding journey--am I getting enough calcium? Is D. getting enough calcium?

    Thanks for the great recipes--we have some white beans on the stove right now to make the lovely white bean dip!

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  54. This looks wonderful! I'm Russian Orthodox, and we fast for half of the calendar year with a vegan diet. My husband is not Orthodox and he always groans when fasting time comes around. I'm always looking for meat and dairy-free receipes so that I don't have to hear him complain. :-)

    Jen in Florida

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  55. I meant to say, "meat and dairy free recipes that are delicious, too, so that I don't have to hear him complain!"

    Jen in Florida

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  56. YUUUUUM! I have had my eye on this cookbook & would love to own it! Cheers, Kelly

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  57. I have been dairy free since December 2009 upon completing my chemo therapy for lymphoma. I grew up on dairy and for 27 years I knew nothing else, but the more I endured treatment I began to listen to my body and understand the unpleasant effects that dairy had on me.

    Now completely in remission and dairy free I am experimenting with recipes daily. I would love to win the book! Thanks for giving us the opportunity and for your wonderful blog and recipes. I read it daily :-)

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  58. Nachos.... I think I've forgotten what they taste like. This would be a fun cookbook to have and sounds absolutely delicious!!

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  59. Looks and sounds so yummy! I am always looking for new recipes / cookbooks - thanks for sharing!

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  60. I'd love to get a chance to win this book. I'm finishing up my first week of the Elimination Diet with my nutritionist and we're thinking Dairy might be one of my allergens. All of this allergy food awareness I've had recently is totally eye opening and trying at times. TX for the chance!

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  61. I'm having to go Dairy free with my food allergy diet... even soy and goat too... I miss cheese. A LOT! I don't think I would eat it anymore like in hunks, like I did prior...however having an option(s) to make allergy free cheese ideas would be great. I follow you on FaceBook and check out our blogs daily. You guys are amazing...You are a great read when your feeling overwhelmed and unsure to go on. You make me want to!
    Thanks Stephanie
    Kamloops BC

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  62. Is nutritional yeast gluten free? I can't get any that is.

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  63. I tweeted about this @ProjectGreenMom

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  64. I shared this on my Facebook! Thank you!

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  65. I've been dairy free for 7 years now and the health improvements that resulted have changed my life. My friends and family feel that giving up dairy causes a person to 'miss out' too much on the joys of eating, so I'd love to have more recipes to share with them to show that there are many healthy alternatives that are just as tasty! Perhaps that way they might consider making a switch to a healthier lifestyle. So excited about this book and all it has to offer!

    JLS

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  66. I've been on the elimination diet for 6 weeks now and have been using recipes from your blog and cookbook daily. I am so grateful to have your generous offering of recipes, ideas, and education to support my journey.

    What I would give for a bowl of mac n' cheese - my favorite comfort food! Just seeing your picture makes me want to dive in. Thanks for sharing the news of this great new cookbook. Happy day!

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  67. I would love to win this book! My kids sure do miss cheese but I know we can make it work with dairy alternatives =)
    Arlyn

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  68. I have been following your blog for a while, but this is my first post. I'm excited to have the opportunity to win the book because I had never tried any dairy free recipes before coming to your site. My favorite so far is the use of cashews as cream in soups. Yummy!

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  69. Yum! This sounds really good. I love any recipe that has roasted red peppers. I think that is one of the best flavors there is. I can't wait to try this one out.

    -Helen H.

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  70. I'm still trying to work through my elimination diet process and the desire for CHEESE is giving me the most trouble! When I am hungry and tired, I reach for 'just a bite' of cheese and then I've got to start over.
    This morning I am paying for my late night cheese nibble. I've been on a search for cookbooks and it is difficult to find books that are both gluten and dairy free. Thank you for sharing this recipe and for all the other fantastic recipes from Whole Life Nutrition - I recommend your blog and recipes to everyone who shares their food allergy journey. Thanks! Kathy/ Everett

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  71. My DD and me have been dairy free for a while now and would love to learn new dairy free recipes! The book sounds fabulous!

    I'd love to win! Thanks for holding this giveaway!

    - Kay from Toronto

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  72. This book sounds like an excellent resource. The nachos and mac & cheese look delicious!

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  73. i'm running a half marathon this weekend and this nacho delight will be a great post-race treat!
    thx for sharing!
    nm- regina

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  74. Posted on my FB!
    Arlyn

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  75. I am so excited about this Dairy-Free Nacho Cheese Sauce! In addition to being gluten intolerant, I am also lactose intolerant. My mouth is watering just looking at the picture and reading the recipe
    Lynne

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  76. My kids will be thrilled if I made mac and cheese again. My son is allergic to dairy and gluten so we have not had much for comfort foods in the past year. I would LOVE to win this cookbook to provide my children with some great dairy free recipes :)

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  77. Shared this on my FB.

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  78. Shared this on facebook :)

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  79. Wow, this is what my son misses most on his dairy free diet - cheese! Thanks for the recipe!

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  80. I have been dairy free for about 4 months now and have spent countless hours reading recipes. This site is fantastic for those of us following a candida diet, it is a lifesaver! I would love a copy of this book but am grateful that you posted the links to such a neat bunch of recipes! Please keep up the great postings and know all of your hard work if definitely appreciated : )

    quietgal kk

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  81. Oh the joy of finding ways to make SAD foods heathly yet edible! We love nachos at our house, and I have just avoided the cheese and sour cream - can't wait to try this. We make yummy gluten free - dairy free pizza...we don't even use a cheese substitute. Nobody misses it - until they see a Papa John's commercial.

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  82. This looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing! Betsy W.

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  83. what an awesome recipe - and the best part is that i already have all the ingredients! the mac & cheese looks great too!
    thanks!

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  84. looks amazing--if you say it's good I'll try it--I've tried a lot of not good dairy free recipes ;)

    I would love to win a book! pick me ;) Laura T

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  85. I would love a book like this because I am just starting to eliminate dairy from my diet.

    Mahalo!

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  86. I am dairy free (along with gluten free)and have a weakness for any new cookbook that comes along, offering amazing, and creative new recipes! (That would include yours, by the way!) So thanks for the tip - can't wait to try the nachos. KTK

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  87. My family and I are just beginning the process of becoming dairy free... this would be an amazing help, as it's so hard to know where to even start! Thanks!
    ~NLA

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  88. I am a gf vegan and it would be so great to win have a cookbook which would give alternatives to dairy and dairy products...thank you for this!! Love your blog!

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  89. We are just now trying to go gluten and dairy free in our house and I love your blog. My kids will be thrilled if I can recreate Mac n Cheese for them. Thanks for the great resource. And all your beautiful recipes.

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  90. Thank you very much for so many wholesome gluten and dairy free recipes.

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  91. I've had to become dairy free in the last year. All my sisters are dairy free as well and we just mostly didn't fix recipes that called for cheese or milk products in a recipe. I looked up the book online and loved the pictures, and the great ideas you have for cooking dairy free. I have cooked gluten free for 25 years, but dairy free is much more challenging. I am looking forward to trying the Nacho cheese recipe.

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  92. Thank you Ali. This looks great. Two of my teenagers and I are lactose intolerant and we all love nachos so we will try this recipe this weekend. Thank you for your work and please enter me into the free cookbook drawing.
    SB

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  93. This looks interesting. I'm interested in going dairy free, or close to it. I went off dairy for a week and felt great!!
    thanks for all the fun and interesting recipes.

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  94. My cholesterol is higher than it should be-- so this would be a perfect book for me! Your book is gluten-free.. and now I could use DAIRY-free! something for a cheeselover who needs to cut back...

    Thanks wln!

    smiling..
    Laura

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  95. I am so excited about the cookbook! GF, DF, SF and grain-free this is my goal. It's not too often that I achieve it all at the same time but I'm working on it. I do not consume dairy but have been wanting dairy-like foods lately. Thank you for your wonderful recipes and food philosophy!

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  96. Have a daughter who is allergic to dairy. Would love to view this cookbook. Love your website and the recipes you highlight!

    ctbrini@earthink.net

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  97. This cookbook sounds like it has some great options for dairy items that are hard to replace--sour cream, etc. I'd love to have this cookbook. I've been dairy free for a year now.

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  98. Being Vegan I'm on board, my wife has a serious intolerance and will be excited about the cookbook.. and thanks for the give away opportunity.

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  99. This REALLY looks like nachos with real cheese sauce! I am quite curious on how it will taste -growing up in Detroit, we were close to Mexican Village and many restaurants with super nachos etc -can't wait to try this recipe!

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  100. I feel amazing off of grass fed, organic milk... and yogurt products. What is the reliability of this authors claims? Every body is different!

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  101. Nuts, like raw cashew nuts, absolutely tear my stomach up...

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  102. Christin - That's right, everybody's system is different. Some do quite well on nutritious dairy products like the ones you mentioned. What I like about this book is the fact that the author doesn't hate dairy or the dairy industry so there isn't any negative energy in that direction. She offers a comprehensive resource for those who do not feel well consuming it. Cashews can definitely be very problematic for some folks. It is great that you have found a diet that works for you. I, myself, can tolerate a small amount of raw dairy products every so often. Though they aren't a regular part of my diet. :)

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  103. Entering to win - yay :) This book is on my "to-buy" list! PS A vitamix is requested for Mother's Day - I just love your green smoothies & made one in the blender yesterday w/ kale, coconut milk, banana & mango - 4 year old LOVED it, so did this momma!

    Erika - Camas, WA

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  104. Wow, this sounds like an awesome cookbook! I haven't had mac and cheese for years, and I'm happy to know that there is a good gluten-free, dairy-free recipe out there!
    As an aside, your blog has essentially taught me how to cook (I came across it a year ago as a junior in college). I am so grateful for your delicious, healthy recipes and sound nutritional advice!
    Jenna- Baltimore, MD

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  105. Tonight I made my family the Smashed Yams and Black Bean Quesadillas with a single addition... since our family does not have to be gluten free we added half a package of soy "meat" crumbles to the beans for some added protein for our growing 'tween son. Typically he eats 2 servings of everything, not tonight... one was filling enough! YEAH! Thanks for a wonderful cookbook! ~Blessings, JHM... the one and only MagickalMom

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  106. Posted about the cookbook, the website, and the recipe I tried tonight on my Facebook! ~Blessings, JHM... the one and only MagickalMom

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  107. Also posted all about th lecture I attended and the cookbook and my efforts to convert my kitchen on my LiveJournal. ~Blessings, JHM... the one and only MagickalMom

    Can you tell I really want to win! *smiles*

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  108. After reading all the other peoples posts, I would guilty if I won the Dairy Free Cookbook, but, WOW, I want it too. My husband LOVES dairy. My son (29) and I are vegan and it can get difficult when my husband puts a dairy item on when either my son or I have made for dinner. It's like my hubby doesn't feel a meal is complete with out the creamy texture dairy can provide. I make you healing cabbage soup routinely, and sure enough, he adds sour cream. If I had substitute recipes that he liked his belly would not hurt as much. My GF mac and "cheese" got too thick and he didn't like it. Bummer, I could use that cook book, thanks for offering it. As always, thank you for all you provide for us. Can't wait for your new cook book.

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  109. Would love to have this cookbook! I've got a copy of your cookbook Ali, and the cover is falling off and the pages are all covered in food splatters - I use it A LOT! -winterweed

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  110. This sauce looks wonderful! I have admired Go Dairy Free for a long time, so I'd love the cookbook! I rarely crave Nacho Style Cheese, but this pushed me over the edge :) I hope I win! Kim | www.affairsofliving.com

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  111. I just posted this link to my blog's Facebook fan page! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Affairs-of-Living-Gluten-Free-Allergy-Friendly-Whole-Foods-Recipes/101159568149 I want to win! :)
    Kim | www.affairsofliving.com

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  112. I just tweeted this recipe and giveaway! Okay, third time's the charm, right? xoxo Kim | www.affairsofliving.com

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  113. About a year ago, I decided to reduce dairy from my diet. I lost 10 pounds and have kept it off! I haven't found a good substitute for cheese, however. I love trying new recipes, and this one looks simple and fantastic! Thank you for sharing it!

    Heather Gerard

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  114. I enjoy your blog and cookbook. Thanks for everything; I've learned so much! I'm hoping to win the cookbook!
    RTW480

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  115. I am dairy and gluten free.
    I'm looking for healthy recipes that I will enjoy eating.
    As a college student, I'm into trying new foods.
    I'd like to win since I have a hard time with food cravings.

    JMB-Chicago,IL

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  116. I have posted this to my FB page! Two of my three children are allergic to Dairy. I am having a rough time trying to make food that tastes good and is something they can eat. I would love to win or buy this cookbook! The cheese sauce looks tasty! Thank you!

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  117. I have re-tweeted and rep-posted on FaceBook!
    I cannot wait to try the Nacho recipe and as many are saying the Mac N Cheese looks great!
    I grew up on Hot Dogs and Mac N Cheese. It has been a struggle to find Vegan version of both. I look forward to trying your recipes!
    Soon I hope to move from "Mostly Vegan Mama" to Vegan Mama!
    Good luck to all!
    Theresa AKA MostlyVeganMama & SleeplessInSimi (TAR)

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  118. I posted this on facebook too ;-)

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  119. Is there any other ingredient I could use besides roasted bell pepper? for some reason, my reflux makes it impossible for me to digest them :(

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  120. Nachos look great! I went dairy free 9 months ago and I love it. I feel so much better!I would love a copy of the book. Thanks!
    Christina
    dalechris04@yahoo.com

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  121. I have too many health problems and I know what you share here is so very important for my health to get better.Thank you and God Bless

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  122. Thanks for the great recipe! I just made it and it tastes just like nacho cheese! Yummy.
    Steve P

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  123. I am finding Dairy Free harder to do than Gluten Free will have to check the book out more...if I don't win.
    Thanks again Allie for your great site. Karen K

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  124. I was so excited to see this book that I sat at the bookseller for more than an hour writing down recipes (limited income). My grandson loves ice cream; it is difficult for both of us when I take him to dairy queen. Your cookbook is wonderfully helpful and I'm waiting for the new one. I love the generous way you share recipes and resources.

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  125. Ali,

    We have homemade nachos a lot at our house--no nasty stuff in them--but I am looking forward to "Cheesing them up" for my vegan husband! Enter me for the book!

    Barb (BJB)

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  126. Appreciate your recipes and ideas here... not just dairy free but healthy dairy free! Always looking for new ideas to liven up our dairy free diet. Thanks!

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  127. I am really enjoying your blog and have been thrilled with many of your recipes and guidance. I'd LOVE to win a copy of this book.
    We are moving all the time towards dairy elimination but struggling with it like many people I know.
    Thanks!

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  128. I'm excited to try the mac n cheese. I was dairy and gluten free for years and felt much better. I'm struggling to get "back on track"--this cookbook along with your blog and cookbook are going to be helpful. Thank you for sharing!
    Shell

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  129. this is the new cheez wiz!

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  130. Oh I'd love this book! We are dairy free (and gf) so I'm always looking for new cookbooks. Can't wait to try the nachos out!

    AndreaC

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  131. I am so excited to try these recipes! We are trying to go dairy free with two little ones and I would love to win the cookbook!

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  132. The nachos look amazing. I am so much happier being gluten/dairy free but there are those moments when I am just at a loss on how to accomodate "the need for cheese" or whatever. Cannot wait to check out this book. Thanks for the info - and for this blog - I pretty much cook right along with you!
    thanks!!
    Misha

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  133. Looks so great! Thanks for all your hard work and YUMMY recipes! Our family and neighborhood all love them. This book looks wonderful.
    Jennifer D

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  134. I've been vegan for 20 years and would love another good resource. I'm hesitant to buy most of the processed dairy-free products available in the market and would like to know how to make my on dairy free options in a healthier way. Thank you!

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  135. I would love to try this recipe, but I wish I knew how to print the recipe without the rest of the blog page. Ellen W

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  136. I would Love, love, love to win this cookbook!! Thanks for an awesome giveaway and wonderful recipe. My kids would love the nachos, I think. We are dairy free at our house, due to one child having a dairy allergy.
    cropwithme at cox dot net

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  137. I found your lovely blog by way of One Frugal Foodie. Of course, I'd like to be entered in the drawing to win Alisa's book. (Am embarrassed that I don't already have it on my overcrowded cookbook shelf!)

    In answer to Margaret who commented on missing ice cream, the new coconut milk frozen deserts are incredibly good, far better than the soy aftertaste and nasty rice ones!

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  138. birdsflysouth - Alisa says you can use pimentos or roasted red bell peppers in her recipe. Hope this helps! :)

    Ellen - Yes, you can print recipes by clicking on the little green Print Friendly button on the very bottom of each post. Once you are there you can "click to delete" whatever part of the post you don't want - it is very easy. You can even keep a photo or two if you would like, or delete them all. :)

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  139. Love this blog and the fantastic info. shared on it. So glad my friend introduced me to it. I'm waiting for my supplies to come in so I can start the Elimination Diet.

    I really want to try these nachos. We really miss cheese the most around here of all the things we've had to give up for allergies (gluten, dairy, eggs, chocolate) but I'm epileptic and I'm concerned about the nutritional yeast.

    Any idea how it relates to autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, etc. which contain glutmates?

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  140. I have heard many things about Go Dairy Free, sounds like a great book and resource!
    -K

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  141. That nacho sauce sounds terrific! Thank you for sharing it, and for offering a chance at winning a copy of Go Dairy Free!

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  142. I'm really excited to find out about that cookbook! It looks great! Since I can't do nightshades and I choose not to do yeast, I just ferment my cashews and blend them with homemade stock and chickpea miso, and that tastes great and cheesy as well! :)

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  143. Hi Ali - I was trying to get the duplicate feeds out of my Google reader and somehow I deleted yours all together. The problem is now fixed. I knew something was missing!!

    I am thrilled that you're featuring Alissa's book - I am not dairy free but I love cooking without dairy, especially learning new techniques to make food taste great. So glad that this has been a successful promotion so far!

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  144. It is so great to find cheese substitutes that don't contain soy! I made the macadamia nut cheese and used it with pizza and it was amazing... in fact I have made 4 pizzas in the last 2 months :). I can't wait to try the cheese sauce also! Thank you!

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  145. Wow, I NEED this cookbook! Hope I win!

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  146. i will be trying this nacho cheese sauce for sure. and the mac and cheese is a must as well!!!

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  147. I am going to make this right away, as I already have many of the ingredients on hand. Your recipes are always a big hit in our house.

    If I win the book, I will pass it along to my aunt who is trying to have the whole family go dairy free!

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  148. Looking forward to trying the nacho recipe. And the grilled cheese sandwich on the front of the cover is enough to make me want the book badly!!

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  149. AIIIIIIEEEEEEE!!!! I was SO EXCITED to see this post pop up on my facebook feed! I was just feeling mildly sorry for myself for not being able to partake in some mac & cheese this last weekend - I love it, but my tummy does not! Thanks to this recipe (and love Alisa's site, too!!!) we're having gluten-free/dairy-free mac & cheese tonight! YAY!!!!! Thanks for sharing *your* good recipes and find with us as well...never thought I'd be eating SO WELL with so many allergies/dietary restrictions! Bless!

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  150. I'd really love this cookbook. I've recently stopped eating dairy but still miss some of my favorite foods, so any recipes that would help me fit them back in are welcomed!
    Laura

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  151. This sounds like an amazing resource! I continue to be amazed by all of the wonderful foods you can eat even when having to forego dairy & gluten!

    KH

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  152. Thank you so much for this! As someone who has had to adapt pretty quickly to an allergen free world, having access to recipes such as this has been a blessing! Thank you! Phantasma

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  153. This looks great - nachos are totally on the menu for this week!!!

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  154. Ali and Tom, I cannot even put into words how much your cookbook has transformed my health. I use one of your recipes at least once daily. Thank you for all of your hard work!!!

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  155. Just add any gluten-free chips and me and my vegan friends can enjoy this together.
    Awesome!

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  156. My nutritionist is dairy-free and has suggested I try it also. I'm now eating clean (which takes a while to get used to) but would also like to go dairy-free as well. I'd love to get a copy of this book!

    Amy D
    acdaniel@mac.com

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  157. Oh, please pick me... we just found out my husband is allergic to dairy, but he's been a bugger about it because he loves cheese and ice cream so much. We already have your other cookbook and I use it from time to time. Thanks for having this contest!

    Pamela Santnagelo

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  158. Hi! the recipe looks fantastic I can't wait to try it...I'm allergic to dairy so always on the lookout for cookbooks with non-dairy or pseudo-dairy recipes & this one looks great so I'd love to have a copy as I will always miss things like cheese, etc!!
    BTW, I've had your cookbook for several months & am enjoying trying out the recipes! They rock! :)

    Oh, & I'm about to go share the link on FB too...

    Peace & Blessings,
    Christy A.

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  159. I'd love love love to begin my dairy free journey

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  160. Nachos are one of my favorite treats! I must admit, though, that they haven't been the same since I stopped eating cheese. ~waterbird

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  161. I would love to try more yummy comfort food dairy free recipes from this cookbook. Unlike you, Ali, I can't count the number of times I've had nachos in my life!

    Jenny B

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  162. Facebook status allll about this book and the site. I LOVE this blog and hope I win the DF book!

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  163. We just recently went Dairy Free. So nice to know that there are many different recipes out there to try. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes! ~J.D. :)

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  164. It would be great to be able to eat nachos again! And not have that greasy feel with it! Although since I don't eat yeast products, I'm wondering if it would taste the same without hte nutritional yeast. Thanks for all the great work you too do in keeping us informed and bringing great new recipes to us.

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  165. Everything on your website is AMAZING!....I would love to put my "comment" in the hat for this book...I have discovered that I need to be dairy free, as well as gluten free and vegan....VERY interesting fact...ONE day after I started following your Elimination Diet guidelines (loosely, as I haven't had a chance to order your book yet...)but within 24 hrs of being Gluten-free, my spring time allergies DISAPPEARED, I was without my medication and had been suffering horribly, and then suddenly, POOF, they were gone! I tried something with Gluten in it just to see, and within 30 minutes of having it my eyes started itching and I started sneezing!...I've told two of the docs I work with and they were very interested in hearing about this!..
    Michele Bergeron-Martin

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  166. We are just trying to go casein and gluten free, we love your blog and cookbook. Thanks for all your great posts and help!

    CS-Austin

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  167. I still eat dairy cheese occasionally but really love all the new recipes that are out there for dairy free cheeses. They give me hope that one day I will go dairy free for good!
    Steph S Portland

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  168. Thanks for coming up with recipes that sub for the things people miss when they can't have dairy. You guys are a great example of Bastyr grads in action!!!
    LBT, MSN BU 1999

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  169. I love the recipes that you have posted as I have been dairy free for a month now. It's great to be have more resources!

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  170. I am dairy free (not by choice) and am really excited about this cookbook. Thanks for all that you do, I love your blog and your recipe ideas. You have been a real inspiration to me!

    Stephania T.

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  171. I am so glad to have found your book and website. You have been a lifesaver as we manage several food sensitivities with our 3-year-old. The mac and cheese sounds great! I love the resources you share and would love to win this book!!

    Tricia K.

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  172. I love her blog so I'm sure I'd love her book. I'll have to try this recipe. Thanks!

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  173. Still haven't tried it yet, but oh so want to!

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  174. Thanks everyone for entering in your comments! This giveaway is now closed and the winner is: Comment #126, drawn using random.org.

    Here is the comment:

    Lynn V. said...
    I was so excited to see this book that I sat at the bookseller for more than an hour writing down recipes (limited income). My grandson loves ice cream; it is difficult for both of us when I take him to dairy queen. Your cookbook is wonderfully helpful and I'm waiting for the new one. I love the generous way you share recipes and resources.
    April 17, 2010 7:19 P

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  175. Sounds yummy. I love reading your site... I"m fairly new to gluten-free, dairy-free eating and I love the fact that all the recipes you post are tasty and also calorie-conscious! And not only do I read your site, I actually make alot of the recipes :-)

    Thanks so much!
    Cynthia (Hong Kong)

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  176. This looks awesome! I wonder how it keeps: could I freeze it? If not, how long do you think it would keep in the fridge? (Planning ahead for weeknight dinners.)

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  177. I have not had the guts to go dairy free yet but my kids and I really need it! I absolutely love your website and thank you for all your effort!!!!! We have been doing green smoothies so I am doing a few things right!
    Lissie

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  178. I made the nacho cheese sauce last night, and wow - it was incredibly delicious!! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I will definitely be looking into that book.

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  179. My husband has prostate cancer, and needs to be on a dairy free diet. And I find dairy aggravates my asthma! This looks like a wonderful book to give him some of the recipes he enjoys, but without the dairy, and would benefit both of us. Awesome! Pauline Lincoln

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  180. Hi Ali, I love your recipes so much, and use them all the time. Thank you. I am wanting to make the nachos but am confused about the 2 oz. red peppers. Is that by weight or measure? If it is by weight, will you weigh and measure and tell me the measured amount as I don't have a scale. Keep up the good work that you do. You are such a blessing. I can cook but to come up with wonderful recipes like you do seems impossible for me.

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  181. Hi this cheese sauce looks yummy!
    I was wondering if you have any ideas for corn chip alternatives? I'm trying to avoid corn as it just makes me feel so lethargic and unwell. I can't get sprouted tortillas where I am, I was thinking maybe something I could make at home? thanks

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  182. Michelle - 2 ounces roasted red peppers is actually about one small pepper. It doesn't have to be exact. Enjoy! This sauce recipe is amazing! :)

    Anon - We use thinly sliced cucumbers often as "chips" -- or try making your own tortilla chips using brown rice tortillas. Enjoy! :)

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  183. Thank you for all the great recipes. It's not easy to go 'Free' by yourself. Thanks for all your help.

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  184. Ali,

    Thank you for posting this. I've tried a few Non-Dairy Cheese sauces and ended up throwing it out. This sauce is amazing! I had it over steamed broccoli and cauliflower. Delish! Your cookbook is awesome and I love your site. I don't know where I would be without you. Your bread recipes are so good, and has made this gluten/dairy free transition so easy for myself and my 3 year old. Never felt better. Thanks again.

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  185. My family is doing the elimination diet - we are finally in the challenge phase, this was at the top of my list to try! We had to use rice crackers but you know what - it was still delicious!!! I had non-believers that a dairy free cheese sauce could be good - thought it was excellent!

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  186. dairy and gluten free has changed mine and my daughters life. Love your receipes its been a great help..

    cheers

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  187. Is there any substitute that you can use instead of the cashew nuts? My son is allergic to all tree nuts and peanuts, dairy, eggs, most seeds, seafood and fish. I would love to make this recipe for nachos but am not sure how to replace the cashews.

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  188. I tried this tonight and bakes it in the oven on the chips, as I would cheese (well, diyalia is the closest I can get due to dairy intolerance). Perhaps that was the mistake? It was thick and a little dry. Didn't taste like cheese sauce, but had a creamy feeling before I baked it.

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  189. I love the dairy-free cheese sauce! You used it on nachos. It also works well on steamed cauliflower.

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  190. Is there a sub for the cashews....my kids are really allergic to nuts!!

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