I actually cut dairy out of my diet before gluten, and one of the first resources I sought out was Alisa Fleming’s website Go Dairy Free. Eventually, I also purchased Alisa’s book Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Both the book and the website have been really invaluable to me the last couple of years. Somewhere along the way, I also discovered that Alisa had her own food blog called Alisa Cooks. And many of the recipes are gluten-free, not to mention scrumptious. Alisa Cooks now has a gluten-free recipe index as well, which is perfect for those of us who avoid both gluten and dairy.
Eventually, Alisa and I started chatting on email and through our blogs. And she is lovely. It has been a pleasure to get to know her. Alisa adopted me a couple of months ago for Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger, the event created and hosted by Sea of Book of Yum, but it was only this month that someone else did not beat me to adopting her. I knew I was definitely going to make Alisa’s Slightly Spicy Tofu and Avocado Hand Rolls, as I had been eyeing them for months. I used her recipe for Brown Sushi Rice, and made very slight variations on some of the ingredients. I find Coconut Aminos are sweeter than tamari, so I substituted two tablespoons of Coconut Aminos for the tablespoon tamari and mirin the recipe calls for, and I skipped Sriracha in favor of more sesame chili oil.
The hand rolls were everything I expected – creamy, spicy, salty and satisfying. I loved every bite, and loved the side I made to go with them. You see, Alisa and I have a broccoli obsession in common. We can both happily munch our way through a big bowl of broccoli. So it only made sense to make Alisa’s Sauteed Lemon Garlic Broccoli.
Both recipes were amazing and made for a great Saturday night dinner. A few days later, I combined two more of Alisa’s recipes into one amazing bowl of deliciousness. Below is Alisa’s Spiced Apricot Cashew Smoothie topped with Magical Peanut Butter Shell. This made for a scrumptious combination though the peanut butter on apricot does not show up so well on the picture.
The smoothie with the shell really was like eating a bowl of soft serve ice cream, though I had also been planning to make the Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Sweet Peanut Butter Pieces. I did not get around to that but will definitely making it next summer, along with more of Alisa’s recipes. I encourage you to check out Alisa’s blog as she has a tremendous variety of recipes for all occasions.
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