• Kim

    posted on March 25, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Amy,

    This sounds amazing! I can get away with some dairy, but avoid it where I can. I can’t wait to try this!

    Kim

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kim, Thanks, Kim!

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  • Ashley

    posted on March 25, 2013 at 9:10 am

    YUM. Definitely pinning this for later.
    Also, I really love your recipe template. Do you use a program or app for it? Or just design it yourself?
    Thank you!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Ashley, I use ZipList, which is fabulous for SEO. It’s a WordPress Plug-In.

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  • Beth

    posted on March 25, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Thank you so much for posting a nut-free & dairy-free pesto! This looks so good! I’m avoiding tomatoes right now, but maybe I can try it without them.
    I discovered I was lactose intolerant almost 8 years ago. It was tough at first, especially the cheese, but I eventually stopped missing it. I also stopped eating meat, so I have eaten a plant-based diet for about 4 years.
    I know what you mean about parties and family gatherings being dairy-heavy. A few years ago we went to an appetizer party the day after Thanksgiving, and literally, every appetizer was made with cream cheese. No joke. Since we were visiting relatives out of town, I couldn’t make anything, so I ate trail mix that I’d stashed in my purse. I always carry a snack in my purse for events like these, because there is a 99% chance I won’t be able to eat anything other than what I brought.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Beth, I wonder if roasted eggplant would work? It’s so creamy when thrown in the food processor. And, it’s great at picking up other flavors.

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  • Sharla

    posted on March 25, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Have you done a post on nutritional yeast or have any info on it? I keep seeing recipes including it, but I just make them without. Is this something I need to add to my diet (which is mainly plant based)?

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    Martie Reply:

    @Sharla,
    I, too, would like to know more about the nutritional yeast. I was diagnosed with a yeast overgrowth several years ago. I avoid all yeast/fermented food to the best of my ability.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Martie, Nutritional yeast doesn’t have any leavening ability like a yeast you’d use for bread. Here’s a great article from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen if you want more info.

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    Sharla Reply:

    @Martie, I have yeast overgrowth too and it doesn’t take much for me to notice. It sucks!!!

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    Martie Reply:

    @Sharla,
    I hear you on that one, Sharla.
    Please let me know how the nutritional yeast works for you. I was told it “should” not be a problem. A lady made a delicious salad dressing when I was at a workshop recently. I reacted right away. When I inquired, she said there was nutritional yeast in it.
    I think I will leave the nutritional yeast out of this yummy looking recipe.

    Amy Reply:

    @Sharla, Nutritional yeast is GREAT for plant-based diets. It has vitamin B12, which is the nutrient often lacking in vegan diets. Read this article from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen.

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    Sharla Reply:

    @Amy,
    thank you so much for the info! I’m guessing since it doesn’t contain those active “frothy” cells it would not contribute to yeast overgrowth. I think I’m definitely going to try it.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Sharla, So glad the information helped. I hope it works for you!

  • Cara

    posted on March 25, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I have had to avoid dairy too, for years I didn’t touch it. Then I discovered yogurt cheese. It’s lactose free and happily my body has no problem with it. I still have to avoid all other dairy products but I can have cheese again – heavenly. My local supermarket carries it in the specialty cheese case. They have both cows milk yogurt cheese and one made from goats milk and both are good.
    And the pesto recipe sounds yummy. I’m going to try spreading it on a GF pizza crust.

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    Laura Reply:

    @Cara,
    I have to be dairy free due to high cholesterol and have never fully healed from celiac so am lactose intolerant. I recently read in a nutrition article that cheese aged over 6 months is lactose free (the aging converts it). So some other cheeses like parmesan might be fine if you are lactose intolerant.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Cara, I tried goat’s milk yogurt and it didn’t work. I tried goat cheese too and no dice.

    The pesto is fabulous on pizza crust. I’ve been eating it on brown rice tortillas with microgreens. Nate has been eating it with steamed veggies.

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  • christine

    posted on March 25, 2013 at 11:03 am

    this sounds totally delicious:) I never include nutritional yeast in my dips, but I’ll give a whirl and see what I think! I used to really enjoy a good pesto before I became vegan, and still enjoy playing around with ingredients to see what I come up with:) it’s so true that so many starters and appetisers are cheese or dairy based, and so sad when you can’t eat it for whatever reason. You just need to concentrate on being glad that your tummy’s in a happy place, cos if your tum’s unhappy, it sure makes sure that you’re unhappy too:) love the shot of Nate covered in the good stuff:0

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    Amy Reply:

    @christine, I know! It’s so much better when I feel good. Not sure I’ll ever be in a place where I don’t miss certain dairy products but it’s like the sugar and wheat – wouldn’t dare pick it up now.

    Nate is the best little eater!! He LOVES his fruits and veggies. I am so grateful.

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    christine Reply:

    @Amy, I went vegan by choice about 20 years ago (do you know what some of those “milk solids” are allowed to be???????) but I still miss the flavours of my favourite cheeses even now! There are some interesting vegan cheeses out there, but on the whole they just don’t compete with dairy cheeses on flavour. Never mind, better for me and the planet not to indulge:)
    My daughter loved all sorts of fruits and veggies, and was the only child in the reception class to enjoy the olives at an Ancient Greece picnic a teacher arranged:)good for Nate:)

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  • sandie

    posted on March 25, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I highly recommend trying raw milk. It worked for my husband who can’t tolerate any dairy, and my asthmatic daughter feels less constricted drinking raw milk. There is a farm in Plano that also has drinkable yogurt, cheese etc.

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    Amy Reply:

    @sandie, I know a lot of people think raw milk is a good option for those who are dairy intolerant. Glad it works for your husband and daughter. I’m 5 months pregnant and wouldn’t even consider it. I know Layla Farms is very reputable but I wouldn’t take the risk.

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  • Molly

    posted on March 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Amy,
    This might sound ridiculous but if you dairy free can you cook & use
    dried milk in your foods??????
    Thanks,
    molly

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    Amy Reply:

    @Molly, I can’t tolerate dried milk powder anymore. I would think that most people can’t. But if you have some dairy issues, you might be able to. I used to be able to take a lactose pill and have no problems when eating dairy. Not any more.

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