Review and Giveaway: Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free – A Whole Food Starter Guide & Cookbook

Update: This giveaway is now closed. The winner is commenter #95 – Laura. Congrats Laura!

Are you new to dairy-free and/or gluten-free living? Looking for some tips on how to transition to a healthier, whole foods-based diet?

Hallie Klecker of Daily Bites and Alisa Fleming of Go Dairy Free have collaborated to create this amazing ebook just to help you out. Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free – A Whole Food Starter Guide & Cookbook is just that – a book filled with tips and tons of information to help you on your way, plus 75 awesome whole-foods recipes that are as delicious as they are nourishing.

The book begins with the basics – it helps the reader to understand what dairy and gluten are, and where they can be found. My favorite part, however (okay, aside from the recipes – that’s a given), is what follows – some tips on how to transition to a whole foods diet.

A whole foods-based diet is something I can completely get behind. When I first went gluten and then dairy-free, I was still suffering from digestive distress. In short, I wasn’t healing from the damage the gluten and dairy caused. It wasn’t until I slowly transitioned away from processed foods and started truly eating whole, unprocessed foods that I felt healthy again. While it may seem daunting at first – the idea of eating only unprocessed foods – I promise you, it’s been worth the effort and the time. The health rewards, including more energy, improved digestion, more energy, a solid immune system, and did I mention more energy, have been well worth it. And with this guide, Hallie and Alisa help you along the way with tips, and even a seasonal menu plan to help you with the day-to-day.

And of course, the recipes. Something that I often hear from people new to cooking from scratch is how some recipes are too difficult, with many steps and a ton of ingredients. When you look at some gluten-free baking recipes, you’ll totally agree. (And I know, I myself have created some rather lengthy recipes!) What I find most attractive about these 75 recipes is that they are simple. Straightforward. I find that essential to long-term success – being able to make meals that don’t require mental gymnastics on a day-to-day basis.

There’s also plenty of room for make-ahead options in this book. For instance, most of the suggested lunch menu items are things you could make the night before – such as the Salmon & Summer Vegetable Salad with Lemon Ginger Dressing, or the Sushi Snackers. In fact, you could make enough for both dinner one night and for lunch the following day, getting twice the mileage in your meal in one effort. They also shared some convenient make-ahead breakfast ideas, like the Grain-Free Cinnamon Raisin Granola. In fact, that looked so good, I decided to make it for myself.

Let me tell you, it was addictive. Subtly sweet, with a perfect crunch, I had to stash it away and hide it from myself after snacking on it all evening. I’m kind of a granola fiend to begin with, and this stuff was perfect. It’s also delicious with almond milk.

I’ve definitely made notes to try other recipes from their book as well – like the Harvest Hash for breakfast, the Uptown Waldorf Salad, or the Florentine Flatbread “Pizza”, made with a quinoa crust based on my pizza crust recipe. I can’t wait to see what Hallie and Alisa have done with it – it might just become my new favorite!

What do you think? Would you like to check out a copy of this essential ebook? Well, Hallie and Alisa have graciously allowed me to give away a copy! So if you’d like to enter to win, please leave a comment below telling me your favorite whole foods-based dish!

The giveaway is open to anyone 18 years of age or older, and will close at 11:59pm on Sunday, January 27, 2013. Best of luck to you all!




  1. says

    This looks like a great resource to have for my lactose-intolerant hubby.
    I’ve put it in my Amazon Wish List for when I have money (in case I don’t win)

  2. Yoshiko says

    Sabih – a salad with sautéed eggplant, tomatoes, celery, and cucumber with a tahini dressing and a little herb oil.

  3. Debbie Edwards says

    Oh how I would love this cookbook. My son has to avoid the Top 8 allergens (wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, treenuts, fish, seafood).. dairy and gluten are by far the biggest challenges. I aboslutely love that dairy and gluten free are combined in 1 cookbook…most gluten free cookbooks are heavy on the dairy. We are only 4 months into this Top 8 allergen diet so I need all the help possible.

    Hmm favorite whole food dish for my 11 old son would be homemade chili.. We also like sausage & kale soup.

  4. Melissa Maximnuk says

    I love whole foods desserts! Pumpkin power truffles and creamy cranberry smoothie are just two of many :)

  5. Jen A says

    What a great resource. Hard to pick a favorite whole food, grape leaves are sounding good to me right now :)

  6. Amy says

    My husband I love to live the whole foods life sytle!
    Our favorite whole foods dish is Chocolate Avacado pudding!
    Sorry, can’t give up the Chocolate! :)

  7. Melanie D. says

    Sushi snackers sounds good! But seriously I could eat a nice bowl or fruit topped GF oatmeal everyday and be a happy camper.

  8. Heidie says

    I would love the help!! I am gluten free, and I now have two young ladies living with me that are also dairy free. One of our favorite meals are zucchini and salmon (cooked anyway).

  9. Jaime M says

    I am new to gluten free cooking so I need all the help I can get with creating healthy and whole foods as part of the process of healing the gut. I hope one of these recipes in the book becomes my new favorite dish

  10. Audrey Kovack says

    The grain-free cinnamon granola looks sooooo good! I make an almost gluten free granola twice every week. My husband is severely asthmatic and I am working toward GF and DF meals for the whole house.

  11. Alicia S. says

    I love spicy! So anything with a little kick is right up my alley. I recently made a spicy pumpkin chili with grassfed beef & loads of fresh veggies! DELISH!

  12. cat says

    My latest experiments have been diff grain-free granolas – getting the flavors, crunch, and sweetness just right takes lots of [delicious] practice :)

  13. says

    I would love to check out a copy of this book! Some of my favorite whole foods dishes are homemade gluten-free granola, any chicken dish in the slow cooker, or shrimp and quinoa fried rice.

  14. Jennifer says

    I love the Raw Power Salad I got from Hallie’s blog. I crave it often and make a full meal out of it all by myself!

  15. Lisa Ritter says

    I love anything with a ton of veggies. But I’m not very versed on Whole Food cooking, and am trying to learn to get healthy.

  16. says

    Our favorite whole food base dish is simple… chilli! when made with soaked dried beans, there’s a huge difference in taste (so fresh!) compared to canned beans.

    this would be a great resource for patients as my husband & I are both naturopathic doctors and are always looking for information on going gluten and/or dairy-free as well as recipes that are gluten & diary free.

  17. Amy G says

    I could really use this for navigating cooking for my 14 month old who is allergic to wheat, corn, eggs, tomatoes, oats, barley and dairy. I would love to be able to cook meals for everyone in the family to eat.

  18. Monica says

    My fave whole foods dish is Moroccan Quinoa (chickpeas, raisins, mint, cinnamon, cumin, olive oil, lemon juice, honey) =)

  19. says

    I have lived a whole-foods plant-based gluten-free lifestyle for about 10 months, and have never felt better in my life! I have been very creative in making up my own recipes, but always love getting inspiration from the various cookbooks and blogs that are out there. One of my favorite things I make is a simple stir-fry of eggplant, baby carrots, onion, garlic, baby bok choy and mushrooms served over brown rice with a splash of Bragg’s liquid aminos. Would love to have this new cookbook to see what Alisa and Hallie have come up with!

  20. Thelma says

    My favorites are soups and salads made with kale, asparagus and fruits. I want to win this book, please, please!!!

  21. Jessica says

    mmm…I have so many whole food recipes that I love, but I could sure use some new ones, especially straightforward ones that my picky gluten free and casein free four year old would love! My go-to meal is a fish or prawn (quick to cook!) indian curry loaded with tumeric and organic coconut milk!

  22. cathy says

    New to Gluten Free, son received autism diagnosis so we want to give gluten free a try to see if it will help! Overwhelmed, so would love a book to help with it, thanks!

  23. says

    I think my favorite meal of whole foods is what we call carny chow but was originally called kedgeree or kitchri: Brown rice and lentils in a rice cooker with curry spices, tossed together with curried vegetables when it’s done. Start from a good curry spices mix or include ginger, onion , garlic, mustard seed, cumin, coriander, and turmeric; experiment from there.

  24. says

    I would love to try out this e-book. My favourite wholefood recipe from my own repertoire would be roast sweet potatoes and broccoli with cumin seeds, topped with garlic tahina (a Middle Eastern dressing made of tahini, lemon, water and garlic blended together till creamy). I could eat this every day if I had the time to make it!

  25. Rebecca says

    My favorite whole foods based dish will always be Chana Masala, I love the fragrent and delicious spices!

  26. April says

    I love traditional korean mung bean pancakes! I fill mine with cabbage, carrots and different veggies I have, yum :)

  27. merrilyn shobe says

    I have been preparing gf/df meals dinners for my family for 10 years now, because my 12 yo celiac son is also casein sensitive. his favoeite thing i cook is baked chicken served w brown/wild rice blend. I would love some new recipe ideas as we enter the always changing tastes of adolescence

  28. says

    I’ve just started on a gluten and dairy free diet. I went out and bought some gluten-free flours and made my first g.f banana bread. Having major digestive issues over the past several years and still no relief, I have made a commitment to give it a try.

  29. M Bower says

    I would love this cookbook! My husband and I are both gluten free . I love to cook with veggies and always are looking for new combos!

  30. Nina Clark says

    One thing that never lasts very long around here is my homemade gluten free granola. I like to munch on it dry or eat it with almond milk. Dairy free right now is more of a challenge than going without gluten. I would really like to have the book.

  31. Roga Dora says

    My favourite both gluten-free and dairy-free recipe is the traditional Hungarian dish called Roast pork a la Brasov. (Brasov is a city in Romania today, but it used to belong to Hungary in older times, that’s when and where the dish got its name from.)
    It is pork chopped into small pieces and then stir-fried in an oiled pan with onions. Add a little water, garlic and marjoram. It is nearly done when it has a thick juice all over the meat pieces. That’s when you need to add boiled green peas to the pan. Stir-fry for three more minutes, make sure the thick juice remains. Serve it hot with roasted or boiled potatoes or French fries.
    This is one of the best and most popular traditional Hungarian dishes, and it is all dairy and gluten-free by origin! No change needs to be performed! We love it! You would, too! Thank you for the chance to win this promising e-book!

  32. says

    This looks incredible! I love that the cookbook combines whole food and gluten free eating, because those don’t always go hand in hand!

  33. Rebekah says

    Mmm…My favorite whole foods recipe would have to be a Shrimp, mushroom and lemon risotto (that is whole food, right?). It’s GF/DF. I’ll also have to put this book on my Amazon wish list!

  34. Natalie says

    My favorite whole foods dish right now is lentil soup with whatever veggies I have on hand, and lots of herbs that came from my garden this summer! :)

  35. Julia Melvin says

    Ooooh, I’d love a copy of this, I’m still new to the dairy and gluten free lifestyle, still having digestive distress and trying to heal. I also have psoriasis and other autoimmune problems which seem to be improving since I let go of my toxic eating habits but I still struggle finding quick, easy recipes which use readily available ingredients.

    My favourite whole foods recipe is a simple roasted chicken stuffed with lemons and thyme, with any number of sides like wild rice pilaf, roasted root vegetables, sautéed green beans or asparagus, steamed broccoli…anything, really! Great to use the leftover chicken for soups, salads and casseroles, too.

  36. Claire says

    I would love to check out this book. I have gone gluten and diary free but still struggle with digestive issues.

    I love making imitation Lara bars, dates, almonds, lemon and ginger in the food processor then rolled into balls or bars. Roll them in shredded coconut and keep in the refrigerator.

  37. Cat says

    I can’t choose a favorite, but some of the things I really enjoy are our chili (made with our grown and canned stewed tomatoes), cornbread from fresh ground corn, maple granola, sweet potato fries, and I could go on…..

  38. Angela says

    For breakfast: a GF grain like leftover rice or quinoa warmed with almond milk, topped with Marionberries seeds and dried coconut OR chia pudding.

  39. Jackie H. says

    My favorite whole food based recipe is the chili we make – no recipe but lots of goodness in one pot.

    What a great resource and giveaway!

  40. Christine K says

    Tabouli (made with quinoa to fit my gf diet needs) is my all time favorite whole foods dish. I would LOVE to winthis cookbook to have more recipes for my family. We’re boted of the same old same old!

  41. Heather Roberts says

    I’m not sure which whole foods recipe would be my favorite, but I would LOVE to have this book since my 7 year old daughter has been suffering from GI distress for quite some time. I have just taken her off of dairy and will most likely be taking her off gluten very soon as well. I have been trying to navigate this change to help my little girl the best I can and a book like this would really help my find my way!!

  42. says

    My favorite foods are kid friendly. Although my son loves spicy food. I’m also trying out paleo so I’d love to find some recipes that would fit all of our critieria

  43. Dana says

    A great morning starter for me is quinoa. Cook up enough for the week & warm up as needed. Add raisins, nuts, ground flax seed, fresh fruit, a little maple or agave syrup to sweeten – whatever suits your fancy – & top with your favorite DF milk. Even works to take to the office for a mid-morning snack.

  44. Dana Coughlin says

    I am trying to eat a more whole food diet and this book would be so helpful. I have a few autoimmune conditions besides celiacs that I think a whole foods approach would help. My favorite whole food would be fruit

  45. Janet says

    My favorite whole foods dish is my crockpot chili. It’s a recipe from my mom and dad, with lots of vegetables, beans, etc.

  46. Anna Bush says

    I’ve recently gone diary, gluten, and refined sugar free in an attempt to begin to reverse a plethora of autoimmune diseases. This book would be a great help to me.

  47. edel astin says

    quinoa raisins and beetroot is my favourtite. we have 2 boys with multilpe allergies including wheat and dairy so any help is greatly appreciated as it is v toughx

  48. cassie ito says

    My family’s current favorite dish is veggie lasagne. Layers of eggplant and zucchini “noodles”, chopped olives/onions/mushroom “meat” layer and lots of savory tomato sauce. If the deadline, hasn’t passed already, please include me in the cookbook contest!

  49. linz mccann says

    Brilliant ,

    I love anything from my slow cooker at the moment i really like sausage (GF of course) casserole

  50. Anastasia says

    I would Love to receive a copy of “Whole Food Starter Guide & Cookbook”. Roasted Fish and Veggies with Quinoa and Pine Nuts one of my recent favorites. I love experimenting with new recipes and using my family as guinea pigs. You just never know when something new may become your next Favorite Food.

  51. Stephanie says

    I love balsamic brussel sprouts, cauliflower mash, turkey chili, you name it! I am allergic to eggs and dairy for 11 years, and most recently tested positive for wheat, beef, peanuts and seafood. Every meal is a challenge for me now. I need all the help I can get.

  52. Corina McCann says

    Who says having a restricted diet has to be boring? I think the maple vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting will definitely convert any doubters! Just too good ….yum yum!

  53. Judith Romano says

    My favorite whole food recipe is lentil stew with carrots, potatoes, onions and celery (with or without diced chicken)… perfect for these chilly winters!

  54. Heather Valentine says

    It wasn’t until I stopped eating gluten about 2 months ago that I found out my lifelong skin condition wasn’t actually some hereditary, depressingly untreatable ailment, it was from a gluten allergy! I also now am vegan so the change left me with a pretty empty recipe arsenal. I could use all the help I can get!

    My favorites for now are homemade vegan chili, veggie enchiladas with Spanish quinoa and black beans, and veggie pad woon sen (a Thai dish with brown rice noodles).

  55. Elsa says

    My hubby and I really enjoy kalr chips!!!! They go with any meal we are preparing. We even take them with us to football parties or other get togethers, we always leave with an empty dish!!!

  56. says

    I have multiple food allergies, including gluten, dairy and sugar. I can’t think of one single whole foods dish I would like the recipe for because I am still struggling with how to cook anything in a dual eating household (my hubby does not have any food allergies). I would love to win this cookbook!

  57. Olivia says

    I love a big bowl of rice pudding made with sweet brown rice & almond milk topped with cinnamon and raisins!

  58. Laura says

    I am new to dairy free and I am going to go free as well. This book would be great for because I am ‘lacking’ in meal ideas as am such a newbie. I try to stay with roasted and veggies, but it is getting discouraging quickly. I also. love soups. I really hope you may be able to give me a great start! Good luck everyone!

  59. says

    I call them fake mozzarella sticks!

    Cut zucchini in half, then each half into six long pieces.
    Roll them in a little flour or starch (I use green bean starch)
    Dredge in egg
    Roll in almond meal
    Salt and pepper
    Bake on a cookie sheet @350 for 10-15 minutes, flipping once
    Serve warm with marinara sauce and enjoy!

  60. Jody says

    My favorite whole foods based dish is chana masala. Love spicy chickpeas! And I like to add fresh spinach. Yum!

  61. Christine says

    I am new to this lifestyle, but already have become addicted to roasted broccoli (roasted with minced garlic, lemon and olive oil) and roasted butternut squash. Looking forward to learning more from the eBook!

  62. Rebecca says

    This cookbook looks fantastic! I’ve been gluten-free and dairy-free for a while now, but I always appreciate new insight.

    One of my favourite whole food dishes is roasted veggies with chickpeas. So tasty!

  63. Brittany Lysik says

    I have allergies/food intolerances to dairy, gluten, and others (garlic, eggs, peanuts, caffeine, artificial sweetners), so even though I love to cook, it’s hard being a grad student and trying to find yummy, cheap, and quick recipes to make that, as I like to say, are “Brittany-friendly.” Recipe books tend to only focus on one allergen, but this cookbook would definitely be a great resource for me in that it combines gluten and dairy-free. I think one of the things I miss the most is cheese, so when I can I try to add dairy and garlic-free cheese to things (my favorite currently is mashed butternut squash with a little bit of olive oil, salt, and “cheese”). However, I’ve become very interested in quinoa recently, and your quinoa crust pizza might be my new favorite!

  64. BeckyS says

    A good hearty soup full of vegetables and beans using whatever I have on hand. It never turns out the same way twice but thankfully, it always turns out pretty tasty. This looks like a great e-book to have on hand!

  65. Amanda says

    The Hawaiian Style Teriyaki Chicken Bowls look amazing! Would love this cookbook to try some new dairy & gluten free recipes!!!

  66. Bonny says

    I love eating raw oatmeal with chia seeds and cranberry’s soaked overnight for breakfast, filling fiber asnd easy!

  67. says

    My daughter has had a dairy allergy since birth. We noticed it at 6 weeks when she had blood in her diaper. :-( Since then I’ve been dairy free as well because I was nursing her. I felt great being dairy free! I’ve felt compelled to go gluten free for a while because of intestinal issues for both my daughter and I. We started living our gluten-free, dairy-free lifestyle this week! I love it! And I need recipes…

    One that we LOVE right now is a sweet potato, red lentil, Thai chili, which can be found here: Even the curry paste is naturally df-gf!!

    We would absolutely LOVE this cookbook!!

  68. Jennifer E says

    After dealing with digestive issues for decades, I am hoping the switch to gf/df will help. Just starting out, but so far baked cod with lemon and steamed broccoli has been at the top of my list. Looking forward to more ideas for healthy meals. :)

  69. Marijka says

    I love a good organic, free-range roasted chicken with roasted veggies and mashed yams. I am a first-time mom, and would like to feed myself and my family as pure of foods as possible in this not so pure world! One dilemma: I have a super fast metabolism, and am mysteriously losing weight I don’t want to lose; I hope eating this way will actually help my body gain and retain a healthy (for me) weight.

  70. Jordan says

    My current favourite whole foods based dish is a cauliflower fried “rice” dish I discovered in the blogosphere – grain free granola??! Next on my list to try!

  71. Alexis Jarvis says

    Our latest favorite dish is chicken and rice with tons of finely chopped veggies in it, or the homemade chicken noodle soup with gf noodles for anyone who is ill this winter. Back to the basics can sometimes be fun!

    My daughter was diagnosed with a dairy allergy 4years ago and we’ve been tryong to go more whole foods since. We have come a long way, but could always use help cause we want to go dairy and gluten free as a family.


  72. Lisa says

    The more dairy free recipes the better! These recipes would be such a help. I’ve got a little boy with a severe milk allergy. He wants delicious food just like everybody else! Sometimes I rack my brain just to think creatively about dishes to make for him. It would be nice if we could just make enough for everyone!

  73. sue Hardesty says

    I’ve had food allergies all my life, but was not diagnosed until I was an adult. Gluten and dairy and soy are three of my biggest allergens out of many! It becomes difficult at times trying to figure out how to modify recipies so I am always excited to come across new information and recipes that have already be modified!
    I would love to have the recipe for the cinnamon raisin granola. It looks so Yummy and I am a big granola fan!