Disclosure: I was not paid for this review nor given anything gratis. All meals were paid for by DairyFreeGina. Opinions are my own.
Trails End Restaurantis located in the Fort Wilderness Area of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The popular restaurant offers a down home style, comfort food, American barbecue buffet. It's great for families and casual dining.
Generally I avoid buffets because it is hard to eat at a buffet when you have a food allergy and also because, let's face it, when you eat at a buffet you just eat way too much. But I do trust Disney buffets and for a long time I've heard such great things about Trails End and it's Chef TJ who will cook a vegan meal for guests requesting it. And what a meal it was!
My husband ordered the regular buffet which is filled with traditional barbecue and down home cooking fare such as fried chicken, ribs, mac and cheese, chili, baked beans, assorted salads and sweet treats .
Chef TJ cooked a vegan, allergy-friendly buffet for me, all served in courses. My first course was simple but delicious: potato wedges in barbecue sauce . Look at this Russet potato rubbed with salt and pepper, pan fried to a crisp, then drenched in barbecue sauce!
My second course; a beet and spinach salad with a balsamic glaze. Really refreshing, light, and delicious. Next time I would ask for the dressing on the side as I don't generally like a lot of dressing.
The third course again was something simple but so delicious: corn on the cob encrusted in salt and pepper and roasted with a sweet and sour style sauce. I would love to serve this at summer parties because it's simple and would be easy to make .
Next Chef TJ came out with amazing nachos ! TJ is known for his homemade vegan cheese sauce which was poured over the nachos with caramelized onions and jalapeno peppers. This was definitely one of my favorite dishes. We asked if the sauce was nut base and TJ said no, however he would not give up his secret cheese sauce recipe even when we guessed items that he might have used to make it!
TJ also served a smoked tomato and watermelon salad. It a came out in an unusual serving dish covered with a dome. Once the dome was removed smoke and actual heat was released, just like magic, yet the salad was completely cold and very refreshing - just like magic!
Next came a soup which was thick and hearty. I would have preferrred it to be warmer but it was delicous all the same.
And after all those courses came the main dish! Tofu, Rice and Veggies: tofu surrounded by perfectly cooked zucchini, yellow summer squash, surrounded by a Portobello mushroom and tomato all with a sweet and sour style sauce. Really delicious and yes, Dean had to help me finish this off since there was so much food before this came out!
My last dish was the craziest! TJ is known for some crazy desserts and out he brought this wild ice cream sundae stacked high in a coffee mug surrounded by cookies, fruit and cotton candy! Not my style of dessert but if you have kids with food allergies this is something that they would really enjoy - truly kid friendly and full of sugar!
Chef TJ believes that a food allergy or special diet should not limit one's food experiences. That's why he creates unique dishes for his special guests and still provides a buffet style atmosphere. His commitment to making sure everyone can eat and enjoy food is a reason he's a favorite chef for so many at Disney.
Trails End is open for breakfast, dinner, and brunch. Reservations are needed and check ahead to make sure Chef TJ is working if you want to delight in his food experience.
What's your favorite Disney restaurant? Tell us in the Comments section!
Berry Good Salad is refreshing and will add the colors of the 4th to your table!
Many people like to grill in the summer but that doesn’t have to mean burgers and hot dogs which are usually full of dairy fillers. Try a grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger orPulled BBQ Jack which can be made in advance and in a crock pot.
Desserts can be tricky because so many contain butter and cream. Chocolate Dipped Strawberries are pretty and always a treat. Want ice cream? Of course you do! There are so many varieties of non-dairy ice creams in stores now. Some favorites include Cashew Milk and Coconut Milk Bars fromSo Deliciousand the very interesting flavor combos from Nada Moo and Revolution Gelato. I dare anyone to say this isn’t ice cream!
And you can never go wrong with Watermelon which is naturally dairy free, gluten free and super healthy with lots of Vitamin A, C, B vitamins, lycopene and an inflammation buster. I want a double serving please and I bet you do too!
Happy 4th Everyone and Happy Summer!
What are your favorite 4th of July recipes? Share in our Comments section.
Jackfruit is one of the best vegan meat substitutes that you will ever find. It offers a meat like texture, is hearty and filling. Since it's a fruit the protein count is not high, but Jackfruit is high in fiber, iron, potassium and calcium and low in calories.
Jackfruit is fabulous for making a vegan style pulled pork sandwich . My version uses a crock pot but you could easily make these sandwiches in a pot on your stove top. This version serves 8 to 10 or many more if you make your sandwiches slider size . The sandwiches are great for summer parties or anytime you have a large group of people over. I've served these numerous times and people never realize that they're eating Jackfruit and not an actual pulled pork sandwich!
2 cans green Jackfruit (I use the product sold by Trader Joe's)
2 cups barbecue sauce (make sure it's dairyfree/vegan or make your own. I like the organic barbecue sauce offered by Trader Joe's which is dairy and gluten free)
1 small to medium red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
3 tablespoons coconut aminos
salt and pepper to taste
1. Drain and rinse the Jackfruit.
2. Sauté the onion and the garlic in a skillet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray (make sure it's dairy free) until softened .
3. Add the onion and garlic to the crock pot along with the Jackfruit and all the other ingredients. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or if using a pot on the stove let simmer for about 45 minutes. The longer this simmers or sits in the crock pot the richer the flavors will become.
Towards the end of cooking shred the Jackfruit using a fork or potato masher. I find that a potato masher is very effective for this. As you are shredding it you will notice that the Jackfruit fruit looks very similar to pulled pork.
Serve on dairy free buns . Top with coleslaw, shredded cabbage, lettuce, avocado, grilled fruit like pineapple or peaches. The possibilities are endless!
Have you every tried Jackfruit? Share recipes in the Comments section.
The Canyon Bakehousemotto is Love Bread Again and for those with dairy allergies and Celiac Disease it’s easy because all the bread is dairy free and gluten free, and best of all, delicious! Here’s more in Q and A with Canyon Bakehouse and details at the end on how to enter theGiveaway:
What is Canyon Bakehouse’s mission?
Our mission is simple: we want you to Love Bread Again.
How did your company get its start?
When co-founder Christi Skow was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2007, the Canyon Bakehouse mission to make high-quality, great-tasting gluten-free breads began. Frustrated by gluten-free breads that lacked taste and nutritional value, Christi, her husband, Josh, and their friend and Master Baker, Ed Miknevicius, set out to bake breads that were free from gluten and other allergens, but held the taste, texture and feeling of “real” bread.
What types of breads do you offer?
We have a wide variety of delicious breads, buns, bagels and focaccia and a specialty line of dairy free and gluten free brownies. Our breads are great for sandwiches, toast and snacking and we're happy to introduce our NEW Hawaiian Sweet Bread - great for sandwiches or a sweet French toast. And you will love that it's certified Gluten Free, Kosher and free from dairy, all nuts, casein and soy!
Tell us more about how the breads are made.
Our family is passionate about making real food with wholesome, clean ingredients. We bake bread the old-fashioned way and use only 100% whole grains. From our family bake house in the Rocky Mountains to your kitchen, enjoy eating without compromise. We’re happy to provide gluten-free bakery products to more than 7,500 stores throughout the U.S.
What types of ingredients go into your products?
We understand the need for breads that are safe, taste great and don’t make you compromise on the quality of ingredients. That’s why we use only 100% whole grains, no GMO’s and ingredients you can find in your own kitchen, such as extra virgin olive oil, organic agave syrup, quinoa and sunflower seeds.
From breads to buns, to bagels and focaccia breads and even Brownie Bites, Canyon Bakehouse has something to please everyone’s palate – even if you have no dietary issues. The products are delicious and healthy.
Want to win some Canyon Bakehouse products? Sure you do! Click here to enterthe giveaway ! Here's hoping you win!
What is your favorite Canyon Bakehouse bread? Share in our Comments section.
One of the best non-dairy milks to hit markets recently is from from Good Karma which makes refrigerated and shelf stable milk made form flax seeds! The flax milk has a nutty and smooth taste . It's not bitter and there's no weird after taste. I've used it for drinking, baking and cooking purposes and have always been satisfied with the outcome. Good Karma also has a line of flax yogurt and drinkable yogurt which is incredibly smooth and not gritty.
Want to win Good Karma products and taste for yourself how fabulous they are? Keep reading this Q&A with good Karma for your chance to enter and win an awesome prize pack!
How did Good Karma get its start?
It all started with a Tiny Flax Seed and a passion for a healthy lifestyle.
Our mission is to offer delicious dairy free options and at the same time support one another, radiate optimism, and bring brightness to every day. We cheer on our friends, are committed to our neighbors and are inspired by acts of kindness.
What exactly is flax milk?
Flax milk is an allergen-free, non-dairy milk alternative with a smooth and creamy texture and delicious taste. Since. It is produced with high-quality cold-pressed flaxseed oil. All of our flax milk varieties also have 1200mg of Omega-3s per serving.
Are your products dairy free?
YES, all of our products are dairy-free and vegan. All of our Good Karma products are free of any animal by-products.
The Good karma products are also gluten free, free of soy, wheat, nuts and tree nuts. And our products are non-GMO certified by the Non-GMO Project.
How does Good Karma spread its mission?
We pour positivity into our communities by supporting tiny but mighty organizations that radiate optimism and make the world a brighter place. Good Karma is committed to raising awareness and financially supporting organizations that inspire positivity in their communities. Some of the organizations we sponsor and support:
Fare's Teal Pumpkin Project which raises awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.
Gangsta Gardener and the Ron Finley Project bring cultures and communities together through gardening.
Want to win a sampler box of the new Good Karma Shelf Stable milks? Of course you do! Head over to my Instagram page,look for the below picture, and enter to win!
Have you tried Good Karma products? Tell us in the Comments Section your thoughts and which is your favorite product.
Hilary's Eat Well burgers are one of the best veggie burgers on the market. Not only are there a variety of flavors like Adzuki Bean, Curry, and Root Veggie, but all of the burgers are dairy free! Check out the ingredients on other veggie burgers and you'll notice many contain cheese or milk based products like whey and casein. In addition to the delicious burgers Hilary's has an innovative line of other dairy free, vegan, food allergy friendly products. Here's more in this Q&A :
Tell us about Hilary’s
In 2005, our founder created her original veggie burger recipe for her restaurant in Lawrence, Kansas. She wanted it to taste great and be free of all common food allergens and artificial ingredients. She met all of her goals with that recipe, and customers soon named it "The World's Best Veggie Burger." In 2010, she started Hilary’s with the intention of creating delicious, convenient, “free-from” products for everyone.
What types of products does Hilary’s make?
Veggie burgers, salad dressings, veggie sausage, holiday stuffing, veggie bites and new Millet Medley Mixes.
What is the Hilary’s mission?
Hilary’s is the creator of convenient and culinary foods that are made from real ingredients and are free from common allergens. We are helping to heal the American diet by bringing these foods to all people who seek tasty, nourishing cuisine. Our products forge innovative culinary paths and disrupt the status quo. We care about the health of our customers, employees and ecosystem
What does it mean that your products are “Clean” and “Free From?”
Our certified organic ingredients are real food, minimally processed and as close to their natural state as possible. We will never include any common allergens in our products. That means they are all dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free, corn-free and nut-free.
Wow that’s great! So your products are terrific for people with food allergies and also people wanting to just eat better, wholesome food?
Yes and let’s not forget all of our products are yummy! If it doesn’t taste good, why even bother? Our culinary roots are evident in everything we create.
What else can you tell us about Hilary’s?
Hilary’s is a B Corporation certified food manufacturing company dedicated to nourishing our bodies and the environment. We only use thoughtfully researched, organic and non-GMO ingredients. The products we offer are easy to prepare at home, and undeniably delicious. It’s eating well made easy.
What's my most favorite bagel? Bagels from The Greater Kneadwhich are dairy free, gluten free and free of many other allergens. I'm thrilled to share more about this women owned business and give you a chance to win some awesome bagel products so you can claim them as your favorite too!
Keep reading and don't forget to enter the giveaway- details at end of this post!
Tell us how The Greater Knead got started?
We started out on our bageling journey in 2012 when our Founder and CEO’s family members were diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Initially, it was about recreating an authentic New York Style bagel to be gluten-free. As time went on, we learned more of the startling statistics about food allergies and the lack of options for individuals and families. Even more startling were the FDA labeling guidelines about manufacturing facilities and listing (or not listing) what allergens they may use in the facility. We took all this knowledge and created products almost anyone can enjoy!
Do you make and sell anything in addition to bagels?
Yes! We started with bagels but have expanded to bagel chips, flour and bread crumbs.
What makes your products unique?
Our products are Top 12 Free! That means we've removed the Top 12 common allergens from all products! We are free from dairy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, egg, fish, shellfish, corn, sesame, and mustard; and our products are gluten free Additionally we are oat free as well, since we are aware of the cross-reactivity it can trigger in some individuals.
We manufacture all of our products, and that ensures that we have total allergen control in our facility.
Our products are GMO free, contain no and artificial ingredients.
I know you will love The Greater Knead bagels and chips and can't wait to share with you! Clickhere to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. Good luck - hope you win!
What is your favorite bagel flavor? Share in our Comments section.
DairyFreeGina is pleased to team up with 88 Acres to offer another giveaway during our May Month of Giveaways promoting Food Allergy Awareness!!! Products from 88 Acres are great for those with food allergies or anyone wanting to eat clean, delicious ingredients. It's hard to pick a favorite but I especially love the Pumpkin Seed Butter and the Apple and Ginger Bars. And did you know 88 Acres is on our Deals Page? Enter the Giveaway but check out theDeals Pagefor a special discount from 88 Acres!!!
88 Acres is committed to the food allergy community and in fact, not only are the products Top 8 free but all of the bars, seed butters, Seednola are Top 9 free! Learn more about this awesome company from owner Nicole and how you can win a sampling of products:
What is the mission and vision of 88 Acres?
We are bridging the gap between those who have food allergies and those who don’t. Food is community. We believe everyone should be able to enjoy and share the same foods.
What type of products do you sell?
A variety of seed butters including Pumpkin Seed, Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed, and our newest Maple roasted Sunflower Seed Butter. We also make Craft Seed Bars and Seednola .
How did 88 Acres get started, Nicole?
I grew up on an 88 acre organic farm in North Brookfield, Massachusetts and my experiences on the farm gave me a strong connection to food. A few years ago I met the love of my life, Rob, and on our fourth date he almost died at dinner when his meal was cross-contaminated with nuts. The next day, I got rid of all the peanuts and tree nuts from my kitchen to help make Rob safe. I have no food allergies, but because of his, how I thought about food began to change.We always struggled to find healthy, convenient snacks that Rob could eat but I would love as well.
So I began experimenting at home with craft seed bars. Soon enough friends, both with food allergies and without, started to steal bites and place orders. After lots of rave reviews, we realized maybe we were on to something and the journey of 88 Acres began.
What makes your products Top 9 Free?
We never allow the following ingredients* into our bakery:
In addition our products are vegan, gluten-free and Non-GMO project verified.
How do you ensure your products really are allergen safe?
88 Acres ensures product safety for those with food allergies by enforcing strict allergen-safety protocols. Each ingredient supplier is thoroughly vetted. Allergen and gluten documentation, and Certificates of Analysis are collected for each ingredient. Our bakery is certified gluten-free through the Gluten-free Certification Organization.
We bake our snacks under strict regulations and perform routine rapid tests to ensure our products are gluten-free.
We do not use latex gloves in our bakery. The 88 Acres bakery is a dedicated space in a shared building. It has a dedicated HVAC system and all staff are extensively trained in cross-contamination protocols.
Do your products contain milk?
88 Acres foods do not contain milk and we never allow milk into our bakery. All products are also vegan.
Want to win a sampling of goodies from 88 Acres? Of course you do! Head over to my Instagram page and look for the below photo, follow the giveaway rules, and enter to win! Good Luck!! And don't forget to check out my Deals Pagefor a discount from 88 Acres!
Have you tried 88 Acres products? Which is your favorite? Which product sounds most yummy? Share with us in the Comments section.
May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and that includes Food Allergies ! At DairyFreeGina we are spreading awareness and celebrating our life sustaining and unique diets all month long with terrific giveaways!
I’ve teamed up with some awesome Brands to offer you a chance to win delicious , dairy free , food allergy safe products that are perfect for those with food allergies and perfect for those without any restrictions. My husband enjoys all of these Brands and he has no food issues! Some of the Brands participating include Zego, Hilary's , Canyon Gluten Free Bread to name just a few! Giveaways will take place on the Blog and on Instagram so be sure to follow both! We'll be using the hashtag #DFGFAA18 on Twitter and Instagram.
Did you know about 15 million Americans have a Food Allergy? That includes 1 in 3 kids!
I’m allergic to all milk products and lamb. The milk allergy is particularly severe meaning ingesting even a small or trace amount could produce severe symptoms including anaphylaxis.
If you don’t have a food allergy you probably know someone who does. Living with a food allergy is not easy as it takes constant vigilance. We can’t randomly share a snack with a friend, we can’t randomly share in that office cake, and we can’t randomly go to a restaurant and order anything we want on a menu. For those of us with food allergies, we are not picky or fussy eaters. We eat the way we do to literally survive.
Here are some articles from my blog archive to help you understand food allergies and their impact on daily living:
How will you spread Food Allergy Awareness during May and all year long?
Here are some suggestions:
Share your story and how you thrive with your food allergy.Share your favorite food allergy safe recipe with a friend who has no dietary restrictions. Tell them the dish is dairy free after they eat it and realize it's delicious! Chat with restaurant management about shared fryers and why using these fryers contaminates food and makes it unsafe to eat.Epxlain to friends and family your dietary needs are not a fad or trend. You eat the way you do to stay alive.Start a food allergy support group!Host a Food Allergy Meet Up in your area.Check the expiration date on your Epi-Pen and make sure you have 2 current devices with you at all times.Teach someone how to inject you with Epi. Should the need arise you may not be capable of injecting yourself.Encourage non-food rewards at your child's school.Explain to friends and family that TV shows and movies making fun of people with food allergies is simply not cool or funny.
Do you have a food allergy? Do you know someone with a food allergy? Share your tips for living with a Food Allergy in our Comments section. And don't forget to enter the Giveaways all of May!
ZEGOis a great Brand offering fantastic and nutritious snacks free of allergens and terrific for all who want a clean, healthy, delicious snack. New to the ZEGO line up and soon to launch; ZEGO Mix-Ins! I'm so excited to offer you a chance to win the new Mix-Ins during our month of May giveaways!
Get to know the ZEGO Mix-Ins and Bars and learn how you can win some too in this QandA:
What are ZEGO Bars and ZEGO Mix-Ins?
A super food bar that’s delicious and designed to meet all your special dietary needs. Mix-Ins are delicious seed and fruit mixtures perfect to add on dairy free yogurt, in baking, or to eat right out of the bag! The Mix-Ins will launch soon and come in two delicious flavors: Cranberry and Apple Cinnamon!
What is the mission of the company?
Our mission is to provide the highest quality, nourishing convenience foods specifically designed not to trigger an intolerance or food allergies.
we know how difficult it is to find a healthy and tasty snack that meets everyone’s dietary needs. We found there was no food company trying to make nutrient-dense convenience foods that meet the needs of people with more than one of the most common dietary restrictions. And, there was no company going the extra step in allergen and gluten safety. So, we decided to start the company to do that, and we call it ZEGO — Zest On The Go!
Our products provide you with peace of mind to know that what you are eating is safe and free of allergens.
What are the varieties of ZEGO Mix-Ins and Zego bars?
Fudgy Chocolate, Apple Cinnamon, NEW Lemon Ginger and NEW Sunflower Date. All bars are free of dairy, gluten, grains, nuts, soy, egg, GMOs. We know first-hand that many ingredients can irritate your gut beyond gluten, so we also avoid oats, artificial sweeteners and alcohols,and many cross reactive foods to gluten like buckwheat, quinoa and rice. The Mix-Ins come in two varieties: Apple Cinnamon and Cranberry
How do you ensure ZEGOo Bars and Mix-Ins are food allergy safe?
There are over 100 known food allergies but we avoid over 90% of them because our bars and our manufacturing facility are peanut & tree nut free (except coconut), soy free, milk free, wheat free, corn free and sesame free.
At ZEGO we use ingredients as close to the plant as possible that are non-GMO, grown organically and are not chemically processed.
Want to win some ZEGO Mix-Ins and try for yourself how awesome they are? Of course you do!
Hop over to my Instagram page ,look for the ZEGO picture and enter! Giveaway starts May 7th
Have you tried ZEGO products? Tell us in the Comments section which is your favorite