Recipes for Lactose Intolerant People


Meet Alyssa, who creates delicious recipes for lactose intolerant people. She reveals a few of her family’s favorite recipes. Plus, she tells us which ingredients she substitutes for lactose.


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Alyssa, who is lactose intolerant, creates tasty recipes! She tells us about being lactose intolerant and shares her recipes. Get her recipes for a Peanut Butter Mocha Frappuccino and Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge. 

Tell us more about yourself, your site, and your family.

My name is Alyssa and I am a working mom to my son Aaron, who is 19-months-old.  I have been married to my wonderful husband, Brian for 6 years.  We also have a dog named Homer.  In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and baking.  I do a lot of my baking over the weekends and do my blogging once my son goes to bed at night.

I blog at What’s Cooking, Love?  I created my blog to store all my recipes and to share recipes that I love. I love food and love to make new creations in the kitchen.  I use a lot of easy recipes, using store bought ingredients, so that I can get as much time as I can with my family and not spend all of my time in the kitchen.   I have a major sweet tooth and love to create new desserts.

Since you are lactose intolerant, what are a few substitutes for dairy that you use?

Even though I am not able to have milk, ice cream, or yogurt, luckily I am able to eat cheese because we use it all the time in cooking. I can also have whipped cream and other dairy items with less lactose.  The dairy substitute that I use the most is Soy Milk.  I have also used almond milk on occasion, but I use soy milk the most.

What are your easy and simple go-to recipes?

Our quick and easy go- to recipe that we tend to make when we don’t have much in the house or we have somewhere to be that evening is quesadillas.  The things I like best about quesadillas are that they are so easy and that everyone in the family can make their own type of quesadilla.  One of my favorite quesadillas is a Chicken Parmesan Quesadilla, while my husband really likes the Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla.  We have also made a Bacon Chicken Ranch Quesadilla and a Breakfast Quesadilla.

We also like to make pizza a lot, because it is easy to make using refrigerated dough.  Our favorites include Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza and Sausage and Vodka Sauce Pizza.

We also eat pasta a lot, as I always tend to have it in the house.  Some of our favorites include: Sausage with Penne and Vodka Sauce and Yellow Squash Penne in a Butter Parmesan Sauce.

What are a few foods you always stock in the pantry?

For dinners, we always have pasta in the pantry, as so many fast and easy meals can be made with pasta.  We also always have tortillas in order to make quesadillas.  Another staple is marinara sauce, in order to make pizza.

For baking, we always have chocolate chips in the house.  I have a lot of the pantry filed with different types of chips, from milk chocolate, dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter chips, cinnamon chips, etc.

We always have a big jar of peanut butter in the house and I always have tortilla chips. They are my favorite snack!

What are your family’s favorite lactose-free dessert recipes?

We like to make smoothies a lot because not only are they easy to make, but they are healthy and taste good.  A lot of smoothies can be made with soy milk or no milk products.  Here are some of my favorite lactose-free desserts:  Chocolate Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Layered Strawberry Mango Smoothies, Weight Watchers Strawberry and Banana Pie, and Peanut Butter Mocha Frappuccino.

Do you have any funny memories from cooking in the kitchen with your family?

Sometimes I make mistakes in the kitchen and they end up being delicious.  When I was making Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge, I needed to add the vanilla very quickly.  I grabbed a bottle that I though was vanilla out of the cabinet and asked my husband to help me.  He didn’t look at the bottle before pouring it into the fudge.  I looked in horror as the fudge turned pink.  We had added strawberry extract instead of vanilla.  I went on and made the fudge.  Even though I added the chocolate and peanut butter chips, the whole batch of fudge tasted like strawberries, which ended up being pretty good.  It actually inspired me to make Chocolate Strawberry Fudge and Peanut Butter and Jelly Swirled Fudge.


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