Going Lactose Free with Tesco

Two years ago, after a really rough patch with my health, I began to follow a gluten free diet – something I found particularly tough given my love of pasta and bread, not to mention cake! After being introduced to the Free From range at Tesco I found I was able to continue eating some of my favourite dishes after all so that, most of the time, I never felt as though I was missing out.

As my health issues worsened this year, with my stomach problems reaching a point where they are no longer manageable by medication alone, I have been building up to going lactose free, a decision I haven’t taken lightly given my love of chocolate.

So when the invite for the Tesco Lactose Free event landed in my mail box, it couldn’t have come at a better time for me, giving me the opportunity to see what impact going lactose free would have on my diet choices as well as some inspiration for Free From dishes.

On the night of the event I was hugely excited by the fact we were going to cook with the amazing Lesley Waters. Growing up, Lesley graced our television screens every night on Ready Steady Cook and I felt a little star struck when she greeted us so warmly and treated us to some of the most delicious canapes I’ve ever tasted!

Whilst we enjoyed a drink, the Tesco team were on hand to answer any of our questions and tell us all about their Lactose Free range. By the time we moved through to the kitchen to start cooking we were all looking forward to creating a delicious meal under Lesley’s expertise.

To start with Lesley made various dips and gluten free flat breads, my favourite being a fig and creamy blue cheese raita. Made entirely with lactose free products, it looked, and smelled divine.

Next up was a creamy pea and thyme risotto, one of my absolute favourites, using Lactose Free crème fraiche.

It was surprisingly easy to make the risotto, requiring just a little time and patience to stir in the stock, and Lesley and her team were full of really helpful tips throughout.

We topped the risotto with Gremolata Chicken, made using Gluten Free breadcrumbs, and finished with lemon spinach.

When it came to recreating Lesley’s dish, despite not being the best of cooks, I was so pleased with how well my dish turned out. Lesley really is a wonderful teacher and was so generous with her advice and praise.

For dessert Lesley treated us to two different dishes -a classic Tiramisu, and a lime and passion fruit baked cheesecake. Firstly we made the Tiramisu, again using gluten and lactose free ingredients, and whilst that was chilling in the fridge we watched Lesley prepare the cheesecake with a base she had baked earlier to save on time.

To hear Lesley talk so highly of the Tesco Lactose Free range spoke volumes. As a professional chef who needs her ingredients to be of top quality, it was clear that the Free From range at Tesco is the very best out there.

The finished cheesecake looked delicious and I couldn’t wait to try it!

My favourite part of the evening was undoubtedly the moment we had all been waiting for….sitting down to eat!

Washed down with Italian wine, also from Tesco, my stomach was fit to burst but there was no way I was passing up on dessert!

Having enjoyed such a delicious meal I felt reassured that as I start my Lactose Free diet I will still be able to tuck into my favourite dairy products, particularly those creamy desserts!!

I will be recreating all of these dishes at home in the coming weeks and sharing the recipes here on the blog. For those who would like to try the Lactose Free range, all of these products are available now in Tesco stores.





  1. September 20, 2017 / 7:09 am

    I love the free from range at Tesco, they also do these amazing pizza bases so you can have gluten free pizza! absolutely amazing

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 9:52 am

      Yes!! They also do lactose free cheese so you can have a full on free from pizza! Thank god! xx

  2. September 20, 2017 / 7:25 am

    What a fun event to go to! All of the food looks delicious (and very professional!) 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 9:51 am

      It was AMAZING, best risotto I’ve ever made! xx

  3. September 20, 2017 / 7:46 am

    I take it that Tesco is a supermarket chain? How cool to have a in-house cooking class/demo….we don’t have anything like that near me….

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 9:49 am

      Yes Patrick, probably the biggest supermarket chain in the UK, it’s fab! It was a really fun event! xx

  4. September 20, 2017 / 8:02 am

    Tesco, sure does sound like a great place to shop. Your risotto looks delish! I hope your help issues improve on your tasty free from diet. I look forward to seeing your creations of free from dishes. Somehow, I have a feeling you are selling yourself short, about your culinary skills!

    The Roadside Pie King

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 9:49 am

      Thank you, Im really not known for being the best cook but I did feel really proud of myself making this! It was delicious! xx

  5. September 20, 2017 / 10:36 am

    Looks like you had loads of fun! And the food looks delicious too 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 11:47 am

      So much fun, it really was delicious, I was sooo full though!! xx

  6. Nicky ashworth
    September 20, 2017 / 10:47 am

    I am gluten free and vegan/lactose intolerant so most of these would be great for me!! I need to know the tirimisu recipe I miss it so much! Sounds like you had a fantastic time x

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 11:46 am

      The tiramisu was AMAZING Nicky, I’m going to share that next week!! xx

  7. September 20, 2017 / 10:49 am

    These dishes sound and look amazing! Love anything with blue cheese 🙂 x

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 11:46 am

      Oh me too, the lactose free blue cheese is DELICIOUS! xx

  8. Chelsda Elizabeth
    September 20, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    Tesco sounds like a very good place to shop. It’s nice to see where more choice now people who have to or choose to east free from foods. I often thought that people who follow particular dietary restrictions/requirements would struggle for choice but I think it’s definitely growing!

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      I agree, things are getting better for people who need a free from diet. Even eating out is easier now, everyone caters for gluten and lactose free! xx

  9. September 20, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    My kids prefer gluten free stuff, even though neither of them need to have it! We’ve never tried any of Tesco’s ‘Free From’ range, but I’ll definitely be picking some up to try in the future 🙂

    Louise x

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      Wow that’s so strange! My kids are the same with my GF bread, they much prefer it! xx

  10. September 20, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    That’s so fantastic that you’re not limited by gluten or lactose! It sounds like you had an amazing experience!

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      It was a great event Shannon! xx

  11. September 20, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    Wow I didn’t know Tesco sells so many gluten free products! That’s great news for gluten intolerant people!

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      They have a whole free from range with no gluten or lactose, it’s great! xx

  12. Joanna
    September 20, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    It sounds like it was a great event! I have always wanted to learn how to cook risotto, for some reason I find it very difficult to make. I am lactose intolerant as well and I had to cut off milk and its derivatives completely our of my diet. The only lactose food I can still eat without being in pain is cheese.

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      It’s surprising just how many people are intolerant to lactose! I always thought risotto was hard to make but this was so simple! xx

  13. September 20, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    These look so delicious! I can’t believe it is all lactose free! You would never know. #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      I agree, you couldn’t taste the difference at all! xx

  14. Jessica McDonnell
    September 20, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    That cheesecake looks amazing. I cut out lactose quite a long time ago because I had stomach issues and had a test which diagnosed me as lacto intolerant, I find that supermarkets are becoming so much better at supplying products.

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      I was lacto-intolerant up until the age of 7 or 8, really quite severely, but over time I felt I could tolerate it a little more. Now I’ve realised that my stomach issues are worsened by lactose so Im hoping without it things improve! Finegrs crossed!

  15. September 20, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    What an amazing experience! Everything looks so delicious! Free from can be hard so new ideas are great.

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      It really was! It was such a fun event too, I was so glad to be a part of it. xx

  16. September 20, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    Wow! Hope going lactose free with Tesco would be so helpful to your stomach problems. Lesley seems a great teacher. The risotto you recreated looked almost like her! ?

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      She really was a great teacher, the risotto was DELICIOUS!!! xx

  17. September 20, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    It’s brilliant that there’s so many options out there now in the big supermarkets. I also remember Lesley from Ready Steady Cook so I would definitely have been starstruck too. Looks like you had a great time!

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      She was SO lovely Tori, and such an amazing chef! So much fun! xx

  18. September 20, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    I’m glad this is something you’ve found, I know how hard it can be to follow a restrictive diet – even when it’s for your health! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      It’s very hard, especially when you’re having to give up soft white bread….*sigh*. Im going to struggle giving up my Wispas, I hope it’s worth it! xx

  19. September 20, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    The event looks fab! I can’t imagine being lactose free but it’s great that Tesco has a range which helps those who are!

    • Laura Dove
      September 20, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      I think it’s way easier to follow a Free From diet in this day and age, the substitutes are amazing! xx

  20. September 20, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    You did amazing lovely, well done! My SIL is lactose free and she has found the Tesco range amazing. She hasn’t had to miss out like she thought she would x

  21. September 20, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    It’s great they have a lactose free range available for those that need it. Looks like you had fun at the event and hopefully they gave you some great meal ideas for future use.

    • Laura Dove
      September 21, 2017 / 1:16 pm

      So much inspiration! I have lots of recipes that I can’t wait to share on here! xx

  22. September 21, 2017 / 5:36 am

    These are great recipes with lactose free ingredients. Many people are intolerant to lactose so definitely they will love these recipes. Risotto is my favorite one and I would give it a try.

    • Laura Dove
      September 21, 2017 / 1:14 pm

      The risotto was delicious! I’d go as far as saying my favourite risotto yet! xx

  23. September 21, 2017 / 7:00 am

    Its great that she taught you that you can still make delicious food without gluten and lactose. Sounds like a great event

    • Laura Dove
      September 21, 2017 / 1:14 pm

      I really enjoyed it, can’t wait to make that Tiramisu again! xx

  24. September 21, 2017 / 7:09 am

    I wish I could join a cooking show like this in my next trip!

    • Laura Dove
      September 21, 2017 / 1:14 pm

      It was so much fun Sabrina! xx

  25. September 21, 2017 / 8:58 am

    I think there’s so much more choice now when it comes to being gluten or lactose-free, I’m glad the event helped you realize that you can do it x

    • Laura Dove
      September 21, 2017 / 1:13 pm

      I agree Rhian, and Free From food is just as tasty as regular ranges! xx

  26. September 21, 2017 / 10:08 am

    It’s so great to hear that supermarkets are understanding the increasing need to stock free from products. The cookery class sounded amazing

    • Laura Dove
      September 21, 2017 / 1:13 pm

      It was so much fun Sarah, I’m not a great cook but I felt like I learned a lot! xx

  27. September 21, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    this was so much fun – came away feeling utterly stuffed to the brim though haha. Lovely to see you there x

    • Laura Dove
      September 21, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      Haha me too! I woke up the next day still stuffed too! You too! xx

  28. September 21, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    Wow! What a fun event. I think it is really fun to join on a cooking show. It sounds so great!

  29. September 21, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    This looks divine ! I never really think of all the choice Tesco really offer ,I get stuck in a rut with the ol shopping but alas you’ve given me a few different options now ! They all look fantastic !

    • Laura Dove
      September 22, 2017 / 8:55 am

      I do the same, this has given me lots of new ideas. I’ll be sharing the recipes over the coming weeks. xx

  30. September 21, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    I love that there are so many options for people with intolerances. The risotto sounds delicious!

    • Laura Dove
      September 22, 2017 / 8:54 am

      It really was, so tasty! xx

  31. September 21, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    Oh I need to find this range for my daughter. She struggles with lactose and we have times where her intolerance for it really flares up but then it quietens down again. This looks like such a fab range. Also, I used to love Lesley on Ready Steady Cook! I would have been so starstruck!

    • Laura Dove
      September 22, 2017 / 8:54 am

      Haha she really is lovely too, and so “Normal” if you know what I mean. Plus she’s a fab teacher, that meal was amazing! xx

  32. September 21, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    The food looks amazing. It’s easy to think of gluten and diary free diets as lacking choice but these dishes look so good. I’m keen to cut down on some of the diary and gluten I eat as I’ve been having some really bad bloating and stomach probs lately so will give some of the Tesco things a go.

    • Laura Dove
      September 22, 2017 / 8:52 am

      Yes, that’s what I thought too but there really are no limitations. A lot of people find that gluten and dairy can cause bloating, it’s worth making a few substitutes! xx

  33. September 21, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    I really LOVE that they are upping their FREE FROM range!
    They are getting better & better & giving me fabulous, cheap vegan foods & I love it.

    That Risotto looks absolutely fabulous.
    Great post darling looks like a brilliant event

    • Laura Dove
      September 22, 2017 / 8:50 am

      Yes! I love that Tesco’s own free from products are affordable, some of the other brands are so expensive!! xx

  34. September 21, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    I have always looked trying items from the free range in Tescos and like you never felt like I was missing out on my favourites though it wasnt a lifestyle change I just like the items from the free range. Loving the look of the risotto and the cheese cake.

    • Laura Dove
      September 22, 2017 / 8:48 am

      My children prefer my GF food over theirs, they go crazy for the bread! xx

  35. September 21, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing day, all that food looks so yummy, especially the cheesecake!

    • Laura Dove
      September 22, 2017 / 8:41 am

      It was sooooo good. I’ve missed cheesecake since going lactose free, this was such a treat! xx

  36. September 21, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Oh this looks amazing. I really need to sort things out as I have undiagnosed tummy troubles that I’m sure are down to lactose intolerance.

    • Laura Dove
      September 22, 2017 / 8:41 am

      I think a lot of people find lactose difficult to handle, I know chocolate is a big one for me. My reflux goes crazy! xx

  37. September 21, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    This sounds like a great event, and I too have fond memories of Lesley form the TV show. Looks like you made some super tasty treats too. I think these ranges have come along way haven’t they

    • Laura Dove
      September 22, 2017 / 8:41 am

      She was exactly the same in real life which is always lovely to know. The free from ranges are amazing now! xx

  38. September 21, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    What a fab fun event to go too. Ideal for raising allergy and intolerance awareness

    • Laura Dove
      September 22, 2017 / 8:38 am

      It was a great event, and I got a whole night in a hotel by myself! Even better! xx

  39. September 22, 2017 / 1:21 am

    Oh my goodness this looks so delicious!! What a great event to attend, I have to say that I had to give up lactose completely about a year ago after a whole lot of health issues (thankfully it wasn’t the gluten for me) but it’s been hard to give up lactose but it’s not worth the gut misery. Its better for health too, humans aren’t designed to consume cow’s milk as adults.

    • Laura Dove
      September 22, 2017 / 8:37 am

      Oh that’s good to know Ellie! My stomach issues have worsened over the last year and I know a big one for me is chocolate. I’ve been in denial but it’s time to commit to it and try and get my stomach back to normal! xx

  40. September 22, 2017 / 6:19 am

    Those look like some pretty wonderful creations that you made. I hope that everything goes well with the changes in diet and that it will solve your problems.

    • Laura Dove
      September 22, 2017 / 8:34 am

      Thank you David, me too! xx

  41. September 22, 2017 / 6:53 am

    I’ve never actually had anything from the Free From range… I always assumed it wouldn’t taste as nice. I guess I was wrong… 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      September 22, 2017 / 8:34 am

      I thought that too when I first gave up gluten! I’ll be honest with you, nothing will ever taste quite as good as fresh white bread, but the substitutes are lovely! The lactose free range, I defy anyone to even tell the difference! xx

  42. September 22, 2017 / 7:03 am

    I think it’s great that there is such a wide variety of foods available for a variety of nutritional needs these days. Things have certainly changed since the time of our parents!

    • Laura Dove
      September 22, 2017 / 8:32 am

      Definitely! I don’t think there were even known allergies and intolerances back then! x

  43. September 22, 2017 / 8:16 am

    Oh wow, It really looks a fun event and I love to attend an event like this my hubby would prefer a gluten-free food.

    • Laura Dove
      September 22, 2017 / 8:28 am

      It was a great event, the Free From range is amazing, I’m ready to quit lactose and get myself healthy again! xx

  44. September 22, 2017 / 10:24 am

    I’ve only ever tried the pizza bases before, this food looks amazing, will definitely be broadening my horizons!

    • Laura Dove
      September 25, 2017 / 12:02 pm

      They have some amazing choices! xx

  45. Elizabeth O
    September 22, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    This dish looks so delicious and awesome. That’s great news for gluten intolerant people. What a great event to attend.

    • Laura Dove
      September 25, 2017 / 12:00 pm

      It was a fab event, I really enjoyed it! xx

  46. September 22, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    Don’t you just love people like Lesly? Making big changes in one’s diet, like going gluten-free or avoiding dairy is so hard. The key is having someone show you how it can be done while still making food taste great! x

    • Laura Dove
      September 25, 2017 / 11:58 am

      Yes, she is so lovely! It inspired me to be more creative in my cooking too! xx

  47. September 22, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    That food looks incredible! I love the free from range from Tesco! ❤️

    • Laura Dove
      September 25, 2017 / 11:57 am

      Me too, such great options! xx

  48. September 22, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    I have never tried the free from range at Tesco, and omg that cheesecake looks amazing!!!! X

    • Laura Dove
      September 25, 2017 / 11:56 am

      Kira – it was AMAZING! xx

  49. September 22, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    That cheesecake…. ( mouth drooling), scrolls up and down thinking about that cheesecake ♥

    I cut lactose from my diet as well, and I see a huge difference. It wasn`t easy, but it`s worth it. Looks like you had a great time Laura 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      September 25, 2017 / 11:55 am

      Oh that’s so good to know! We had a great time! xx

  50. September 22, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    I didn’t know that Tesco sells so many Gluten-free products! Looks like you had a great time out there. All that food look incredibly delicious and that cheesecake looks divine!

    • Laura Dove
      September 25, 2017 / 11:51 am

      It was AMAIZNG ANa! xx

  51. September 23, 2017 / 5:02 am

    What a great event to go to, I used to absolutely adore Lesley when I was younger. My sister is a massive fan of the Free From range at Tesco xx

    • Laura Dove
      September 25, 2017 / 11:50 am

      Me too! She is LOVELY! xx

  52. September 23, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    Oh wow, what fun you had with Lesley, that chicken and risotto looks amazing. I can’t imagine giving up diary or gluten, I think I am too lazy but of course I suspect it would be different if they were making me ill. Mich x

    • Laura Dove
      September 25, 2017 / 11:45 am

      I thought the same but the change in quitting gluten was amazing. I’m hoping for the same without lactose. xx

  53. Rachel
    September 24, 2017 / 11:58 am

    This sounds like you had a great day! All of the food looks exceptionally delicious! xo

    • Laura Dove
      September 25, 2017 / 11:42 am

      It was amazing Rachel! xx

  54. September 24, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    Everything looks so amazing and I’m sure it’s delicious too

    I just wonder what happens when you go free from for a long time. I’ve got a cousin who was allergic to a few things. The more she avoided them and a few years down the line, she has to walk with a A4 list of things she can’t eat. I have no explanation why allergies can worsen so much.

    • Laura Dove
      September 25, 2017 / 11:41 am

      I never had allergies until I had my youngest son, I suddenly became allergic to everything over night?! xx

  55. September 24, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    Those dishes look great, it is meant to be very good for stomach issues to cut out lactose, I hope it works for you.
    Thanks so much for linking up with #kcacols, we hope you can join us again next time.

    • Laura Dove
      September 25, 2017 / 11:41 am

      Yes I’ve heard cutting out lactose can make a big difference so fingers crossed! xx

  56. September 24, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    So sorry to hear about your stomach 🙁 but I am so pleased you were invited to sample and make the lacto free range. I love the sound of the tiramisu and looks like you met some wonderful bloggers x x

    • Laura Dove
      September 25, 2017 / 11:36 am

      The tiramisu was AMAZING! I’ll be sharing the recipe next week! xx

  57. September 26, 2017 / 9:26 am

    Its so amazing to read that you were able to cook the perfect dish in your first go. For me, it is very difficult to cook any dish in first go. It took me a while to get hands on.

    • Laura Dove
      September 26, 2017 / 9:55 am

      I know, I couldn’t believe it! Nor could my husband, haha! xx

  58. September 26, 2017 / 9:50 am

    The free from range in Tesco is so amazing and something my own Mum used due to being lactose intolerant. This looks like it was such a fun afternoon of cooking!

    • Laura Dove
      September 26, 2017 / 9:55 am

      It was so much fun, I love the free from range, it’s lovely to be able to eat the same dishes as my family! xx

  59. September 26, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    After reading this I can say with a decent amount of confidence that the meal you ended up with looks more delicious that almost anything you could make that would include lactose or gluten. Thanks for sharing this as it’s given me some great ideas!

    • Laura Dove
      September 26, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      It was delicious!! I cant wait to recreate it! xx

  60. stephanie
    September 29, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    The meal looks lovely. I didn’t realise tesco had such a big range. x

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      Yes Stephanie, their free from range is amazing! xx

  61. October 11, 2017 / 11:07 am

    It was so nice spending the evening with you and cooking so much yummy food 🙂 xxx

    • Laura Dove
      October 11, 2017 / 12:12 pm

      Thanks lovely, and you too – always! xxx

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