Vacation Manifesto + Back-burner Tomato Sauce

By | 2016-09-07T12:35:41+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For many of us, summer is ending: school has started again, the weather is getting cooler, and our minds are turning to pumpkins, apples, and the Halloween decorations lining the stores. And although I am ready to leave behind some parts of summer, I’m not ready to  leave behind a topic many think of as only belonging to summer: vacations. For one thing, why do we normally think of vacations as belonging to summer? As adults, we can take them [...]

Strawberry Margaritas + Simple Syrup

By | 2016-07-26T12:42:25+00:00 July 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , , , , |

I absolutely love margaritas. Being a girl from Texas, this is not a surprising fact, but seriously the love for them has grown over the years. After realizing I had Celiac my alcohol consumption came to an abrupt halt until I knew which alcohols I could have without getting sick. Enter tequila!  A few quick facts about tequila: #nationaltequiladay is recognized on July 23 tequila is plant based produced from the heart of the agave plant the liquor used to [...]

Chew the World + Allergy Friendly Potatoes and Fried Chicken

By | 2016-07-13T11:33:58+00:00 July 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes|Tags: , , |

Food allergies are abnormal responses to certain foods that are triggered by the body’s immune system. An estimated 4% of adults and 6 % of children suffer from food allergies. Any food can cause an adverse reaction but there are certain foods that are particularly notorious such as shellfish, peanuts, eggs, milk, soy and wheat. Below are four nutritious food allergy friendly recipes that you can easily prepare. Potatoes and Fried Chicken   Save Print Prep time 15 mins Cook [...]

Why I Eat Allergy Friendly + Homemade Ketchup

By | 2016-07-06T13:03:18+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Condiments + Basics, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , |

Have you ever had a moment where you felt like Ralphie in A Christmas Story, standing outside the window and looking in at something you really, really wanted? Or like Tiny Tim in Dickens’ Christmas Carol, watching someone feast when you were starving? These are classic examples of being excluded from something that is hoped for with great longing. Literature, film, and theater are all filled with examples of people who desperately wanted to be part of something. And you, [...]

Celebrate All Moments + Parsnip Fries

By | 2016-07-01T18:26:10+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free|

My fourth wedding anniversary was a few weeks ago, June 16! I can’t believe I was married four years ago! After our wedding, we honeymooned in Boston, MA. Neither of us had ever been there, and we wanted to go somewhere new. We spent the first half of our trip  on a beach outside of the city in Nantasket, and it was 50 degrees! Then, the day we went into Boston proper, they were in the middle of their hottest [...]

Easy Summer Lettuce Wraps

By | 2018-02-24T22:07:46+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

By the middle of the summer I get pretty tired of cold food. Somehow it doesn't fill me up the way that warm meals do. I crave something I can sink my teeth into. That's one reason I love these lettuce wraps. Something about the combination of everything makes me feel all filled up--almost like those winter meals. One of the best parts of this is the preparation. Other than washing some lettuce, everything goes into a food processor. Couple [...]

Fresh Mint and Berry Smoothie

By | 2017-08-12T11:10:42+00:00 June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Corn Free, Egg Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Summertime means many things in the produce world. To us, it means berries. Whether you pick your own berries, or buy cartons of them at a time, we bet that you make at least a few smoothies a summer. Our fresh mint and berry smoothie is a new favorite around here, and we bet that it will become one of yours too! Here at Mary Lee Kitchen, we like adding in a few extra ingredients to keep things interesting (and [...]

First Discovered Food Allergies + Caprese Salad

By | 2016-06-02T15:05:59+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Shellfish Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Let me confess something: I don’t have any food allergies. This is something I have mentioned in the past that I feel it’s important to continue to acknowledge. I am married to someone with a gluten intolerance, and have many friends with varying food allergies, intolerances, or other restrictions, but I, Ashley, am not allergic to anything. Why would I tell you this? May is food allergy awareness month, as you may have gathered from some of our other posts. [...]

Quick + Easy Tuna Pasta Salad

By | 2018-02-25T20:52:49+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , |

Do you ever need a quick and easy weeknight meal? Yeah, we thought so. And if you are a fan of tuna (we know, we know, some of you are saying a huge and resounding NO to that statement) then this is an absolutely perfect recipe for you. Minus the whole tuna thing, and we know some people really can't do the smell, this is the absolute quickest and the absolute easiest.   Start chopping up the garlic, celery, green [...]

First Awareness of Food Allergies + Parsi Chana Curry

By | 2016-05-26T14:25:33+00:00 May 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Well, funny story… I actually first became aware of food allergies through my brother. In high school, he had a long bout of daily hives due to some unknown substance. My mother went on a mission to identify the culprit, including eliminating every common food allergen: nuts, berries, diary, etc., from our diets and slowly introducing them back. Well, mostly his diet, but we were often along for the ride. That was miserable. I’m sure more for him, but I [...]