Grain Free Recipes

Patio Gardening + Mom’s Spring Omelet

By | 2016-03-02T18:55:58+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the small patio behind my Los Angeles apartment, I have a garden. Well...actually, I like to think of it more as an urban farm. Whatever it is, it’s a fun, informative, and delicious hobby. Recently, I’ve been spending time at the ‘ol patio farm watching last season’s plants reach the end of their lives as I get ready to plant for this season. Sitting off to the side of the patio, I have a dwarf lime tree. In the [...]

Food-loving Jetsetter + Cauliflower Breadsticks

By | 2016-02-04T11:01:18+00:00 February 5th, 2016|Categories: Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: , |

By the time this post goes live, I will be in the first part of a jetsetting week and a half, interviewing for a couple of different positions across the country. And, in addition to preparing for the interviews themselves, I began an itinerary for food destinations. Yep. Just as much as this is an interview trip, it is also a food adventure! But this is how I usually travel. For every trip I make, just after deciding where I [...]

Love of Food + Spaghetti Squash and Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce

By | 2016-02-03T16:31:12+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: , |

When I was ten my grandmother, Mary Gay Lee (who the company is named for), told me I could make dinner for the family.  I didn’t quite know what to prepare, but had recently received my first cookbook--so I grabbed the cookbook and flipped through the pages filled with recipes that intimidated me. It felt overwhelming, trying to decide what to make, because I was scared to mess it up and didn’t want to let my family down. I don’t [...]

Stand Up for The Way You Eat + Pork Carnitas

By | 2016-01-26T17:21:57+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes|Tags: |

People amaze me. Some of us have the ability to stand up for what we want without even thinking about how it might affect another person...but then you have others (like me) that don’t really know what it means to stand up for what they want. And if they do, they get too scared to really express it. Most of the time, my fear for standing up for myself comes from the uncertainty of how other people will react, especially [...]

Food Substitutes

By | 2016-01-22T17:09:23+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Paleo, Recipes|Tags: , |

When Elizabeth initially approached me about blogging for Mary Lee Kitchen, my first thought was, “Hmmm...ummm. Oof. How do I break it to her gently that I’m right in the middle of an X-Files binge that does not leave room for much else?” But sometimes we say yes to things because we want to be a good friend, and working outside of our comfort zone can be exhilarating. Additionally, the possibility of delicious food on the other side is something [...]

New Year’s Intentions + Charred Kale and Sweet Potato Salad

By | 2016-01-13T12:28:49+00:00 January 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes, Sauce + Dressing, Soy Free, Vegetarian|Tags: |

Recently, I was sitting with friends and discussing my hopes and plans for 2016. Like a lot of us, I begin my year with resolutions and plans to change aspects of my life. Sometimes my goals are specific--like last year, my goal was to do a headstand in yoga  (still no dice). Other times they are very broad--like notice more beauty in everyday life. As I sat with my friends, one of them mentioned setting his intentions for the year [...]

Celebrating One Year + Westley’s Perfect Margarita

By | 2016-02-03T21:06:18+00:00 January 5th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , |

It feels like yesterday that Elizabeth asked me to work for Mary Lee Kitchen as the Content Editor, but it’s actually been a full year. I was nervous about working with Elizabeth and Ashley, because I know how easy it is for work-conflicts to become friend-conflicts that end up resulting in the end of the relationship. And while we’ve definitely had many heated discussions, I am grateful that we’ve always been able to remember each other’s humanity as well as [...]

Happy New Year + Almond/Orange Champagne Cocktail

By | 2016-01-01T20:14:14+00:00 January 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: |

Sometimes, I get sad on New Year’s...the parties, crowds and raucus celebration don’t always resonate with me because I’m more of a homebody who would rather sit in my pajamas and watch “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” and the ball drop in Time Square. But whatever I do, I always spend time thinking over the past year. I have always been a person who wants to be intentional in everything I do--which is hard, because I am also an ideas person. [...]

Discovering New Comforts + Spiced Buckwheat Pancakes

By | 2016-05-17T10:06:54+00:00 December 23rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Mary Lee Community, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: , |

Yams, Grandma’s macaroni and cheese, collard greens, beans, rolls, ham… This is what typically comes to mind when I think of traditional holiday foods. The holidays always meant being surrounded by family and an abundance of food. Whether Thanksgiving or Christmas, preparations began the night before with washing vegetables, soaking beans, and defrosting large birds or hams. The next morning, I rose early with the sun and my mother to help in the marathon of cooking and baking. My brothers [...]

Holiday Perspective + White Bean + Feta Cheese Dip

By | 2015-12-15T19:49:27+00:00 December 15th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes, Sauce + Dressing, Vegetarian|Tags: , |

I like to put up my Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. I don’t mind November, actually, I really love it, but I get so excited for Christmas. Christmas lights, hot chocolate, getting off work, baking, gingerbread decorating, playing games, watching holiday movies, the list can go on! But, the thing that I look forward to the most is just spending time with friends and family. Five years ago, nothing looked like it had as a child. My parents had [...]