Spiced Salmon with Curry Dip

By | 2016-05-09T12:02:12+00:00 May 9th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Mary Lee Community, Paleo, Recipes|Tags: , , , , |

Michelle Lee is the author of The Young Skin Diet and Living Luxe Gluten Free cookbook. Make sure to check out all of her recipes!  My father-in-law worked in hospitality.  Perhaps because of that experience, or maybe because he was born with it, he had a gift for entertaining and hosted fantastic dinner parties.  He made it look effortless.  At last, he shared one of his secrets – this recipe – with me.  It was his standby for gatherings, and [...]

Luv Cooks + Coconut Cacao Raw Energy Bars

By | 2016-04-04T10:34:55+00:00 April 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , |

Luv Cooks is sharing with us again with these wonderfully delicious Coconut Cacao Raw Energy Bars! Make sure to follow her on her blog  and instagram  I will be the first to tell you that I luv a Mounds bar. Sweet coconut dipped in rich dark chocolate- sign me up for that. But ever since I have been in on what I like to call a “cleaner” eating plan, the truth is that I am constantly on a quest to find chocolate options [...]

How to Divide a Whole Chicken

By | 2016-03-30T12:02:35+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Originally posted on April 2014. I began buying whole chickens a few years ago when I was doing a little cost comparing while grocery shopping. Fear overcame me because I did not know how to cut a chicken! And it felt gross! But after watching this video a few times, and practicing on a few chickens, I saw how easy it actually is. After a few weeks, I realized the my ethics had shifted, and I wanted to buy whole chickens because [...]

And We’re out like a Lamb + Banana Coconut Pudding

By | 2016-04-03T22:51:39+00:00 March 29th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , |

Does anyone else feel like the days are speeding past? Maybe it's the time of year, but it seems like I blink and another day is finished or another week is about to wrap up. In the midst of the mind-numbing speed with which the days and weeks are passing, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the month that is ending. This month has had the lion's share (like what I did there?) of challenging days, tempered [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]