Vegetarian Recipes

Don’t Expect the World to Understand Inclusion + Brown Rice Tortillas

By | 2016-01-12T17:35:00+00:00 January 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Sauce + Dressing, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|

I grew up in West Texas, where it’s an understatement to say that there isn’t much going on other than it being very flat, very dry, and very windy. But, one of the things that West Texas offers, that I haven’t found anywhere else, is amazing TexMex--especially at my favorite restaurant, Rosa’s. Rosa’s holds a special place in my heart. My family would get it for dinner multiple times during the week, my friends and I would grab lunch there [...]

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 [...]

Past Reflections + The OMG Giant Cookie Pizza

By | 2016-01-06T15:16:43+00:00 January 6th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: |

Going through past posts is kind of like going through your high school yearbook: you cringe a little, but you are also proud of the milestones you've achieved. As I looked through the past three years of posts, I have recognized that my cooking, recipes, and food photography have improved by leaps and bounds, and I am so proud of where Mary Lee Kitchen is now. The blog was once just a place where I would post a quick thought [...]

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. [...]

Learning To Celebrate The Holidays + Winter Rum Punch

By | 2015-12-17T14:53:01+00:00 December 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , |

Holiday traditions are hard for me because Thanksgiving is the only tradition that I celebrate year in and year out. Only since moving back to California have I started celebrating Halloween, and really that was only this past year. As for Christmas, I still haven’t gotten into it. It’s not that I dislike any of these holidays, but I do think that growing up in a family that celebrated traditional holidays differently has made me less interested in, or less [...]

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 [...]

Thanksgiving with Britt & Noah

By | 2016-05-17T10:01:04+00:00 November 24th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Mary Lee Community, Recipes, Vegetarian|

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about holiday meal traditions. Having only experienced one Thanksgiving season where we knew about Kye’s diagnosis of Celiac Disease, we haven’t exactly had the time to develop any significant traditions that have allowed our family to come to the table in peace. But it’s also difficult to develop our own family traditions around holiday meals because we live close to our families. Don’t get me wrong, that is definitely [...]

Food, Family, and Thanksgiving Stuffing

By | 2016-05-17T10:02:12+00:00 November 15th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Vegetarian|Tags: |

This is the time of year when my thoughts turn with excitement towards large feasts and the gathering of friends and family. I imagine recipes, those that have succeeded swimmingly in the past and those I would like to try, and dream of menus. I coordinate with others to make sure that we craft a space that is inviting and meaningful to all who gather. And I eagerly anticipate the consuming of delicious foods. Because no matter how chaotic or [...]

Foraging for Mushrooms: Woodland “Chicken” Veggie Soup

By | 2016-05-17T10:04:12+00:00 October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , |

While "foraged food" has recently become popularized, it is perhaps the oldest form of living off the land.  I am thankful for a family cottage in northwestern Michigan that has year after year provided endless opportunity for woodland strolls and foraging discovery. Traipsing through the woods with my childhood pals I accidentally fell into eating seasonal treats straight from the earth. We'd be gone for hours in the deep beech forest…a handful of blueberries here, a sweet young sprig of [...]