5 Challenges when Trying to Snack Allergy-Friendly

By | 2018-09-15T13:58:27+00:00 September 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Whether you are new to eating allergy-friendly or an old pro, there are some significant challenges when it comes to finding good snacks. And a good snack is important. It might be a bit of a (completely deserved) running joke with my friends about how much food I have with me at all times: I typically carry at least two snacks in each bag and have a stash of snacks at my desk for my day job. Why know the [...]

Stocking Your Kitchen: Fridge Basics

By | 2018-06-24T14:42:55+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , , , |

Have you ever looked in your fridge and seen only condiments and a few sad, orphaned items? Odds are, you have. Better yet, have you ever looked in your fridge and only seen items that you can’t eat? If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions and live with someone who doesn’t, you’ve probably experienced this as well. And if what you ask yourself in those moments (other than “who can I call for take out?”) is “what can I [...]

Stocking Your Kitchen: 11 Freezer Basics

By | 2018-07-15T16:08:02+00:00 March 30th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , , , , |

How does the inside of your freezer look? Is it bare, or stuffed to the brim? If it’s the latter, or you are looking to overhaul your freezer to be more allergy friendly, this is a fantastic place to begin. We have identified 11 of our freezer basics to keep stocked in your freezer at all times. Why might you change out what is in your freezer? Good question. After all, there are dozens, probably even hundreds, of allergy-friendly frozen [...]

Elizabeth’s Top 8 Corn Ingredient Substitutions

By | 2017-05-03T13:18:56+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This past Saturday night, instead of going out with friends or having a date night out with my husband, he and I decided to stay in and make a GREAT meal. And I do mean great. Lately, most of our time has been completely filled with extra meetings, assignments, friends, and travel, so we needed this time to reconnect to our kitchen. As I was prepping the dressing for a steak salad, I paused and realized that it didn’t take [...]

Date Paste Sweetener

By | 2017-05-03T13:13:45+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Condiments + Basics, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  One of my favorite ingredient substitutions is dates in place of sweeteners. They still are high in sugar but they have other great benefits, like reduce blood pressure and a good source of fiber. I like making date paste. It's easy and can keep in the freezer for 3 months! If you are looking for other great substitutions, head over to our education section, and check out my top 8 corn substitutions... having good substitutions on hand makes cooking and baking easier, and prevents [...]

Fall Changes + Tahini Crusted Baked Tilapia

By | 2016-09-13T12:01:19+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Fall is here, kids are back in school--and I’m definitely feeling  the shift in the season. From a carefree work environment to one with more structure. Seriously, my first day back from vacation at the end of August felt like October was booked already! With fall comes the smell of cinnamon, hot drinks, and cozy fires...but before I pull out my scarves or dust off my boots, I want to share some things that I learned on our break this [...]

Top 10 Resources for Food Allergies

By | 2017-08-12T11:32:01+00:00 June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Food Education|Tags: , , , , , |

Have you ever had a panic attack? Like the kind where you can’t breathe and need a paper bag? This has only happened once or twice in my life, but the feeling is not something that I will soon forget. My body was out of my control. This feeling was similar to when I first tried to figure out the food allergy world. If you are connected to someone with food allergies, you can probably relate! So, in that case, I [...]

5 Tips for Setting up a Gluten-Free Kitchen

By | 2018-02-25T20:57:23+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , , , |

You may have already read the post on pantry must-haves when starting to live gluten free or corn free. If you haven’t, I highly suggest it, because one of the hardest parts about beginning to eat in a new way is changing your lifestyle and relationship with food. As people, we begin our food habits as infants and toddlers. Those ways of thinking about food are deeply ingrained, and discovering as an adult that you are allergic to something you [...]

Food Allergy Awareness + The “Original” Mary Lee Kitchen Cookies

By | 2016-05-17T15:13:29+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Gluten Free|Tags: , , |

I didn’t cook anything for this week’s blog post, although I did eat all kinds of allergy-friendly food--and not always intentionally, which I think is a good omen for my involvement in this venture! Instead, I am using this time to reflect on the past several months I’ve been exploring the Mary Lee Kitchen recipe archives and trying out foods I know and love, but altered in small ways in order to be enjoyed by all. As I’ve mentioned before, [...]

Five Tips for Stocking a Gluten-Free Pantry

By | 2018-03-04T17:20:55+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , |

A line from the sound of music came to me as I prepared to write this post: "let's start at the very beginning. A very good place to start." And when it comes to cooking or baking gluten free, I completely agree. You can master all of the skills of cooking, baking, or substituting, but if you don't have the ingredients, it's going to be more than a little challenging to make the food. Below is a basic pantry guide [...]