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 [...]

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, [...]

San Francisco, Montreal + Megan Makes Cookies

By | 2016-04-19T13:07:39+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My sister, Caitlin, and I spent last week climbing and eating our way through the hills of San Francisco. (Full disclosure: neither of us must contend with any food intolerances, so we did not have to do any prerequisite planning around that). However, one of the perks of living in or traveling to a larger city, of course, is the increased availability of delicious food that does fit into a modified diet. Many of the menus from restaurants where we [...]

Easy Rice Pilaf

By | 2017-08-12T11:55:02+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Food Education, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

What is rice pilaf? Rice pilaf simply means that rice was cooked with broth, not water. It is different than a risotto for few different reasons, although both of them use broth in the preparation. In this easy rice pilaf, we add some common spices to give the pilaf extra flavor. As with most basic dishes, it is the perfect accompaniment to a meat or hearty vegetable dish. Sometimes, we just eat it plain. If you are like us, you [...]

Avoiding Hidden Corn Ingredients

By | 2017-08-12T12:13:52+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , |

After I got diagnosed with food allergies, Celiac Disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), I enrolled in a certificate program for nutrition and health to learn how to eat and understand what is happening in my body. This was also around the time that I discovered that I am not alone; many people are affected by the food that we consume. One of the largest hidden components of the food we eat is corn--something that I am allergic to. Since [...]

Allergy Awareness + GF Holiday Sugar Cookies

By | 2015-12-18T18:01:53+00:00 December 18th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Mary Lee Community, Peanut Free, Recipes|Tags: |

About a month ago, we had an incident with Kye that we were not entirely prepared for. It was early on a Friday evening. I was at work, and Brittany and the kids were visiting her Grandpa in a town nearby. Kye had accidentally been given a cracker that day which was not gluten free, or as we like to say, he was glutened. It was entirely unintentional, but extremely unfortunate. Up to this point, he hasn’t had the most [...]

Its officially 2013! Are you ready for a challenge?

By | 2017-10-29T19:36:47+00:00 January 7th, 2013|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

It is the beginning of a new year, which is the time most people feel like they are able to hit the refresh button on their life. My regular gym these days is packed with men and women who have made the pledge to work out more and get in shape for the new year--or they at least have decided to lose the excess weight from the holidays. In contrast, on New Year’s Eve, I spoke with eight-year-old twins about [...]