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 [...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

By | 2017-05-03T12:57:38+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Categories: Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

You may have read our educational posts about setting up a gluten-free pantry -- which will help you have the ingredients on hand for these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins that avoid many of the common food allergies! In general, as we have said in other posts,   one of the hardest parts about beginning to eat in a new way is changing your entire lifestyle and relationship with food. One of the things we know people miss most? Baked goods. What could be [...]

5 Tips for Setting Up a Gluten Free Kitchen

By | 2017-05-03T13:04:45+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , |

You may have already read the post on setting up a gluten-free pantry  when you made the  jump and started 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 entire 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Gluten-free Challenges + Mango Lassi

By | 2016-03-30T12:09:58+00:00 March 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I first started dating my husband, I received a cookbook for gluten free meals from my mother, who has always loved making food for other people. She had learned from me that he was, and is, intolerant of gluten. For him, this means that if he has more than one serving of something with wheat/gluten every week or so, he begins to show some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Thankfully for us, his reactions aren't anaphylactic shock, [...]