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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

alcohol ink ornament craft
Alcohol Ink Ornaments





Not only have I been busy with the launch of Super Seeds, but I also have been expanding my love of crafts and their role in creating community. 

For the past several years, some friends and I have been throwing a big craft swap before the holidays. What I love about this is the sense of creativity and community that comes from friends digging deep to discover long-buried artistic skills and celebrating each other's talents.


memory wire bracelet DIY
Memory Wire Beaded Bracelets




Out of that party came the idea that folks might just like to get together for some fun while making something beautiful. We have had two workshops so far where people crafted, ate and drank while making some really cool stuff! The first one was a beaded bracelet workshop. At the second one, over 20 people made their own super-cool decoupaged glass platters.


Decoupage Glass Platters DIY



Next week, we are making beautiful alcohol ink ornaments or suncatchers. You can register here.

If you are interested in what we're doing, follow The Craft Evolution on Facebook or check out our website, www.thecraftevolution.com.

Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.  


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Silvana's Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Kitchen on Kim's Welcoming Kitchen

You might know Silvana Nardone from her previous cookbook, Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy, Delicious Meals. Or you might know her as the founding editor of Every Day with Rachael Ray. Maybe you know her from her blog, Silvana's Kitchen or as a contributor to Food & Wine and FoodNetwork.com. However you know her, you know that Silvana is a real food professional.

I have met Silvana and can tell you that she is as lovely as her food. I don't typically review books or products that aren't what I call "Welcoming Kitchen friendly" (vegan, gluten-free, allergen-free), but I am making an exception for Silvana's new book. Silvana's Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen is really a gorgeous cookbook. Not only that, but it can be immensely helpful to folks who are eating dairy-free and gluten-free. 

Silvana has created a variety of flour blends, so that you can get just the right texture depending on what you are making. For example, she has a Gluten-Free Bagel and Pretzel Mix and a Gluten-Free Seasoned Flour plus basic all-purpose blends, etc. She also has a wide range of recipes for dairy substitutes (please note that most of these are nut-based).

Once you figure out those building blocks, Silvana has a host of recipes, many of which are illustrated with beautiful photos, to turn into dairy-free and gluten-free meals. Although many of these recipes include eggs or meat, there are some vegan options and although I didn't try to substitute any of the eggs with my go-to egg substitutes (flaxseed meal, chia seed, applesauce or commercial egg replacer), I suspect that several would turn out well if you did.

Some of the Welcoming Kitchen-friendly recipes in Silvana's Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen are:
  • Creamy Kale-Cannellini Soup with Garlic Chips
  • Bready Corn Tortillas
  • Moo Shu Vegetables with Sesame Pancakes
  • Cherry Pie Poppers 
Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.  


Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Super Seeds: The Complete Guide to Cooking with Power-Packed Chia, Flax Hemp, Quinoa & Amaranth

Today is the day Super Seeds is available!



To celebrate the launch of my new book, my friends at Bob's Red Mill are offering a giveaway to make cooking with seeds even more exciting. One lucky winner will receive one of each of the following:

Super Seeds giveaway -- seed pack from Bob's Red Mill



Super Seeds giveaway -- seed pack from Bob's Red Mill



Super Seeds giveaway -- seed pack from Bob's Red Mill





Super Seeds giveaway -- seed pack from Bob's Red Mill





Super Seeds giveaway -- seed pack from Bob's Red Mill


  • 12-ounce bag of hemp seed
  • 16-ounce bag of quinoa
  • 16-ounce bag of chia
  • 24-ounce bag of flaxseed
  • 24-ounce bag of amaranth
Since it's Bob's Red Mill providing the seeds, you know they are high-quality.  This prize pack will provide you with plenty of Super Seeds to really get to know the recipes in my new book.


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Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available for pre-order now. You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.  
 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Super Seeds, Cooking with Chia, Hemp, Flax, Quinoa and Amaranth


I am over-the-moon excited to tell you that Super Seeds will be available nationwide tomorrow, October 21!

I am in love with my new cookbook. Sterling Publishing put together such a talented team to make my recipes shine! The photography is beautiful and the book is easy to read with a really nice layout.

You can find Super Seeds at Barnes and Noble and Bed, Bath & Beyond, as well as at bookstores around the country. 

You can also order it online from BN.com or Amazon.

This week, there will be fun giveaways, reviews and some sample recipes to try. Come join the Super Seeds fun!

Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available for pre-order now. You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

As I have said over and over, I love smoothies. I rely on them to fill in nutritional gaps in our hectic day-to-day lives, as well as to provide a delicious treat when we need one. My blender gets a regular workout in my kitchen.

Right now, I feel like a kid with a brand-new toy! Why? Because The Blender Girl, the very same Tess Masters from the gorgeous The Blender Girl Cookbook, has put together an app, The Blender Girl Smoothies, that takes smoothie making to the next level!



Photo by Erin Kunkel from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.


This app is not only loaded with recipes -- 75 to start and then another recipe added every week until 100 recipes -- but Tess provides a wealth of information about the ingredients she uses. 

It is so incredibly user-friendly, too! You can sort by dietary restriction (definitely appreciated in a food-allergy household!), you can put together a pre-populated shopping list,and you can learn about buying and storing ingredients along with a host of other info in the glossary.

More important to me, though -- The Blender Girl Smoothies app is super fun to use. It is loaded with absolutely beautiful photos of every smoothie, and it has a fun feature where you can enter how you're feeling and it will provide you with just the right smoothie for you at that moment! Tess also suggests 3 boosters (for flavor or nutrition or both) to go with each recipe to increase the variety.


Photo by Erin Kunkel from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

Lucky for us, I got to preview this app, and Tess is sharing a DELICIOUS smoothie recipe with us. This Rosemary Melonade will whet your appetite to get this app right away!


Photo by Erin Kunkel from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.


rosemary melonade

This exotic blend sips like a fancy cocktail, but skips the hefty bar tab. Melon is hydrating, and rich in vitamin C and anti-inflammatory lycopenes, while rosemary contributes awesome flavor and antibacterial backup. The combination makes this your secret immunity agent! Throw in the jalapeño for an added cleanse and kick.

Serves 2

3 cups (480g) chopped seedless watermelon, chilled
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 lemon, peeled and seeded
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary
1/2 cup (80g) frozen pineapple
1/4 cup (80g) frozen strawberries
5 drops alcohol-free liquid stevia, plus more to taste (optional)

Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until well combined.

Boosters
1/2 cup (60g) frozen raw cauliflower florets
1/2 teaspoon cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeño chile

Recipe from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.


For more sneak peaks of The Blender Girl Smoothies, check out:

Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available for pre-order now. You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.  

 
 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hempseed and Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies #vegan #glutenfree #foodallergy friendly



I have a day job outside of writing recipes. (That explains why my posts are so infrequent!)

I write grants for a program that provides housing and services to homeless women and children and families who are impacted by domestic violence. These past couple of weeks, my day job has been very busy!

I have been running to meetings, staying up late writing, and scrambling to keep up with my mama duties all while getting ready for the launch of my new book. Ugh!

It's been tempting to turn to junk food to keep myself going -- and believe me, there has been too much indulgence going on! -- but I know that what I really need is good fuel. Good fuel that I can take with me when I'm rushing around trying not to drop any of the balls I'm juggling.

This recipe is a tidy solution to my need to eat healthy while on the run. I cooked up a pot of oatmeal, but instead of eating it right away, I baked into a little package. I'm not sure cookie is the right word, but I'm not sure what to call it. These little oatmeal snacks are crunchy on the outside, soft and oatmeal-y on the inside and  they really satisfy. With applesauce for sweetness, whole-grain oats for staying power, and shelled hemp seeds for protein, they have saved the day more than once this week.

Bake up a batch and then pop them in the refrigerator or freezer. When you need a wholesome breakfast or snack, heat a couple of them up in the oven or toaster. 

Apple Hemp Seed Breakfast Cookie #vegan #glutenfree #foodallergy friendly




Applesauce Hemp Breakfast Cookies (vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, food allergy safe)
Makes 15 

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup chunky applesauce
  • 1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds or hemp hearts
  • Sprinkling of cinnamon
Preparation:
  1. Combine oats and water in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until oatmeal is soft, approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in applesauce and hemp seeds.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 375.
  6. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Scoop oatmeal 1/4 cup at a time. Shape into a round patty.
  8. Repeat for remaining oatmeal.
  9. Sprinkle tops of cookies with cinnamon.
  10. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until outside of cookies is firm and golden.
  11. Enjoy warm. 
Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available for pre-order now. You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.  


Monday, September 22, 2014

Probiotic-rich Vegan Banana Chai Smoothie


Do you have belly troubles? You know what I'm talking about ... I'm not going to spell out all the digestive woes one could be confronting!

Over the past few years, I have hardly had to think about my belly's workings, thanks in large part to probiotics. What's a probiotic? Helpful bacteria that help your digestive system work its best. Since I started taking a probiotic supplement every morning, I haven't really had to give my tummy a second thought. And that's just how I like it.

The folks at GoodBelly sent me coupons so I could try their 12 Day Challenge. I was very excited to give their probiotic juices and shots a try. They are vegan, though not all of their varieties are gluten-free (some use non-gluten-free oat flour). Look for the green cap if you need it to be gluten-free.

Why a 12 Day Challenge? The folks behind GoodBelly believe that you need a little while (12 days) to give these helpful bacteria a chance to do their thing, so you can reap the positive results. Like I said, I have been taking a probiotic every morning for a few years, so I already had the good effects.

I really enjoyed trying different products and seeing how my family (particularly my sometimes fussy kids) would enjoy the flavors of the GoodBelly products. We really liked them.

Of course, just trying the juices straight wasn't enough for me. I had to mix them up into a recipe. This smoothie combines the probiotic goodness of GoodBelly with fiber- and potassium-rich bananas, protein-loaded hemp seeds, and one of fall favorites -- chai. To make this a quick breakfast, break ripe bananas into chunks and freeze them so they will be ready when you need them.

For gluten-free, use the fermented coconut water, if you don't need it to be gluten-free, you can use the Vanilla Chamomile shot.

Banana Chai Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free, allergen-free)
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:
  • 1 serving of GoodBelly probiotic drink (fermented coconut water for gluten-free, vanilla chamomile shot if you don't need it to be gluten-free)
  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup brewed chai (I used a caffeine-free roobois version.)
  • 2 tablespoons shelled hemp seeds or hemp hearts (I used Bob's Red Mill.)
  • sprinkling of cinnamon

Preparation:
  1. Blend all ingredients, but cinnamon, until well combined.
  2. Sprinkle on cinnamon before serving.

Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available for pre-order now. You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.  


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lunch Ideas (vegan, gluten-free, food allergy safe)


One of the best parts of blogging over these past several years has been meeting new people who have become friends. One of my friends, Shirley Braden from Gluten-Free Easily, recently introduced me to someone I hope will become a new friend. Sunny from And Love It Too writes a wonderful gluten-free and dairy-free blog that features lots of great recipes.

Sunny has been hosting a month-long feature of Healthy Lunchbox Ideas. I am flattered to be included among the many other fabulous contributors. I included a tip and a recipe in my post.

My tip is this: I compile a list of no-complaint lunches with my boys. This is an agreed-upon list that I feel comfortable sending, and my kids will eat. Each of these lunch entrees meets their need for lunches that not only taste good, but have an acceptable texture after sitting in a lunchbox for the morning and are cool enough to unpack and eat in front of friends without ridicule. This is a tall order with a middle schooler! 

Although I fantasize about adorable Bento box lunches as seen on Pinterest, our fare is much more straightforward. If I pack a lunch from the list (for example, hummus sandwich, sunflower seed butter and jelly sandwich, mac & cheese in a thermos, pizza, etc.) they agree to eat it and not to complain. So far, so good!

Chocolate Sunflower Spread for Lunch (vegan, gluten free, food allergy safe)
Chocolate Sunflower Spread


I don't often pack a treat, but once in a while I like to wow them. The Whole Grain Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (vegan, gluten-free and food-allergy safe) that I shared on And Love It Too do just that!



Need some No-Complaint Lunch Inspiration?

Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available for pre-order now. You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.  

Monday, September 1, 2014


Strawberry Hemp Milk (vegan, non-dairy milk)


I came up with the original idea to write Super Seeds, because I over the past few years, I've been using these little power-packed beauties to easily boost the nutrition in my everyday meals. Quinoa, flaxseed, amaranth, hemp seed and chia seed make it easier than ever for me to ensure that my family is eating well.

Last week, I told you about how to make basic hemp milk, using shelled hemp seeds (or hemp hearts) and water. In my house, we don't usually use straight hemp milk for drinking, but rather use it in recipes.

Non-dairy, nut-free strawberry hemp milk


One way that we've been enjoying our hemp milk is to turn it into Strawberry Hemp Milk. Inspired by a kids' favorite, "I'm Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed," by Lauren Child, where pink milk is served to three tigers, we wanted to make our own pink milk.

You can feel good about serving this pink milk to any tigers (or people) who might need a bedtime drink.

Strawberry Hemp Milk (vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, soy-free)
Makes 4 cups

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds (also known as hemp hearts)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1-2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups strawberry slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Ice (optional)

Preparation:
  1. Blend all hemp seeds and water thoroughly.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend well.
I shared this recipe at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available for pre-order now. You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Win a Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher, $69.95 value



For someone who writes recipes, maybe surprisingly, I use a fair amount of convenience foods. Even though I like to make my own pasta sauce, I almost always have a jar or two of sauce in my pantry. The same goes for refried beans. Life with busy schedules and juggling jobs, means sometimes (often) I need a little help wherever I can find it.

Even though I buy packaged non-dairy milk (and there is an ever-increasing variety available!), I am thrilled that I can always make some healthy, protein-rich hemp milk whenever I need it for a recipe or for my coffee or tea or to add to cereal or oatmeal.

Combine hemp hearts or hemp seeds with water to make your own hemp milk.
Shelled hemp seeds and water combine to make do-it-yourself hemp milk.



Making your own hemp milk could not be easier! All you need are shelled hemp seeds (or hemp hearts, as they are sometimes called) and water. Then you blend them together. That's it. You can add some sweetener like agave or maple syrup and a pinch of salt for taste. You can filter it through a nut bag or coffee-filter-lined strainer for texture. For basic hemp milk, though, all you need is hemp seeds and water. I used hemp milk all the time while I was writing the recipes for Super Seeds. It's packed with nutrition from the hemp seeds -- fiber, protein, iron, magnesium and zinc -- and it's creamy, easy-to-use and delicious. 

Check back for a recipe for Strawberry Hemp Milk (or Pink Milk) in a few days. 

Basic Hemp Milk
Makes approximately 6 cups

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup shelled hemp seeds
  • 5 to 6 cups water 
  • Optional: agave, maple syrup, coconut nectar, pinch of salt

Preparation:
  1. Blend all ingredients.
  2. Strain if desired.

If your water has a distinctive taste, though, you are going to want to use filtered water. The folks from ClearlyFiltered sent me a water filter pitcher to try. I really like this pitcher. According to the company, the filter will last for up to 200 gallons, unlike the 26 or 40 gallons that other brands can filter. Their literature also states that ClearlyFiltered can eliminate almost all chlorine, fluoride, lead, mercury, & chromium 6.

I love that you don't have to remember to change the filter all the time. I also love that I can offer one of these pitchers to one lucky reader! The folks at ClearlyFiltered sent me two pitchers. One to try and one to giveaway. This giveaway is only for readers from the United States or Canada, sorry!



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I received two ClearlyFiltered water pitchers from the company; one for my consideration and one I am giving away. Any opinions are my own.  

Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available for pre-order now. You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.  

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Have you ever had a friend who makes you want to be a better version of yourself?

I have a friend like that. My friend Stacy Snyder, the no-BS mama behind the awesome parenting blog, Parent Unplugged, makes me want to be a braver version of myself. When I see her face life head-on, she makes me want to try new things, too. 

On my road to living life more bravely, I participated in a live storytelling event at Martyrs' in Chicago. This is an incredible music club (and I have been to a whole lot of music venues). They book awesome acts, have a great stage and a really cool vibe. 

Kate Hill, one of the owners of Martyrs' is a creative and community-building force. She and a partner, Dee, have put together a new live storytelling monthly event called Louder Than A Mom. They asked me to tell a story, and I took a deep breath, and worked on one that fit the theme of summer camp or summer vacation.

I thought I'd take a break from food and share it with you. 


Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available for pre-order now. You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.  

Monday, July 28, 2014

Glutenfree, Nutfree Chickpea Hemp Vegan Burgers
These tender burgers don't need many ingredients to taste delicious.


We just got back from a family vacation that involved a 14-hour drive. That equates to a whole lot of not-so-great-for-you food if you're in my family.

After indulging on vacation, and then eating a lot of easy food on the road, I really needed something fresh (but easy, I'm still unpacking!) that I could feed my guys.

These burgers use one of my favorite ingredients, hemp seeds for their nutty flavor, high protein content and lots and lots of nutrients. (They are one of the seeds featured in my new book, SUPER SEEDS.) They get a freshness punch from parsley and rolled oats (gluten-free if you need it) helps hold them together.

I served these tender burgers with a baked potato and some fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. You could also wrap them in a lettuce leaf or tortilla or serve them on your favorite bun.

I hope you're enjoying easy-going days and tasty treats this summer!

Chickpea Hemp Vegan Burgers (vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free)
Makes 4 burgers

Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed or 1 3/4 cups cooked
  • 2 tablespoons shelled hemp seeds (or hemp hearts)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats or old-fashioned oats (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
Preparation:
  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft, but not brown (a couple of minutes).
  3. In a food processor, pulse all ingredients including sauteed vegetables until blended together. The beans should still have some texture, but there shouldn't be any whole beans left. Don't wipe out skillet.
  4. Reheat skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Form bean mixture into four patties.
  6. Cook on each side until brown, approximately 3 to 4 minutes per side. 
Happy Cooking!
Kim


My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available for pre-order now. You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.