The Pure Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway

by Maggie on June 9, 2012

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I am so excited to share one of our favorite cookbooks with you!

Hallie Klecker is the talented author of the cookbook The Pure Kitchen.  She is also the creator of Daily Bites – a healthy cooking and baking blog dedicated to spreading the word about using real food to live happily and healthfully (Hallie’s recipes are all gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free).

Hallie and I quickly became connected (over the inter-webs) because we share a love of nutrition – we’re both huge fans of nutrient-dense baking and crunchy salads!   When I see Hallie’s latest creation come into my inbox, I usually find myself ooohing and ahhhing over her use of some of my favorite ingredients!

I wanted to share Hallie’s cookbook with you today (and one of our favorite recipes from it) because I happen to think Hallie’s cookbook is perfect as we head into Summer’s beautiful bounty of fresh fruits and veggies.

The Pure Kitchen is loaded with simple and nutritious recipes – recipes you could serve to your friends, your family – and no one would even notice that the gluten and the dairy are missing.  Hallie focuses on pure ingredients and uses real food to make delicious dishes.

Some of our favorite recipes from The Pure Kitchen:

  • Black Bean and Quinoa Patties (recipe below)
  • Maple Glazed Root Vegetables
  • Two-Step Tortilla Chips
  • Whole Grain Applesauce Pancakes (easily adapted to be egg-free)

Black Bean and Quinoa Patties

This recipe is a hit at our house.  Callum LOVES them and that makes me happy!
Reprinted with permission from Hallie.

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 ¼ cups cooked quinoa, cooled to room temperature or refrigerated
2 garlic cloves
2 medium scallions, roughly chopped (white and green parts)
¼ cup fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon brown rice flour or sorghum flour
1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
¾ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Large lettuce leaves

In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine the black beans, quinoa, garlic, scallions, cilantro, tomato paste, flour, cumin, chili powder, and sea salt. Process until just combined, 15-20 seconds.

Form the mixture into four 1/2 –inch thick patties of equal size. Arrange the patties on a parchment-lined plate and freeze, uncovered for 20-30 minutes.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the patties and cook for about 4 minutes per side. Arrange each patty on a lettuce leaf, top as desired, and serve.

Serves 4 – Vegan, nut-free


All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below telling me one essential ingredient in a pure kitchen.

Contest rules: Contest will be open until Saturday, June 16th at 11:59 pm CST.

Winners will be chosen with the help of
International winners are responsible for any duties and tariffs.

Make sure you hop over to Hallie’s blog, or catch her on Facebook and Twitter.

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{ 172 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauri K June 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

A good blender is an essential ingredient in a my kitchen. I’m looking to upgrade!


Terri June 13, 2012 at 11:23 am

fresh herbs, especially basil


Penny June 13, 2012 at 11:33 am

Patience – to not rush the process or skip steps and to keep trying when something doesn’t work out the way you expected


Angela (aka Caffeinated Autism Mom) June 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm

One ingredient I can’t live without in our Pure Kitchen is coconut milk! We use it for everything!
-with gluten-free cereal
-as the base of dairy-free cream sauces
-making creamy polenta
-coconut whipped cream
-and the list goes on and on!


Carli June 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Love Chia Seeds


Michelle June 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Definitely spinach.


Patty Baker June 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

coconut oil!!!


Julia C K June 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Frozen berries for smoothies!


Bridget June 13, 2012 at 9:51 pm

flaxseed meal and coconut oil


Lisa June 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Coconut oil! (Essential ingredient for a pure toiletry kit, too!)


Kati June 14, 2012 at 6:13 am

Coconut oil… don’t go a day without it!


Heather Howes June 14, 2012 at 6:16 am

Spinach…I use it daily, especially in green smoothies!


April June 14, 2012 at 8:07 am

Coconut milk


annette r June 14, 2012 at 11:43 am

I can’t live without my Vitamix blender.


Stephanie Cann June 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I can think of too many essentials but I must always have fresh garlic on hand.


Nancy Lewis June 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm

“Blendtec”. I use that thing all the time…


Cyndi June 15, 2012 at 10:47 am

fresh organic vegetables


Tara June 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm

It is essential for us to have apple cider vinegar or kefir, yogurt, (an acidic soaking medium), to rid our grains and seeds of phytic acid.


Jessica Christensen June 16, 2012 at 6:04 am

A pure kitchen has to have joy. I love cooking for my family and feeding them food that will nurture their bodies.


isa June 16, 2012 at 8:26 am

coconut oil!


Sarah @ My Sleepy Kitchen June 16, 2012 at 9:21 am

Nuts and seeds are essential for me!


bitt June 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm



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