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 }

jcd June 9, 2012 at 10:14 am

i would say purified water! Then definitely fresh fruits and vegetables :)


Linda De Lano June 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

non processed, no GMO, grass feed, free range


KimB June 9, 2012 at 11:16 am

Lots of fruit, vegetables


Beth June 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

Quinoa! One of my favorites whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner! :)


Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy June 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

wow what a great sounding book!! for a pure kitchen, i’d say organic vegetables and fruits! And raw nuts!! thanks for doing this giveaway!


Emerald June 9, 2012 at 11:39 am

The number one essential ingredient in a pure kitchen is love!!
Others include spring water, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, turmeric, fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs!


Chelsea June 9, 2012 at 11:45 am

Just one? I would have to pick coconut oil.


Vikki June 9, 2012 at 11:55 am

For us it’s fresh fruits and veggies! I’ve been vegan for several years so it wast too hard to adjust when I recently learned my step-daughter is now GF.


Brandae June 9, 2012 at 11:56 am

Essential: water! Food: organic veggies! Tool: french press :)
Great giveaway – would love to win!


patricia pierson June 9, 2012 at 11:58 am

I like to eat oat bran and love the black bean burgers and white beans and greens and a little wheat germ in place of bread crumbs


Jacqueline June 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Your book looks like it has great recipes.
I think that the most essential ingredient is the knowledge of how important “clean” ingredients are for a healthy body.


Melanie June 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Patience and love to teach your children to cook with whole foods. Fresh veggies and herbs from the garden are always a plus.
The book sounds amazing.


melissa June 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

a variety of fruits and vegetables!


KellyB June 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm

An essential item for me is raw cocoa. It just makes life a little sweeter!
thanks for the chance at this great book.


Stephanie June 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm

So hard to pick just one! I would have to say organic and non-processed foods.


pjt55 June 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Fruit, veggies and beans! :)


jess June 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

glass and stone bakeware


Jen June 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I would have to say quinoa, and lots of veggies and fruit.


christine June 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm

The prime ingredient is inspiration – just what the book is offering:)


Debra June 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I would have to say the most important ingredient in a pure kitchen is love… if you love both the people you are cooking/baking for and the bevy of wholesome ingredients you are preparing the food with, you are sure to do well. I love Daily Bites and I would love to add the cook book to my shelf. Thank you for the opportunity!


Andrea June 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I would have to say that one of the most, if not the most important ingredient in a Pure Kitchen is LOVE…love for food, love for health, and love for life. Eating healthy and pure takes time and effort, and so I believe it is of utmost importance to fill your kitchen with love for the food you make and the people you make it for!


Leah June 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I would say that, besides water, an essential ingredient in a pure kitchen would be coconut, be it flour, oil, or non-sugared shredded coconut meat!


Alexandra Owens June 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Diffidently organic pesticide free fruits and veggies


Lisa June 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Coconut oil – I use it every day!


Karina June 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm

So many… I guess- kale. Eat it almost every day.


Kibby June 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I would have to agree with Emerald above – LOVE! then organic greens, hemp seeds, coconut oil, spirulina, fruit, avocado, etc. – it is really hard to pick just one. They all contribute to a well-rounded, diverse whole kitchen that feeds and nourishes the body and mind.


Amanda k June 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Lots of fruits and veggies oh and better batter!! Thanks for a chance to win!


Stacey June 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Coconut Oil :)


Sue June 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Raw dairy products are essential to me.


Sue June 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Anything coconut.
Oil, milk, water, flour or shred.
Thanks you for the opportunity to win.


Shirley June 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Pure natural spring water. We are using ghee more now and its easy to make too and apple cider vinegar. Lets not forget the Maple Syrup from our own maple trees. Can’t get any more natural than that! Love your website.


Shirley June 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Pure natural spring water.
Maple Syrup.
Thanks for the chance to win the cookbook.


Jeanene June 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

No Gluten or Dairy. You will find Whole Foods!


Jenny L. June 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I would say organic vegetables. Thanks for the black bean burger recipe. I have been looking for a good quinoa burger but all I could find were ones that had dairy in them. I can’t do dairy or wheat. I also love quinoa. I can’t wait to try them.


Brooke June 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Almonds! I love them.


Carmen June 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm

An essential ingredient in my kitchen lately has been lentils. I enjoy how diverse the little green moons are. Thanks for comming up with such a great prize!


Krystal Fox June 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Coconut oil for sure!


Amanda June 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Fresh ground nut butters :)


Christy June 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

My 7 year old son, on a diet of no gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, corn or nuts, says brown rice.


kimberly June 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

gf old fashion rolled oats…we use them almost everyday from smoothies to baked goods


Kerri June 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Lots of fruits and veggies, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds.


Ana June 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Coconut oil is a pure ingredient I love in my kitchen!
The book look wonderful!


Catherine June 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I agree with Emerald – love is where it is at! Thanks for all of yours Maggie!


Jessica H June 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Fruit! Need it to get the sweet fix and my kid loves fruit!


Missy June 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm

organic fruit and veggies right out of my garden:)


Rachelle June 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Coconut oil :)


Angie June 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Veggies and fruit for the garden and trees in the backyard! Love having a grocery isle right outside my door!


Annie June 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Maple syrup baby! In my opinion its got the best flavour of any sweetner out there, its ‘cooling’ (according to ayurveda), and where we leave we can get it locally.


Sheryl June 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm

I would say a great recipe!! I make the same granola bars every week for my son…I LOVE that he LOVES them!!


filomena barilla June 9, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I would have to say besides water, leafy greens!!! Lots of varities of lettuce to make wraps, and of course huge salad bowls. Kale to juice and make yummy kale chips. Of course spinach awesome to put in smoothies, sauted or raw. Yup I would say lots and lots of leafy greens.


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