The Pure Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway

by Maggie on June 9, 2012

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 }

Tessa June 9, 2012 at 8:53 pm

It would have to be coconut oil or chia seed for me!


bitt June 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm



Gail June 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Coconut oil!


nik June 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Organic lemons…I use them for cooking, baking, garnishing and for summer lemonades and cocktails. Gotta have ’em!


Candace June 9, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Hmmm, just one. It’s between coconut oil and apple cider vinegar :)


Cindy Harrell June 9, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Thank You for all you do. I think the one most essential ingredient in a PURE Kitchen is LOVE and also SOUL I’m working real hard at teaching my loved ones to eat healthier and to get into better shape and live happier lives.


Cindy Harrell June 9, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Love and also lot’s of veggies


Sarah June 9, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Organic fruits and vegetables!


Natalie June 9, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Kale is my favorite.


K June 10, 2012 at 3:50 am

I agree with love!


Jennifer M June 10, 2012 at 4:50 am

Flax seeds


Charleybrown June 10, 2012 at 5:51 am



Cindy W. June 10, 2012 at 6:07 am

I think it would have to be any kind of vegetable.


Shantess June 10, 2012 at 7:22 am

Oh, what a hard question, lol! Only one? I am torn between fresh, organic kale and fresh, organic blueberries. I eat both daily!


Desiree Guokas June 10, 2012 at 7:27 am



Jody June 10, 2012 at 7:38 am

Berries! Lots and lots of berries!


Laura June 10, 2012 at 8:20 am

Love is the key ingredient!


Ali Kimble June 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

Local fruits and veggies!!! :)


niv June 10, 2012 at 9:07 am

Definitely has to fresh veggies and fruits.


April June 10, 2012 at 9:47 am

Cucumbers. Great on salads and juicing. I use at least 1 per day.


julie June 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

I would have to say coconut oil!


Ashley June 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

How can I pick one?! :) I’m going to go with spinach…It’s so versatile! Thank you for the giveaway!


Anna June 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

almond flour! i use it to make bread-y treats, to thicken a smoothie or soup, or to add texture to granola…


saniel June 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

chia seeds


Katie June 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm



Bridget June 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm

good quality sea salt, ghee, and coconut oil


Shamima June 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I would have to say vegetables.


Anna June 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Organic maple syrup…..I put the sh*t on everything!


Sammi June 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Olive oil definitely :)


Holly Kuzdzal June 10, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Coconut oil and chia seeds are something I even pack in my suitcase for vacations!


Sarah June 10, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Chia seeds and hemp hearts make multiple appearances on a daily basis – they’re essentials!


kristy @ coconutmama June 10, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Love the comment about love and soul! Fresh fruits and veggies. Running low sends me into a panic. 😉


Rebecca June 11, 2012 at 3:44 am

I would have to say Garlic. I love my garlic.


Elizabeth June 11, 2012 at 7:21 am

Garlic!! Preferably roasted!


Laura June 11, 2012 at 7:36 am

Definitely love…it comes through in the food you make, especially when you’ve organically grown at least some of the food yourself. :-)


Michelle M June 11, 2012 at 8:00 am

Almond butter!


Susan June 11, 2012 at 8:30 am

Coconut oil


Rosemary Evergreen June 11, 2012 at 9:38 am



Betsy @ Gluten Free Betsy June 11, 2012 at 9:55 am

Fresh herbs. They add so much flavor to meals, it’s incredible.


Tahirih June 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

I don’t think I can name just one! I think almonds are almost number 1…i use them in everything, all types of seeds, and absolutely coconut oil!


leslie June 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

I would say Chia Seeds. such a powerhouse!


Carmen June 11, 2012 at 10:28 am

Quinoa, I must say!


Susan Ruffalo June 11, 2012 at 10:30 am

Veggies- lots and lots of veggies!!


Janet June 11, 2012 at 11:07 am

Coconut aminos. I use it as a way of keeping my salt intake lower. Often I mix arrowroot powder into the coconut aminos for dishes I’m reheating (I typically make up one dish on the weekend that I can bring in as leftovers for lunch during the week). Plus it’s loaded with 17 amino acids, broad-spectrum B Vitamins (especially rich in Inositol), Vitamin C, Potassium, and FOS (a prebiotic that promotes digestive health).


kavita June 11, 2012 at 11:18 am

Love! Absolutely the number one ingredient :-)
Next, in my kitchen, healthy fats are gaining a much more prominent role as I discover how I’ve focused on fruits & veggies, but overlooked this essential this ingredient in my diet. Managing this well helps keep me satisfied for longer periods of time & helps with managing my blood sugar issues too. There’s no debate in my mind about flax & coconut oils. But info on several others is conflicting out there & confusing for me. Which oils are ok for cooking, which only raw, which shouldn’t be consumed on a regular basis – olive, safflower, sesame, butter, ghee, fish oil. Still trying to figure out some of this by just observing my body.


Jennifer June 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

Gee, that’s a tough one as I have more than a few. lol But I would have to say that the items that I use the most, and would have a very hard time going without, are Quinoa and Coconut Oil.


Ashley B. June 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

Veggies, veggies, and more veggies from our backyard garden!


Vicki June 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

Love spinach to have in our green smoothies!


Kate June 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I definitely agree with those who said that love is essential! You have to love yourself and your family enough to put in that extra effort. The other essential ingredient I believe is quality fats and oils. Mmm.. :)


Leeann Denham June 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Almonds – roasted, sliced, or in flour – I have something almond every day!


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