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 }

Jan June 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Organic anything really. I’ll say bananas, for making a smoothie.


Elena June 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Totally agree with Betsy: fresh herbs are a MUST!


frannie June 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm

My supportive husband. Really! He really is an essential ingredient for me.
All kidding aside, I’ve been rediscovering turmeric. It is wonderful in salad dressings,
on cauliflour, etc.


Celena @ apple & orange June 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Everything here is awesome so I am going to pick something different… how about Cacao Nibs! They are an essential in our kitchen for goodies 😀


Jessica June 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm



Amanda June 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Flaxseed is a must


Janae June 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Coconut oil! Use it for everything and love to just eat spoonful several times a day.


Tammy Federspiel June 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Now that I can’t eat almonds I’d have to say Chia seeds are my must have!


deb June 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm



A Morrick June 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm

coconut oil and fresh fruits and veggies!!


Heidi June 11, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Frozen strawberries! Very versatile and essential for my morning dfree Gfree breakfast smoothies!


Maureen June 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Fruits and veggies are a must! I love making different types of homemade salsas. I put it on everything.


dee m June 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Nutritional Yeast. I use it in everything, I especially love it sprinkled in my hot air popped popcorn. :0)


Nancy June 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Flaxseed meal


Katie June 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm



Nada Nekrep June 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm

kale is my favorite!


Julie R. June 11, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Besides veggies, I’d have to say almonds or coconut oil.


Andrea June 11, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Fresh fruits and veggies


Keila Rivera June 11, 2012 at 11:30 pm

For me and the Latin spice Organic CILANTRO


Aubrey Stimola Ryan June 11, 2012 at 11:36 pm

A willingness to experiment with variations on a theme. Who knows what deliciousness we’ll discover by thinking outside the recipe!


Doris June 12, 2012 at 12:31 am

Coconuts would be my ingredient – I can make coconut oil, cream, milk, get water, flour from this and the coconut shells make great bras or bowls. LOL.


Lea June 12, 2012 at 4:29 am

Chia seeds and hemp hearts on EVERYTHiNG! And coconut oil


Janey June 12, 2012 at 5:50 am

Red lentils!

For me, when inspiration and energy is low, I go for what’s-left-in-the-fridge stew, and no matter how sad looking those veggies were, when cooked with red lentils and a random mix of herbs, it always turns out delish.

These comments are making me think I should investigate coconul oil tho!


Andrea M June 12, 2012 at 7:16 am

One essential ingredient in a pure kitchen is spinach :) i practically eat it every meal Mmm!


barb June 12, 2012 at 9:05 am

Stevia! And the runners up would be chia seeds and coconut milk. YUM


Dora June 12, 2012 at 9:32 am

Coconut oil!!


Angela B June 12, 2012 at 10:52 am

Fresh vegetables!


Jennifer June 12, 2012 at 11:51 am



Alisa June 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm

This is one of my favorite cookbooks!


Jen steeves June 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm

My favorite has to be maple syrup!


Jessica June 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

One more vote for kale. <3


Karin June 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Love, flax seed, veggies, etc.


Stephanie June 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I don’t think I could live without kale…


Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free June 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I love Hallie’s book! And this recipe looks SO GOOD! I wish we lived closer so we could cook en masse and share meals with each other.


Adam Kemp June 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Garlic. Would love to win this for my Fiancée.


Homemade Levity June 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm

The book, as well as the black bean quinoa patties look beautiful! My essential kitchen ingredient must be lemons. I put lemon juice in almost everything I make, and lemon zest in baked goods and stews.


Debbie June 12, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Avocado! Can’t live without it!!


Niky Wallin June 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Blueberries, Spinach and Wild Salmon!


shelley June 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

italian parsley..


Deverie June 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm

We can’t live without our coconut oil! We use it in just about everything.


Cheryl June 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm



karen D June 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Extra Virgin Olive Oil….organic of course!


Kristin June 12, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Garlic is the one ingredient I put in everything!


Melissa June 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Quinoa and lentils!


susan June 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Red pepper flakes, garlic and wheat free tamari sauce


Melissa Darr June 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Coconut Oil…. couldn’t live without it!


joanne June 12, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Besides a variety of vegetables, celtic sea salt! I love the taste and always make sure I never run out!


Pei June 13, 2012 at 12:05 am

coconut oil & spices.


jessica June 13, 2012 at 5:42 am



Carly K June 13, 2012 at 6:23 am

Coconut oil!


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