Welcome to Lexie's Kitchen & Living. I'm glad you stopped by and hope you enjoy the five years of recipes and ramblings collected here.

The inspiration for this site was my son. To learn about our journey to restore his intestinal and neurological health read here

Follow a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free diet? Take a peek at my cookbook.  

 

 

 


 

 

 

Sunday
Jul212013

Vegan Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know, it's the middle of summer and the last thing we want to do is to fire up the oven and bake in the sweltering heat. But trust me, this cookie recipe was tempting enough to get me out of bed early to do some baking in the cool of the day ... and boy was it worth it.

These Gluten-free Vegan Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies are the brainchild of Sarah from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free Treats. She is a talented gluten free baker (sometimes dairy and egg free, too) and creator of fabulous jaw-dropping treats. Sarah is one of those people that make gluten-free baking look so easy. She's gifted fur shure!

For these sinful cookies, Sarah took her chocolate chip cookie recipe and changed it up a bit. Sarah says "I have a habit of altering recipes to make them even more fabulous. I enjoy the classic chocolate chip cookie, but my heart is really fond of a CHOCOLATE chocolate chip cookie. Let's be honest here, you can never have too much chocolate."

These cookies are almost like a hand-held gooey brownie with those crispy edges that we all love. Rich, chocolatey goodness! I would give the sweetness factor a "high" mark. And since we are baking in the dead of summer, I had to chill my dough a bit because at these temperatures my coconut oil is liquid. Chilling in the fridge turned a very sticky dough into a more managable, "scoopy" dough. Enjoy!!

Click here for the recipe. 

Monday
Jul152013

SuperSeedz™ Snacks & Giveaway

I'm always on the lookout for gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free snacks to keep on hand for when we're on the go.

Second to gluten-free baking, sourcing snacks that my kids will actually eat is one of the most challenging aspects of cooking and eating the way that we do.

Empty Calorie Snack Options Abound

Sure, we love Glutino® pretzels—but they're totally empty in calories.

The kids like Enjoy Life® Cocoa Loco bars, but they're more of a "treat" as they pack only 2 grams of protein and 8 grams of sugar per bar.

And who turns down a Lara Bar®? We do. One Lara Bar can contain over of 18 grams of sugar (in the form of fructose)—a Candida flare waiting to happen in my kid's gut!

A Power-Packed Snack Alternative

So when Kathie's Kitchen contacted me to review SuperSeedz™ pumpkin snacks, you bet I jumped at the chance. SuperSeedz looked like the tree nut-free, nutritional snack that would fill the void in our pantry and glove compartment.

Kathie started making SuperSeedz in her very own kitchen for her very own family. It started with curry seasoned pumpkin seeds made in a cast iron pan on the stove and expanded from there. Today Kathie's Kitchen offers eight flavors.

8 Tasty SuperSeedz™ Flavors 

  • Sea Salt
  • Coco Joe
  • Tomato Italiano
  • Really Naked
  • Original Curry
  • Somewhat Spicy
  • Super Spicy
  • Sugar & Cinnamon

Over the 4th I served SuperSeedz at a gathering and everyone raved. They were healthy and good—seasoned just right without being obnoxiously salty or cloyingly sweet. I've been adding the savory flavors to my lettuce wraps and salads and the sweet ones to yogurt. My kids are hooked on Sugar & Cinnamon and Coco Joe—both packing no more than 2 grams of sugar per 1/3 cup serving and upwards of 8 grams of protein. Yes! 

Kathy uses only the "plumpiest" premium grade pumpkin seeds (and you can tell) for snacks that are loaded with protein, iron, are low in carbs and are naturally vegan, gluten-free, tree nut-free, peanut free, dairy-free, MSG-free and soy-free. 

Of note: Today China produces more pumpkins and pumpkin seeds than any other country (and this includes organic varieties)—and that is where Kathie's Kitchen sources theirs. I would hope U.S. sources would be considered in the future. SuperSeedz are such a great tasting snack ... if the seeds were grown in the U.S. they'd be even better.

Enter to Win a Gift Pack of SuperSeedz!

Kathie's Kitchen would like to send a Lexie's Kitchen reader a $50 SuperSeedz gift pack! Don't miss this chance to taste them all yourself.

To Enter: Leave a comment at the end of this post. For an additional chance to win, share this post via social media and leave an additional comment telling me you did. Open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

Enter By: July 21, 5:00 EST.

Where to Buy SuperSeedz

SuperSeedz may be purchased online, at select retail locations, and from Amazon.com for $6.99 per 6-ounce bag. Stopping by TJMaxx? I've spied bags of SuperSeedz for $3.99.

This giveaway is sponsored by Kathie's Kitchen. Opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday
Jul082013

GFCF Camping

I love it when I meet a "warrior mom" and that's exactly how I would describe Kim Rice—Wellness Coach and Certified Gluten Practitioner from Pleasanton, California.

Kim has been on an incredible journey back to health. Today she shares about her journey on her site Thriving Gluten-Free where she writes on the topics of gluten sensitivity, autism, depression, and life transformation. Kim facilitates a popular 30-day cleanse program to help her clients lose weight and optimize their health. She coaches parents of children with special needs, such as autism and ADHD, on dietary changes to help optimize brain function. 
Kim is a "warrior mom" in the best sense of the word.
Kim recently posted about camping on a gluten-free, dairy-free diet—a post that caught my attention and that offers a bucket load of tips on camping with GFCF kids. I've bookmarked the post and think you might want to as well after reading it!
Click here to read more ...
Monday
Jul012013

Banana Split Freezer Pops

Today I have a very sweet lady here to share a sweet freezer treat. Lisa, is a former highschool teacher turned stay-at-home mom/writer from Ontario, Canada. Three years ago, she started writing the blog Pocketfuls as a means of nurturing several of her passions. She shares her observations and reflections on daily life, warm and humorous stories about her boys, and recipes (tasty recipes) she's developed for delicious and healthy eats made without gluten, dairy, eggs, or refined sugar. 

Back in 2011 Lisa was featured here on Lexie's Kitchen where she shared her story and tips for Making the Switch from processed to pure foods. 

I am so glad to have her back and to give her Banana Split Freezer Pops some added exposure. 

The idea for these gluten-free and vegan banana split freezer pops came to Lisa on a recent hot summery afternoon when her family was wishing for a frosty treat to help cool them off. They're made with a variety of fresh fruits and some coconut milk, have no added sugar, and are finished off with a drizzle of dark chocolate and a sprinkling of walnuts.

For the recipe, click here! Enjoy!!

Monday
Jun242013

Lillian's Test Kitchen Goes Strawberries!

Have you met Lillian? It's high time you did.

Lillian is the host/producer behind the vlog site Lillian's Test Kitchen, and she's got a great gig going. What Lillian does is take people's lovingly created recipes and makes them for the very first time on camera! She is a riot and a ton of fun to watch. Each episode is an adventure because she never knows how it's all going to turn out.

Today Lillian has selected three winning recipe videos to share here at Lexie's Kitchen—and each involves strawberries in some form or fashion—perfect as for many of us strawberries are ripe for the picking in our gardens.


Get the recipe for the Raw Strawberry Cream Shake here.
Get the recipe for the Strawberry Rhubarb Pie here.
Get the recipe for Strawberry Shortcake here.

 

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