Nurture Me Nature: First Gluten-Free Mixes without MSG!

Last week I introduced you to Chef Jack, an extraordinary 13-year old chef who’s been cooking for the past 7 years to help raise money and awareness for Leukemia research.  This week I’m honored to introduce you to Marina Levitt, the creator of the very first line of dry, delicious, non-GMO baking mixes that are also organic, kosher and gluten free!

Marina’s personal health struggles and her desire to embrace her challenging dietary condition is equally inspiring:

In 2001 she was diagnosed with H-Pylori, and had to go through a year of harsh antibiotic treatments to kill the bacteria. As a result her intestinal flora was destroyed to the point she could no longer digest foods that were genetically modified, gluten, starches, yeast, dairy, eggs and many other foods she loved eating.

Her condition forced her to start cooking differently. Marina began creating breads and cookies that are not only gluten free, organic, non GMO, kosher and and vegan, but also…

~  the first gluten free mixes on the market that don’t contain MSG (all other baking mixes in stores contain guar or xathan gums, which contain MSG!)
~ contain no starch powders (no tapioca, rice or potato starch)
~ contain no sugar in the mixes other than green stevia and minimal coconut sugar just to cover the bitterness of stevia

Listen to other food professionals rave about Marina’s product:

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Vegetable Seafood Stew


It’s  Seriously Soup day today and Serena will share one of her new soupy creations: Vegetable Seafood Stew.  Don’t forget you can join Serena on her Soupy journey over at and twice a month you can find her here, at My Judy the Foodie, sharing her wisdom as she helps demystify the world of soup.

Here’s what Serena has to say:

The majority of the soups on Seriously Soupy are either vegetable or bean-based with some fish recipes sprinkled in. This pretty much sums up the way I eat, but I do want to delve into more diverse recipes that will include meat and other ingredients with which I have never created soup.  Fish was first on the list. [Read more...]

Matzoh Brei (Omelette)

matzoh Brei

To be honest, Passover can get old fairly quickly.  For my kids, it’s a struggle to find foods that they are “allowed” to eat on this holiday.  My daughter has compromised. She’s decided she just won’t eat bread.  However, my son is devout.  He’s reading the ingredient labels in his foods to make sure he’s not “breaking Passover.”   It seems for me, the most challenging meal to prepare is our carb-laden breakfasts.  The idea of eating matzoh for breakfast and school lunch for eight days seems daunting for a kid.  One of my favorite recipes of mom’s is her Matzoh Brei. [Read more...]

Chef Jack and the Tasteful Selections™ Campaign


It’s so fascinating how people deal with life-altering news.  Some  adopt a “woe is me attitude” and allow their whole world to crumble, resigning to the belief that there’s nothing they can “do about it.”  Others decide to take make the most out of their life, following the mantra “when life gives you lemons, use them to make lemonade.”

With this in mind, I am so honored to share with you the personal story of Chef Jack and to highlight the Tasteful Selections™ Campaign to help find a cure for Leukemia and to help encourage kids to eat healthy.

Many of you might already know Chef Jack’s story since it has been featured on multiple talk shows: The Tonight Show, The Bonnie Hunt Show, The Queen Latifa Show, Rachael Ray Show, as well as the Food Network’s mini-series Rachael vs. Guy: Kid’s Cook Off.

Check out this video:

Chef Jack is inspirational to say the least. He’s a 13 year old chef who began cooking to benefit research at the age of 6, during recovery from Leukemia.  He was first diagnosed at 2-years old, and has relapsed twice since, but continues his passion of “cooking for the cause.”    In this campaign, he will develop several recipes with Tasteful Selections specialty potatoes, and share his cooking instructions through videos.  Tasteful Selections™ will also feature these recipes on their website and promote his cause on social media.  Jack’s goal, in addition to raising money and awareness, is to encourage kids to eat healthy.

If that’s not impressive enough, Jack has also authored an award-winning cookbook, “Twist it Up” which features 60 of his favorite original recipes.  A portion of the cookbook’s proceeds are donated to Jack’s permanent endowment at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, Cali and the Beckstrand Foundation where Jack is the pediatric spokesperson.

Tasteful Selections™ brand of potatoes is not only convenient because they are thin-skinned and pre-washed (no scrubbing!)  but also because of their “bite-sized” pieces which are very easy to handle and cook super fast.


Last week I made a delicious Crash Potatoes recipe with these baby potatoes and they were delicious. They’re also an ideal selection for some homemade Mashed Potatoes as well.

Please click here to check out more information on Chef Jack and the Tasteful Selections™ Campaign.  You can easily help make a difference!

Disclaimer While I was NOT compensated for writing this post, I did receive a ” Twist it Up” Cookbook (to try out the recipes with my own kids).  Additionally, a $100 donation was made in my name to Jack’s permanent endowment at the Miller Children’s Hospital.  All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.



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