Cooking with Jessica - More Recipes!

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    Gluten-Free Banana Bread

    Jessica supercharges this gluten-free banana bread recipe with high quality, nutrient-dense ingredients. Perfect for school lunchboxes, breakfast, snack and dessert! Click on "READ" for the recipe.

Cooking with Jessica (special diets & allergy-friendly recipes)

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    Pear Bread Recipe

    Jessica makes pear bread that is gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free and corn-free. Click on the "Read" tab for the recipe.

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    Breakfast Bars

    Jessica makes protein bars that are free of nuts, gluten, casein and refined sugar.  For the recipe and a link to the manual bag sealer, click on the "Read" tab.

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    Quinoa Tortillas

    Jessica makes whole grain quinoa tortillas with soaked quinoa and green split peas. They are free of gluten, casein, soy, corn, and rice. For the recipe, click on the "Read" tab at the bottom of the viewer.

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    Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Jessica bakes gluten-free/casein-free/soy-free/corn-free/egg-free/nut-free chocolate chip cookies. For the recipe click on the "Read" tab under the viewer.

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    Brown Rice Tortillas

    Jessica makes sprouted brown rice and amaranth tortillas as an alternative to corn tortillas. Click on READ for the recipe.

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    Whole Grain Millet & Buckwheat Pancakes

    Jessica makes gluten-free whole grain pancakes from millet and buckwheat groats. For the recipe click on the "Read" menu.

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    Dairy & Sugar Free Fudge

    Jessica makes fudge that is free of sugar and dairy and packed with a lot of nutrition. Yummy enough for kids and adults alike! Click on "READ" for the recipe.

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    Chocolate Coconut Truffles (Dairy-Free)

    Jessica makes dairy-free and refined sugar-free chocolate coconut truffles that everyone can feel good about! For recipe click on the "Read" menu below the viewer.

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    “Lemony Peach” Gluten-Free Muffins

    Jessica makes gluten-free, casein-free, egg-free and nut-free breakfast muffins. Click on READ for the recipe.

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    Gluten-Free Almond Butter Cookies

    Jessica makes gluten-free, casein-free, and refined sugar-free almond butter cookies per a viewer's request! These are a delicious and healthier alternative to peanut butter cookies! Click on READ for the recipe.

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    Tie-Dye Waffles

    Jessica makes gluten-free, casein-free and egg-free breakfast waffles that are also refined sugar-free. Click on READ for the recipe.

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    Bone Broth Quinoa

    Boost your child's nutrition intake by cooking quinoa in gut-healing bone broth. Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and a great alternative to brown rice. Soaking the quinoa improves digestibility and absorption of nutrients. Click on READ for recipe.

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    How To Make A Flax or Chia “Egg” for Baked Goods

    Jessica shows us how to make flax and chia "egg" substitutes for those following an egg-free or egg elimination diet. Click on READ for instructions.

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    Flourless Chocolate Tart

    Jessica makes a flourless chocolate tart with the use of natural sugar substitutes, healthy fats and anti-oxidant rich 100% dark chocolate. Click on READ for the recipe.

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    Gluten-Free Chicken Fingers

    Jessica makes gluten-free breaded chicken fingers with homemade gluten-free breadcrumbs that are also yeast-free.  This is a great recipe for kids transitioning into a gluten-free diet who don't want to give up delicious tasting chicken fingers! Click on "Read" for the recipe.  

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    How to Soak Grains & Why (+ Breakfast Porridge Recipe)

    Jessica shows us how to soak grains and why this is a good idea for anyone with a leaky or inflamed gut (many kids with autism have GI problems). She also makes a super nutritious and delicious breakfast porridge from soaked quinoa, millet and buckwheat that is naturally gluten-free and a great alternative to oatmeal. Click on "Read" for the recipe.

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    Roasted Asparagus “Fries”

    Holistic Health Coach Jessica Van Kipp makes roasted asparagus "fries" that are quick and easy to make and kid-approved! Click on "Read" for the recipe.

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    Supreme Chili

    Jessica cooks "super-duper" healthy beef chili supercharged with high-quality, nutrient-dense ingredients to make this a truly "supreme" chili! Click on the READ menu for the recipe.

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    Healthy Popsicles

    Super easy and nutritious fruit (and veggie) popsicles just in time for Summer! All natural - No artificial flavors or colors or high fructose corn syrup!

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    Gluten-Free Granola

    Jessica makes super crunchy gluten-free granola jam packed with clean, high-quality and nutrient-dense ingredients. Much healthier and yummier than store-bought granola. Kids love it as a breakfast cereal, topping on a parfait or just plain! For the recipe, click on the READ menu.

Diet & Biomedical

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    Sugar Alternatives

    All about the many natural and healthier alternatives to sugar and artificial sweeteners. Click on the "Read" tab for links to these substitutes.

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    Healthy Oils

    Jessica shares the benefits of swapping out highly refined and processed cooking oils with healthier alternatives.

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    Bone Broth

    Jessica shows us how to make bone broth - a healing and nourishing food for the gut and part of the GAPS diet. Click on the "Read" tab for more info and recipe.

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    Certified Fermentationist Cheryl Paswater describes the benefits of consuming sauerkraut, a lacto-fermented food which is recommended in the GAPS and Body Ecology Diets for helping to heal leaky gut syndrome. Click on Part 2 to watch Cheryl make the sauerkraut. For the recipe and an article on fermentation, click on the READ menu at the bottom of the viewer.

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    Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives

    Learn the "pros and cons" of dairy-free milk alternatives, both packaged and homemade. Holistic Health Coach Jessica Van Kipp shows us how to make fresh almond milk. Click on "Read" for the recipe.


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    Cottage Class

    Manisha Snoyer introduces us to Cottage Class, a sharing economy marketplace for childhood education. She shares with us her experience with families of special needs children looking for learning environments within the homeschooling community in New York.

LiveStream Videos

NYC Caregivers/Therapists

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    Stephen on the Son-Rise Program

    Stephen has experience working in many home-based Son-Rise Programs in the NYC area. He shares some of what he has learned and how he continues to use those skills in his current work with kids as a play therapist and "manny."

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    Grow Your Village with Melody of Autism

    Faith Clarke, mother of a teenager with Autism, shares how the experience with her son helped her create a positive, loving and accepting team of caregivers and led her to start Melody of Autism in order to support other families.

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    David Mannes on the Son-Rise Program

    David Mannes is a certified NY Elementary Educator and Feldenkrais practitioner who works with children in their home-based Son-Rise Programs in NYC. Go to to learn about the Son-Rise Program.

NYC Classes and Programs

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    Kaiser’s Room

    Founding Director Stephane Duret introduces us to Kaiser's Room, a non-profit organization formed to inspire and support the development of children on the Autism Spectrum and related developmental delays through the performing arts.

Parents' Stories

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    Rachelle’s Story – How Going Dairy-Free Helped Her Boys

    Rachelle shares how a dairy elimination trial resulted in remarkable improvements in her two boys' physical and behavioral symptoms. Their constipation, vomiting, congestion and rashes are gone. Their mood and behavior significantly improved. CLICK ON PART 2 TO WATCH THE REST OF HER INTERVIEW.

Sensory Integration

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    Stress and The Sensory System

    Rita talks about how stress affects the sensory system and how feeling relaxed will help a child become more self-regulated. Click on Part 2 to watch Rita share a parent's story that illustrates how letting go of judgments is one very effective way to becoming more relaxed.

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    Diane on MNRI for her son

    Diane shares how MNRI (primitive reflex integration therapy) has helped her son. Please watch Part 2 for the rest of Diane's interview in which she shares how MNRI is an integrative approach not just for her son but the entire family. Click on the READ tab for the link to the MNRI website.

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    How To Help A Child With Handwriting

    Rita Gendelman (OTR/L) answers an occupational therapy grad student's question at Touro College during one of her lectures.


Kaiser’s Marble Art

Autism Websites


Autism Research Institute

National Autism Association 

Epidemic Answers

Biomedical Treatment for Autism

Changing the Course of Autism: A Scientific Approach for Parents and Physicians by Bryan Jepson

Children With Starving Brains by Jaquelyn McCandless

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies by Kenneth Bock

Enzymes for Autism and Other Neurological Conditions by Karen DeFelice 

Diets for Autism

Cure Your Child With Food: The Hidden Connection Between Nutrition and Childhood Ailments by Kelly Dorfman

Nourishing Hope for Autism: Nutrition and Diet Guide for Healing Our Children by Julie Matthews

Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis (Gluten/Casein-Free Diet)

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride (GAPS diet) 

Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet by Elaine Gotschall (SCD Diet)  

The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates

Sensory-Integration Disorder & Therapies

The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz

Sensational Kids by Lucy Jane Miller

MNRI Reflex Integration Therapy (The Masgutova Method) 

Reflexes, Learning and Behavior by Sally Goddard

Disconnected Kids by Dr. Robert Melillo

The Well Balanced Child: Movement and Early Learning by Sally Goddard

Reframe Your Thinking Around Autism (The Polyvagal Theory ) by Holly Bridges

Social Skills Therapies for Autism

Global Autism Solutions (support services for families of children with autism from Gerd Winkler, Director)

The Son-Rise Program (The Autism Treatment Center of America)

Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues by Barry Neil Kaufman

Autism Breakthrough by Raun Kaufman 

What You Can Do Right Now To Help Your Child With Autism by Jonathan Levy


Engaging Autism by Stanley S. Greenspan

Natural Play Therapy


Integrative Orthodontics (holistic approach that prioritizes healthy habits and proper breathing)

The Raphael Center for Integrative Orthodontics

Research Studies on Gut-Brain Connection & Nutritional Intervention in ASD

Gastrointestinal dysfunction in patients and mice expressing the autism-associated R451C mutation in neuroligin-3

Gut Bacteria Influence Autism-Like Behaviors in Mice

Why Diet Helps – Science and Research

Comprehensive Nutritional and Dietary Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder

“Germs in Your Gut are Talking to Your Brain.” NY Times article

Children with Autism have Gastrointestinal and Immune System Deregulation

Alterations in Blood-Brain Barrier and Intestinal Permeability in Individuals with Autism

The Microbiota Modulates Gut Physiology and Behavioral Abnormalities Associated with Autism 

A Case Study of the Gut Microbiome in ASD: Correlation of Microbial Profiles with GI and Behavioral Symptoms

Gastrointestinal Conditions in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder from the AAP 

Differences Between the Gut Microflora of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and that of Healthy Children 

Effect of Gluten-Free Diet on GI and Behavioral Indices for Children with ASD

Leaky Gut Syndrome and Autism, ADHD, SPD, Learning Disorders

The Gut Microbiota and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Parent Rating of Biomedical Treatments by the Autism Research Institute

Research Studies on Gut-Brain Connection and Nutritional Intervention in ADHD

Association of ADHD and Celiac Disease

Zinc in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder 

Reduced microbiome alpha diversity in young patients with ADHD

Omega-3s Improve ADHD & Cognitive Function

Food Dyes & Hyperactivity

Bisphenol A Exposure & ADHD

Helpful Guides for Parents

Going to College with Aspergers and Autism Guide from the Affordable Colleges Online website

Is a Therapy Dog Right for Your Child with Autism?

Self-Care for Parents 

Parenting Like a Ninja: An Autism Mom’s Guide to Professional Productivity by Faith Clarke