Everyday Dairy-Free Living

2015 Grant Recipient Kim Lutz is Making a Difference With Plant-based Allergen-free Foods

May 19, 2016
By: So Delicious


Kim Lutz is a self-described vegan mom, cook, author, and recipe developer with a passion for plant-based, allergen-free foods. After winning a 140 Difference micro-grant of $540 Last year, she shared her enthusiasm with a few local community members in Chicago. Here’s the tweet-length grant application that got our attention:

My idea to make the world a better place is to provide slow cookers to food-pantry clients w/recipes & tips 4 good food! #140difference

So simple, yet so impactful! We caught up with Kim to see how her project went and to learn what she’s working on in 2016. Here’s what she told us:

  1. How did your passion for plant-based, gluten-free, allergy-free foods begin? 
    I have been a vegetarian for over 25 years. Compassion for animals was what started me on this journey. I became vegan 13 years ago when my son was diagnosed with allergies to dairy and eggs. Once we went vegan, we never looked back. My husband, two sons and I are all happily vegans. We say we do it for the animals, for our health and for the planet. How can you beat that?! I create recipes that are safe for everyone (allergy-free, gluten-free and vegan) to help every kitchen become a Welcoming Kitchen.
  2. Can you tell us a little bit about how you used your 140 Difference grant last year?
    I taught a class of low-income moms about how they could use a slow cooker to improve their nutrition by stretching their food and time budgets. We had a discussion about what challenges we all face in eating well, and then talked about cooking low-cost plant-based basics in the slow cooker and I gave recipes. Each mom got to take a brand new programmable slow cooker home with her.
  3. What advice would you give to someone participating in the 140 Difference this year? 
    Think about making a big difference in a small way… that will give the small grant its biggest impact. Keeping your focus narrow can really help you achieve your goals.
  4. What advice would you give to someone who wants to encourage others to eat more plant-based foods? 
    Share your delicious plant-based foods with an open heart.
  5. What do you have planned for 2016? 
    My new book, “Ancient Grains,” will be published in May, and I am growing my vegan instant hot cocoa company, Windy City Cocoa.

Ready. Set. Tweet! 

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Think Kim Lutz is a plant-based rock star? Find more wisdom, inspiration, and tasty recipes on her blog, “Kim’s Welcoming Kitchen:”

Ready to change the world in 140 characters or less? Apply for a 140 Difference micro-grant by sending us a Tweet with #WorldsShortestGrant between April 21-May 31. Learn more here:



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