blueberry lemon breakfast bowl.

Blueberry lemon breakfast bowl

I was sorting out a catering order for an event recently – using a company-approved caterer – and was reminded that was it generally accepted as ‘healthful’ breakfast food is really anything but. The menu of options I had to

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homemade honey nut granola {with coconut oil}.

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A notice: 8 cups of gluten-free oats were unfortunately harmed in the making of this recipe. I extend my most sincere apologies to the families of these oats. It took awhile to figure out the optimal temperature and cook time

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homemade chana masala.

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I love Indian takeout. We’ve discovered a great takeout place near our apartment for busy nights/ indulgent weekend dinners that has some of the best Indian and Pakistani food I’ve ever had — it’s a total hole-in-the-wall, which I suppose

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spaghetti squash pasta with avocado cream sauce.

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Some deliciously green not-pasta pasta for St. Patrick’s Day! Happy celebrating! A friend of mine is training for an endurance run right now, and has noticed – as many people do – that her weight is going up and up…

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tahini glazed tempeh.

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I’ve been dying to mix up my tempeh routine. Unbelievably Vegan Tempeh has been our go-to for the last couple of years (and it’s seriously good), but I’ve found that the sauce doesn’t always go with everything.    These tahini-glazed

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grown up not-too-fruity fruit salad.

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Lately, I’ve been on a mission to create some multifunctional, any-time-of-day meals, particularly options that are easy to pack for work lunches or make for a good second breakfast. (Isn’t second breakfast so essential sometimes?! It’s important that it actually

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cinnamon raisin almond butter bites.

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 Another goodie for you today that has been featured on Plate Joy, one heck of a fabulous online meal delivery service!  Simple, nourishing, delicious: kind of everything FTGU is, just with better photos (and more of a guarantee these things

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Expert Series: Is Your Healthy Snack Actually Healthy?

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Happy Friday, everyone! Today, a little addition to our Expert Series roster from Bonnie, a Holistic Health Counselor at Natural Horizons Wellness Center. Enjoy! Let’s face it: the advertising on so many foods out there today claims that it’s healthy

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6 HIIT workouts that take less than 20 minutes.

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It’s really easy to come up with all of the reasons you can’t fit a workout into your day: time (it takes too long!), money (gyms/ boutique fitness classes/ all of the gear are too expensive!), arctic temperatures (it’s 18

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homemade chickpea socca with sauteed spinach and vegan cheese.

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I’ve discovered in my late-20s-ish-ness – which is perhaps due to the same thing that makes me say “BLENDER SALE?!?!!?” and “EARLY BEDTIME!!!!” with the enthusiasm I used to reserve only for Chinese food buffets and Christmas – that I

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pistachio sesame lime energy bites.

Pistachio Lemon Energy Bites

If you’ve been following the blog for awhile, you’ll know I quit sugar over two years ago. While I didn’t think I was in a bad place with the sweet stuff prior to giving it up, I quickly realized that

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star-studded pea soup shooters.

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The Oscars are coming up in less than a week. Are you stoked? I am a little ashamed to say I’ve fallen behind in seeing most of this year’s nominees (perhaps it was all that cross-country moving?), but where I

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valentine’s day menu: done.

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Stay in for V-Day this year and make a healthy body, happy heart menu for your loved one(s). I LOVE this menu because it combines some of my favorite things: lentils, vegan aioli, roasted mushrooms, quinoa, garlic, and cocoa. (Not

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make your own chocolate + vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

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Last week, Michael and I were out for a stroll with the pup in our fabulous new city. I can’t recall how we got onto the topic, but for some reason, Michael off-handedly said, “My ex-girlfriend used to make the

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carrot cucumber jicama salad with mint tahini dressing.

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If you’re feeling a little sick of regular ole’ salads, or your vegetable sides are feeling a little lackluster, here’s a yummy way to kick up the raw veggie situation. As I wrote about on One Green Planet, raw veggies

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vegan eggplant cannelloni.

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Pasta is one of those foods that has made its way onto the DIETERS DO NOT EAT list. In some circles, it’s become akin to eating puppies, and in others, the epitome of cheating on your diet, having no willpower,

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tempeh bacon grilled cheese.

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Okay. So. You decided to take on a vegan, gluten-free diet. Here are three things you don’t get to have anymore: Bread (mostly, unless you can find a really good brand that isn’t cardboard and gross) Cheese (mostly, unless you

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kale, caramelized onion and quinoa tacos.

Kale, quinoa and caramelized onion tacos

 This has been a month of trying to pack our lives full of as much Mexican food as possible, like these vegan tamales. I am embarrassed to say how many times we’ve found excuses to return to Gracias Madre in

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vegan mexican quinoa taco bowl.

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California has awakened in me what I assume is a love of Mexican food that has been dormant since my nacho-and-burrito eating days, circa 2001. When you eschew corn, wheat, meat and dairy, much of the Americanized Mexican food menu

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raw coconut-pecan cocoa bites.

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The only thing I like more than healthified desserts is making healthified desserts and force-feeding them to other people and sharing them with people I like… or people I would like to coerce into liking me. Just kidding. Most recently, I

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pineapple kale smoothie bowl with chia seeds.

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Exciting news, From the Ground Up crew! I’ve started creating recipes for an awesome online meal delivery service called Plate Joy — and man alive, is it {foodie} joyful! They provide the ability to craft your own custom meal plan,

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balsamic baked tofu with cumin-scented quinoa.

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The test of a solid tofu recipe is when non-vegans actually enjoy it. Like, finish it and then Facebook you about it afterwards. This was the case following a dinner with friends a few weeks ago and I was relieved

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vegan gluten-free bircher muesli.

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How many times have you skipped breakfast because you just didn’t have enough time to make it happen before dashing out the door?  And how many times has that led you to being famished by 10:00am and seeking out whatever is

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i quit sugar: dino cookie bites.

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A new year calls for new snacks, and this one is a great (simple!) little treat: low in sugar, high in fiber, packed with healthy fats and protein…. and makes a convenient use for leftover cooked quinoa!  These Dino Cookie

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two-bean-and-spinach chili.

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It’s been a crazy month around here. (You too? I bet! How does December get to be so nutty, every single year?) Don’t get me wrong. I love it. I love holidays. I love holiday parties. I love to-do lists

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{nearly} paleo peanut-almond energy bars.

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It’s Day 4 of the Healthified Holiday Baking Extravaganza… and while this recipe is great for a table of goodies, it’ll also be great in January when you’re looking for an easy breakfast or midday refuel.  Let me ask: Are

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raw vegan thin mint cookies.

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If you’re heading to a holiday party this year, there’s a good chance someone will bring along the box of Thin Mints they felt obligated to purchase from a colleague’s little Girl Scout, or that they perhaps had to buy

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