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cook lively: vegan, gluten-free, raw-optional recipes for vibrance!

If you know me at all, I am a sucker for a beautiful cookbook. I am especially a sucker for it if is [mainly] full of plants and gluten-free things and not a ton of a sugar and generally good-for-you

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burgadillas 2.0

Four years ago [whoa], I shared a throw-together recipe for one of my husband’s favorite homemade meals: vegan burg-adillas. They had become something of a treat food staple in our home, akin to “pizza night” and “let’s get takeout” of

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an immune-boosting elixir to beat seasonal allergies from dr. will cole

If you’ve ever dealt with seasonal allergies, you know how annoying they can be. You feel entirely fine except for a scratchy throat, runny nose and irritating chest congestion. You feel strangely half-sick: not quite enough to justify resting for

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cacao-coconut-pistachio bark.

Giving up sugar can be a big shift for your body, your mind and your habits, especially if you’re a big dessert eater. Whatever motivates your decision to reduce or cut out sugar – for me, it was to reduce

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toasted quinoa cereal with pistachios + figs.

Who would have thought that pistachios and figs would go so well together? Well, a bunch of people, apparently, but this is news to me (and welcome news at that!).  On the hunt for a new versatile, make-ahead breakfast (veering

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gluten-free avocado pumpkin ‘panini’ with caramelized onions.

Did you ever read ‘There’s a Monster at the End of this Book’ when you were a kid? The charming paperback where Grover gets word that there’s a monster at the end of the book and tries desperately to prevent

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blueberry almond avocado mousse.

We’re taking a little departure into sweet-land today! (WHAAAT?! I know. I was shocked, too.)  A few weeks back, a friend asked for some recommendations for easy breakfasts; conveniently, this was already on my mind as I am in constant

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the best way to avoid feeling deprived when you cut junk out of your life.

Recently, I found myself in a fascinating conversation with a really cool fellow on a flight back from DC. We got talking about food – of course – and how sugar is such an innocuous additive. I mentioned I’ve been

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cauliflower-brazil nut puree with crispy tofu.

Can we talk for a second about mashed potatoes?  They’re sort of the quintessential comfort food, and let’s be real: there’s not a ton going on with them in their plainest form, neither nutritionally or in terms of taste. They’re

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savory sweet potato breakfast bowl.

This recipe is super yummy. Like, extra super yummy because of how easy it is to make. Also, I’m super extra very much digging it these days because of its thematic appropriateness to some recent events. I’ve written before about how

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3 green plant-based recipes in honour of Earth Day.

Happy Earth Day!  I feel like every day should be Earth Day, no? This crazy spinning orb we live on is kind of awesome, and deserves some big love, big respect and a whole lot of conscientiousness.  So, between turning off

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vegan mushroom bourguignon on brown rice pasta

Pasta isn’t a typical staple in our house. I tend to like using spiralized zucchini or spaghetti squash in its place {veggies provide extra fiber and more nutrients, prevent a carby hangover and they’re easier on blood sugar levels and

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maple cashew butter with oats + goji berries.

My mission to find awesome, fueling breakfast options continues. One can only eat so many Macrobars, amiright? (Who am I kidding. I would eat Macrobars 5 times a day if I thought I could get away with it nutritionally.)  [Of late,

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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}.

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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tahini glazed tempeh.

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.

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.

 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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pistachio sesame lime 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.

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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make your own chocolate + vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

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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vegan eggplant cannelloni.

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.

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.

 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.

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.

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.

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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