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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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{nearly} paleo peanut-almond energy bars.

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.

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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grandma’s peanut butter cookies, veganized.

I’ve been on a mission this month to create some deliciously holiday baking that is actually nutritious, especially for anyone who’s heading off to family dinners but chooses not to partake in the butter/sugar/gluten extravaganza of a typical holiday dessert

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savory vegan pumpkin pie with almond meal crust.

I know what you’re thinking. Pie? Savory pie?! What kind of a health and nutrition blog is this?!  And I am here to tell you, sweet whole-food connoisseur/connoisseuse, that in fact, this pie is good for you. And it’s delicious. And

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peanut butter carrot cake (for pups)!

Last week, Michael and I celebrated the second annual Brixton Height Appreciation Day to commemorate the day our sweet little terrier mutt adopted us in 2012. We totally lucked out with this dog. Not only is he super cuddly and

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almond butter muffins: remixed.

Recently, I reworked the Almond Butter Muffin recipe from the Eat Deliciously, Live Vibrantly eCookbook. In preparation for a week of meal deliveries and the Beauty Food Brunch at the Brooklyn Wellness Sanctuary with wellness maven Maria Marlowe, I decided

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baked plantain fritters.

For those times when you just need a little treat – but don’t want to dive back into old habits, old foods, foods that make you feel icky, or things that don’t support your new habits – it’s nice to

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bake your own crackers: chia sunflower crackers from the I Quit Sugar Cookbook.

Who would have thought you could make crackers at home? I started making my own a couple of years ago when I dabbled in a long-term flirtation with raw foods and found myself dehydrating everything. I loved that it was

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Fluffy Squash and Chia Muffins from the I Quit Sugar Cookbook.

 Quick breakfast, easy snack, savory dessert, terrific soup accessory. These muffins have it all going on. The bonus? They’re packed with whole nutrients and a pile of decadently healthful ingredients: chia, squash, almond meal, basil…  Not to mention they’re incredibly

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coconut squash macaroons.

It’s a [very] untraditional looking little Easter egg, no? I’m not much of an Easter chocolate or Easter baking kind of gal. Hot cross buns and Cadbury Creme Egg cupcakes aren’t really on my radar these days.  Coconut, however, absolutely

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vegan cauliflower mac and cheese.

Wacky processed food fact #1: Kraft Mac & Cheese contains food dyes yellow #5 and yellow #6 which have been proven to contribute to hyperactivity in children. Wacky processed food fact #2: Kraft Mac & Cheese is made from genetically

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vegan gluten-free carrot cupcakes.

It must be holiday party season: the basket of baking supplies is coming out in the FTGU kitchen (and I’m rather excited)!  We have a number of gatherings coming in the next week or two, so I’m putting together the

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cinnamon plantain bread.

Making gluten-free vegan baked goods is always a little complicated, right? There’s swapping in grains for wheat and oats; flax, egg replacer, or chia for eggs; a plethora of milks to consider (and much confusion over which non-dairy milk acts

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homemade dog biscuits [because dogs like plants, too!]

Michael and I are privileged enough to share our home [and our sleeping space] with the world’s sweetest canine. He adopted us last year. It was really sweet of him. Clearly, he did his research: he was looking to be

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