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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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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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ahi avocado tempeh lettuce wraps.

HEY THERE!! After a brief summer hiatus, From the Ground Up is back! We’ve been cooking up some crazy things (and traveling an insane-o amount) in the last couple of months, so I’m looking forward to finally getting some of

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ginger-citrus tofu powerbowl with bok choy + cashews.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about food and its connection with guilt and body shaming and self-loathing and control and feelings of wrongness.  Nice and light, right? ;) It seems like almost every woman I have spoken to lately

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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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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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Expert Series: Is Your Healthy Snack Actually Healthy?

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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homemade chickpea socca with sauteed spinach and vegan cheese.

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.

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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valentine’s day menu: done.

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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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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vegan gluten-free bircher muesli.

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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two-bean-and-spinach chili.

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.

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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no-bake gluten-free apricot granola bars.

photo credit: Plate Joy. Hurray! It’s the start of this week’s Healthified Holiday Recipes Extravaganza! Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing a series of great gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free recipes to makeover your holiday baking plans. Everything is super

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twice-baked potato bites with creamy chive dip.

Tis the season for small bites and making meals out of hors d’oeuvres! If you’re looking for a simple side dish or potluck take-along for your December festivitating, look no further than these wildy simple Twice Baked Potato Bites with

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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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roasted squash pizza with gluten-free quinoa cauliflower crust.

In the spirit of fall – and in the spirit of pizza – here’s a delicious way to start the week!  We whipped this up a couple of weeks back for a dinner gathering with our lovely neighbor, and as

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100 glorious gluten-free recipes from the lagasse girls (and gluten-free pumpkin cheesecake!).

Pumpkin Cheesecake. Oatmeal Banana Pancakes with Caramelized Apple Syrup. Homestyle Chili with Gluten-free Beer. Socca Bread. Smoky Pea and Truffle Crostini. It’s hardly a surprise I found myself practically drooling over the newest release from the Lagasse Girls: Big Flavor,

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curried butternut squash soup.

It’s that magical time of year where squash of all shapes and sizes is everywhere: it’s in coffee, it’s on doorsteps, and most importantly, it’s overflowing at the farmers market for less than sixty cents a pound. I am obsessed.

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unfried cauliflower rice in ginger miso sauce.

If eating rice ever makes you feel kind of blergh, but you still totally love the experience of eating it, cauliflower rice might be your new best friend. I discovered this crazy trick several years ago when I cut most

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