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gluten-free coconut cocoa macaroons.

When I was a kid, my favorite dessert was my mom’s Chocolate Coconut Drop Cookies. If you’re familiar with Haystacks, they’re kind of like those, but made with some kind of Momma P magic and a whole pile of coconut

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vegan lentil meatloaf.

Comfort food at its finest – and honestly, one of the things I liked least as a kid – meatloaf is a wintery staple. Dip it in ketchup and serve with buttery mashed potatoes, and you have the perfect 1950s

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buckwheat bowl with roasted veggies.

It’s 6:00pm. You’re done at work and heading home, dreading the task of making dinner that lies ahead of you. You’re exhausted, you’re a little irritated (traffic/transit/the weather is just irksome today!), and you’re famished.  The last thing that sounds

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Pea, Herb and Almond Crush from the I Quit Sugar Cookbook.

If you grew up detesting peas, this might be the dish that starts a new love. The ingredients are tremendously springy, too! This is my next foray into the I Quit Sugar Cookbook – quite possibly my new favorite thing, and

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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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my favorite tips for eating less (which really means eating more).

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been plowing through an incredible book called Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting by Darya Rose. “Foodist” is a term Dr. Rose uses to describe a certain kind

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tomato stew with butternut squash and lentils.

Squash might just be the best veggie ever. Okay, I can’t say that. All veggies are awesome and wonderful in their own way!  But really: squash is incredibly delicious and makes any meal feel a little luxurious. They’re packed with

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pie-less pumpkin pie.

Can you feel it?! Autumn is in the air! That means three things: it’s time to pull out all of your cardigans! things are about to become gloriously colorful! PUMPKINS AND SQUASH ARE IN SEASON! That last bit is in

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super sunflower seeds.

Seeds make an excellent portable snack. Not only are they delicious, they pack an incredible punch of many things our bodies need to function well. Sunflower seeds in particular include: essential fatty acids (essential for brain, nerve, and circulatory health)

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vegan pumpkin alfredo ‘noodles’.

If you’ve never tried kelp noodles, I highly recommend. They are a seaweed-based  raw alternative to regular pasta (read: gluten-free, non-starchy, all delicious). While many people get their daily intake of iodine from eating dairy or processed, refined foods containing iodized

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eggplant luxury boat.

 I love this time of year for the massive variety available at the farmers market. We are lucky to have an NYC Greenmarket in a park close by, and being able to visit every Saturday to stock up for the

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why i don’t believe in diets.

Diets are not sustainable.They operate with a mentality of scarcity and deprivation.They force us to remove whole food groups that can actually be great for us when done right.They take too much effort: weighing, counting, thinking, stressing.They separate us from

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one week of west coast food [plant-based, gluten-free, and darn delicious].

We just returned home from a fabulous trip to San Francisco and Vancouver — the latter being my most favourite place in the world, and the former now occupying a pretty close second. We were in California to partake in

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competent eating.

“Competent eating” has a funny ring to it. Eating, as we tend to know it, is typically a pretty unconscious experience. Fork to food, food to mouth. Chew. Swallow. Repeat.  But competent eating as a practice can be so much

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warm beet-and-apricot quinoa salad.

Alright. Confession time. I don’t always follow recipes. In fact, most of what comes out of our kitchen is improvised… it starts with some kind of ingredient inspiration (which I ask dinner guests to suggest before they arrive), a vague

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raw zucchguine with walnut-basil pesto.

Cook along with me! Let’s make this together on YouTube! I first discovered raw food in 2009 in the middle of my quest to be my healthiest (fittest) self. I loved how I felt when I ate it: truly nourished

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‘unbelievably vegan’ baked tempeh.

So you have a friend/ partner/ family member who is resistant to your plant-eating ways. Perhaps they wonder aloud when you will “go back to normal” and resume eating meat. Perhaps they just just can’t get on board with the

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five-step vegan chili.

Chop.  Drop. Stir. Add. Simmer.   Really. It’s that simple! I grew up loving chili (and still do!). There’s nothing quite like a hot bowl of hearty goodness, and when it’s served without animal ingredients – and less upset digestion

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tangy “buttermilk ranch” dressing [vegan].

Happy Fourth of July weekend, everyone!  Nothing says fun summer celebration like barbecue gatherings — but the food options at these aren’t always vegan-friendly. Never fear, plant-based folks: with a little creativity, a weekend of socializing and celebrating can be

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mushroom medley bowl

Do you ever have those weekends where things just align? I love that. I particularly love when it happens with great food, when inspiration strikes and the necessary ingredients to act on it happen at the same time.  This was one

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veggie pasta [without the pasta].

According to some researchers, we should be eating several bushels a day of vegetables in order to get the adequate amount of nutrients our bodies need. Don’t get me wrong: I love vegetables – I do! – but the prospect

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zucchini pizza.

It’s finally here! Zucchini season! These little boats of goodness are perfect for all kinds of creative recipes. (I tweeted last week about my adventures in making Oh My Veggies’ peanut-quinoa stuffed zucchini, which was just the start of the

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food + yoga [and yoga + food].

How we eat directly impacts every aspect of our day, from how we interact with others to how productive we are in our work to our mood and self-perception. We are lucky to live somewhere that grants us so much

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white bean + peanut butter burgers.

Busy weeks call for creative thinking when it comes to dinner – lest we fall into the ‘grab whatever’s available at the bodega’ trap – especially when half the kitchen is still in boxes and there hasn’t yet been time

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baked pistachio chickpeas with mushroom-avocado quinoa.

I pride myself on being inventive in the kitchen. A little untraditional? Absolutely.  I am by no means a gourmet chef – and I think for that reason, I end up with a number of interesting/ surprisingly delightful healthy goodies

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the nutritarian diet [why calories aren’t all that important].

All calories are not created equal. Different foods affect the body in different ways, so when we focus too strictly on the numeric value of what we consume, we risk missing a more important piece of the fueling puzzle. In

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the chaos foundation.

cha·os   [key-os]  noun. 1. a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order. 2. any confused, disorderly mass 3. the thing that gets in the way of our ability to make healthy choices or prioritize self-care. We’ve all been there: six million things to do, seemingly shorter and shorter days, pressure from

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