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raw pad thai bowl with tofu.

Generally, I don’t dig raw food. I find it hard to digest and truly, I just prefer the texture of slightly mushy cooked veggies. I am a toddler, apparently.  Great news, though: this isn’t the case for everyone! If you

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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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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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green apple tahini quinoa.

Plate Joy makes everything look beautiful!  If you’ve ever needed an excuse to combine some of the most delicious whole foods in one dish – tahini, ginger, quinoa, garlic, apple, maple syrup – here it is. This is quickly becoming

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carrot cucumber jicama salad with mint tahini dressing.

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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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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cream of potato and leek soup.

I am obsessed with soup. I don’t know how this happened. At some point in the last month, my body decided that soup is the answer to everything: perfectly timed, as it’s starting to get a little chilly. The sweaters

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sweet potato spring rolls.

In September, I taught a fun class at the Westside YMCA on plant-based lunch ideas that would be appealing to both kids and parents, namely so that mom and dad don’t have to eat white bread and cheese at every

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what to do with leftovers: green chickpea + squash soup.

The eternal leftover dilemma: what to do with all of that stuff you’ve made in your fridge when you’re darn sick of eating the same thing over and over and just can’t take it anymore. My favorite solution? The blender.

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vegan no-mayo potato salad.

There’s a funny relationship between hunger and deservingness. It comes up all the time in meetings with my nutrition clients: this feeling that “I shouldn’t feel hungry [yet]”, or “I didn’t do enough today to be hungry”, or even “I

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vegan ‘chicken’ salad with chickpeas.

We all have foods that take us back to specific moments in our childhood.  I have very specific memories of Jos Louis (a treat I only had at a friend’s house), orange pop (camping!), Viva Puffs (wrapped in waxed paper

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gluten-free scallion pancakes.

Lately, if you’ve noticed, the carbohydrate content of many of the recipes I’ve shared has been higher than usual. I think this has everything to do with being 7000% more famished than usual, on account of all the training for

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meatless monday meal plan #6.

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meatless monday meal plan #4 – BONUS edition!

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope your week is already off to a fabulous start. In place of a regular Meatless Monday Meal Plan today, I am excited to share the brand-spanking-new Eat Deliciously, Live Vibrantly eCookbook!  This downloadable PDF features 9

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crunchy quinoa kale bowl.

A quick post today to share a super simple, super delicious lunch idea (or dinner! or side dish!) It takes less than 10 minutes to throw together and is really just so yummy.  Gather: some of your pre-cooked quinoa (you well-prepared

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meatless monday meal plan #1

Figuring out what to eat in a day can be so complicated. Throw in the fact you’re trying to eat well, make healthful choices, and avoid gluten, dairy, or sugar… and forget it. It can be enough to make anyone

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vegan gluten-free sweet potato pancakes.

I’ve been looking recently for new and exciting ways to use sweet potatoes. We eat them all the time at home, and for good reason: they’re easy to make, highly nutritious, incredibly yummy, and take the place of many other less-nutritive

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kale kelp salad.

This is a deliciously quick throw-together lunch or dinner, and particularly perfect for days following intense weeks of eating (*Thanksgiving). It’s packed with several nutrient-rich ingredients, including: kale (vitamins A, C, K, calcium, and a surprising amount of protein for

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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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blended detox soup.

Great digestion is awesome.  May I just say that?  I hope you agree.  One of the added bonuses of eating a whole foods, plant-based diet is improved digestion: namely because animal products, particularly dairy, can have such a stop-up effect

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easy-peasy ‘cheesy’ peas.

Why I love this: It’s versatile: as a side, a salad add-in, or a meal all to itself, these little peas can be whatever you need them to be (perhaps even a date for a fancy party? I didn’t ask, but

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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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smorgasbord salad.

It’s that time of year: salads are coming out in full force, replacing many of the heavier dishes we’re used to in winter. I’ve had several conversations with people in the last few weeks where they mentioned they enjoy salads,

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power lunches.

I have been experimenting with lunch. The perfect lunch is a little elusive… there’s a lot to consider! I am not a fan of mid-afternoon belly-bloating, and even less a fan of the mid-afternoon ‘oh-my-goodness-I-need-a-nap-immediately’ feeling. Neither is awesome.  It’s important

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roasted cauliflower chard tacos.

It must be spring, because I feel as though I am on the hunt for leafy greens things all the time. (There’s something nice about noticing that your hankerings are in line with the seasons!) These untraditional ‘tacos’ combine some of

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staples and spice day 4: chinese five-spice.

Spices: Anise, cinnamon, clove, fennel, pepper. Staples: Brown rice, chickpeas, kale. There’s nothing quite like Chinese food when it comes to unique flavor and texture. It’s quintessential takeout, right? Minus the little white containers, this make-your-own version is a pretty

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