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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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eating well on the road!

It has officially been an embarrassing amount of time since I posted on the blog. I just looked at the most recent post for Toasted Quinoa Cereal and cringed that it went up on October 27. #ImSorry By means of explanation,

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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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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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stuffed portobello mushroom with tofu + garlic-pepper quinoa.

I’ve been working lately with a number of clients looking to create simple, quick weeknight dinners – half-planned and shopped for, and half thrown together using whatever’s in the kitchen. There’s something nice about knowing you have something nourishing and

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crispy baked tofu with shredded veggie quinoa.

I read a great article this week from Summer Tomato on finding your ideal weight. It’s something that I – and I think most people I know – think about a lot.  Despite being on this crazy food-body-health journey for

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anti-inflammatory red lentil soup with caramelized onions.

Soup is one of those meals that always makes me feel a little taken care of: even if you don’t need the extra lovin’, there’s something comforting and lovely about a warm, easy-to-eat meal, especially when enjoyed from your favorite

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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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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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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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carrot pumpkin bites.

Happy Halloween, all! I love any excuse to celebrate, especially when it involves dressing up, and particularly when there are goodies involved. While today’s festivities tend not to be the most conducive to reducing sugar – or dairy – there

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Here’s why you should work spirulina into your life. Right now. (PLUS a giveaway!)

Spirulina – that magical blue green algae that pops up in smoothies or the famous, delicious millet dish at Jivamuktea Café in Union Square – is a tricky food to work with. It has a very pronounced flavor (think grass and

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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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vegan gluten-free plantain pancakes with protein.

In August, I experimented with a great protein powder to create a homemade energy bar – see that recipe here – and decided to see what else I could amp up with it. Today’s featured yumminess is another simple breakfast-inspired recipe that’s

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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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creamy vegan risotto with apricots & baby bella mushrooms.

Earlier this year, I posted a risotto recipe right after I conquered my fear of making it. As it turns out, it’s become one of my favorite dishes to make (Few ingredients! Quick!) and a favorite request of the folks

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superpower smoothie bowl.

Confession.  I don’t always feel super satisfied with smoothies. There. I said it. (Is that health coach blasphemy?) And I think I know what my occasional issue with smoothies is.  They’re too fluid. They go down too easily. There’s nothing

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nourishing nutbars.

I’ve  been experimenting with easy breakfast and workout refuel options in the kitchen this week, testing out some new ideas that will be included in the cookbook… (coming soon, stay tuned!). I’m a fan of anything in bar form –

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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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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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lentil apricot tapenade.

Summertime: the season of picnics, dips and spreads. Don’t you love it?! :) I think it’s also the season for simple recipes that don’t take too much time and leave us more opportunity to get outside and frolic. In the

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crispy sweet potato squash burgers.

So, this one time (last Sunday), I tried to make gnocchi. It did not work.  I think – on account of not using a gluten-y flour, or enough binding – my little potato-almond butter pasta bits weren’t sturdy enough to

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chickpea toasties.

These little toasties are officially my new favorite way to use chickpeas! They’re featured in the Eat Deliciously, Live Vibrantly eCookbook (but they’ve been popping up so much in our food rotation the last couple of weeks, I thought I’d share

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vanilla almond chia pudding.

When it comes to treats, they can do one of two things to the body: make us feel great for a short period, and then brutal for a long period (guilt, regret, shame, discomfort anyone?)or make us feel great for

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braised miso tempeh with leeks.

Tempeh – if you haven’t tried it before – is a beautiful meat-substitute for the plant-based eater. It offers a ton of valuable health benefits: a crazy amount of protein: one serving is 41% of the recommended daily intake. Because

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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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