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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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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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grown up not-too-fruity fruit salad.

Lately, I’ve been on a mission to create some multifunctional, any-time-of-day meals, particularly options that are easy to pack for work lunches or make for a good second breakfast. (Isn’t second breakfast so essential sometimes?! It’s important that it actually

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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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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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raw coconut-pecan cocoa bites.

The only thing I like more than healthified desserts is making healthified desserts and force-feeding them to other people and sharing them with people I like… or people I would like to coerce into liking me. Just kidding. Most recently, I

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raw carrot avocado ginger soup.

I’ve been noticing lately that similar themes have been popping up in my life, my sessions with clients and my conversations with strangers. Perhaps the universe has plans, or perhaps the energy of the whole world is converging in funny

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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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making raw foods part of the way you live.

 I am a sucker for a good cookbook with gorgeous photography, simple inspiring dishes and lots of intriguing narrative backstory. Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat, the newly released {almost-but-not-entirely} raw cookbook from Gena Hamshaw

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zucchini pasta with coconut cream sauce.

One of my favorite ways to use zucchini is in place of pasta. I find that grain-based pastas (even gluten-free ones) aren’t always the best option for me… it’s worth exploring for yourself, too, if you happen to notice that

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vegan sugar-free truffles, two ways.

At the beginning of August, my sweet husband turned 31. Obviously dessert was in order.  This Perry the Platypus is not the cake I made.  Well, this was the cake I made, two years ago. (It’s entirely vegan and gluten-free, in

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raw chocolate chip cookie batter balls.

Post #2 in this week’s adventure into kicking sugar cravings. How are you holding up? :) I like to have a few handy go-to’s at the ready for those moments when a sweet craving strikes. The great thing about being

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what to use for bread when you don’t eat bread [wrawps review].

Bread. I write about it all the time. Mostly because I don’t eat it. Mostly because it’s a tricky food: something we’ve been collectively taught is healthful, but truly, it’s a refined product that easily throws the body out of

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delightfully detoxifying salad.

Woohoo!! Spring is almost here!  This calls for a good old-fashioned salad celebration {that’s a thing, right?}. Well, it is now. And it’s delicious.  Spring affords us a beautiful opportunity to start anew, much like the planet. Just as snow

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homemade vegan parsley kale pesto.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Sunday night, I cooked up a batch of fun foods for this week coming up, and realized upon stepping back from my many storage containers that nearly everything was green! Sauteed mushrooms with kale, grilled broccoli

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why raw veganism isn’t doing you any favors (at this time of year).

I have had several clients apologize lately for not wanting salads and wanted to share something in this larger forum to touch one this. 1. Don’t apologize for your food choices. To me, or anyone. Chances are, your choices aren’t

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raw veggie pasta with green leafy pesto [vegan mofo].

Happy almost end to the first full week of Vegan Mofo! Have you been exploring other blogs? I am a huge fan of Lisa’s Project: Vegan and The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado. In addition to consuming inspiring foodie blog after inspiring

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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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summer slaw with creamy tahini dressing.

It has been a balmy 80-something degrees here all day today [high-20s, fine Canadians — don’t worry, I’m still learning, too]. This means it’s finally time to help the body break down some of that stored-up gook from winter!  Green

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zucchini tempura [raw, vegan, gluten-free].

Seriously. I don’t know how these turned out so well. I am THRILLED. I was inspired by the good people at Awesome Foods, who provided me with some excellent nourishment during tech week of the shows I was working the

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raw food for spring [5 easy ideas].

Spring is great time to incorporate more raw foods into your life. Not only are they cleansing and detoxifying for the body; fresh greens, sprouts, and new roots arecoming into season! It’s an easy way to get in touch with

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serious. kelp. noodles.

Kelp noodles are seriously awesome. Here’s why: i) they’re raw. ii) they require very little prep time iii) they’re low in calories and high in nutrients iv) like tofu, they take on the flavour of whatever you pair them with

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demystifying protein [day seven] – to supplement or not to supplement?

Sometimes it’s just not possible to get all of your necessary protein in for the day – time, food options, and caloric density all play into this. In these cases – or if you require additional protein for sports, pregnancy,

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