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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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mediterranean cauliflower rice.

One of my favorite things about cooking with veggies is that they are often more than they appear. Kale can become chips, leafy greens can swap in for bread, squash can become the base for pizza crust, and perhaps my

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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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cookbook review: The New Greenmarket Cookbook.

If you’ve ever walked through a farmers market and thought, “I’d absolutely buy that… and that… and that… and that… but I have no idea what I’d do with it”, the New Greenmarket Cookbook is about to become your new

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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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frozen hazelnut butter fudge [a luscious dessert].

I will admit: I often feel like I need a little something-something after dinner. A little cap, if you will, to signal “thanks, I’m done”. This helps me move along with my night and avoid the [far-too-familiar] descent into snack-land.

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tomato “teapots”.

The Vegan Month of Food continues! Today’s post is a quick one to show just how easy it is to create awesome meals with just a few all-plant ingredients. (As a bonus, you get to make vegan parmesan, which keeps

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mediterranean quinoa salad with apricots and walnuts.

Happy Vegan Mofo Week #3! In honor of this fine Monday, I wanted to share with you this rad preparation for quinoa. I love quinoa. It’s a little silly how much I love quinoa, actually. I discovered it in the

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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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black eyed peas mashup [vegan mofo day #2].

I am a huge fan of beans. As I’ve blogged about before, they are a fabulous source of vegan protein, uber-filling, and packed with great minerals and vitamins. We have them at home usually 4-5 times a week, and I

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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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nutty sweet potato bake.

The challenge: combining a handful of different seasonal produce into a dish that could bake alongside the other food prep I had put together for the week.The ingredients: sweet potato, onion, eggplant, green beans.The household request: more cashew cheese in

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seriously nutty workout smoothie.

I have been on a quest to find something energizing to fuel my morning Insanity workouts (more details on my adventures in that coming soon [suffice to say, for now: I AM LOVING IT] ).  Eating before a morning workout

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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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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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easy greens: kale-cabbage-pea medley.

I am such a fan of greens as a the base for a meal. I’m even more a fan of dishes that can be flexible: ones where you can throw in whatever else you have in the kitchen to round

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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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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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featured on ethical ocean’s vegan challenge [!!].

I am so thrilled to let everyone know that FtGU has been featured on Ethical Ocean’s Vegan Recipe Challenge [co-presented with Vegan Cuts]! These two beautiful companies promote plant-based, ethical living, providing eco- and animal-conscious consumers with some really unique products.

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a week of prep [#2].

Like all great weeks, this one coming up is full of terrific people, meaningful work, and energizing activities — but a little short on cooking time. I am thrilled to have some volunteer stage management time at a gala [with

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creating flavors in your favor.

[Or for my Canadian friends, ‘Flavours in Your Favour’!] Food is not just a vessel for nutrients. It is a creative endeavor. A social experience. A means of connecting with the body, the planet, those with whom we eat.  Enjoying

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curried sweet potatoes.

A quick post tonight to share our at-home attempt at the most delicious item of last week’s Hu Kitchen adventure: curried sweet potatoes!  Simple to make, especially if you’ve already prepared a batch of sweet potatoes for the week. The

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vegan GF green grilled cheese. it can be done.

I love that there are silly holidays scattered throughout the year – National Maple Syrup Day, National Bicarbonate of Soda Day, and Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day are some of my favorites. I particularly enjoy when they

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amanda’s split pea soup.

Due to popular demand, here’s the split pea soup recipe Amanda mentioned in yesterday’s Fridge Feature [thanks for sharing, lady!]. Perfect timing with this sudden glorious spring weather! Peas are a great balancing food: because of their ability to cleanse

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happy herbivore’s gandhi bowl.

This super-simple, super-filling dinner is courtesy of Lindsay at Happy Herbivore! Her cookbook is amazing: we received a copy as a wedding gift and it gets a lot of use at home.  Often, when I’m not sure what to make and when

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hybrid or diesel: what does your body run on?

Like cars, our bodies require fuel. Like cars, the type of fuel we choose to fill up on greatly affect how we function. If you put diesel in a gas tank, the car will smoke and the engine will run

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roasted tomato garlic quinoa.

I have been on a tomato bender ALL week – I’ve had the most intense craving for them. Salsa, cherry tomatoes, pasta sauce with beans… I’ve covered much of the standard tomato gamut in the last several days. [I suppose

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