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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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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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a personal trainer in your pocket: the jillian michaels app [product review]

Personal training is expensive. So are fitness classes and gym memberships. And having someone tell you what to eat all the time (which, if you’ve worked with me before, you’ll know that’s not what I’m about, but that I do

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6 days of suja juice equals 1 happy camper.

Good gut health is essential to the optimal functioning of the entire system. 1-3% of our body mass is actually trillions of bacteria – somewhere between 3-5lbs of it! – that facilitate processes in our bodies ranging from digestion, nutrient

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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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ginger-citrus tofu powerbowl with bok choy + cashews.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about food and its connection with guilt and body shaming and self-loathing and control and feelings of wrongness.  Nice and light, right? ;) It seems like almost every woman I have spoken to lately

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3 green plant-based recipes in honour of Earth Day.

Happy Earth Day!  I feel like every day should be Earth Day, no? This crazy spinning orb we live on is kind of awesome, and deserves some big love, big respect and a whole lot of conscientiousness.  So, between turning off

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A Q & A with Matt Frazier of No Meat Athlete.

Last summer, I had the pleasure of meeting Matt Frazier, the ultramarathoner, author, food enthusiast and healthy living expert behind No Meat Athlete. I love what Matt promotes over on the site – real food, fitness for fun (and competition),

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spaghetti squash pasta with avocado cream sauce.

Some deliciously green not-pasta pasta for St. Patrick’s Day! Happy celebrating! A friend of mine is training for an endurance run right now, and has noticed – as many people do – that her weight is going up and up…

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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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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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valentine’s day menu: done.

Stay in for V-Day this year and make a healthy body, happy heart menu for your loved one(s). I LOVE this menu because it combines some of my favorite things: lentils, vegan aioli, roasted mushrooms, quinoa, garlic, and cocoa. (Not

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vegan eggplant cannelloni.

Pasta is one of those foods that has made its way onto the DIETERS DO NOT EAT list. In some circles, it’s become akin to eating puppies, and in others, the epitome of cheating on your diet, having no willpower,

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vegan mexican quinoa taco bowl.

California has awakened in me what I assume is a love of Mexican food that has been dormant since my nacho-and-burrito eating days, circa 2001. When you eschew corn, wheat, meat and dairy, much of the Americanized Mexican food menu

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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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pineapple kale smoothie bowl with chia seeds.

Exciting news, From the Ground Up crew! I’ve started creating recipes for an awesome online meal delivery service called Plate Joy — and man alive, is it {foodie} joyful! They provide the ability to craft your own custom meal plan,

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balsamic baked tofu with cumin-scented quinoa.

The test of a solid tofu recipe is when non-vegans actually enjoy it. Like, finish it and then Facebook you about it afterwards. This was the case following a dinner with friends a few weeks ago and I was relieved

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vegan gluten-free bircher muesli.

How many times have you skipped breakfast because you just didn’t have enough time to make it happen before dashing out the door?  And how many times has that led you to being famished by 10:00am and seeking out whatever is

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i quit sugar: dino cookie bites.

A new year calls for new snacks, and this one is a great (simple!) little treat: low in sugar, high in fiber, packed with healthy fats and protein…. and makes a convenient use for leftover cooked quinoa!  These Dino Cookie

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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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{nearly} paleo peanut-almond energy bars.

It’s Day 4 of the Healthified Holiday Baking Extravaganza… and while this recipe is great for a table of goodies, it’ll also be great in January when you’re looking for an easy breakfast or midday refuel.  Let me ask: Are

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twice-baked potato bites with creamy chive dip.

Tis the season for small bites and making meals out of hors d’oeuvres! If you’re looking for a simple side dish or potluck take-along for your December festivitating, look no further than these wildy simple Twice Baked Potato Bites with

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savory vegan pumpkin pie with almond meal crust.

I know what you’re thinking. Pie? Savory pie?! What kind of a health and nutrition blog is this?!  And I am here to tell you, sweet whole-food connoisseur/connoisseuse, that in fact, this pie is good for you. And it’s delicious. And

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roasted squash pizza with gluten-free quinoa cauliflower crust.

In the spirit of fall – and in the spirit of pizza – here’s a delicious way to start the week!  We whipped this up a couple of weeks back for a dinner gathering with our lovely neighbor, and as

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curried butternut squash soup.

It’s that magical time of year where squash of all shapes and sizes is everywhere: it’s in coffee, it’s on doorsteps, and most importantly, it’s overflowing at the farmers market for less than sixty cents a pound. I am obsessed.

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unfried cauliflower rice in ginger miso sauce.

If eating rice ever makes you feel kind of blergh, but you still totally love the experience of eating it, cauliflower rice might be your new best friend. I discovered this crazy trick several years ago when I cut most

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