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Stuffed Breakfast Sweet Potatoes {Vegan, 4 ingredients)

Stuffed breakfast sweet potatoes–the perfect morning meal! This 4-ingredient breakfast is fast (prepare the sweet potatoes in the microwave), delicious, and super-nourishing, all in one fell swoop. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: An Ideal Breakfast on the Go Have sweet potato, will travel. It’s one of my on-the-road solutions for a portable, power breakfast on the road. …

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Jeweled Cauliflower Rice {vegan, grain-free}

Jeweled cauliflower rice is a side dish everyone can love! Based on Persian and North African rice & couscous dishes, it is vegan, grain-free, gluten-free & Paleo. A Delicious & Healthy Side-Dish For All Picking sides is inevitable at holiday gatherings. Some choices may lead to joy and cheer; others may bring annoyance, grumpiness and …

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No-Bake Trail Mix Bars {more protein, less sugar}

Looking for a homemade granola bar with less sugar and more protein? My no-bake trail mix bars are exactly what you’re looking for! They are easy-to-make, vegan and gluten-free, too. Homemade Energy Bars: A Great Easy-to-Make Snack In case any question remains, I love power bars: energy bars, granola bars, protein bars, bars Bars BARS! …

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Amaranth, Almond & Pear Energy Balls {V+GF}

If you love granola bars and baked oatmeal, then I am confident you will gobble up these amaranth, almond and pear energy balls, which are yet another way to eat your cereal on the go, sans spoon! They require no baking, a short list of ingredients, and, in addition to breakfast, are an ideal snack (think energy boost …

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Popped Amaranth Energy Bars {GF + V}

Happy Thursday, everybody! I hope this post finds you happy and well, wherever you are planted. It is absolutely gorgeous weather here –more like my native SF Bay Area weather than East Texas. I try to avoid the air conditioner as late in the spring as possible here, but sometimes that has meant mid-March, so …

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Chocolate & Sunflower Seed Energy Bars {4 ingredients, no-bake, vegan}

  It’s Tuesday. Following a 3-day weekend. With visitors. Thus, chocolate.     These energy-bars-in-the-round are humble in both ingredients (four) and preparation (no-baking, roughly 5 to 10 minutes total), but not flavor (luscious) or texture (rich and candy-like). This is a new variation of my DIY LaraBars recipe from 8 years ago (still going strong …

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Oat-Chickpea Flour Quick Bread with Cherries

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Admittedly, I am a something of a slacker on this day of love, cards and candy. We had friends over for dinner on Friday, but plans for today are largely dependent on relaxation, reading, and an afternoon run–in other words, a perfect day! I hadn’t planned on baking today, but the …

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Almond Flour Welsh Fruit Bread {Gluten-Free & Grain-Free}

Allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite quick breads: Bara Brith. Bara Brith is a traditional Welsh bread loaded with dried fruit that has been soaked in tea. The name literally translates to “speckled bread,” because every slice is polka-dotted with the dried fruit. Much like chocolate chip cookies here in the …

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Pumpkin-Cranberry Protein Truffles {vegan, gluten-free, nut-free}

It strikes me as entirely unfair to put away all of the cozy favorite of November and December because the calender we choose to follow mandates that it’s a new year! Meanwhile, it’s cold, gray and a wee bit dreary, especially on the days when your socks get wet and eyelashes freeze. Hence, pumpkin, cranberry, …

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Homemade KIND Bars made with Honey: Update

Good morning everyone! I am feeling extra-cheery because my head is finally clear of the final remnants of my cold–what a difference good health makes. Topping off my morning bliss, I’m slurping a cup of Peet’s coffee (brought back to Texas from a recent visit home to Berkeley) and nibbling one of my homemade KIND …

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Cinnamon Raisin Almond Flour Bread (Vegan, GF, oil-free)

Vegan cinnamon raisin almond flour bread! Lightly sweet, it is gluten-free, oil-free, and made with ease in 1 bowl. A Challenge: Vegan Almond Flour Bread Greetings from East Texas, everyone, where it snows one day (just 2 days ago) and feels like summer (mid 70s today) the next. It was absolutely glorious today, but, still …

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Coconut Oil Granola (vegan+glutenfree)

Classically trained chefs can teach you to make countless masterpieces. For example, a silken hollandaise, a skillfully seared lamb chop,  or a delicate dacquoise. But they cannot guide you in the making of a perfect granola. Granola is an American invention, and is better off made with the old-fashioned American ingenuity of the home cook. In my early …

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Healthy Stovetop Blueberry Granola {G;uten-Free, Vegan}

Mention “blueberry festival,” and most people think of of the shores of Lake Michigan and the Maine countryside and coast. That is, unless, they hail from East Texas. If you’re not from these parts (that included me until three years ago), you may not know that East Texas is known for (among many things) great …

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Millet Pilaf with Dried Cranberries {gluten-free & vegan}

This simple millet pilaf with dried cranberries is a great vegan & gluten-free alternative to stuffing at Thanksgiving or anytime! Make Pilaf a Modern Meal Staple Hi, everyone! Today I’m posting about a tried & true dish worth revisiting: pilaf. Alas, pilaf has been marginalized (along with fricassees, stroganoffs, aspics and all things devilled) as …

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