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Katie Simmons

Katie is a personal chef based in Chicago. She specializes in creating delicious, healthy recipes for those with special concerns including gluten-free, oil-free, plant-based, and low-residue diets. Outside of the kitchen, she is a fitness instructor for Equinox, with over 13 years experience in the fitness industry. Learn more at her Plants-Rule website.

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The Best Vegan Strawberries and Cream

Berries and cream is a classic summer flavor combo, and this dairy-free version makes it the perfect dessert for plant-based eaters. Juicy…

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Chocolate-Strawberry Vegan Whoopie Pies

Rich strawberry cream is sandwiched between homemade chocolate cookies for these vegan whoopie pies. Freeze-dried strawberries are the secret ingredient both in…

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Vegan Black Forest Brownies with Cherries

Black beans are the secret ingredient that make this plant-based twist on a classic recipe extra moist and chewy. Don’t worry about…

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Spelt Banana Bread with Toasted Walnuts

These adorable mini loaves of banana-walnut bread are just right for healthy snacking or a warm breakfast treat. Spelt flour lends a…

Spelt Banana-Walnut Bread mini loaves wrapped in parchment paper with a green ribbon bow see article

Pecan Shortbread Cookies

These scrumptious gluten-free cookies are a plant-based take on the classic shortbread cookies you enjoyed growing up. Naturally sweetened with dates, the…

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Gluten-Free Fig Bars

Dried figs are simmered and blended into a creamy paste with vanilla and lemon juice to bring out the natural sweetness of…

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Peanut Butter–Quinoa Flake Cookies

Quinoa flakes give these kid-friendly cookies a delightfully chewy texture and a hearty helping of whole grains in each bite. The delicious…

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What Is Jackfruit, and How Should You Eat It?

Native to southern India, jackfruit is traditionally used in spicy curries, hearty kormas, and a toffeelike pudding called halwa. In recent years,…

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Easy Purple Sticky Rice Pudding

Purple sticky rice, a classic Thai dessert ingredient, is ideal for rice pudding. If you can’t find purple sticky rice, you can…

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Air Fryer 101 (Plus Recipes to Try)

The air fryer is one of the hottest healthy cooking appliances to hit the market in recent years, and for good reason:…

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