Recipes

Roasted Figs (Paleo & Vegan)

Figs have a short season so get to your nearest grocery now! I got mine at Trader Joe’s. I’ve been trying lots of new things with the Blonde Coconut Nectar since I used it to create my Blackberry and Blueberry Crisp. I love that its flavor doesn’t compete with the food and it doesn’t have a strong coconut taste either, just a nice sweetness. So I used it to roast the figs with a little cinnamon; sometimes the simplest ingredients are the tastiest.

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I’ve been enjoying them on oatmeal, on salad, pizza, and even a sweet potato with a little vegan butter. Just can’t get enough of these delectable figs! Plus, they are ready in a snap!

Roasted Figs (Vegan & Paleo)

  • Servings: 9
  • Difficulty: easy
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Simple, delicious, Paleo, and Vegan Roasted Figs with only three ingredients. Check out the recipe ideas for ways to eat these figs!

Tips: Figs will stay fresh in the fridge for a week or so. I like to pull out a couple every day to add pizzazz to my typical staples.

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375.
  2. Slice the figs in half.
  3. Place on a baking pan.
  4. Coat with coconut nectar and cinnamon.
  5. Arrange the figs cut side up.
  6. Cook for ~15 minutes until they are tender and slightly caramelized.
  7. Serve warm, and store leftovers with sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Peach Upside-Down Cake (Vegan & Gluten-free)

Peach Upside-Down Cake

More Food Allergies

This recipe is for my son, who suffered a summer and spring of mystery hives this year; we discovered after 8 hours in an allergist’s office last month that he is so highly allergic to birch trees that he has developed a birch pollen-food syndrome. He can’t have fruit with seeds like peaches or apples if they are not baked, his peanut allergy is worse and he’s still allergic to eggs and dairy. Furthermore, his igA for gluten was a 93, so he has now joined the gluten-free club with his sister and me. I just sent this kid to kindergarten with a huge list of avoids and a new AUVI-Q®. On a positive note, they seem so much easier to use that epi-pens and they were FREE. Overall, he’s handling it all fine, with the exception of the gluten, but to cheer him up we baked this gluten-free vegan peach cake so that he can enjoy some of the yummy fresh peaches in season right now.

Easy Gluten-Free Recipe

I don’t remember ever eating a pineapple upside-down cake, but it was the inspiration for this peach upside-down cake. I have been playing around with peach pies the summer and still haven’t perfected my liquid ratio. So I decided to take the flavor of the spices that I loved and use them in a peach cake instead! This cake uses a gluten-free cake mix, I used Pamela’s. To make it vegan, I used applesauce 1/4 cup per egg. The cake consistency was perfect!

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Peach Upside-Down Cake (Vegan & Gluten-free)

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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An old-fashioned favorite with a twist of peaches, made easier with a simple gluten-free cake mix.

Tips: (1) Prepare gluten-free cake mix per box, substituting 1/4 cup applesauce per egg. (2) Serve with dairy-free vanilla ice cream or vegan whipped cream if desired.
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Ingredients

Peach Topping

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 4 peaches
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup

Cake Batter

  • 1 bag Pamela’s Gluten-free Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • coconut oil to grease pan


Directions

  1. Heat oven to 325.
  2. Cut parchment paper for 9″ springform pan.
  3. Grease pan and parchment paper with coconut oil (I used cold-pressed unrefined) and a paper towel.
  4. Peel and slice peaches.
  5. Combine 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon allspice and maple syrup.
  6. Pour maple syrup spice mixture over peaches and evenly distribute sauce over peaches.
  7. Pour peaches into spring-form pan and set aside.
  8. Prepare gluten-free cake mix per directions of the mix, substituting 1/4 cup applesauce per egg.
  9. Pour cake batter on top of peaches.
  10. Bake for 38 – 45 minutes.
  11. Set aside to cool.
  12. When cool, quickly and gently flip the pan onto the cake stand and serve.

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Blackberry and Blueberry Crisp (Paleo, Vegan & Gluten-free)

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This pie only has 7 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to make!  See video below for the introduction of the recipe and the ingredients that I used.

Here’s how easy it is to make! Hope you enjoy!

Blackberry and Blueberry Crisp (Paleo, Vegan & Gluten-free)

  • Servings: 9
  • Difficulty: easy
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You will love the ease and deep rich slightly sweet flavor of this crisp. With only 7 ingredients, the natural flavor of the berries shines. It's thickened with tapioca flour to make it tree-nut free, gluten-free, and paleo. Serve with ice cream for dessert, or serve without for breakfast.

Tips: See the video for tips and the ingredients I used.
Credit: Loosely inspired by the Bakerita

Ingredients

Fruit Filling

  • 2 ½ cups blackberries
  • 2 ½ cups blueberries
  • 1 ½ teaspoon tapioca flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup tablespoons coconut nectar (I used Organic Coconut Nectar by Blonde

Crumb Topping


Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 9-inch pie pan with coconut oil
  3. Add blackberries, blueberries, tapioca flour, cinnamon, and coconut syrup, mix gently to combine. Add berries to the pie pan.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, add date sugar, tapioca flour, and coconut oil (1/4 cup at a time) and combine with a fork until combined.
  5. Spread crumb topping to the top of the berries.
  6. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes

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Eggplant Chickpea Pasta (Vegan & Gluten-free)

This video describes tips and tricks and the ingredients that I used. If you have any questions, ask away in the comments!

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Eggplant Chickpea Pasta (Vegan & Gluten-free)

  • Servings: ~12
  • Difficulty: easy
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This easy light eggplant chickpea pasta dish has an olive oil sauce with fresh basil, parsley, garlic and tamari to bring out the flavors of the fresh garden vegetables. It's perfect for a summer or fall bbq or picnic, and is a complete meal.

Tips: If you have time, marinate your eggplant overnight with the tamari, shallot, basil, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. See the video for this tip!
Credit: My Real Dish

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon real salt
  • 3 ½ tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • ½ cup parsley
  • 1 large shallot
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup olive oil (+ 3 tablespoons for sautéeing in the pan )
  • 12 grinds of the pepper grinder
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 3 small eggplants 
  • 2 heirloom tomatoes
  • ½ bag of gluten-free pasta (I used Trader Joe’s quinoa & rice spirals)
  • 1 – 15.5 oz can of chickpeas (garbanzos), rinsed and drained


Directions

  1. Prepare water to boil on the stove for the pasta with a little salt and olive oil. DO NOT overcook the pasta, it will make it mushy.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas (I open the can almost all the way and leave a small portion attached, making it easy to rise and drain until the water runs clear or save the brine to make a vegan lemon meringue or key lime pie)
  3. Finely chop the eggplant, shallot, parsley, and basil, dice the bell pepper, mince the garlic, and chop the tomatoes in big chunks.
  4. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil on medium-high heat on the stove in a large sauté pan.
  5. Add eggplant, shallots, garlic, and bell pepper to the pan and sauté for 3 minutes.
  6. Add basil, parsley, black pepper, real salt, tomatoes and continue to sauté until the eggplant and onions are translucent and the peppers are slightly tender (if you haven’t marinated overnight).
  7. Combine with the cooked pasta and the 1/2 cup of olive oil, and serve!

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Peanut Butter Banana Mocha Smoothie

Lately, I’ve been scrambling to get out the door in the morning to get the kids to an early swim and dive practice. However, it’s not my normal stressed out I’m going to be late for work scramble that I do during the school year, so I’ll take it! Anyway, this scramble forced me to create this new breakfast – it’s an all-in-one smoothie. Get your caffeine and breakfast in one jar!

Everyone has been raving about these almond milk cold brews from Califia Farms, and I finally picked up this mocha flavor at the grocery store last week, and it is phenomenal. IMG_4922So after I was drinking a cold brew and a smoothie at the pool the other day, I decided to just put my coffee in my smoothie. It’s like a chunky monkey smoothie, but with mocha delicious coffee and some extra cacao, because there can never be enough chocolate. Makes me feel like I’m drinking a healthier version of a frappucino.
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Peanut Butter-Banana Mocha Smoothie (Vegan & Gluten-free)

  • Servings: ~1
  • Difficulty: easy
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It's a traditional peanut butter, banana, and chocolate smoothie, but with a kick of coffee to create an easy frozen breakfast to help you wake up!

Tips: (1) Use Wowbutter to make this a peanut-free breakfast (2) Skip the coffee and add a non-dairy milk to make a caffeine-free smoothie.
Credit: My Real Dish

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Place the bananas and the cold brew at the bottom of the Vitamix or high-powered blender, and then top with remaining ingredients.
  2. Pureé until smooth.
  3. Drink and enjoy!

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Double Chocolate Gooey Butter Brownies (Vegan & Gluten-free)

On Saturday mornings growing up in St. Louis, my Dad would take me to Lubeley’s Bakery & Deli near our home to get a German coffee cake or pastry. My favorite was always the Gooey Butter Cake. There are so many stories about who actually created the Gooey Butter Cake, but it is a St. Louis treat that we usually eat for breakfast, like a coffee cake. It’s a cake that is layered with a thick creamy sticky topping, which creates a gooey-goodness!

I never realized that some of the foods I loved were only available in my hometown until I moved away for college and couldn’t find them anywhere. Most of them I can’t eat anymore because of my wheat and dairy intolerances, such as toasted ravioli, Provel cheese, or Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. Since discovering my food intolerances, I thought that I would try to recreate this St. Louis tradition with a vegan, gluten-free, and chocolate twist.

If you regularly follow me on Instagram or read my blog, then you know that I’m a chocoholic. I thought why not make Gooey Butter Brownies with a chocolate gooey topping? The key ingredient to making these Double Chocolate Gooey Butter Brownies extra chocolaty is Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder for the topping. Of course, you could use unsweetened cocoa powder, but the Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder takes this chocolate dessert to a new level of chocolate decadence.

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Double Chocolate Gooey Butter Brownies (Vegan & Gluten-free)

  • Servings: ~12
  • Difficulty: easy
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St. Louis sticky-sweet gooey butter cake takes a gluten-free vegan healthier twist with this easy, but decadent, chocolate recipe. Refined sugar-free option available.

Tips: use Xylitol Powdered Sugar for low-carb, refined sugar-free option.
Credit: My Real Dish

Ingredients

Cake Base

Perfect Paleo Brownies (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Gooey Topping

Optional


Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, prepare Perfect Paleo Brownies (Vegan & Gluten-Free). Press mixture onto bottom of prepared baking dish; set aside.
  4. Boil hot water for egg replacer.
  5. In a medium bowl, beat vegan butter and applesauce until creamy.
  6. Prepare your egg replacer (take with 3 teaspoons egg replacer, 4 tablespoons warm water, and mix until it thickens)
  7. Add the egg replacer and blend in powdered sugar (or Xylitol Powdered Sugar) until well combined.
  8. Pour gooey topping batter on top of the brownie-lined baking pan.
  9. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until the brownies are nearly firm when you shake if (you want the topping to be a little gooey, so do not overcook the cake).
  10. Remove the brownies from oven and let them cool.
  11. Once they’ve cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar (or Xylitol Powdered Sugar)if desired.
  12. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

Everyone knows that I’m obsessed with avocados. I eat one at least once a day. Although I’ve made desserts with avocados before, this pie might be the best one yet. It is green, but you don’t taste the avocado. My children and their neighbor friend didn’t question me for a second when I told them it was Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie. I call that a Mom win!

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Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Pie (Vegan and Gluten-free)

  • Servings: 6 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tips: Crust can be made homemade with this recipe or if you don’t have time for homemade, check out Mi-Del Cookie Crust. It is available at Wal-mart for $5 and most grocery stores, and it’s allergy-friendly (dairy, gluten, egg, soy, and nut-free) but not sugar-free.

Credit: My Real Dish

Ingredients

Paleo Pie Filling

  • 4 large avocados
  • 1 cup coconut milk refrigerated overnight (hard cream only)
  • ⅛ cup lime juice (juice from ~1 lime)
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 15 drops Young Living Peppermint Vitality Oil (you can buy it here)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I used mini chips)

Chocolate Sauce

The Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce (Optional, not sugar-free)

Crust

Easy Chocolate Crumb Crust (see tips for more details) 


Directions

  1. Prepare the chocolate pie crust first (or see tips for store-bought allergy-friendly crust).
  2. Put all of the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, in a Vitamix or high-powered blender, and purée until smooth.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Put into pie crust, and freeze for 1 hour.
  5. The result is a minty “nice cream” cake.

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Lemon Meringue Pie (Vegan and Gluten-free)

My father loves lemon meringue, so when I went to his house for Easter, I made one. The result is this creamy pie, with a hint of tartness, and a lemon poppyseed crust made from Bobo Bars.

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I wanted a little more lemon flavor but was concerned with the texture of the pie if I added more lemon juice. So instead I added 5 drops of Young Living Lemon Vitality.

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Lemon Meringue Pie (Vegan and Gluten-free)

  • Servings: 6 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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A vegan, gluten-free, paleo creamy but slightly tart lemon meringue pie filling with a lemon poppyseed crust made from Bobo Bars.

Credit: My Real Dish

Ingredients

Pie Filling

  • 1 ½ cup cashews (soaked overnight or for at least 4 hours)
  • 1 can of coconut milk or cream refrigerated overnight (the hard part + 2 tablespoons remaining liquid from the bottom of the can)
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 3 ounces lemon juice
  • 5 drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil (you can buy it here)
  • ½ cup coconut oil softened or melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Crust

Topping

Vegan Meringue


Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare the crust. Put Lemon Poppyseed Bobo Bars, maple syrup, and coconut oil in food processor and purée until well combined.
  3. Put the crust mixture in 9-inch pie pan.
  4. Cook crust for 10 minutes, set aside to cool.
  5. Put all of the ingredients for the pie filling in your Vitamix or high-powered blender, and purée until smooth. Place on top of the crust.
  6. Refrigerate for 1 hours.
  7. Before serving, prepare the vegan meringue, and spread and decorate the top of the pie.

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Cheesy Ro-tel Stuffed Spaghetti Squash (vegan and gluten-free)

While I was in college at Ole Miss, I discovered Ro-tel Dip. For those of you that don’t know what Ro-tel is – it is melted Velvetta Cheese and a can of Ro-tel, which is a can of green chili and tomatoes. There are different varieties of Ro-Tel in varying degrees of hotness and spiciness. Anyway, I could sit and eat an entire bowl of Ro-tel Dip. The processed cheese dip is so bad for you, but I admit – it tastes so good. Of course, my stomach would be a mess after, but I was young and clueless!

The other day I was reminiscing about Ro-tel and picked up a can at the store. I had prepped a spaghetti squash on my Sunday food prep day to save time, along with all of my other veggies for the week; I highly recommend doing this to save yourself some serious time! So when I was wondering what I could make for dinner and felt like I had nothing in my house to eat, I got an idea when I saw this small spaghetti squash and a can of Ro-tel in my pantry. I created a vegan stuffed spaghetti squash with Mexican flavors. It’s a healthy Ro-tel dish!

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Cheesy Ro-tel Stuff Spaghetti Squash (vegan & gluten-free)

  • Servings: 4 serving
  • Difficulty: easy
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A healthy version of a vegan Ro-tel Dip stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Mexican flavors.

Tip: (1) I’ve been playing around with vegan “meat crumbles”. My favorite is Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles. However, I feel like they still need some extra flavor. I added extra taco seasoning, If you’re not vegan you can just use regular ground beef if you’re not vegan, or just omit all “meat”. (3) Taco Seasoning – 1 teaspoons is mild and 1 tablespoon is spicy! (4) Be aware of the spiciness of your Ro-tel and buy the can best suited to taste/heat tolerance. I got the one with Diced Tomatoes With Lime Juice & Cilantro Mexican Festival. (5) Buy a large Spaghetti Squash and double the recipe. I made a large one (~7.75 cups of cooked squash) that served 10.

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Ingredients

Squash

  • 1 Small Spaghetti Squash (~4 cups cooked squash)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can Ro-tel (I used Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes With Lime Juice & Cilantro Mexican Festival, drained)
  • 1 cup “Meat Crumbles” or Ground Beef if not vegan (optional)
  • 1 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon taco seasoning depending on desired spice (I used Trader Joe’s see tips for more info)

Vegan Cheese Sauce

  • 1 cup cashews (soaked for 4 hours, or soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon (~1 small lemon juiced)
  • 2.5 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon real salt
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock (gluten-free, MSG-free)


Directions

  1. Boil water for cashews and soak them in boiling water (if you didn’t soak them in advance)
  2. Heat oven to 400.
  3. Prepare your spaghetti squash next. Slice the squash in half, place the squash insides down into a roasting pan, add a little water (~1/2 inch) to the roasting pan, and cook squash for 30 – 45 minutes until it is tender when pricked with a fork. Begin prepping the rest of the meal while the squash cooks. Or, be like me and prepare the squash in advance so you can come home and whip together a healthy meal in 25 minutes!
  4. While the spaghetti squash is cooking, prepare the vegan cheese sauce. Rinse the soaked cashews thoroughly until the water runs clear (this helps you easily digest the nuts). Place Vegan Cheese Sauce ingredients in the Vitamix or high powered blender and mix until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  5. Scoop out the seeds and discard (I use an ice cream scooper), scoop the squash out of the shell and place in a mixing bowl, with cheese sauce, taco seasoning, can of Ro-tel (drained), meat crumbles, peas, and corn. Stir until evenly combined.
  6. Place squash back into the shells into the pan and cook for 20 minutes in the oven or until browned.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Raisins and Sweet Onion Dressing

Every day I am rushing. So when I accidentally bought three bottles of Wildtree Sweet Onion Dressing last week, I wasn’t surprised because I was in a hurry to get my order out since I was out of Chipotle Lime Rub and I thought I would FREAK. Now I’ve been creating new recipes to use finish this extra savory sweet tangy dressing. Today was a win! I present this roasted chipotle lime butternut squash with golden raisins, avocado, and cucumbers. You can buy the Sweet Onion Dressing and Chipotle Lime Rub here.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Raisins and Sweet Onion Dressing

  • Servings: 2 large servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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This salad features roasted butternut squash with agave, grapeseed oil, and Chipotle Lime Rub from Wildtree, golden raisins, avocado, cucumber, and Sweet Onion Dressing.

Tip: This dish serves two large 5 cup portions or can be a side dish for 5.

Credit: My Real Dish

Ingredients

  • 2lbs butternut squash (32 oz, 907 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon Chipotle Lime Rub
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil (I used Wildtree’s)
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  •  2 avocados
  • 1 cup sliced cucumbers
  • 10 cups romaine lettuce


Directions

  1. Heat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Chop the butternut squash
  3. Coat the butternut squash with 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, 1 teaspoon Chipotle Lime Rub, and 1 tablespoon agave syrup, place squash on a glass baking pan and roast for 20 minutes or until tender.
  4. Peel and slice cucumbers and cut lettuce.
  5. Put the remaining ingredients in a bowl, drizzle with Sweet Onion Dressing and serve.

It’s no secret that my favorite spice blend is Chipotle Lime Rub by Wildtree – you can find these recipes with it on my blog: Peach Mango Rice with Chipotle LimeChipotle Lime Roasted Sweet Potato SaladChipotle Lime Chickpea Salad, and Southwestern Chopped Ranch Salad (Vegan). What’s your favorite seasoning or rub?

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