Best of August

Best of August

Oh hey giant Almond Butter Cup Bar in my face. And hello to you, friends!

I hope you’ve had an amazing August, which is now officially in the books.

Here we are yet again to recap all that went down in the past month, including what we did, what we made, and what we’re into (aka internet links galore). Let’s get started with eats!

Recipes //

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Best of August from Minimalist Baker

Lasagna Stuffed Peppers

Lasagna Stuffed Peppers | @naturallyella

There are certain dishes I’ve really had to persuade my husband to eat because of his childhood experiences. For example, stuffed peppers were one of my greatest hurdles because he was used to traditional peppers, cooked in a giant pot of tomato broth. I’ve assured him every time I make stuffed peppers that mine are nothing like that and slowly he’s warmed up to the idea. This particular recipe comes from The Easy Vegetarian Kitchen and is one of my favorites from the book. These lasagna stuffed peppers embody everything in lasagna but in fun, individual portions. I like to slightly pre cook the peppers but if you prefer a crisp, crunchy pepper, you can easily skip that step. Read more and see the recipe.

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Savory Do-It-Yourself Power Bars

Those of you who have been readers for a stretch know how much I love a homemade travel snack. I went on an intense 48 hour sourcing trip last week and posted a photo to Instagram of the Do-It-Yourself Power Bars I made to take with me. They were based on the recipe I published years ago in Super Natural Cooking (2007! Not sure how ten years passed that fast….laugh/cry), the main difference here was that I made these more savory. I packed them full of toasted walnuts, crumbled kale chips, and oil-cured olives. They we’re fantastic, and I can actually imagine little architectural cubes of them being right at home on a cheese plate. They’re the perfect plane snack, and were fantastically resilient after a long day wrapped in parchment paper in my purse. The saffron and chile flakes were a flavor bonus, but you could substitute whatever spice blend you’re inspired by at the moment, and build the bars around that…

I posted the recipe here
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Savory DIY Power Bars

Savory DIY Power Bars

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Coconut Red Curry with Chickpeas

Coconut Red Curry with Chickpeas

Could there possibly be too many curries in the world? I say, no.

I’ve been super into red curries lately for their spicy, smoky kick. And because chickpeas lend so beautifully to spicy sauces, they are my protein of choice here.

Shall we dig in?

This curry is inspired by one I’ve been ordering from a local Thai shop in our new neighborhood. There’s nothing a little papaya salad, spring rolls, and curry won’t fix after a long day.

Coconut Red Curry with Chickpeas from Minimalist Baker

Red Lentil Masala with Spinach

Red Lentil Masala with Spinach | @naturallyella

I am always amazed at what inspiration come from the food blog community. There are wise words of wisdom, quirky anecdotes, and most of all, tons of amazing food. Every time I check out my favorite blogs, I find myself making notes on things I want to try or ideas I have for recipes. When I saw Shanna’s Thai Chicken Curry, I knew I wanted to make something spicy and fragrant. I wanted a big dish of comfort and that’s exactly what I lentil masala. I did a bunch of searching and finally settled on adapting this Tikka Masala (without the tikka of course). This recipe has become my favorite lentil dish and the masala paste can be used for other meals, like this masala potatoes and fried egg skillet. Read more and see the recipe.

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20-minute Asian Kale Salad

20-minute Asian Kale Salad

I recently tried doing an elimination diet; emphasis on the “tried.”

I think I lasted about 1 week, but one food I did manage to do was avoid soy. During that time I discovered a way to do Asian food without tamari or soy sauce.

Exciting, right? Allow me to demonstrate.

A local grocery store in Portland has this amazing kale “slaw” with carrots and cabbage, and I’ve basically been living off of it for the past month.

20-minute Asian Kale Salad from Minimalist Baker

Summer Vegetable Frittata

Summer Vegetable Frittata | @naturallyella

There is no secret regarding my love of frittatas. That’s because this easy egg dish comes together quickly, can serve as a base for endless vegetables, grains, and cheese, and can feed anywhere from two people to a crowd. This vegetable frittata recipe is loaded with summer goodness, highlighting what I feel is the best of summer: sweet corn and zucchini. However, if you don’t happen to agree, you can always swap out certain items or add in a few more (like tomatoes)! Read more and see the recipe.

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Savory Oatmeal with Garlicky Kale

Savory Oatmeal with Garlicky Kale | @naturallyella

I always find it fascinating how easy it is to associate certain foods with specific categories (in certain cultures). For example, I grew up having very specific foods for breakfast one of which was always sweet: oatmeal. However, over the years, I’ve come to appreciate oats for their warm, not-too-overpowering flavor and their ability to be a perfect bed for produce. So, I’ve paired my favorite preparation of greens with creamy steel cut oats for a savory oatmeal. This is the perfect breakfast or even dinner and comes together in the time it takes to cook the oats. Read more and see the recipe.

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Harissa Roasted Chickpea Bowl

Harissa Roasted Chickpea Bowl | @naturallyella

Some of my favorite meals are ones that I can throw together in five minutes, toss in the oven, and forget about right until it’s ready. This roasted chickpea dish has a yogurt sauce keeping them a bit softer but also infusing them with a bit of flavor. Also in this recipe, I use a mild homemade harissa sauce that has a nice flavor but doesn’t come with the heat of some of the other harissa pastes. I recommend starting with a smaller amount if you’re unsure about the heat of the harissa. Then add more in after the cooking process if needed. Read more and see the recipe.

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Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos

Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos | @naturallyella

When we don’t know what to do for dinner, breakfast is usually the answer. Eggs are quick to prepare and easily create a meal. I made this burrito after having a bit of the chorizo-spiced crumble leftover from the nachos. As a result, these breakfast burritos were ready in a short time. Additionally, you can make the crumble the night before to quicken burrito assembly in the morning. Homemade tortillas are great for burritos. However, these days I’m usually putting dinner together at the last minute so store-bought are a lifesaver. Also, I’ve been known to skip scrambling the eggs and simply fry an egg over-hard then cut it into strips (similar to this quesadilla). Read more and see the recipe.

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