Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder Review

Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder Review

My search for the perfect vegan protein powder has been a complicated one, meaning, I have never been able to find one I truly like (until now).

Despite this, I kept hearing recommendations from friends and readers about their favorite brands so I knew there was more out there to explore.

So, I decided to do a formal, side-by-side review of some of the most popular vegan protein powders on the market to see which ones delivered and which ones weren’t worth the hype (so you don’t have to!).

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Thai Sweet Potato Quinoa

Thai Sweet Potato Quinoa | @naturallyella

Cooking for me is an ever evolving and growing process. Like with most everything one learns to do, practice makes better (as a musician I never prescribed to practice makes perfect). This thai sweet potato is a great example of what I mean. It started as a simple sweet potato salad from a few years ago that needed updating. The original recipe was fine, but it lacked balanced flavors. The end result of the revamp is this hearty and cohesive Thai sweet potato salad. Excellent packed for lunch or as a side to dinner! Read more and see the recipe.

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Curried Carrot Soup

Curried Carrot Soup | @naturallyella

It’s easy to overlook carrots when you’re staring at all the beautiful fall produce. For the longest time, I viewed carrots as things I used for dip or had as a snack. Eventually carrots broke out of that routine and I started using them as a shining main ingredient. This soup is an easy, one-pot dish made extra creamy using red lentils. Make an extra large batch and freeze to eat throughout the fall and winter season!

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Gluten Free Onion Rings

Gluten Free Onion Rings

It’s that time of year when we put on our stretchy pants, watch sporty things (or, copious amounts of Netflix), and eat all the comfort food.

Care to join?

Anytime we go out to eat I’m tempted by the appetizer menu.

However, I always end up passing because 1) There aren’t many veg/gluten free options and 2) Portion sizes are typically mammoth so there’s no way I’ll be able to finish my entrée with a stack of onion rings already down the chute.

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Apple Wrap with Cheese and Mustard Hummus

Apple Wrap with Cheese and Mustard Hummus | @naturallyella

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Every year around the end of October, I shift gears and prepare to hunker down for winter. Even in California! Usually by this time, I have canned as many tomatoes as possible, frozen and dried herbs, and packed my crisper full of apples. My hope is that the apples will last at least a month or more. This apple wrap combines some of my favorite flavors, welcoming the cooler months but holding onto the bright days of summer. The sweetness of the apples plays with the pungent mustard and creamy cheese. In fact, it’s the perfect sweet/salty lunch any time of year! Read more and see the recipe.

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Root Vegetable Enchiladas with Cilantro Avocado Sauce

Root Vegetable Enchiladas with Cilantro Avocado Sauce | @naturallyella

It’s no secret that I love sweet potatoes with bold spices and flavors during the fall season, especially in taco or enchilada form. These root vegetable enchiladas are an extension of this cassoulet. Two separate meals using the same core vegetables: sweet potatoes and celeriac. I love these two roots together because the flavors blend well without one overpowering the other. Prep the two meals together by dicing the vegetables ahead of time.

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Roasted Five-Spice Pumpkin Soup

Five-Spice Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Parsnips | @naturallyella

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One of my favorite items to use during the fall season is pumpkin. I’m not talking about the creamy puree you buy in a can but rather the actual pumpkin. In fact, it’s easy to roast as you would any other winter squash. In this roasted pumpkin soup, pumpkin is combined with aromatic five-spice powder from Frontier Co-op, parsnips, and ginger. The result is a creamy and flavorful soup that is perfect for those cooler fall nights. Look for smaller sugar pie pumpkins next to the butternut and acorn squash at farmers’ markets or at your local co-op (it’s national co-op month after all)! Read more and see the recipe.

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Sesame Eggplant & Almond Butter Tofu Bowls

Sesame Eggplant & Almond Butter Tofu Bowls

It’s been a few months since we’ve been in our new (and first!) home, but I still get nostalgic about our old neighborhood even though it’s just 10 minutes away, and our new neighborhood is pretty awesome as well.

In our old apartment we were super close to a Boké Bowl – a healthy, Asian, “fast food” restaurant in Portland. My favorite dish there was definitely the tofu rice bowl. Tender, sticky rice, perfectly fried tofu, seared eggplant, and kimchi.

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Root Vegetable Hash Egg Skillet

Root Vegetable Hash Egg Skillet | @naturallyella

When we go out for weekend brunch, I usually end up ordering what some may consider the least exciting breakfast: eggs and potatoes. I have a love of all things potatoes which has manifested into a few different potato/egg recipes. For example, this pesto potato skillet and this smoked paprika egg bake to name a couple. However, for root vegetable month, I decided to add an underused ingredient: turnips. The slight bite from the turnips works well with the regular potatoes. Plus, it’s the perfect companion for the dill and tarragon in this root vegetable hash.

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