Sumac Cauliflower Salad with Lentils

Sumac Cauliflower Salad with Lentils | Naturally Ella

Over the years, I’ve fallen in love with learning about spices. From sourcing to using in recipes, each spice is wholly unique and can easily make a recipe. Sumac is newer to my pantry and only came into my kitchen when I started making my own Za’atar (which is essentially sumac, thyme, and sesame seeds). Sumac adds a beautiful citrus-like component that can easily brighten a recipe. It’s a flavor I love to pair with earthier flavors- I find the combination is unique and a perfect compliment for winter salads.

Sumac Cauliflower Salad

This sumac cauliflower salad utilizes the beautiful, citrus-like flavor of sumac paired with the earthier lentils and cauliflower. A perfect lunch salad or light dinner. 

Cauliflower

  • 2 cups cauliflower florest (1/2 pound)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sumac
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • Pinch of salt

Salad

  • 1/2 cup uncooked black lentils
  • 2-3 handfuls baby lettuce
  • 1/3 cup thinly shaved red onions

Lemon Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey or vegan-friendly sweetener
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Heat oven to 400˚F. In a roasting pan, combine cauliflower with olive oil, minced garlic, sumac, cumin, and salt. Toss until the cauliflower is well coated. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes until cauliflower is tender and browning. Let cool slightly.

  2. Combine lentils with 1 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until tender. Add more water if needed and/or drain if extra liquid is left. Let cool slightly.

  3. Place ingredients for dressing in a small jar with lid. Shake until well combined.

  4. Assemble the salad with the lettuce, shaved onions, cooked black lentils, and roasted cauliflower. Drizzle dressing over the salad and toss until everything is coated. 

Tips & Tricks: Make sure the lentils and cauliflower are not hot when adding to the salad as they will wilt the lettuce.

Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: lentils, cauliflower, cumin

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10 QUICK + EASY Ways to Get Your Greens

10 QUICK + EASY Ways to Get Your Greens

We’re already halfway through January! How did that happen so quickly?!

Now is the time when many of us seem to start slipping on our New Year’s goals and resolutions around healthy eating. Fear not!

We’ve rounded up our Top 10 GREEN Recipes to help you finish January on a strong note and keep you going on that healthy kick!

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The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Waffles

The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Waffles

I have made vegan, gluten-free waffles before, but none compare to these.

These perfect waffles are crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, perfectly sweet, and undetectably vegan and gluten-free. Shall we?

This recipe was a reader request. Someone asked if I’d tested whipped aquafaba (the brine/liquid in a can of chickpeas) in classic waffles, which I hadn’t! So I got to work testing. 

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Turmeric Chickpeas with Brown Rice

Turmeric Chickpeas with Coconut | Naturally Ella

I talk quite a bit about pantry-inspired meals. I firmly believe if you keep a well-stocked pantry, you are never without a solid meal. These turmeric chickpeas are a perfect example of pantry-inspired. Each ingredient for the core recipe is an item I always keep on hand, including the shallots and garlic. These chickpeas are easy to whip together and make for a solid dinner base. My favorite part? It’s easy to bulk up the recipe with greens, squash, and/or sweet potatoes. Read more and see the recipe.

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A Glow-promoting, Luminizing Breakfast Beauty Bowl

One of the very best ways to work toward beautiful, luminous, glowing skin is through eating well and mindful hydration. Your skin is often a direct reflection of the internal eco-system of your body, and, being nice to your inside is one of the best ways to positively impact your outside. It’s the foundation you need to support good skin, bright eyes, strong hair, thick eyelashes, healthy nails, and on and on. Eating a seasonal, plant-centric, whole foods diet is a great place to start, but I thought I’d take today to highlight a few skin-friendly superstars in this Luminizing Breakfast Beauty Bowl – they’re extra beneficial and skin-supportive, and quite easy to work into your day to day.

The base of this beauty bowl is a simple mixed berry smoothie boosted with some chia. The berries are compact, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory powerhouses, rich in cleansing fiber and collagen-boosting Vitamin C. I use mixed berries (blackberry, blueberry, strawberry) for a bit of diversity (and because they’re quite easy to come by in most freezer sections) but if you really want to step up your Vitamin C game, you might trade in acai for the berries now and then. Switch it up – diversity in your is also important.

Luminizing Breakfast Beauty Bowl

Use whatever plain, unsweetened, yogurt you prefer – coconut yogurt, Greek yogurt, nut milk yogurt, or sheep or goat milk yogurt – the probiotics here are a big help in balancing out your inner digestion and overall internal ecosystem. Use whatever yogurt works for you. Chia helps with tissue repair and skin regeneration. That’s the foundation here.

Beyond that, you can boost your beauty bowl with as few or many other ingredients as you have on hand. Pick at least a handful. Here (pictured) you see digestion-friendly pineapple wedges, pomegranate seeds (thought to help reduce UV photo damage), Vitamin C-rich citrus (blood oranges and mandarin segments), a sprinkling of nuts and granola, some crushed dehydrated raspberries, and a sprinkling of bee pollen.

Luminizing Breakfast Beauty Bowl

Luminizing Breakfast Beauty Bowl

I love serving this sort of thing as a DIY breakfast option. You can make a big batch of smoothie (pourable straight from the pitcher), and then offer up a “buffet” of toppings. Everyone can customize their own bowl to their liking ;)!

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Dietitian Spotlight: Rachael Hartley

We present to you, the wonderful dietitian, Rachael Hartley. She is the talented mastermind behind Avocado a Day Nutrition. Her personality and inspiring outlook on nutrition, fitness, and general healthy living shine through her writing and recipes. Let’s get to know her in this month’s Dietitian Spotlight! Tell us a bit about yourself and what you […]

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Sesame Kabocha Squash Bowls with Tahini Sauce

Sesame Kabocha Squash with Tahini Sauce | @naturallyella

Every new year starts with a buzz of produce excitement. I spend the cool fall months with cozy recipes that help to settle into a long winter. The new year is all about lighter recipes packed with flavor. I love winter squash because it plays in both spaces well and is easy to store throughout the months. This sesame kabocha squash is my march to spring. One quick word about the squash: when roasted for long enough, the skin can stay but if you’re concerned or don’t believe me, peel it before roasting.

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Blissed-Out Thai Salad with Peanut Tempeh

Blissed-Out Thai Salad with Peanut Tempeh

Sometimes a salad can change your life. Might I suggest this is one of them?

If you’re a salad hater or think they’re for rabbits, meet my Blissed-Out Thai Salad with Peanut Tempeh. It’s saucy and vegetable-packed. Plus, it has carbs and TONS of protein (21 g / serving)! Don’t forget the saucy peanut dressing. That seals the deal.

Friends, you’re gonna want this one. Let’s do this!

This 30-minute recipe was inspired by a salad I love ordering at Prasad in Portland – a favorite of mine when I’m craving smoothies, juices, or über healthy eats (which is every day).

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