Vibrant Vegan Double Broccoli Buddha Bowl

A Buddha bowl is all sorts of healthful goodness piled in abundance in a single bowl. They tend to be very beautiful, and have an ability to make people more appreciative of a meal than usual. Perhaps it’s because of the care that is often taken in their preparation and presentation? I’m not sure, but there is something about a bowl like this that re-frames the food at hand, and reminds us just how beneficial, miraculous, and powerful each ingredient we use can be.

I’ve highlighted a favorite Buddha Bowl here. It’s strong on a number of points. Green, filing, and fast to pull together, particularly if you have cooked quinoa on hand already. It’s a bowl on green overdrive – doubling up on broccoli by using it in a coconut curry pesto and using the florets on their own as well. You toss it all with a quinoa base, and top with whatever else you have around – avocado, micro greens. The base ingredient list is, literally, seven ingredients long, and there is a lot of room for flexibility – part of the charm of a bowl like this. 🙂

I’m posting a video of the process here, you can see me pull it together, and you can find the recipe down below as well.

Double Broccoli Buddha Bowl

You can certainly do a version of this bowl any number of different ways. I can imagine a yellow curry version with cauliflower and brown rice (or millet) in place of the broccoli. Or a non-curried version with a more traditional pesto. Enjoy!

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30 Minute Vegetarian Dinners

30 Minute Vegetarian Dinners | @naturallyella

30 minute vegetarian dinners are my core meals. With a toddler running around, I don’t have a lot of time to relax in the kitchen in the evening. I’m fairly certain ‘relax’ and ‘toddler’ are two words that don’t go together. I’m usually waiting for M to get home and then running to the kitchen to whip something up for three very hungry people. While I still love making gnochhi or leisurely cooking through a long recipe, most weeknights are fast dinners. Below are my categories for fast dinners with a few ideas to get you started.

 

The Grain Bowl

Roasted Broccoli Bowl- 30 Minute Vegetarian Dinners

Not all grains are created equal when it comes to fast cooking. If you find yourself needing quick meals more often than not, I recommend keeping millet, quinoa, freekeh, and bulgur on hand. All these grains cook in 20 minutes or less. I also love to make longer-cooking grains ahead of time and store to use throughout the week- makes dinner even quicker.

 

The Egg Dishes

Curried Eggs with Spinach | 30 Minute Vegetarian Dinners

These dishes are some of my favorite. Eggs take such little time to cook and can really add to many types of vegetable dishes. Beyond the recipes listed below, I recommend making sure you know how to make a good fried and/or poached egg. Even recipes that don’t call for eggs can benefit from the addition of this protein booster.

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Turmeric Sweet Potato Soup

Turmeric Sweet Potato Soup with Coconut and Coriander | @naturallyella

There are spices in my cupboard that I buy monthly while others hang around, waiting to be used more. Turmeric is the main spice in this recipe but the real flavor, and what I think makes the soup, is coriander. I love coriander because it adds a beautiful citrus undertone that compliments the lemon. And while I typically pair coriander with cumin, this spice can easily be the star of a recipe.

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Marinated Peanut Tempeh (7 Ingredients!)

Marinated Peanut Tempeh (7 Ingredients!)

I didn’t use to like tempeh. Now, I do, thanks to easy, fool-proof recipes like this. Look at that saucy caramelization! Oof.

Any of you tempeh haters out there, prepare to be converted.

This recipe requires just 7 ingredients to make and involves the easiest preparation ever: Steam tempeh, make marinade, let marinate, BAKE. That’s it!

The only part that takes a little planning is the marinating.

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Cabbage Summer Rolls

Roasted Sweet Potato Cabbage Summer Rolls | @naturallyella

Cooking is my creative outlet. I look for challenges in the kitchen, usually as a sort of Chopped episode. I have X ingredients on hand- what can I make? I’ve started doing something similar with my newsletter with help from subscribers submitting three ingredients they currently have in their kitchen.

These cabbage summer rolls were a recent recipe from a submission of sweet potatoes, cabbage, and garlic. I obsessed with roasting vegetables and these cabbage summer rolls make for a solid lunch or light dinner. Want to influence the recipes I make? Subscribe to my weekly newsletter and send me three ingredients you have in your kitchen right now!

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Roasted Carrot Sandwich with Sunflower Cream

Roasted Carrot Sandwich with Smoked Paprika Sunflower Cream | @naturallyella

I feel that sandwiches are easy to overlook when thinking about vegetarian lunches. However, I love the endless possibilities of vegetables, greens, and sauces. A solid sandwich in my book can be as simple as fresh summer tomato, mozzarella sandwich to a cheese and pickle sandwich with mustard (and no, I’m not pregnant). This carrot sandwich stems from this hummus sandwich with pickled carrots. I love the slight sweetness that comes from roasting the carrots and the smoked paprika sunflower cream may be my new favorite condiment. Read more and see the recipe.

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Roasted Vegetable & Quinoa Harvest Bowls

Roasted Vegetable & Quinoa Harvest Bowls

Who’s ready for another simple, delicious entrée recipe?! Please say yes, because this 30-minute Harvest Bowl is calling your name.

I’ve called these “Harvest Bowls” because they’re vegetable-packed and the colors remind me of fall harvest. Plus, they’re on the hippy-dippy side, kind of like my Buddha Bowls. This is my kind of meal.

This recipe requires just 30 minutes and 10 ingredients to prepare, and the leftovers reheat beautifully, making it perfect for lunches throughout the week.

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Pickled Turmeric Eggs

A number of you spotted these pickled turmeric eggs in my refrigerator when I posted this shot to Instagram recently. They’re great! They’re also incredibly easy and quick to make, and convenient to have on hand. Pickled eggs, like these, will keep in your refrigerator for a week or two, and I love to use them in all sorts of ways. As a component in a quick lunch you can’t go wrong, or to top off a Buddha bowl, or just as a stand-alone snack. You can eat them halved and topped with whatever you have on hand (pictured here with scallions, chopped walnuts, and a dab of turmeric lemongrass curry paste, and a bit of watermelon radish), but I also like to grate them on a box grater for a vibrant shredded egg salad. You can also use the shredded version as a protein-boost on top of a green salad, or as the main event on an open-faced sandwich. The turmeric swings some nutritional weight, and brings an electric yellow hue to the outside of each egg. The apple cider vinegar delivers a nice bite and tang to the situation, and also tightens up the texture of the egg. You have to give these a try! I’m posting a video of the process here, and you can find the recipe down below as well.

One last thing I’ll mention is this – Be sure to use the shallots (or onions) as well. They’re great in salads, on tacos, or served as a condiment at the table. A little pickle accent is welcome at just about every meal.

Pickled Turmeric Eggs

Pickled Turmeric Eggs

Enjoy! –Heidi

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Vegetarian Lunches for the Work Week

Vegetarian Lunches for the Work Week | @naturallyella

While I don’t work in an office, I’m always helping my husband pack his lunches. It took some time to get into a routine (that we’re still working on) but he always does better during the day when I send him out the door with lunch. Below are a few of my favorite vegetarian lunches we use throughout the week. A couple of recommendations: plan and prep. Planning ahead and prepping a few items helps to make quick work of lunches so you’re not scrambling 10 minutes before walking out the door!

Soups

Curried Carrot Soup | @naturallyella
Broccoli Soup with Ginger and Lemon
Five-Spice Parsnip Pumpkin Soup | @naturallyella

Soups are high on my lunch list. They are usually easy to assemble and are better the next day. Even better, I’ll make a couple of large batches of soup on the weekend and freeze in individual portions for a grab and go lunch. Having a stash of soup in the freezer means you’re rarely without a solid vegetarian lunch!

 

Sandwiches/Wraps

Curried_cauliflower_wrap
Olive Tapenade, Arugula and Hummus Stuffed Pita
egg_salad_sandwich

Sandwiches are the old standby for lunches and while we eat our fair share of peanut butter and jam, there’s a wide array of wraps, sandwiches, and stuffed pita. A lot of these recipes are quick and can easily be assembled the day of (egg salad is one of my go-to, make in the morning recipes!)

 

Grain/Bean Bowls

Sumac Spiced Chickpea Cucumber Salad
Ginger Brown Rice with Carrots and Hardboiled Eggs
Sorghum Tabouli

Most of the grain bowls that get packed in lunch aren’t recipes. They are a mix of whatever grains, sauces, and vegetables I might have already prepped in the refrigerator. The combination is endless but a large grain bowl can be very satisfying in the mid-day rush.

 

Noodles

Sesame Soba Noodle Bowl with Edamame
Chili Spinach Pesto Noodle Bowl | @naturallyella
Cold Soba Noodle Bowl | @naturallyella

I love a good noodle bowl. I’ll often make a quick peanut sauce and steam broccoli for a bowl that’s ready in about 10 minutes. Noodle bowls are also great after they have sat for some time and are often just fine when eaten cold (perfect for when you don’t have a microwave!)

 

Salads

Turmeric Tahini Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Dressing | @naturallyella
Avocado Chickpea Salad
Black Bean Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Next to sandwiches, salads are the other lunch standby. However, I’m not talking about a simple, lettuce + dressing salad but rather hearty vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Quite often I’ll also use leftover roasted vegetables and grains to help bulk up the greens. Salads are great for using up leftovers!

 

Leftovers

Peanut Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Spinach
Spinach and Red Lentil Masala | @naturallyella
African Curry with Chickpeas (Cape Malay Curry)

I think there is no better lunch than a dinner recipe that develops more flavor as it sits. Making extra curries and creamy dishes is a no brainer because it’s an easy lunch and I think taste better the next day. Often I’ll make these meals on Sunday night and eat the leftovers for lunch for the next three days!

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