Immunity Soup

This soup is built on a monster white pepper broth. White pepper with jolts of ginger, and stabs of garlic. I like it just shy of scalding, racing down my throat, sweeping through my sinuses in one boisterous, fragrant swoop. This is a soup I make often, particularly when I need a boost. And, while I float other ingredients in the broth, mostly to make a meal of things, that part of the equation is usually an after thought. For me, this soup is all about the clear strong broth, the invigorating way it makes me feel, and the way it lights up my insides. This is a soup for the coldest days, the runniest noses, and the shortest days of winter.

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A couple words of wisdom here. Serve hot. As hot as you can stand without betraying your tongue. It’s an experience that’s just not the same when the soup is served lukewarm. On occasion, I’ll whisk in a bit of brown or red miso for a fuller-bodied, creamier broth experience – also the beneficial miso nutrients. But, try it straight and clear first. -h

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Sweet Potato Einkorn Porridge

Sweet Potato Einkorn Porridge | Naturally Ella

During the winter months, we eat porridge and oats at least three times a week. I switch up the grains, change the produce, and use as many toppings as possible. We always have sweet potatoes on hand and usually puree pre-made, making this porridge a delicious breakfast option. If you have never tried einkorn before, breakfast is the perfect time. The wheat is mild but adds the perfect amount of warmth.

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Dietitian Spotlight: Ellen Albertson

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your practice? Hi, everyone from Burlington, Vermont, the home of Ben and Jerry’s, Burton Snowboards and Bernie Sanders. I’m Dr. Ellen, the Grow and Glow Coach. I’ve been a Registered Dietitian for almost 25 years, and I’m also a PhD Psychologist, Certified Professional Health and Wellness Coach […]

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Cashew Ricotta Cheese

In honor of National Cashew Day today, we’re bringing you this simple, creamy, and insanely delicious cashew ricotta cheese recipe.  Cashews are one of our favorite nuts because they’re so flexible in the kitchen, especially when trying to create creamy textures. They contain potassium, magnesium, and iron to keep you feeling your best. This recipe […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Decluttering Your Refrigerator

With Thanksgiving leftovers looming, we thought it would be the perfect time to present you with The Ultimate Guide To Reorganizing Your Refrigerator. So often the holidays (& normal stressors of daily life) lead us to shoving things in the refrigerator. As a result, we end up with really random (often rotten) things in the […]

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Pumpkin Ricotta Crostini with Arugula

Pumpkin Ricotta Crostini with Arugula | Naturally Ella

This recipe is in partnership with Nugget Markets. See below for more details.

I don’t get to cook for people as much as I would like. There’s something about the energy that comes from sharing food with others. It’s an easy way to bring people together, especially during the holidays. While I typically focus on the main meal, I have a not-so-secret obsession with small bites and appetizers. Give me a solid cheese tray or a plate full of crostini any day and I’ll be happy!

This year, I’m partnering with Nugget Markets to bring you these lovely pumpkin ricotta crostini. If you’re in the NorCal area and looking for the perfect place to stock up on food for the holiday, Nugget is your go-to place. I personally go for the cheese and wine but there’s so much more (like all the ingredients for the recipe)!

The best part about these crostini is that the ricotta mixture can be made ahead of time, making fast work of assembly of these beautiful crostini. The creamy ricotta and pumpkin plays perfectly with the peppery arugula and crunchy pepitas. You can also make these gluten-free- just use your favorite gluten-free bread!

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Savory Scallion Cheddar Oat Waffles

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company, but all opinions are our own. What’s better than a comforting, home-cooked breakfast on those lazy weekend mornings? Today we’re bringing you these insanely delicious Savory Scallion Cheddar Oat Waffles, for those mornings when you just want to stay home and chill. From the title […]

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Green Peanut Butter Sandwich + Smoothie

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Hey! First of all, thanks for all your cheering words on the news of our marriage. That was fun! Secondly, I promised a lot of persons on instagram that we would share a chocolate recipe which currently goes by the working name Taco Brownies. But all the interest in them made me a little anxious so I’m heading back into the kitchen today to test another round before we’re ready to post them. Here is something to snack on while you wait. A peanut butter sandwich and a green smoothie.

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Technically, a sandwich hardly qualifies as a recipe. But what we want to say with this point is really just that you should try peanut butter on a savory sandwich. I love all kind of nut butter sandwiches and even if I usually top it with sliced bananasapples, strawberries or a sweet compote, this savory version is my most recent addiction. Crispy lettuce and cucumber add a nice textural contrast to the sandwich without competing with the peanut butter flavor. The cottage cheese makes it moist and yummy and the chickpeas … well I don’t know why the chickpeas are there actually. I guess I just like chickpeas inside my sandwiches. This sandwich is yummy, sticky, crunchy, rich and yet fresh somehow. We usually make it with a good quality rye bread but anything goes.

I just realized that this is a green sandwich without avocado so we should perhaps call it “the-death-of-avocado-sandwich-sandwich” or something catchy like that. Anyway, it’s good. And it’s not impossible that you already have the ingredients at home. So, try it!

For the other recipe, I’ll let Luise do the talking. It was her idea to pair the sandwich with a smoothie and since she is queen Latifah of green smoothies I am sure she has something clever to say. /David

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Here’s something clever for you. Make this smoothie. It’s that good. It has lots of green vegetables and a mild and fresh taste with tones of lemon and ginger. Just the way I like it. Also, using frozen vegetables makes the smoothie creamy and more nutritious and you can skip the ice. It also works really well paired with a sandwich as well because (most of) you have two hands and now you can have a good snack in each hand. We actually wrote a “In The Other Hand” chapter for our smoothie book with lots of great snacks, but we couldn’t fit it in the book. Lots of love! /Luise

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Green Peanut Butter Sandwich
Makes 2 

Just one note on peanut butter. Read the ingredient list in the supermarket and go for the brands that only list peanuts (and maybe salt). You can of course use other types of nut butters as well, I’d especially recommend cashew butter for this, but it’s usually a lot pricier.

4 slices rye bread
4 tbsp peanut butter
a few leaves crispy lettuce
5 cm / 2 inches cucumber
4 tbsp cottage cheese
4 tbsp chickpeas / garbanzo beans
2 tsp olive oil 
pea shoots
thyme

Spread peanut butter on each bread slice. Rinse the lettuce and cucumber. Tear the lettuce into smaller pieces, slice the cucumber thinly and place both on top of each peanut butter sandwich. Top with cottage cheese, chickpeas, a drizzle of olive oil, pea shoots and thyme. Put the sandwich together, wrap with sandwich paper and dig in.

Broccoli & Ginger Smoothie
2 normal glasses or 1 very large

If you don’t have a super powerful blender, start by mixing all ingredients except broccoli and banana (because they are thicker and will slow down the blender blades). When mixed until smooth, add the last ingredients and mix again. If you like it a little sweeter, you can add a fresh date or more banana.

4-5 florets frozen broccoli (or frozen cauliflower)
1 large banana
1 large handful fresh spinach
1 large handful fresh kale
1 large knob fresh ginger
1 slice lemon, peeled
1-2 cups plant milk, (oat milk / rice milk / almond milk)

Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and mix until smooth. Taste and adjust the flavor and consistency if needed. Pour into two glasses or bottles.

Plant-Based Monday: Brussel Sprouts

Maybe one of our favorite plant-based Monday posts yet. This Monday, we bring you Brussel sprouts – just in time for the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. You’ll love how versatile these beauties are and how they can be incorporated into an endless amount of recipes. Brussel sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable, best enjoyed during the […]

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