When Healthy Eating Becomes an Obsession w/ Christy Harrison

Is it possible to be too obsessed with healthy eating? Today we talk with non-diet dietitian Christy Harrison about a condition known as orthorexia, which is an unhealthy preoccupation with healthy eating. Christy is the perfect person to talk to about this condition because she’s both a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified intuitive eating counselor. She’s […]

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Beet Salad with Broiled Feta and Sesame Sunflower Seeds

Beet Salad with Broiled Feta and Sesame Sunflower Seeds | Naturally Ella

I think one of my subconscious goals in life is to create as many salad recipes as possible (so I’m sorry if you don’t like salads, we can’t be friends). Almost any ingredient can be made into a delicious salad, so why not experiment? There’s a lot going on in this beet salad. It has simple roasted chioggia beets. It has delicious sesame sunflower crisp bites. It has broiled feta.

I realize this may be too many steps for you but if you have the time and the will, this salad is up there in the favorite ranks. Everything comes together for a delicious, slightly sweet/crunchy bite. Broiling feta gives it a bit of char flavor, which I think may be how I only want to eat feta from now on. I found that different varieties performed a bit better than others. If the feta feels a bit wet, I’d pass on the broiling. I ended up a couple times with more of a feta charred puddle. It was still delicious and worked on the salad but lost a bit of the ease!

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11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

Last year, around the time I bought the Instant Pot, I also purchased an Air Fryer. I wanted to experiment with it, see what all the hype was about. The Air Fryer was being heralded as the next “must-have” counter-top appliance, roughly the same size as the 6-qt. Instant Pot, with one primary feature – it’s a small, electric convection oven. The draw here is, in theory, you can emulate the results you get with frying, using a much healthier cooking method.

We had some hits and misses with the Air-fryer straight out of the gate. Things “fried” directly from the freezer generally did better than anything clever I dreamed up. Big fails included: beer-battered cauliflower, and all my tempura attempts. One day Wayne brought home a big bag of all-natural, frozen, cauliflower onion rings and those were awesome. We also did potstickers in it a few times, and those were pretty good – a little dry though, so our strategy was to overcompensate with dipping sauce.

After a couple of weeks, my love-affair with the Instant Pot continued, and the Air-Fryer took up residence in the corner of the pantry for the months to follow, neglected. That said, I’m not ready to give up on it quite yet! I thought I’d comb the internet for new Air-Fryer recipe inspiration, and ask you all to weigh in as well. These were a handful of the recipes to catch my attention. If you have any favorite, go-to, veg-friendly recipes for the Air-Fryer please(!) post a link in the comments. I’d love to figure out the magic here – my take-away is that people are likely using them for frozen fries 90% of the time? Laugh / cry.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

1. Gobi Manchurian (Olives for Dinner) There are many air fryer cauliflower recipes, and most qualify as good side dish candidates. But this is the recipe that caught my attention. Erin’s Gobi Manchurian, could definitely be a main. An elaborate-to-make main. And I’d probably add some lentils. And shallow-fry. Anyway, I’m intrigued! It looks delicious. Also see her Buffalo Cauliflower Steak for another way to use air-fried cauliflower. I’m totally going to try these as well.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

2. Smoky Sweet Crunchy Chickpeas (Spa Bettie) Chickpeas in the air fryer is something I hadn’t thought of! Kristina’s chickpeas use the aquafaba as a base for the coating (brilliant!), with paprika and maple for flavor, producing a great snack.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

3. Easy Falafel (From My Bowl)
Good falafel is a wonderful thing. Caitlin of From My Bowl has a recipe that is gluten free, air fryer tested, and looks good! Imagining it with a bit of spiked tahini sauce and a warm pita.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

4. Za’atar Spiced Air-Fried Kale Chips (One Arab Vegan) I’ve spent a good amount of time trying to get kale chips right in the standard oven. This post promises crispy kale chip perfection, with za’atar in the mix as an added bonus.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

5. My Favorite Air Fryer Tofu Recipe (Julie Hasson) I love Julie! And (good) tofu is in regular rotation in my kitchen. This recipe is high on my must-try list.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

6. Vegan Fried Green Tomatoes (Cadry’s Kitchen) Here’s a fresh take on classic fried green tomatoes – vegan and crusted with salt and pepper potato chips. Cadry’s recipe has exact cooking times and tips on spritzing with oil and when to flip.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

7. Homemade Croutons (Sandhya’s Kitchen) Homemade croutons are always better than store bought, especially if they are still slightly warm. Sandhya, does these two ways using the air fryer, one batch with oil and another with butter. Yes to the garlic version.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

8. Air Fryer Risotto Balls (Vegetarian Mamma) Deep-fried risotto balls (arancini) are wonderful – so indulgently wonderful. I imagine making a big batch of risotto in the Instant Pot one night and then using the leftovers to make these risotto balls the next night.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

9. Curried Sweet Potato Oven Fries with Creamy Cumin Ketchup (Glue and Glitter) It would be difficult to have a list air fryer recipes without an example of fries! These use curry powder for the fries and a cumin-spiked ketchup to make these flavor-forward fries.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

10. Buffalo Cauliflower (LL Balanced) Here’s another great-looking cauliflower recipe that elevates the dish from a side to a main with the unconventional combination of hot sauce and nutritional yeast.

11 Recipes that Make Me Want to Use an Air Fryer

11. Twice Air-Fried Vegan Stuffed Idaho Potatoes (Healthy Slow Cooking) Baked potatoes were a regular dinnertime staple in our household growing up. These feature a twist, removing the potato, mashing it with vegan yogurt (or whatever yogurt you use) and putting it back in the shells.

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Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

Are there foods you just don’t enjoy? For me, it’s raisins.

If there are raisins in my granola, you will no doubt see me meticulously picking them out and setting them on the side of my plate. No, thanks. And my go-to movie theatre snack? It will never be Raisinettes. Yeah, no.

However, the one exception I will make is when cinnamon is involved. Anything cinnamon raisin is A-OK in my book.

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Avocado Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Avocado Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas | Naturally Ella

Post sponsored by California Avocados. See below for more details.

We’re currently in the slow process of looking to buy a house and our family agrees: backyard space is a priority (for our little guy and outdoor dinners). During the warmer months, there is nothing better than a backyard get-together that runs late into the evening. These types of dinners are the ones where food is consumed over the entire course of the evening and it doesn’t matter how beautiful the presentation.

So, when California Avocados asked for a recipe that was a great communal meal, I immediately turned to this kale salad. Both the kale and the chickpeas hold their own over time which means this salad can sit without fear of a wilted mess (although, I recommend serving the chickpeas on the side if you plan on letting this salad sit for some time). Also, I dress this salad heavier than I would a lettuce-based version. The dressing helps to soften the kale and keep the avocados a lovely green color.

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Tangy Delicious Pink Vitamin C Honey

Sit tight! This is one of my very favorite recipes. It’s a boosted wellness honey – bright rosy pink, vitamin C packed, and bursting with flavor. This honey tastes like a thousand Sweet Tart candies were crushed up and dissolved into it. It’s tangy, sweet and sour, and ups your honey game immediately.

Tangy Delicious Pink Vitamin C Honey

I tend to make a big container of this Vitamin C Honey a few times a year with whatever powdery Vitamin C ingredient magic I have on hand. This batch has rose hips and hibiscus, and some echinacea. It’s an electuary of sorts.

Tangy Delicious Pink Vitamin C Honey

Little jars of it make the best gifts. Or a little spoonful after a meal to satisfy a sweet tooth. If you love PB&J sandwiches. Make one with this honey in place of the jelly.

Tangy Delicious Pink Vitamin C Honey

I’ll note this in the recipe down below, but use my recipe as a jumping off point. Play around! If you can’t find one of the ingredients I call for, no big deal. Leave it out, or add another spice or powder you like! Pitaya powder is tricky to source (and pricey), you can totally leave it out, and maybe crush up some freeze-dried strawberries instead!

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Curry-Roasted Fennel Salad with Rosemary Tahini Dressing

Curry-Roasted Fennel Salad with Rosemary Tahini Dressing

So, now that we’ve conquered our fear of fennel (I mean, seriously, what do you do with this ridiculous-looking licorice bomb?), it’s time to move into uncharted, even more delicious territory: salads.

This salad is, in a word, irresistible. We dare you to take just one bite. Let us show you how this 30-minute side or entrée is made!

This start of this salad show is the fennel – curryroasted fennel to be exact.

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Grilled Scallion Avocado Halloumi Tacos

Grilled Scallion Avocado Halloumi Tacos | Naturally Ella

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

It’s hard to play favorites among recipes because there are so many wonderful combinations to explore. However, given the option between halloumi tacos and anything else, there’s a 99% chance I’d choose the halloumi tacos. Grilled halloumi is pretty much perfect in my book: salty, crispy, cheesy. Pair with anything avocado and I’m sold. These halloumi tacos are the perfect spring/summer grilling recipe.

Of course, there’s a lot more you can do with cheese and heat. A couple weeks ago I was able to pop into Nugget Markets, one of my favorite local grocery stores, to chat with Jeremy, who is their Director of Specialty Cheese (also, how do I get this title?!?)

In preparation for our chat, he grilled and broiled a bunch of cheeses so that he could give me a few ideas and recommendations. You can stick feta under the broiler for a nice charred crust, stick brie on the grill to warm (amazing), and pan-fry provolone or manchego which creates a beautiful cheese skirt in which Jeremy mention makes a wonderful taco shell. I’ve also heard of people cold-smoking cheese to make a smoked provolone or mozzarella (a smoker is on my wishlist!) It is hard to go wrong with applying a bit of heat to cheeses- these tacos are the perfect example! You can find all of the ingredients for this recipem and all of the cheeses  I’ve mentioned, at Nugget Markets.

 

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