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Lentil & Eggplant Lasagna

Lentil & Eggplant Lasagna

I scream, you scream, we all scream for…LASAGNA!

Isn’t that how it goes?

OK, I know it’s ice cream, but lasagna ranks up there for me on levels of food excitement.

Shall we make yet another healthy, vegan, gluten free version (e.g. – Eggplant Roll Ups, Zucchini Lasagna, Spaghetti Squash Bake)? Yes, I think we shall.

This lasagna is easy to make, requiring just 10 ingredients and extremely simple methods.

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Kale and Chickpea Stew

Kale and Chickpea Stew | @naturallyella

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Sometimes I miss the snow. I miss the excuse of not leaving the house because you can’t get out the door. I miss the calming effect snow has as it falls. Most of all, I miss the cozy feeling of curling up on the couch with a hearty bowl of stew, watching the snow fall. This chickpea stew is the hearty type of meal best served when the temperatures are low and you have a crusty loaf of bread on hand. Best of all, this chickpea stew is the type of meal where I always have everything on hand so it comes together quickly and easily!

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Best of October

Best of October

Friends. How are you?

We’ve been travelling around Asia the last several weeks and are back home getting settled into our normal routine. I always return from travelling changed in some way. This time it was a realization that I struggle with being content and patient.

Travel exposes us to new cultures, cuisines, and landscapes and pries me out of my comfort zone, which is good! But I inevitably find myself missing familiar comforts from back home, like a long run in our neighborhood or a green smoothie.

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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

Post in partnership with Flatout. See below for more details.

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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