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Fluffy 1-Bowl Sugar Cookies (Vegan + GF)

Fluffy 1-Bowl Sugar Cookies (Vegan + GF)

We’ve officially reached the month of December and I have one thing on the brain: Cookies.

OK, cookies and somehow convincing John to get a real Christmas tree this year. The old fake one is looking real sad.

Send good vibes and tree care tips, please.

You may remember I made vegan gluten free cookies last year. However, with yet another year of recipe development under my belt, I’ve learned a lot since then and have tried new techniques and gluten free flour blends.

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Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese with Spinach

Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese | @naturallyella

During the winter months, we eat a lot more pasta. It’s not always the healthiest but I love finding ways to add more vegetables to each dish without overloading. This sweet potato mac and cheese was one of my first experiments that has been made for years. The sweet potato helps to create a beautiful, golden sauce and pairs perfectly with the spinach. More recently, this is one of my favorite freezer-meals to make for families with babies! Read more and see the recipe.

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Bloody Mary Popcorn

This is what happens when popcorn meets the flavors of a Bloody Mary cocktail. The magic is a simple-but-strong spice blend made from tomato, oregano, a bit of citrus, oregano, and celery. And before we get to the recipe, I know the main question I’m going to get is about sourcing tomato powder. Look for it at any well-stocked spice store, or do a search for organic tomato powder on-line. It’s incredibly flavor-forward, lycopene-rich (anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, skin supportive, etc.), and versatile. I love it in buttermilk dressings, savory yogurt, sprinkled on egg salads or frittatas, or as an amplification for tomato salads when it’s peak summer. Alternately, you can make your own using a dehydrator.
I’ve posted the recipe here >>>>>>.

Bloody Mary Popcorn

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Palak Paneer

Palak paneer is power food. When translated literally it means spinach (palak) and cheese (paneer) – the two primary components. But there is a lot more to celebrate here. It’s the kind of dish that when prepared with care and good ingredients, can shift perspectives. It’s delicious, dynamic food to feed and power your body. The opposite of simply eating to fill up. With a spinach and tomato base, and range of spices, you’re getting all sorts of nourishing goodness in each bite. This version of palak paneer is inspired and adapted from one of my favorite new cookbooks Studio Olafur Eliasson: The Kitchen. I made some tweaks based on the spices I had on hand, and it’s a great recipe to tackle on a weekend afternoon. It’s also a recipe to consider doubling. Leftovers are great throughout the week, and fresh, homemade paneer never goes unappreciated. I’ve made this a few times since picking up the book in New York, and typically serve the palak paneer with brown basmati rice, or the paratha from the India chapter in Near & Far. Enjoy! -h

Palak Paneer Recipe
Palak Paneer Recipe

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Rosemary Potato Egg Bake

Rosemary Potato Egg Bake | @naturallyella

Post in partnership with Frontier Co-op. See below for more details.

When it comes to holidays, I’ve always appreciated that Thanksgiving is on a Thursday. We usually get a four day weekend where we can just lounge around. As a result, it’s my favorite part of the holiday. Usually, we have a leisurely breakfast on Friday morning before heading out to cut down our Christmas tree. In fact, it was a tradition throughout my childhood and we’re now continuing with my child. This potato egg bake is the perfect day-after Thanksgiving breakfast. It’s hearty but not heavy and the cooking is fairly hands-off. Plus, with some Frontier Co-op dried herbs, you can use up any leftover items like potatoes and cream. This recipe also works with other types of potatoes like fingerling or sweet potatoes!
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Garlic & White Wine Pasta with Brussels Sprouts

Garlic & White Wine Pasta with Brussels Sprouts

This. Pasta. Tho.

I’ve made alfredo before, but this, this may be my new favorite.

What sets it apart? Garlic and white wine, which are infused into a classic white sauce paired with al dente pasta and roasted Brussels Sprouts. Now we’re talking.

This recipe requires 30 minutes and 10 ingredients to make.

While the sauce is bubbling away and pasta is cooking to perfection, Brussels Sprouts are roasting until golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside.

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Sweet & Savory Cranberry Sweet Potato Bites

Sweet potatoes, check. Goat cheese, check. Cranberries, check. You need to give our Sweet & Savory Cranberry Sweet Potato Bites a chance. Swap these for the less healthy cousin: potato skins.  Though delicious, potato skins are often loaded with things like bacon, sour cream, and way too much cheese that can really add up in […]

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Carrot Salad with Miso-Lemon Dressing

Carrot Salad with Miso-Lemon Dressing | @naturallyella

Even though November/December are usually the months for baked-good overload and rich foods, I’m usually prepping for the lighter recipes of January. It’s nice because the lunch salads help balance the rich foods surrounding me during the holidays. This salad contains my current obsession: miso-lemon dressing. The saltiness from the miso pairs well with the tart lemon flavor and is balanced with a bit of honey. Read more and see the recipe.

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