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5-Ingredient Buckwheat Crepes

5-Ingredient Buckwheat Crepes

If you’re looking for a new breakfast recipe for lazy weekend mornings, I have just the thing for you.

A crepe is like having a mini  burrito for breakfast, and quite frankly, who wouldn’t want that? Plus, the flavor options and filling possibilities are endless. Let’s do this!

This crepe recipe was inspired by a new-to-me Youtube channel, Cam and Nina, which focuses on making vegan food easy and delicious – something we’re all about.

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Chipotle Lentil Tacos

Chipotle Lentil Tacos with Lettuce

Of all the pantry inspired meals, these tacos are one of my favorites. Lentils soak up flavors amazingly well. Then toss those spiced lentils in a warm tortilla and add your favorite toppings: it’s a perfect recipe for dinner. Beyond the flavor, these chipotle lentil tacos are fairly fast and most of the time is spent waiting for the lentils to cook. One quick tip: if you’re not into spicy, swap the chipotle peppers for a mix of smoked paprika and smoked salt. That combination adds the perfect depth that works wonderfully with the fresh greens.
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Shredded Jackfruit Burritos (Vegan)

I suspect the most notable aspect of this burrito is the use of jackfruit. My guess is it might be an ingredient you’re either completely onboard with, or not at all. Either way, mark my word, shredded jackfruit is a fascinating ingredient. People trying to reduce or eliminate meat from their diet tend to love it for its texture, which uncannily mimics pulled pork or shredded chicken. Out of the can, it has a flavor that is quite mild and neutral, making it a lot of fun to play with on the culinary front – blank slate and all. And because of that, my approach is usually to blast it with an assault of spices and flavor. Here you see it sautéed with lots of garlic and taco/chili seasoning to create a dynamic burrito filling that just about anyone can get behind. When shopping for jackfruit, I buy it canned, in water (easy to find it at places like Trader Joe’s) – just drain, and rinse before using.

Shredded Jackfruit Burritos (Vegan)

Give this a try, and if you’re into it, I’m happy to feature more jackfruit recipes in the future!

Shredded Jackfruit Burritos (Vegan)

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Sumac Acorn Squash Soup with Parsley Sauce

Sumac Acorn Squash Soup with Parsley Sauce | Naturally Ella

This is one of those recipes that I like to push the flavors just a bit. The sumac lends a slightly brighter taste to the acorn squash while the parsley/tahini sauce brings the balance. It’s a perfect partnership that also happens to be vegan (thanks for creamy white beans). I also find this soup is best served with a hunk of crusty bread and a crisp glass of La Crema Monterey Chardonnay. I’m not normally a Chardonnay lover but this wine is wonderful with all the flavors of this soup. Read more and see the recipe.

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Curried Tomato Tortellini Soup

I installed the Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen app on my phone last year, and it was a real eye opener for a few reasons. The app is actually just a simple checklist of ingredients to incorporate in your daily diet – ideally, every day. Beans, berries, spices, nuts, greens, etc. It’s actually not simple. The thing that struck me immediately is the way you need to make every meal (and snack) count if you want to check all the boxes. I found that I needed to have more of a plan than my usual “free-style” approach, as well as an evolved arsenal of go-to recipes. So! The first thing I started doing was incorporating meals that were delicious, satisfying, one-bowl “box-checkers”, like this soup. It’s a fortifying lentil and tomato-based stew, dotted with plump, tender dumplings, spiked with a range of spices, and boosted with plenty of spinach. It’s so delicious, and simple, week-night friendly, and great for leftovers. Also, no shame in using frozen spinach, here. It cuts the already minimal prep time here down to near nothing. Enjoy!

Curried Tomato Tortellini Soup

There are a bunch of other whole food plant-based “box checker” recipes here as well, and throughout the archives.

Curried Tomato Tortellini Soup

Curried Tomato Tortellini Soup

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Actually Crispy Baked Chickpeas

Actually Crispy Baked Chickpeas

Friends, the day has arrived! The day that actually crispy (not fried) chickpeas can happen in your kitchen! Like, it’s a real thing!

Let’s do this!

The magic of this 4-ingredient, easy recipe starts with cooked chickpeas. I went for canned because: easy. But I also suspect you could use home-cooked if that’s your thing.

The #1 crispy tip is to rinse, drain really well, then dry really well.

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Sweet Potato Salad with Butter-Hazelnut Dressing

Sweet Potato Salad with Butter-Hazelnut Dressing | Naturally Ella

It’s rare that I get stuck on one salad- I like to mix things up every time. However, this salad is different. I’ve been making this butter-hazelnut dressing for a few weeks now. I could honestly do without the sweet potatoes- just a bit of butter lettuce and this dressing (but the sweet potatoes do add a nice color and a bit more nutrition).

This salad dressing was a happy accident. I’d run out of olive oil, had been working with hazelnuts, and was leaving in 10 minutes to take lunch over to a friend’s house. Needless to say, I ran out with this dressing and couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.

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17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

A collection of the easiest dinners on 101 Cookbooks. These are some of my personal favorites – the ones that are super weeknight-friendly, with reasonable ingredient lists. And I’m pulling some long-time favorites from deep in the archives. I’ll update and add to it over time with bonus recipes. Enjoy!

1. Pasta with Baby Kale, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, and Pesto
Literally, just six ingredients in this awesome pasta bowl. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

2. Golden-crusted Sesame Seeded Tofu
In the April 1998 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine there was a recipe for Sesame Asparagus and Tofu. I ripped it out, and cooked it a hundred times in the twenty years since. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

3. Spicy Tahini Noodles with Roasted Vegetables
This is my favorite kind of weeknight meal. Noodles tossed with a quick sauce, topped with an abundance of vegetables, and kissed with chile feistiness courtesy of the condiment shelf. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

4. Instant Pot Mushroom Stroganoff with Vodka
My most popular Instant Pot recipe. Make this stroganoff your dinner tonight, seriously! Made with caraway-spiked vodka, and a hearty mushroom base, you get all of what you love about mushroom stroganoff, without the all the butter and cream. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

5. Mushroom Scallion Tartine with Poblano Yogurt
A substantial, delicious, mushroom sheet pan sandwich recipe. You roast a bunch of mushrooms and scallions in a hot oven, whip up a simple poblano yogurt while those are roasting. So good! Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

6. Last Minute Red Lasagna
This is a true weeknight lasagna. No pre-cooking sauces, no pre-cooking noodles. You, literally, stir the first five ingredients together into a vibrant crushed tomato sauce, and start layering. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

7. Quick Vegan Enchiladas with Sweet Potato Sauce
Knock-out delicious, you’ll have these in the oven in less that ten minutes, They’re also a healthful alternative to all the heavy cheese versions out there. With black beans, sweet potatoes, and a stealthy turmeric boost. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

8. Garlic Lime Lettuce Wraps
I love these! Ginger and garlic tempeh rice, folded into lime-spiked lettuce wraps with lots of herbs, cucumber, and carrots. A one-pan meal that comes together in no time! Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

9. Hazelnut Chard Ravioli Salad
Plump raviolis tossed with toasted hazelnuts, lemony chard, and caramelized onions are at the heart of this ravioli salad recipe. The colorful platter is finished off with a dusting of cheese, snipped chives, and lemon zest. You can prepare most of the components ahead of time. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

10. Ultimate Vegan Nachos
When you need a nacho fix, this is how you should roll. At least once. Nachos are always a crowd pleaser, and this is no exception. Oozy, cheesy, loaded vegan nachos everyone loves. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

11. Harissa Spaghettini
I link to this whenever possible. Eight ingredients – most of which you definitely have on hand, between you and this flavor-punched tangle of kale-flecked goodness. That harissa in your refrigerator? This needs to be its destiny. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

12. Classic Stuffed Shells
Everyone loves these. The best part about stuffed shells is that you can prepare them days ahead of time. These are topped with red sauce, and filled with ricotta. Crowd pleaser for kids & adults. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

13. Weeknight Ponzu Pasta
This is the pasta preparation to make when you want to keep it light, clean, and healthy. Lots of bright green broccoli, green beans, garlic, and pasta tossed with a simple ponzu sauce. Trade in roasted winter squash as the seasons shift from away from tomatoes. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

14. Walnut Strozzapreti
Inspired by Mona Talbott’s recipe in the new Coco cookbook, a pounded walnut pesto with marjoram and parsley, tossedwith farro pasta and Pecorino cheese. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

15. 10 Minute Instant Pot Mushroom Broth
You can use this Instant Pot mushroom broth a thousand different ways. If you have dried porcini mushrooms, a few cloves of garlic, salt, pepper, and a bit of thyme, you’re in business. This broth, your favorite pasta, and whatever toppings you have on hand make an A+ on-the-fly meal! Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

16. Quick Shredded Tofu Stir-fry
This is a snappy little stir-fry, it comes together in a flash, and is the perfect way to kick off the new year. Use it as a spring roll or lettuce wrap filling as well! Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

17. Orange Pan-glazed Tempeh
This is a snappy little stir-fry, it comes together in a flash, and is the perfect way to kick off the new year. Use it as a spring roll or lettuce wrap filling as well! Get the recipe here.

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