Make Ahead Vegan Samosa Shepherd's Pie

This recipe uses a number of my favorite techniques: mashing, slathering, and drizzling. Imagine a Shepherd’s pie meeting the flavors of an Indian samosa. That’s where we’re headed. Shepherd’s pies are typically lamb or meat based, but this is a veg-friendly version. You make a hearty, flavor-packed, vegan base using split peas (or lentils), chopped mushrooms, spices, and crushed tomatoes. Layer this under a thick slather of mashed potatoes and baked until the top is golden and a bit crusted. If I know the week ahead is going to be a crusher, I’ll assemble everything over the weekend, and all I have to do is pop it in the oven a bit later in the week. Give it a go, this has been on repeat all winter.


I forget to mention this in the video, but you can certainly create smaller, individual pies – they’re cute, and people love getting their own. And you can absolutely swap in sweet potatoes, just give them a quick peel first.

Make Ahead Vegan Samosa Shepherd's Pie

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Brussels Sprout Slaw with Coconut Bacon

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Coconut Bacon

What’s that? We need yet another reason to love Brussels sprouts more than we already do? (Yes, we totally do).

Presenting a warm and savory Brussels sprout slaw that screams winter, is über comforting, and is quick and easy to make.

This recipe requires just 30 minutes and less than 10 ingredients to prepare.

The base is shredded Brussels sprouts, which are tossed in a tangy, slightly sweet mustard sauce.

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Butter Butternut Squash Pasta

Butter Butternut Squash Pasta with Parmesan | Naturally Ella

Pasta is a weekly affair around our house. It’s always a bowl full of vegetables tossed with whole wheat pasta and a drizzle of some sauce. This butternut squash pasta has long been a staple during the winter months. It’s not a sauce-heavy pasta, but the flavor is so good, I never miss the sauce. The key is to have good pasta, whether homemade or store-bought. The warm, wheat flavor of the pasta balances nicely with the roasted squash and salty notes of the cheese. Read more and see the recipe.

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Travel: Tucson Gem Show

I haven’t done a travel post in quite some time, but we’re going to change that trend starting now. I went to Tucson, Arizona last week – in part for the desert sunshine, and, in part for the Tucson Gem Show. It’s huge. And it’s not just one show, it’s actually a multi-week event that spans more than a dozen venues. The fact that I keep thinking about? Some of world’s largest tents are deployed. Think about that. People come from all over the world (and I mean allll over), to buy, sell, and exhibit every conceivable gem, rock, fossil, and mineral imaginable. I made a little video of my adventure, and will put some of the reference links and details inside the video description. XO to (the incredibly talented) Tura Sugden for being a great travel partner, and for the cameo appearance ;)…these double chocolate cookies also had a moment.

Also! Thank you to everyone who has sent nice notes about the videos. I figure if I make enough of them this year, I’ll get better at it. And playing around with the different formats is exciting (and crazy-making). If nothing else, maybe it will inspire some of you to play around and experiment with something new this year, even if you’re not so great at first.

A few of you have asked where to find a list of all my videos in one spot. I keep an up-to-date list on this You Tube page. If you subscribe on You Tube, you won’t miss any, but I’ll also continue to make sure they live here as well, and that any recipe videos are alongside their corresponding recipe. xx! -h

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Sweet Potato Polenta with Fried Eggs

Sweet Potato Polenta with Fried Eggs and Chili Oil | Naturally Ella

Some of my favorite dinners are ones that could easily be served for breakfast. In my mind, the act of putting an egg on something means it’s ready for breakfast. This sweet potato polenta is one of a couple recipes I’ll be sharing that uses sweet potato puree. It’s easy to make and can be a lovely base for other flavors. It also is a great baby/toddler food to always keep at the ready. Beyond the puree, you might be able to find chili oil but you can easily make it yourself.

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Black Bean Tacos with Avocado

Black Bean Tacos with Avocado | @naturallyella

We have a dinner rhythm to most every week. Thursday nights are pizza night while Friday’s are often leftover vegetables tossed with pasta. Sometime earlier in the week is taco night. We make up guacamole and make homemade tacos or enchiladas. It may be one of my favorite dinner nights. These black bean tacos are an easy base when I need a quick dinner. These cooked black beans are a staple. I use them as I would refried beans, in everything from these tacos to black bean bowls. Just a few beans and spices- so quick and easy. Read more and see the recipe.

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