Book Club – Deliciously Ella

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I came across Ella Woodward’s website one day while I was scrolling through food porn pictures on Pinterest. Usually when something on Pinterest sparks my interest, I follow the link to check it our further; if I still like it, I’ll pin that one recipe and then exit out of that website and never visit it again. However, I occasionally come across a website that captures my attention and somehow sucks me in to exploring it for hours. Even more rarely, I find a website that keeps me coming back regularly to visit –Β  Deliciously Ella turned out to be of those sites. When I found out that Ella was releasing a cook book I was so excited, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Ella’s book, Deliciously Ella, contains healthy recipes that are all plant-based and gluten-free!

Ella Woodward has a very inspirational story about how she got started down a path of healthier eating and living. She did not grow up eating a plant-based and gluten-free diet, in fact she was a self-professed sugar monster and fruit and vegetable hater. However, when she was just 19 she was diagnosed with a rare illness called Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, which effected her autonomic nervous system and plagued her with pain. She ended up being bedridden 95 percent of the time, and drugs and steroids were not helping her. After doing some research, she came across some people who had healed their conditions with food, and she was inspired to give it a try. She immediately gave up her old eating habits and started a whole-foods, plant-based diet, which meant giving up meat, sugar, dairy, gluten, and all processed foods. Amazing, while making this change Ella slowly started to feel better, and after 2 years she was off of all her medications and was symptom free! Talk about a success story!

I have recently changed my diet in a similar way to try to help with my own chronic health issues; stories like Ella’s inspire me to keep it up, and cook books like Ella’s help me to enjoy the transition. I’ve tried many recipes from her website and loved them, so I can’t wait to start trying out recipes from her book! Check back on this post often throughout the month as it will be filled with pictures and reviews of the recipes that I try!

Ella’s Delicious Dishes:

IMG_0673BROCCOLI AND AVOCADO SALAD

The dressing really makes this salad! It is a mix of lime juice, tahini, tamari, olive oil, maple syrup (or honey), and salt. I also added some roasted chickpeas for extra crunch, flavour and protein. I will be making this salad often as it is crazy healthy, and really tasty!

FullSizeRender-3OAT BARS

These bars are just made with oats, bananas, maple syrup, nut butter and coconut oil! Ella suggested using cashew butter, but since I am sensitive to cashews, I used almond butter instead. These turned out really well, they are a perfect snack to bring on the go. My favourite way to eat them however was to warm them up and then drizzle some honey and cinnamon on top!

IMG_0699BAKED BANANAS

These bananas are filled with cinnamon, medjool dates and dark chocolate, then baked at 400F for about 10 minutes. Major YUM!

FullSizeRender-11CANNELLINI PEA AND MINT SOUP

This is one of my favourite recipes I’ve tried from Ella’s book so far! Incredibly easy to make, very healthy, and such a fresh flavour!

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