A delightful book of plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes.
Ella Woodward is a social media sensation and the record-breaking best selling author of Deliciously Ella!
Ella’s blog has 60,000 subscribers, and her Instagram 780,000 followers. Her first book broke all sorts of records including fastest‑selling début cookbook, beating Nigella Lawson’s How To Eat, and Jamie Oliver’s The Naked Chef. She also runs cookery classes, has a YouTube channel, has a café/deli in London and has just got married. She’s 24 by the way.
I decided to review her second cookbook, Deliciously Ella Every Day to see if it lived up to the hype of her first.
Overall I am really impressed, from the design, layout and imagery, to the recipes and ingredients.
There are some really great ideas that use fairly basic and inexpensive ingredients.
Ella said her aim was to provide quick and easy meals with minimal prep time.
Although all the recipes are plant based, gluten and dairy free, this way of eating does not come across as forceful. Ella says her book can be used for everyday meals as a healthy foundation that can then allow you to treat yourself when the occasion arises. I myself did not notice this book was vegetarian until someone else pointed it out to me. The recipes look so yummy I didn’t notice the lack of meat.
Personally, I think chicken, turkey and red meat provide a lot of benefits to the body (as do some fish, but I’m not a fan) so I think I would like to try some of these recipes with added meats.
Some of my favourite recipes from the book include:
Maple chia pots
Sweet smoothie bowl
Banana breakfast bars
Black bean burgers
Quinoa & Cacao crispy treats
Quinoa & ginger porridge
Spiced lentil soup
Other recipes I’ve tired and loved are:
- Herbed lentil bowl
- Almond butter Quinoa
- Chickpea & squash salad
- Spiced sweet potato stew
- Miso & sesame brown rice
- Cacao, oat & raisin cookies
- Comforting mashed potato bowl
- Spicy lentil & aubergine pasta
- Cinnamon- coconut popcorn
- Chocolate ganache cake
- Warm beet & apple juice
Overall, there are very few recipes I wouldn’t be happy to try. If your looking for a healthy cook book that happens to be plant based and without unheard of and expensive ingredients then this is a great option.