Deliciously Ella Every Day: Quick and Easy Recipes for Gluten-Free Snacks, Packed Lunches, and Simple Meals by Ella Woodward (Scribner, April 5, 2016)
Deliciously Ella Every Day opens with hope: “Healthy living has totally transformed my life and I think it will transform yours, too” (7). Ella Woodward (Deliciously Ella) gave up gluten, dairy, refined sugar, processed food, and meat to heal chronic postural tachycardia syndrome; eighteen months later, medication-free, Woodward had become happy and healthy, and her new habits were a lifestyle. Instead of approaching a plant-based diet as restrictive, Woodward believes “it opens up a whole new world of delicious ingredients, amazing tastes and unique textures and truly makes you feel fabulous from the inside out” (8).
Woodward admits she is a “lazy cook” who prefers quick preparation and clean up, so, in her world, staying healthy is “all about organization.” Breakfast is Ella’s favorite meal — recipes like Sweet Beet Overnight Oats and Chili-Avocado Toast set a healthy tone for the entire day, providing steady energy and a positive attitude. Ella hopes to reinvent how we approach salads, celebrating texture and flavor with recipes like Chickpea and Squash, and Wilted Spinach and Black Bean Salads. Easy Weekday Dinners are intended to “soothe and energize… so you feel like a whole new person by the time you finish your plate” (123) — Honey and Mushroom Lentil, and Comforting Mashed Potato Bowl satisfy this goal. And Simple Sweets like Coconut and Raspberry Mousse, and Summery Strawberry-Banana Crumble replace refined sugar with raw honey, date syrup, dried fruit, and maple syrup, which are actually nutritious! Deliciously Ella proves every day can be a healthy celebration of flavor.
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