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A Week of Dinners: Erin Alderson of Naturally Ella - A Week of Dinners

A Week of Dinners: Erin Alderson of Naturally Ella - A Week of Dinners
From The Kitchn - September 13, 2017

Welcome to Kitchn's new series A Week of Dinners where we show you how people put dinner on the table for their family, thanks to the five weeknight recipes they rely on.

Erin Alderson, one of our favorite bloggers, lives in Sacramento, California, with her husband, Mike, and their 2-year-old son, Mack. She's the mastermind behind the gorgeous vegetarian food blog, Naturally Ella, and she also has her own business, Grove Haus Studio. She is the author of two cookbooks (The Easy Vegetarian Kitchen and The Homemade Flour Cookbook) and is currently working on a third. Oh, and she's also developed a bunch of awesome recipes for Kitchn (which you obviously need to check out.) When she's not puttering around in her kitchen or playing with her camera, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and drinking lots of coffee.

Today Erin is going to let us in on her strategy for weeknight vegetarian cooking, how she works around the different diets in her household, and the five recipes that help her put dinner on the table.

What's Your Dinner Strategy?

We live in a split household. My husband is the meat eater in the house and I am happiest with my vegetables and legumes. We often meet in the middle. My philosophy is to start with a vegetarian-based meal and find a way to add the meat last without having to make two separate meals. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part it works well and is easy for us.

As for my son (who is 2), we decided early on that he always eats what we do (to the point of where he gets upset if he thinks our meal is different). For the most part, he's an adventurous eater but we do occasionally miss. I do not shy away from herbs and spices and I let him try everything. He's always in the kitchen when I am making dinner and I am always letting him try what we are making. I am sure we will go through cycles, but we try and keep things fresh and flavorful.

A Week of Dinners from Erin Alderson

Here are the fiverecipes that Erin relies on to keep her family well-fed on your average busy week.

1. Olive Pizza

We have a homemade pizza night once a week. It's an easy win with a toddler and simple to have both vegetarian and meat (although, most of the time we just do vegetarian pizza). This olive pizza is a staple in our house, usually with spinach or these garlicky greens added before baking.

2. Halloumi Burrito Bowl

3. Black Bean Tacos

4. Veggie Burger with Brown Rice, Oats, and Nuts

5. Vegetable Pasta with Chickpeas

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