The Best Lunch Bowl

The Best Lunch Bowl

This might be the best lunch ever, it’s too good! The sweet potato wedges are so amazingly tender and have delicious hints of cinnamon, which contrast perfectly with the baked chilli chickpeas, peppery rocket, cucumber and tomatoes. It’s a great meal to take to work with you too, as you can bake the sweet potato and chickpeas the night before so all you need to do in the morning is mix them with the other ingredients, which shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes. The baked chickpeas are my absolute favourite part of the whole thing though, they’re so addictive and I could happily eat trays and trays of them, so I have a feeling that you’ll all love them too!

Serves 1

– 1 small sweet potato

– a handful of rocket (arugula)

– 120g of chickpeas (1/2 a tin)

– 1/3 of a large cucumber

– half a dozen cherry tomatoes

– 1/2 a teaspoon of chilli flakes

-1/4 of a teaspoon of cinnamon

For the dressing

– 1/2 a teaspoon of honey

– 1/2 a lemon

– 3 tablespoons of olive oil

 

Start by pre-heating the oven to 180C, then chop the sweet potato into wedges. Put the wedges on a baking tray and sprinkle them with the cinnamon, a little salt and some olive oil. Place these in the oven and let them cook for an hour.

Half way through the baking add the chickpeas to the tray. Drain and rinse them from the can, then sprinkle them over the sweet potatoes with the chilli flakes. Let these bake together for the remaining 30 minutes.

Just before they finish cooking chop the cucumber and tomatoes into small pieces and stir the dressing together.

If you’re taking this to work with you then let the sweet potatoes and chickpeas cool down before mixing it all together and storing it in an airtight container.

 

 

 

 

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  • Elizabeth

    Beautiful girl who is sending these beautiful recipies which I absolutely embrace, however you are no longer with us.
    I will alway follow your nutrition plan lj thank you for sharing.
    Jess. My darling girl you achieved more from the age of 22yrs. old to 30 yrs, than most of us achieve in al lifetiime
    Thank you “Wellness Warrior.”

    Liz G

  • http://www.curiouslyconscious.com/ Besma | Curiously Conscious

    Hi Ella,

    Those sweet potato chips look so great! I love chickpeas (soaked) with my salads, but the addition of those chips is something I’m definitely going to try. Thanks for the recipe!

    Besma (www.curiouslyconscious.com)

    • Malak Hasan

      Tried the sweet potato chips. SUPER DELICIOUS! Thanks Ella… I love your recipes and my husband is enjoying them a lot too.

  • Isabella

    Hi Ella, aside from zucchini, what other types of vegetables would you recommend to replace the cucumber in this recipe?

  • http://lovealwayserica.tumblr.com lovealwayserica

    This looks absolutely incredible! The mix of the fresh veg with the roasted chickpeas and sweet potatoes (which happen to be two of my favourite foods………) would be AMAZING. I may sub the honey for maple syrup, because I don’t have honey but nevertheless – thank you! Your “bowls” make up some of my favourite posts!

  • Lorna

    Love your recipes, only one wee thing…..would love to know the amount of calories with each dish 😉

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Lorna, I don’t calculate the calories in each recipe as I much prefer to focus on the goodness and nutrients from the plant-based ingredients rather than the calories! Have a lovely day, Ella x

  • https://superfitbabe.wordpress.com/ Cassie

    This looks amazing with the sweet potatoes, chickpeas and everything!

  • Christi

    I am so loving your book! You are amazing! Thanks for sharing all of your happy, healthy foods with us!

  • http://addalittlefood.com/ Millie l Add A Little

    So tasty and packed with my favourite ingredients!

  • EV

    Hi Ella, I also have POTs and other health issues that are so similar to yours it is unbelievable. I have been battling them for years and one of the worst symptoms (apart from black outs and dangerous falls) is the fatigue which has changed my young life completely and left me bedridden numerous times.

    I now have decided after seeing you on this morning to go all in on a lifestyle and diet change to try to help my health and actually I am really looking forwards to it.

    I have a question though, when you say in ingredients almond milk, can you use purchased almond milk or does it have to be the made one (the purchased one is pure with nothing added)?

    Thank you for your help and inspiration, your food looks amazing and I can’t wait to get my recipe book now!

  • Sian

    Can’t wait to make this for lunch today!

    I have a quick question about the book. I have just received the paperback book, but its the USA version, which have the wrong measurements for me. Is the UK version currently available in paperback too, or only hardback?

    Thanks, Sian x

  • San

    I love your simple lunch ideas! x

  • http://www.easywaytochange.co.uk Chloe Brotheridge

    Putting cinnamon on sweet potatoes is absolute genius! I always do this and people are always impressed! Thanks Ella xx

    http://www.calmer-you.com

  • http://alicegibbs.blogspot.co.uk Alice

    This looks amazing! I’ve been meaning to eat more chickpeas as I love them but they feel so boring at times.. But chilli flakes could just be the winner! Thank you :) x

  • Jessica

    Hi Ella,
    Do you think the chickpeas would taste okay if I left out the chilli flakes?

  • Bridget

    As I type this my sweet potatoes and chick peas are about done. Since I don’t have tomatoes or arugula I subbed these for avocado and mustard greens. I can’t wait to eat this for my lunch tomorrow! By the way your book came in on Friday and I’m already in love with it! Ate the zoodle and avocado pesto last night. So good!

  • Nadine

    Hi Ella :)

    Loving this recipe! I hope you are having a wonderful time in the US!

    I´ve got a question regarding your app. Does the update cost anything?
    I am already a big lover of your app, it´s really well organized and helps me so much when I am in the supermarket and I just have a quick look and know what to buy. Thumbs up !!! :)

    All the best, Nadine from Germany

  • TJ

    Do you have an app for iPhone?

    • ellawoodward

      Yes the Deliciously Ella app works on an iPhone! X

  • Macies

    Went to order your Book and there are no more? Help

  • ellawoodward

    Where have you tried to order it from. The book hasn’t sold out so you definitely should be able to find a copy! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Nadine, the updates are all free! There will be recipe updates happening next month too! Have a lovely day, Ella x

    • Nadine

      Wow that´s cool!
      Thank you, you too :)
      xx

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Jessica, they won’t be as flavoursome but I think they will still work well with the rest of the bowl. Have a lovely day x

  • Sarah Sinatra

    mmm sweet potato! Will have to try this thank you! http://sarahsinatra.blogspot.com.au

  • diginhobart.blogspot.com.au

    YUM! i would never think of cinnamon on sweet potatoes. i must try this!
    e / dig in hobart

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sian, the UK version is only available in hardback! You will be able to find it on Amazon. Have a lovely day, Ella x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Isabella, you could really use any other vegetable you like, perhaps chopped bell peppers. Hope you love it! X

    • Isabella

      Can’t wait to try it out, thank you! :-)

  • http://www.kitschencat.com Kitschen Cat

    I love the addition of the cinnamon and chili flakes! Nothing like some sweet and spicy. :)

  • Joanna

    Hi Ella,
    I have just finished your book and feeling very inspired! I have always liked fruit and veg but found it difficult to combine them in interesting ways. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes now :)
    Just a quick question, I noticed that you don’t seem to be using chestnuts in your recipes. Is this due to a taste preference or you don’t think they are as healthy as other nuts? I love chestnuts and was curious to know your opinion.
    Thank you and congratulations on your amazing book!

  • Emily Nelson

    Delicious lunch.
    You have inspired me. I have suffered for years with problems and having just been discharged from hospital again, I have decided to completely change my way of eating. I have been doing it for a few days and already loving all your recipes.
    Look forward to enjoying many more.

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Joanna, I’m so happy to hear that you are feeling inspired from the book. I don’t tend to use chestnuts as a personal preference as I am not such a fan of the taste. I also eat a lot of other nuts in my diet so feel that it is OK to limit chestnuts as they are less nutritious. Have a lovely evening, Ella x

  • ellawoodward

    I’m so sorry to hear that you have been suffering with POTS. I really hope you enjoy all of these recipes and start to feel so better on a plant-based diet. Store bought almond milk is fine as long as it doesn’t contain added sugar or any additives or preservatives. Keep up the amazing healthy journey, Ella x

    • EV

      Thank you Ella, it’s the symptoms which I have really been struggling with such as fatigue as I was very, very active.
      I am trying hard to get my diet in balance and go from there and your recipes have been excellent! The almond milk I use is free from added sugars, it’s so much nicer then skimmed milk too!
      I add chilli at home with the sweet potato wedges.
      Also for sweeter recipes do you ever use any ground almonds, I find they add a bit of sweetness to things and wondered if you used this.

      Thanks again for the reply.

  • Katie

    Hi Ella, I made this recipe this morning. Could you tell me what sort of texture the chickpeas should be? I think I may have overdone them! x

  • http://anenglishrosie94.blogspot.co.uk/ Rosie McKay

    Sweet potato with cinnamon sounds like a winning combination.
    Looks like a great lunch for work or studying!

    Rosie

    x

    http://www.anenglishrosie.blogspot.co.uk

  • Emma

    I just finished this dish – it was so beautiful, easy to prepare and with the minimum of fuss. AND I feel good after eating it, unlike junk food which tastes good sometimes but afterward you feel heavy and a bit sick inside.

    Thank you so much for putting all the work into your site that you do. For those of us who are looking for a cleaner way to eat for whatever reason, finding this is a dream! xx

  • https://theeighthours.wordpress.com/ Eight Hours

    This looks amazing.
    I’ve been making my own garlic oil and this sounds like it’d be the perfect drizzle over this
    https://theeighthours.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/garlic-oil/

  • Sharon

    Bought your book for my daughter and now I am truly inspired! Have a breakfast smoothie in the fridge and preparing ‘best lunch bowl’ as we speak, to take to work tomorrow, although it may not all make it until tomorrow! X

  • Kathryn

    I just made this and it’s really, really good. Highly recommend!

  • TSolomons

    Hi Ella,

    I’m trying to get to grips with the technicalities behind grains and legumes etc (I find it easier to follow something if I actually understand it!). I’ve noticed that cous-cous is never used in your recipes, whilst quinoa, brown rice and chickpeas are. What is it about cous-cous that means it shouldn’t be incorporated into a plant-based/whole food diet.

    I’m quite new to following a plant-based/whole-food diet, so just wanted to first thank you for making this lifestyle choice so accessible!

    Thanks again!

  • Sophie Lane

    Hi Ella,
    Absolutely love your blog and your book! However I need help.
    I snack so much after dinner that I am so full up that I feel like being sick, what I eat is healthy it’s just when I’m full up I still reach for the cupboards. I am not obese I am a healthy weight ,I just hate feeling sick any tips on how not to over eat? Thank you x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sophie, it’s really difficult for me to advise on this as it’s really specific to each individual and their personal lifestyle. I think it’s really important to listen to your body and understand that food will always be there. So as you get a craving for something, try to pause and think if you really want it if you’re just reaching for something out of habit. Herbal teas like peppermint teas are great for having after a meal! Have a great day, Ella x

    • Sandra Lindström

      I recognize this behavior a lot in myself! It becomes a habit that is hard to break. If you find you always reach for something after a meal, try to keep yourself busy with something – start a new habit. Another simpple thing I find that helps is storing snacks in the freezer and only making small batches of snacks. Sometimes I just reach for things when I don’t need them, but if I need to defreeze something or make it at that particular time, I find that I often can’t be bothered, so that stops me from unnecessarily snacking.

  • Heather Evans

    I really liked this dish.I am not a big fan of sweet potato but I enjoyed it in this dish.

  • Goretti Tada

    What can I use to bake the sweet potatoes instead of olive oil? Can I use coconut oil?

    • ellawoodward

      Yes you can use coconut oil instead, hope you love it! X

  • Rachael Millar

    Hi Ella!

    This looks so yummy and I’m going to try this for lunches this week! I just have one question though please – how long do the sweet potato wedges and chickpeas last locked tight in the fridge after cooking?

    I’ve been making big batches of sweet potato and carrot chunks, along with batches of quinoa with tahini, from your fab Heathly Eating on the Go lunch bowl recipe and these last for the five day working week, which is great. If I follow this new recipe will it keep for a similar number of days?

    Thanks so much :)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Rachael, yes the sweet potatoes and chickpeas should last for up to five days in a sealed container in the fridge. I’m so happy you’re enjoying the recipes! X

      • Rachael Millar

        Thanks Ella – I’ll be making this tonight then! They are great. I feel so much healthier. Thanks again x

  • ellawoodward

    There isn’t a particular brand which I use but I buy organic chickpeas which are just soaked in water, from Whole Foods or my local health food store! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Maddie, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been feeling unwell. I think that slowly incorporating these meals and more plant-based ingredients into your diet is a really great place to start. The book has loads of information about where to start. There is also a blog post all about the basics of healthy eating. Really hope you love the recipes and keep up your healthy journey! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Naima, the app works well for an android phone! It’s called Deliciously Ella. Really hope you love all the recipes! Have a lovely day x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Shirin, I’m not too sure why they burn. Make sure that each side is covered with oil oil. I love them crunchy on the outside, they’re often really soft and gooey on the inside. There’s a really simple easy recipe in my book! X

  • Leanne Crossland

    Hi Ella I am vegan so do not use honey do you think the dressing would work with maple syrup?

    • ellawoodward

      Yes that should work fine x

  • ellawoodward

    So sorry they weren’t perfect. I would suggest cooking them for a little bit longer x

  • ellawoodward

    So sorry they didn’t turn out perfect. I suggest cooking them for a little bit longer x

  • Ges

    Hi Ella,
    I’d love to try the sweet potate wedges. However, the ones you’re getting here have kind of a hard skin. Do you use that, or would you cut it off?
    Thanks for your help!

    • ellawoodward

      I usually just wash them but keep the skin on, it should soften once cooked or if you prefer, you can always peel them too x

  • ellawoodward

    Yes the Deliciously Ella app works on an iPhone! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Lorna, I don’t calculate the calories in each recipe as I much prefer to focus on the goodness and nutrients from the plant-based ingredients rather than the calories! Have a lovely day, Ella x

  • Katie

    Hi Ella, I made this recipe this morning. Could you tell me what sort of texture the chickpeas should be? I think I may have overdone them! x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Katie, they should be a little crunchy but not too hard. Hope it was delicious! Have a lovely day x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sophie, it’s really difficult for me to advise on this as it’s really specific to each individual and their personal lifestyle. I think it’s really important to listen to your body and understand that food will always be there. So as you get a craving for something, try to pause and think if you really want it if you’re just reaching for something out of habit. Herbal teas like peppermint teas are great for having after a meal! Have a great day, Ella x