Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate

Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate

Happy December! That feels so weird to say because in Texas it never truly feels like December (and I’m ok with that), but we did wake up to an especially chilly morning the other day. I went downstairs, made my daily ice cold smoothie, and brought it to my desk. I sat here shivering, realizing that I’m doing this late-fall morning thing all wrong.

Since then, I’ve been mixing up this concoction for me and Jack – it’s a healthier hot chocolate than the Swissmiss from the snow days of my childhood. Instead of cocoa, I decided to use a combo of cacao powder and maca powder. Cacao is the most pure form of chocolate and it’s packed with antioxidants, fiber, and magnesium. Maca (powder from the Peruvian maca root) has a malty vanilla flavor and it’s good for fatigue, memory, and a slew of other things.* It offers a little pick me up that’s similar but not as extreme as coffee. Perfect for a little morning boost.

I don’t actually serve this with whipped cream for breakfast, but if you’re making this for dessert go ahead and make it pretty with a dollop coconut whip (recipe below) and shaved chocolte.

Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate

These superfood powders are a bit of an investment, but stored in the fridge they last a really long time. I get mine at my local Whole Foods. They’d be great items to pick up if you’re one of the lucky winners of our gift card giveaway (just a reminder – it closes on Tuesday!).

In addition to our giveaway, Whole Foods is giving away groceries for ONE YEAR as part of their #mytradish program – click here to enter the sweepstakes.

Apple Sage Grilled Cheese

Apple Sage Grilled Cheese

Of course you don’t need a recipe for grilled cheese, but I just HAVE to share this simple combo because it’s so so delicious. This is the sort of thing that I love to make when I don’t feel like spending time in the kitchen but I also don’t feel like leaving the house.

Sweet, soft apples, savory sage, red onion, and a good slather of grainy mustard – all between melty cheese (or vegan cheese) and bread. I think this might be my favorite sandwich assembly to date, I just love the sweet and salty mix. Make these with a bowl of soup and you have perfect week-after-Thanksgiving couch food.

Apple Sage Grilled Cheese

But before you head to the couch – be sure to checkout Monday’s cookbook & grocery giveaway post if you haven’t already!

Apple Sage Grilled Cheese

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli

Back in college when I first started incorporating more vegetables in to my life, my go-to vegetable was broccoli. I’d throw it on everything – broccoli on pizza, broccoli in pasta, broccoli stirred into my stir fry. Then one day the world went crazy for kale and I feel like broccoli got left behind. It’s so humble and hearty, yet folks always seem to forget about it. It’s not winning awards for the trendiest vegetable, but who knows/? Maybe 2017 will be its year in the spotlight?

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli

I love these twice baked sweet potatoes because they’re at least twice as healthy as any version I’ve eaten before. They’re made with nutrient-dense sweet potatoes and stuffed with broccoli. I made a creamy cashew sauce by blending some of the baked sweet potato mash with creamy cashews and rosemary. Before I baked it all, I lightly steamed the broccoli and tossed with lemon, dijon mustard and scallions. More of that creamy sweet potato sauce goes on top.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli

This is one of those recipes where the cheese is optional or not optional, depending on your preference. The creamy sweet potato/rosemary cashew filling is so delicious that the cheese isn’t necessary for flavor. But if you ask husband Jack if he wants cheese on anything his answer will always be “yes, please more cheese!”

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli

Red Curry Kuri Squash Soup

Red Curry Kuri Squash Soup

I had this red kuri squash sitting on my countertop for the longest time. I didn’t really know what to do with it until I picked up some lemongrass from the market and then it hit me – Red Curry Kuri soup! They say “what grows together goes together.” Well in this case, what rhymes together… also works.

Red Curry Kuri Squash Soup

If you can’t find a red kuri squash, you could sub in kabocha squash or butternut squash. If you can’t find lemongrass, use a bit of lime zest here instead. The rest is pretty straight forward and simple – plus this is a no-pot meal (that’s a thing right?), just roast the squash, shallots and garlic in the oven, then blend everything all together.

Red Curry Kuri Squash Soup

This soup is tangy and a little spicy (although you can adjust the spice to your level), and the coconut makes it super creamy. The flavors here are a little less traditional for Thanksgiving, but this can be a bright start to your holiday.

Red Curry Kuri Squash Soup

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Sides

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Sides / @loveandlemons

Thanksgiving is next week! I can hardly believe it, every year it seems to come around quicker and quicker. Here on the blog, I usually post a full menu of non-turkey day options as if I’m going to be cooking up the big holiday meal myself. In reality, Jack and I will be going to someone else’s house and I’ll likely bring the salad. So this year I thought I’d cut to the chase and post some of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. Because let’s be real, the sides are really the star of the show anyway.

pictured above: Vegan Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Sides / @loveandlemons

Simple Lemon Green Beans / Kale & Shiitake Mushroom Stuffing

Sweet Potato Pomegranate SaladPumpkin Spiced Corn Muffins

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Sides / @loveandlemons

Carrot Soup with Carrot Top Pesto

   Vegetarian Thanksgiving Sides / @loveandlemons

Poblano Cornbread StuffingSweet Potato Pomegranate Crostini

Maple-Balsamic Roasted Brussels SproutsShredded Brussels Sprout & Apple Salad

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Sides / @loveandlemons Vegetarian Thanksgiving Sides / @loveandlemons