Creamy Vegan Corn Chowder + giveaway

Creamy Vegan Corn Chowder / loveandlemons.com

Soup season might be coming to a close, but before it does – you must try this one. It’s hard for me to pick favorites, but this is definitely one of my favorite soups I’ve made on this here blog thus far. I don’t care what temperature it might be outside, I could eat a bowl of this creamy, smoky corn chowder anytime.

Creamy Vegan Corn Chowder / @loveandlemons

As always, this is creamy without using heavy cream. The trick is to use fresh sweet corn. After you slice off the kernels, use the back of your knife to scrape the juices off the cob. I realize most of you don’t think of spring as the time for fresh corn – but it turns out that it’s actually peak season for Sunshine Sweet Corn. You don’t have to look hard to find it – it’s the kind that’s at your grocery store right now. I like to buy it in the husks because it’s the most fresh.

Creamy Vegan Corn Chowder / loveandlemons.com

In addition to the corn, this soup has chopped yukon gold potato, diced red pepper and a can of light coconut milk (although the end result doesn’t have a coconut taste). It’s seasoned with celery salt and smoked paprika for a rich smoky flavor. I blended half the soup, and mixed the blended portion back into the chunky half for the perfect hearty texture. Since corn cooks so quickly, this one is pretty fast and easy to make.

Creamy Vegan Corn Chowder / loveandlemons.com

But wait there’s more – you could win a $500 grocery giveaway courtesy of Florida Sunshine Sweet Corn. Click here to enter! 

Almond Milk Chai Latte

Almond Milk Chai Latte / @loveandlemons

For years, I had a very routine “breakfast” that I would pick up on my way to work: a double tall soy latte at 110 degrees. (I know, I was one of those coffee-orderers). These days, I’ve swapped my beverage breakfast for a real one, my expensive coffee for tea, and my soy milk for almond milk.

Although I now work from home, I still love to get a quick start in the morning. Which is why I’m so excited about this recipe – this latte is SO simple and is made up of ingredients from my spice drawer which makes me wonder how I ever got into the $5-a-day coffee habit to begin with.

Almond Milk Chai Latte / @loveandlemons

If you’ve read this blog for long, you know that Almond Breeze is my go-to almond milk. (We’ve been drinking it for years, long before we were taking pictures of it). This year we’re partnering with them on a series of “Grab & Go” posts. I know so many of you are always looking for recipes to take to work so each month we’re going to feature a simple no-fuss recipe for those of you on the, well, go.

Almond Milk Chai Latte / @loveandlemons

Obviously, you could just buy chai tea in a package, but I think there’s a special flavor that comes from using the whole spices. Plus, this way you can customize your beverage to use your favorites. I used a mix of cinnamon, star anise, cardamom and a knob of fresh ginger. (All spices that are somewhat large because I didn’t want to have to strain it). Let it steep with a plain black tea packet, steaming hot almond milk and there you have it – a simple yet sort of fancy desk drink.

Almond Milk Chai Latte / @loveandlemons

Pavlovas with Lemon Coconut Cream

Pavlovas with Lemon Coconut Cream / loveandlemons.com

For me, there’s such an overlap between cooking and traveling – I just love navigating new recipes as much as I love exploring new places. I’m in my happy place when I’m getting lost, trying new things and tasting new foods… whether in my kitchen or somewhere around the world.

We’ve had a serious case of wanderlust lately. Jack and I have spent a good amount of time in Europe and Asia, but one place that’s been high on our travel list is New Zealand. By an amazing stroke of coincidence, Air New Zealand approached us to partner up for their Calling all Travelers campaign.

What does that mean? It means you can win a trip to New Zealand by creating your own action-packed-food-&-wine-or-whatever-you-like itinerary. And while we’re all planning our Kiwi adventures (and maybe sampling some New Zealand wine on the flight…), why not be adventurous, start at home, and make an NZ recipe that we’ve never tried before?

Pavlovas with Lemon Coconut Cream / loveandlemons.com

Pavlovas were created in honor of the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova in the 1920’s while she was touring through New Zealand. We had fun recreating this meringue dessert. I had never made one before but I love a new challenge. They’re crispy on the outside and are sort of like a marshmallow in the center. They’re usually topped with whipped cream but I used a lemony version of my go-to coconut cream with berries and fresh mint.

Pavlovas with Lemon Coconut Cream / loveandlemons.com

If you’re like us and are looking for a spring getaway, (with comfortable seating of course!)check out some really great travel deals Air New Zealand is offering. Or click over and build a customized vacation itinerary (before March 31st) for a chance to win a trip of your own!

Kale Salad w/ Avocado Tahini Sauce

Kale Salad with Avocado Tahini Sauce / loveandlemons.com

I have a very green, yet not very St. Patrick’s Day-themed recipe today. Maybe next year will be the year that I finally decide to revamp the shamrock shake (why don’t I think of these things earlier?). But for now, I’ve got green-on-green-on-green. Kale, brussels sprouts and avocado…. with some other veggies tossed in for crunch and a pop of color.

Kale Salad with Avocado Tahini Sauce / loveandlemons.com

The trick to raw kale salads is usually to massage the kale – this time I just chopped the leaves really small, mixed them with shaved brussels sprouts, and tossed it all with a creamy avocado tahini dressing to help wilt the hearty greens. Consider this one your post-St. Paddy’s day detox.

Kale Salad with Avocado Tahini Sauce / loveandlemons.comKale Salad with Avocado Tahini Sauce / loveandlemons.com

Matcha Coconut Ice Cream

Matcha Coconut Ice Cream / loveandlemons.com

Jack here, bringing you one of the many joys from our Japan travels – matcha ice cream. We had no idea, before going, that green tea ice cream was even a thing. But the minute you walk down the street in any touristy area, you’re guaranteed to see giant fake green soft-serve cones outside of ice cream shops. Seeing something so American and familiar as a giant fake soft-serve ice cream cone, but *green*, was, well, it made me want to eat some. Fast forward through the trip, and Jeanine and I must have eaten 1 cone each every other day. So enough about us, it’s time to share one of our favorites with all of you.

Matcha Coconut Ice Cream / loveandlemons.com

Of course, the “cream” in our ice cream continues to be coconut cream, and I have a dirty secret. I love dairy, I love dairy ice cream – but I like coconut ice cream better. There. I said it. Coconut ice cream is better than dairy ice cream. And this is coming from the guy that is sometimes happy his wife is lactose-intolerant so that he can have the cheese from her pizza.

Besides the coconut cream and matcha, the secret of this recipe is that we have some maple syrup, vanilla, and a squeeze of lemon. All of these help to cut through the natural bitterness that matcha (or any tea) has, and gives you a sweet ice-cream-y dessert.

Matcha Coconut Ice Cream / loveandlemons.com