Mango Peanut Tempeh Tacos

Mango Peanut Tempeh Tacos / loveandlemons.com

Whenever I buy red cabbage (or any cabbage, for that matter), I have it around for weeks. I like the bit of crunch it adds to my tacos but I hate the space it takes up in my fridge while I try to think of uses for the rest of it.

This recipe probably looks a little familiar – after I made last week’s rice bowl, I made these tacos out of nearly the same ingredients. (Cook once, eat twice, I say). I used up more of my red cabbage, diced mango, avocado and that tasty coconut peanut sauce. These are sweet, savory, crunchy and a little spicy – in other words, my four food groups.

Under all of that, there’s tempeh that I lightly marinated and seared. Feel free to sub in any protein you like – the toppings are really the star here.

Mango Peanut Tempeh Tacos / loveandlemons.com

Skillet Steamed Corn on the Cob 3 Ways

Skillet Steamed Corn with 3 topping ideas / @loveandlemons

Growing up, I didn’t like most vegetables. Broccoli was at the top of my most hated list, but I LOVED fresh corn. My mom would cover the stoop on the back patio with ripped-open paper bags, and my sister and I would husk corn. I know what you might be thinking – it’s spring and it’s not exactly corn season. But today we’re partnering with Sunshine Sweet Corn, which is in season right now. (Hint: it’s the kind that’s fresh at your grocery store right now).

I used to cook corn in a huge pot on the stove (it took forever), but this skillet steamed method is quick and easy. I like to top my corn simply with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon, but keep reading for 2 more ways to jazz up your corn…

Skillet Steamed Corn with 3 topping ideas / @loveandlemons

Topping #2: basil butter! It’s tasty and easy, plus what’s better on hot steamed corn than melty butter? You can use real butter or vegan butter like I did.

Corn with Lemon Basil Butter / @loveandlemons

Topping #3: My favorite (although not-vegan) method – spicy Mexican style corn. Take the adobo sauce from a can of chipotles (or blend the chipotles in a small food processor), brush it on steamed corn and sprinkle crumbly cotija cheese on top.

Corn with Adobo & Cotija Cheese / @loveandlemons

And don’t forget – you could win a $500 grocery giveaway courtesy of Florida Sunshine Sweet Corn. (Click here to enter). Also, you could receive 10 additional entries if you upload a corn husking, corn recipe or spring photo when you enter!

Remember to snap photos of your family husking or eating corn this spring and post them to Instagram with the hashtag #huskyeah. Can’t wait to see all your photos!

Spicy Mango & Avocado Rice Bowl

Spicy Mango & Avocado Rice Bowl / loveandlemons.comSpicy Mango & Avocado Rice Bowl / loveandlemons.com

It’s been feeling summery around here, so I say – let’s bring on the colorful food!

Lately, I’ve been slightly obsessed with these black rice veggie sushi rolls that are new-ish at (our) Whole Foods. One in particular includes mango, avocado and cucumber and I find myself craving it all the time. I’ve had it on my list to recreate it for you for awhile now, but the idea of rolling sushi has felt too labor intensive.

For us, at-home sushi making is “sometimes” food. It’s reserved for those special nights when the sake is flowing and we have nothing but extra time… which doesn’t describe our evenings lately. But this combo was SO good that I thought I’d make it into a more accessible deconstructed bowl version. If you start your rice ahead of time, it’s quick to put together and it keeps well in the fridge. We ate it for dinner last night, I ate it for lunch today, you know the drill….

I get my forbidden black rice in the bulk bins – if you can’t find it, you could just as easily sub in brown rice or another grain.

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!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies / loveandlemons.com

Happy Saturday! Here’s a sweet little (vegan) weekend treat.

I just realized, for as much as I love to bake cookies, this blog is seriously lacking recipes to show for it. And then I realized why – the camera can hardly snap fast enough before Jack reaches his hand in and they all disappear. Waiting for me to arrange warm cookies nicely on a plate is just not something this guy I’m with has patience for.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies / loveandlemons.com

These cookies are made with coconut oil instead of butter. I like using it because it’s a great healthy non-dairy fat that’s less processed than vegan butter substitutes. A flax “egg” holds these together but if you’re not vegan and don’t have flax – you can just use an egg.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies / loveandlemons.com

You’ll notice, this is sort of a small batch. This recipe makes 12 cookies, so just double it if you are making cookies for your family. For Jack and I (who will eat these all in one day), less is just more.