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!

Toast with Radishes & Dandelion Greens

Toast with Radishes & Dandelion Greens / loveandlemons.com

I’ll never forget the first time I bit into a radish. I was in Sunday school and I was maybe seven or eight. I’m not sure if they ate radishes in Bible times, but for whatever reason that morning’s lesson involved passing around new raw foods to try. I don’t remember much else about that day except the shockingly bitter taste that I couldn’t get out of my mouth until my family picked up Dunkin’ Donuts on the way home.

Toast with Radishes & Dandelion Greens / loveandlemons.com

I spent years picking radishes out of salads until I slowly came to love the crunch and slightly bitter bite – especially when thinly sliced, pickled or roasted. I’ve never done the buttered radish thing until now – except these are “olive oiled,” finished with a squeeze of lemon, and piled on toast with sautéed dandelion greens.

I made a creamy vegan spread out of herbs and sunflower seeds, although if that sounds like too much trouble, ricotta would be a simple sub.

There’s no need to finish these off with doughnuts this time, although if you’re craving something sweet afterward, I won’t judge. Here’s a recipe.

Toast with Radishes & Dandelion Greens / loveandlemons.comIMG_2015_03_30_03693

Watercress Farro Salad with Tart Cherries

Watercress Farro Salad with Tart Cherries / www.loveandlemons.com

I have a confession to make – I am not only a terrible gardener, but I’m also a terrible herb gardener. They’re so easy to grow, but they’re oh so hard to remember to water. Lucky for me, my mom recently came to visit and planted tons of new herbs, including my favorites – basil and mint… just in time to include in this salad. What would spring be without an herby grain salad, right?

This one is packed with chewy farro, peppery watercress and dried tart cherries, which add a necessary pop of sweetness to balance it all out.

Watercress Farro Salad with Tart Cherries / www.loveandlemons.com

I’ve talked about the benefit of tart cherries here, here, and here. We love them mostly because they taste good but they have some real superfood qualities as well – they’re a natural anti-inflammatory and also a good source of melatonin.

Feel free to switch up this salad with whatever herbs you might have growing – and if you’re gluten free just switch out the farro for quinoa… meanwhile, I’m going to go water my new herbs while I’m thinking about it…

Watercress Farro Salad with Tart Cherries / www.loveandlemons.com

Spinach & Sun Dried Tomato Frittatas

Mini Spinach & Sun Dried Tomato Frittatas / @loveandlemons

Do you have Easter brunch or Easter dinner? My family always has a formal Easter ham dinner, but around here brunch seems to be more popular.

Not that it matters for us this year – Jack and I will doing what we’ve done for every holiday this year so far – testing and shooting cookbook recipes. Yep, that’s right – this book project started with Thanksgiving tacos and now Easter weekend will be a smorgasbord of random bits and bobs, tons of dirty dishes, and some really funky combinations of leftovers. There definitely won’t be ham, but there might be a few eggs.

Mini Spinach & Sun Dried Tomato Frittatas / @loveandlemons

If your family is a brunch-y one, here’s a simple frittata idea. If you don’t have mini skillets, you can make these in a muffin tin or you could make this in one big skillet and scale up the recipe to serve a crowd. Add in whatever vegetables you like – although I really love spinach in frittatas, especially now while it’s in season. Sometimes I add cheese, but this time I used sun dried tomatoes for that salty bite.

Mini Spinach & Sun Dried Tomato Frittatas / @loveandlemons

I hope you all have a happy holiday weekend!