pea tendril & pistachio pesto

pea tendril pistachio pesto / loveandlemons.compea tendril pistachio pesto / loveandlemons.com

I’m pesto obsessed. I love pesto because anything can become pesto. I brought home these sweet pea tendrils from the farmers market the other day… I didn’t know quite what to do with them so I pesto-ed them. I usually reach for walnuts but I loved the spring color of the pistachios… plus, I just couldn’t resist the alliteration.

Pea tendrils have a mild flavor that’s slightly sweet, which makes for nice mellow pesto. If you can’t find them, you can still make a nice pistachio pesto out of spinach, arugula, basil, or mint… whatever combination of soft greens and herbs you like. This lasts in the fridge for about 3 days – I put it on toast, mixed it into pasta, and added it to a few lunchtime kale salads. Pesto possibilities are endless!

aloo gobi-ish

aloo gobi-ish (potato and cauliflower curry) / loveandlemons.comaloo gobi-ish (potato and cauliflower curry) / loveandlemons.com

I can’t claim that I cook Indian food authentically, but what I can do is cook Indian-ish food that tastes pretty good. Aloo Gobi is one of my favorites and this is my at-home version. The basic components are all here: potato (aloo), cauliflower (gobi). The rest is a bit of a riff… it’s a little lighter and a lot greener. Also, these ingredients should be easy to find.

aloo gobi-ish (potato and cauliflower curry) / loveandlemons.com

I think this is the perfect “it’s still winter but almost spring” meal. It’s warm and hearty but with pops of peas and a few handfuls of greens. A bit of coconut milk and a squeeze of lime make it rich & tangy.

Feel free to make this as spicy or as mild as you like… An extra pinch of cayenne for me, please.

matcha coconut latte

matcha coconut latte / loveandlemons.com

St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner, and I suppose this is as close as I’m going to get to a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. (Not that I want to get really close to a Shamrock Shake but it does have it’s nostalgic memories). Today’s recipe is just as colorful, but is quite the opposite in every other way. This matcha latte is a yummy frothy mug of health that’s vibrant green without dye… flavorful without being “flavored.”

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Unlike steeped tea, matcha is made by grinding the entire tea leaf into a powder. Because you consume the whole leaf, it has approximately 10x more nutrients than regular green tea. (If you’re interested in more health benefits, click here). We, of course, love it because it tastes good.

This latte is super easy. It’s just two ingredients (and a tiny bit of sweetener if you want). No fancy barista skills or equipment are required. If you’re going to make a lotta lattes you might want to invest in an official (and very cute) matcha whisk, but a small kitchen whisk will froth it up just the same.

shiitake & napa cabbage gyoza

shiitake and napa cabbage gyoza / loveandlemons.com

These days, our idea of a “date night” rarely involves restaurant reservations. First, we never think ahead to actually make reservations, and then (way too often) we find ourselves waiting 2 hours on a Friday night for a meal. Some people might be ok with that, but this girl gets hungry.

Gyoza (Japanese dumplings) are one of our favorite things to make together at home. They’re not difficult but they take a little time – the assembly is definitely quicker if you have 4 hands and a bottle of sake on the side.

shiitake and napa cabbage gyoza / loveandlemons.comshiitake and napa cabbage gyoza / loveandlemons.com

We often eat these as a light meal on their own. Other times, I’ll serve them with soba noodles or a version of this sesame kale salad (both could be made ahead). If you wanted to get fancy, this citrus cod would be a nice main course.

Dip in soy sauce, or my personal preference: ponzu. Pick it up at the store or make your own.

Kanpai!

baked parsnip fries

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Happy Fri-day! (pun intended, I’m so sorry).

What I’m not sorry about are these parsnip fries – they’re awesome and super simple to make. I recommend making extra because you (or your significant other - I’m not naming any names here), will likely eat most of them right off the baking sheet and you’re going to want a few left to enjoy with your burger.

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