carrot green chimichurri

carrot green chimichurri /

I’m going to spare you another pesto post (although you could totally pesto these)… Today, we’re making chimichurri out of the tops of carrots. I don’t know who ever started the idea that these vibrant greens should be tossed – they’re edible and delicious so lets start using them!

carrot green chimichurri / carrot green chimichurri /

Wash your greens well, and chop them as finely as you can. Mix them with spices, olive oil and white wine vinegar. Roast the carrots to go along with it. Serve this with veggies, toasted bread, grilled meat, or fish… whatever you like.

carrot green chimichurri / carrot green chimichurri /

This recipe comes with a cute little backstory. A few years ago, Jack and I spent some time in Argentina. Upon returning home, I couldn’t find a recipe that tasted as authentic as chimichurri we had there. (Everything I tried was too parsley-ey and the spice balance just wasn’t the same). That is until, recently, we met an Argentinian friend – a coworker of Jack’s – who so kindly called his mother for her recipe. And it was, of course, just right.

This is a slight spin on that recipe. I altered it just a bit to work with the carrot greens and to make it thick enough to be dip-able. (Notes about the original recipe are included below).

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meyer lemon ice cream

meyer lemon ice cream (vegan) / meyer lemon ice cream (vegan) /

It’s probably about time for a truly lemony post, here on Love and Lemons. Pucker up, this sweet & sour ice cream is the perfect way, in my opinion, to welcome spring. (Or to dream about spring if it hasn’t quite reached you yet).

Yes, an ice cream maker is required here — I’m not going to lie, it takes up an annoying amount of space, but we really do use ours quite often. It’s fun to get creative with flavor combinations you can’t just buy in a store, (especially non-dairy combinations). I imagine making ice cream would be a fun project for kids. Not that we have kids, but whenever I tell Jack “we’re making ice cream tonight,” his eyes light up like a five year old. He goes to town measuring & mixing… I sit back and watch. It’s pretty great.

This is a pretty simple recipe. From here, you can get as fancy as you like with whatever you like. Some good choice are mint, vanilla bean, or my personal favorite— a teeny pinch of cayenne to make it just a little spicy.

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pea tendril & pistachio pesto

pea tendril pistachio pesto / pea tendril pistachio pesto /

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!

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aloo gobi-ish

aloo gobi-ish (potato and cauliflower curry) / aloo gobi-ish (potato and cauliflower curry) /

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) /

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.

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matcha coconut latte

matcha coconut latte /

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.”

matcha coconut latte / matcha coconut latte /

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.

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