Grilled Corn & Poblano Tacos

Grilled Poblano and Corn Tacos / @loveandlemons

Happy almost Cinco de Mayo (a.k.a, one of our favorite holidays of the year!). It’s time to break out the margaritas, chips & salsa and of course – eat tacos! Although if you’ve been reading this blog long, you know that Jack and I don’t need a holiday as an excuse to eat tacos.

These tacos are stuffed with grilled Sunshine Sweet Corn, poblano peppers, and crumbly cotija cheese. If your weather is nice this weekend, this recipe is a great excuse to break out your grill, if not you can grill these on a grill pan like I did.

Grilled Poblano and Corn Tacos / @loveandlemons

Grill until your corn is charred – slice it off the cob, mix your filling together and stuff it all into a tortilla. This is so quick and easy. You can stop there or add a few slices of avocado and your favorite tomatillo salsa.

Grilled Poblano and Corn Tacos / @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!

For more tips and recipes, click over to this helpful interactive guide to enjoying sweet corn!

Artichoke Salad w/ Mint & Spinach Pesto

Artichoke Salad with Mint & Spinach Pesto

It’s spring… which means I can’t help but bring home artichokes from the farmers market. They’re just SO pretty, although they take a bit of effort to clean and cook.

My first tip for fresh artichokes is to use them in a pretty simple way so you can really appreciate their delicate flavor after you’ve put in the time to prep them. Save your artichoke dip recipe for canned or jarred artichokes.

Tip number two: delegate artichoke-trimming to someone else in your family! The day I brought these home, my mom (who’s been staying with us lately), gave me a “what are you going to do with those” sort of look, right before I handed them to her to figure out. She made the artichokes while I made this sweet pesto. I put it all together with some leftover farro, chickpeas, feta and a handful of fresh herbs.

Artichoke Salad with Mint & Spinach Pesto

If you find yourself with leftover pesto, slather it on toast with a poached egg, or on a stacked veggie sandwich the next day.

Artichoke Salad with Mint & Spinach Pesto

Breakfast Bowl with Amaranth Granola

Breakfast Bowl with Amaranth Granola / loveandlemons.com

Let me start out by saying: I’m not a cereal person. I’ve told this story before – my sister and I used to BEG my mom for all of the artificially colored sugary cereals with fun cartoon characters… sometimes she’d give in but always with the disclaimer “only if you actually eat it this time.” We would excitedly make this promise only to go home, have one bowl and never touch it again.

Breakfast Bowl with Amaranth Granola / loveandlemons.com

This granola, however – I’ll happily eat cereal-style. But with almond milk instead of regular milk because we all know that Almond Breeze is my go-to milk.

Amaranth is a new grain for me – you can google for it’s health benefits (i.e, just like quinoa, it’s a good source of plant-based protein), but I love it in this granola because it’s crunchy texture really holds up when it gets doused with almond milk and fruit. Soggy cereal is just not acceptable in my book (or, well, on my blog).

Breakfast Bowl with Amaranth Granola / loveandlemons.com

What I love about this breakfast is that it’s hearty and satisfying but also convenient for those days when you need a breakfast on the go. Make a big batch and keep it at your desk… or better yet, portion it out so to avoid snacky temptation because it’s so delicious and addictive!

Matcha Recipes

Matcha Recipes / loveandlemons.com

I love matcha, you love matcha, we all love matcha… if you haven’t tried it yet, here are a few ideas to get you started!

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. We, of course, love it because it tastes good.

pictured above:

Matcha Mint Iced Tea / Matcha Coconut Ice Cream

Matcha White Chocolate Almond Butter Cups / Matcha White Hot Chocolate

Matcha Mango Smoothie / Matcha & Sweet Azuki Macarons

and some deliciousness from around the web:

Matcha Shortbread Cookies from Two Red Bowls

Mini Green Tea Chocolate No Bake Ice Box Cake from I am a Food Blog

Matcha Waffles from Edible Perspective

Vegan Green Tea Pancakes from Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Matcha Doughnut Glaze from Spoon Fork Bacon

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