Spring Brunch Recipes

Spring Brunch Recipes

Happy second day of spring! I don’t know where you live, but it’s been absolutely gorgeous around here lately so I’m going to brag about it a little bit. The sun is shining, colorful vegetables are showing up at the markets, and mint (a.k.a the only thing my black thumb can “grow”), is spreading like a weed in our yard.

I’m not sure what our Easter brunch plans are yet, but I’m already looking forward to the weekend. If you’re starting to plan your holiday meal, here are a some of my favorite fresh & bright brunch recipe ideas to get you started!

pictured above: Avocado Almondaise Tartines
Mini Spinach & Sundried Tomato Frittatas / Spring Root & Watercress Salad

Spring Brunch Recipes

pictured above: Matcha Mint Iced Tea / Ginger Kombucha St. Germain Cocktails

Spring Brunch Recipes

pictured above: Spring Onion Frittata
Curried Avocado Chickpea Salad Sliders / Strawberry Vegan Waffles

The Prettiest Spring Veggie Party Platter

The Prettiest Spring Veggie Party Platter

Is it just me or has spring come early this year? Last weekend, I loaded up on the prettiest brightly colored vegetables to put together a gorgeous yet easy wine party spread.

Two things always intimidate me about putting together party food: 1: Spending tons of time (and tons of money) putting together a guest-worthy spread, and 2: Picking out great wine. So today I have some tips for both…

The Prettiest Spring Veggie Party Platter

Let’s start with the wine (always my favorite place to start). We’ve partnered with WineSimple, which is my new favorite way to choose wine because they choose it for you! You start by filling out a fun little quiz and then they send you three bottles of wine that fit your specific taste. The questions are things like: “How do you like your coffee? Which ice cream flavors taste best?” and “Do you like olives?”

I was so excited to try the wines that were chosen for me – I was skeptical, but the wines they sent were SPOT ON. I liked that they sent varieties that I’d never heard of, yet I loved them all (this Domaine de Figueirasse rose is so perfect for spring). The wines are well priced and sourced from high quality boutique wineries that I wouldn’t have otherwise known about.  If you’re like me, the girl who stands in the liquor store choosing wines based on the “cuteness” of their labels, you should give WineSimple a go.

The Prettiest Spring Veggie Party Platter

For this (healthier!) appetizer platter, I started where I often do: at the farmers market. I chose the produce that caught my eye that day, which was a variety of colorful carrots, radishes (especially watermelon radishes, they’re so pretty!), and green cauliflower.

I made two simple veggie dips – spinach hempseed pesto and a white bean dill dip. Both are rich, yet fresh… perfect for crisp spring vegetables and wine. Make them in advance and store them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

When it comes to cheese, I like to keep it simple by choosing just two – one soft cheese like brie, and one hard cheese like white cheddar or manchego.

The Prettiest Spring Veggie Party Platter

I finished my platter with some extra sweet and savory (store-bought) snacks – my favorite items include tamari roasted almonds, dried cranberries, slices of whole wheat pita, and a splurge on some fancy crackers (pictured at the top of this post: salty date and almond Raincoast Crisps).

The Prettiest Spring Veggie Party Platter

To get your wine party started, WineSimple is offering a 20% discount to Love & Lemons readers! Use the code LLVIP20 at checkout! Unlike other clubs, you can get your wines sent as often as you want with no specific monthly or year commitment. I hope you love it as much as I do – cheers!

Healthier Holiday Recipes

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I don’t know how it happened. Just yesterday it was July and here we are, it’s almost Christmas. In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I’d share a few healthy-but-not-too-healthy recipe ideas. These are some cheery favorites, organized into 3 simple menus for various types of holiday gatherings:

Party Food (pictured above):
Vegan Kale & Artichoke Dip 

Minty Pomegranate Spritzer (my go-to holiday cocktail!)
Curried Avocado Chickpea Salad Sliders
Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Bark

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A Cozy Christmas Morning:
Strawberry Vegan Waffles
Mini Spinach & Sun dried Tomato Frittatas
Apple Mimosas
Almond Milk Chai Lattes

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Dinner Party:
Ginger Kombucha Cocktails
Minty Millet Pomegranate Salad
Sweet Potato Vegan Alfredo
Tart Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits

Apple Mimosas & Butternut Baked Eggs

Apple Mimosas & Butternut Baked Eggs / loveandlemons.com

Thanksgiving has become an odd holiday for us. During the first years that Jack and I were together, we traveled to visit family for every single holiday. It took us awhile to realize that Thanksgiving weekend air travel is the worst of them all. So now we have a tradition of staying home with no real tradition. One year we stayed in and made risotto. the year after that we had a friends-giving (before they were called that). Last year, we stayed home and worked (we were just beginning the book).

Apple Mimosas & Butternut Baked Eggs / loveandlemons.com

This year we’re going to gather with friends over a fun & easy-going brunch that doesn’t need any sort of title. What it does need are apple mimosas made with Barefoot Bubbly. For the main course I’m making butternut squash baked eggs. These are easy recipes that are always delicious, hard to mess up, and can be easily scaled to serve a group.

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This is my fall spin on a frittata – made with butternut squash, leeks and fall herbs.

Apple Mimosas & Butternut Baked Eggs / loveandlemons.com

These mimosas have 3 basic ingredients – orange juice, apple juice & champagne – plus apple slices, cinnamon sticks and star anise for garnish.

Apple Mimosas & Butternut Baked Eggs / loveandlemons.com

Cheers!

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes / loveandlemons.com

It’s that time of year again – time for my annual non-turkey turkey day recipe roundup. Whether you’re a Thanksgiving traditionalist, an all side-dish-eater, or you have a family member that just turned vegetarian, here are a few of my favorite healthier holiday recipes that will hopefully spark a bit of inspiration.

Pictured above:
Fig & Feta Crostini
Carrot Soup (vegan & gf)
Kale & Shiitake Mushroom Stuffing (vegan)
Fennel Salad with Walnuts & Avocado (vegan & gf)
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes (vegan & gf)

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Pictured above:
Avocado & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash (Gluten Free, vegan optional)
Easy Vegan Apple Crisp (vegan)
Tart Cherry Grilled Cheese with Sage (or sub cranberries here)
Loaded Sweet Potato Avocado Toast (vegan)

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