Healthier Holiday Recipes

Healthier Holiday Recipes / @loveandlemons

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

Healthier Holiday Recipes / loveandlemons.com

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

Healthier Holiday Recipes / loveandlemons.com

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.

Apple Mimosas & Butternut Baked Eggs / loveandlemons.com

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)

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes / loveandlemons.com

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)

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes / loveandlemons.com

Avocado Corn Salsa & Vegetable Skewers

Avocado, Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salsa / loveandlemons.com

Happy holiday weekend! If you’re hosting a cookout this Labor Day weekend, here are a few simple (yet super delicious!) veggie recipe ideas. And if you’re attending a cookout this weekend – well, it’s always good to be a bringer especially if you’re the one with the special food requirements. (Who me?)

 Marinated Mushroom Vegetable Skewers / loveandlemons.com

Ok, let’s get started – first we’re going to load up some skewers. (Actually, first, we’re going to make some margaritas). Once you have a drink in hand, get started by marinating the mushrooms. My secret not-so-secret-anymore marinade is so easy –  olive oil, balsamic, soy sauce and black pepper. The mushrooms become deeply browned and caramelized on the grill. Plus, it takes only two seconds to make.

If anyone complains that there’s no meat at this party, just show them these cute animal barnyard skewers! Ok, seriously, you can include meat here too if you want – I won’t judge. Either way, it’s a good idea to invest in a set of metal skewers because wooden ones can catch on fire, even when you think you’ve soaked them long enough (not that I know this from personal experience).

Avocado, Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salsa / loveandlemons.com

The skewers can be assembled in advance, but be sure to make this avocado salsa just as your guests show up. It’s basically fancy chunky guacamole with grilled corn and black beans – serve it with chips and (if there’s any left) as a side dish with your skewers and corn on the cob.

Grill up the rest of your corn and top it with a squeeze of lime, cotija cheese (skip if you’re vegan) and a sprinkle of smoked paprika. For dessert? This peach & plum crumble, its grill-able version, or DIY fancy s’mores.

Smoky Grilled Corn on the Cob / loveandlemons.com

For the recipes – click over to Crate & Barrel’s blog!

This post is sponsored by Crate & Barrel and all of the gorgeous serving pieces were generously provided: Baltic Low Bowl / Calista Platters

Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas

Jalapeño Margaritas / @loveandlemons

Happy Friday!

We’re getting the weekend started a little early today with my favorite late summer drink. It’s been nearly 100 degrees around here lately – and to that I say, let’s make it hotter! Bring on the jalapeños…

Jalapeño Margaritas / @loveandlemons

My #1 rule of margaritas is to never use margarita mix. Fresh limes are a must. My #2 rule: mess with this recipe and make it your own. Adjust the ratios to make your margaritas as sweet, sour and/or spicy as you like. (I always like mine on the tart & spicy side). Double the recipe if you’re having friends over.

These are best served with salsa and tortilla chips… which are best served in this gorgeous platter from Crate & Barrel, who so kindly provided us with the serving pieces & glassware for this post. Check out the full story we created for the Crate & Barrel blog along with some healthy tailgating recipes!