portobello pups & macaroni salad

Portabello Pups / @loveandlemons

In honor of Labor Day weekend we’re making fun, un-fussy (yet still yummy!) food. This is my vegi-ful take on a few cookout classics – grilled “hot dogs,” with all the fixins, and a lighter take on creamy pasta salad.

Portabello Pups and Macaroni Salad / @loveandlemons

We’ve partnered with French’s as part of their Mustard Mixology program to share a few grilling recipes focused around one of my favorite ingredients - mustard. I brushed slices of portobello mushrooms with olive oil, yellow mustard and balsamic vinegar… and grilled them until charred and juicy.

I’ll be honest, I originally planned to serve these in hot dog buns for the novelty of it – but it turns out that portobellos really work better in dog form than in burger-form. They get more fully covered in the flavorful marinade and (because they’re thinner strips) they cook a lot quicker and more evenly.

whiskingPortabello Pups and Macaroni Salad / @loveandlemons

This macaroni is a brighter, more fresh version than the mayo-laden one we all know (but no one really loves). It’s full of crunchy vegetables and tossed with a light dressing made of olive oil, lemon and mustard. If you’re vegan you can stop there, or you can add a big scoop of greek yogurt to make your salad creamy.

Happy long weekend!

Portabello Pups  / @loveandlemons

qooq tablet giveaway

QOOQ kitchen tablet giveaway / loveandlemons.com

Gift giving season might be over, but (surprise!) I’ve got one more…

Have you seen the QOOQ Tablet? It’s like an iPad except you can spill on it. You can get your messy fingers all over it and wipe it clean without damaging it. It’s loaded with recipes, cooking tutorials, and other fun things. (It also has a regular web browser so you can access – say – our website, very easily).

Sur La Table kindly sent one to us, and now we’re sending it to one lucky winner. (We opened it and played with it for awhile – but it’s still totally new).

TO ENTER: Leave a comment below and tell me about a favorite kitchen gift you either gave or received! You can like us on Twitter or Facebook (but only if you want to).

Giveaway is now closed.

christmas morning recipe roundup

christmas morning recipe roundup / @loveandlemons

Merry almost-Christmas morning, let the brunching begin! Here are a few of our favorite breakfast-ey recipes… sweet, savory, and even a little bit healthy:

recipes pictured above:
Blueberry Banana Pancakes  /  Mango Salsa Waffle
Kale Pesto Scramble  /  Vegan French Toast
Blackberry Lemon Cake  /  Flaxseed Waffles
Migas Breakfast Tacos  /  Matcha Vanilla Smoothies

some other deliciousness around the web:
World’s Easiest Cinnamon Rolls from Minimalist Baker
Slow-Cooked Kale Omelettes from Sprouted Kitchen
Cranberry Orange Scones from The Faux Martha
Banana Baked French Toast from Cookie + Kate
Cornbread Pancakes with Maple-Lemon Curd from Naturally Ella
Gingerbread Buckwheat Cake from Edible Perspective

 

minty pomegranate spritzer

minty pomegranate spritzer / @loveandlemonsminty pomegranate spritzer / @loveandlemons

My favorite part about the holidays: Getting together with friends and having an excuse to indulge just a little too much. We can all resolve to be better in January… until then, let’s have that extra cookie or three, and by all means pop that prosecco!

This is one of my favorite cocktails to make at home. I make a quick simple syrup and let it steep with handfuls of fresh mint….combine it with vodka, pomegranate juice, prosecco, and then finish it off with a squeeze of lemon. It’s not too sweet, and it’s just a little tart – exactly the way I like my cocktails. Of course, you can mess with the ratios and make it as sweet as you like… and if you aren’t into puckery drinks like I am, sub out the lemon for a squeeze of orange.

Cheers!

a very veggie cookbook guide

veggie cookbook gift guide / loveandlemons.com

Some last-minute gift ideas for the veggie lover in your life! (links below):

Mr. Wilkinson’s Vegetables
Vegetarian Everyday (by David & Luise of Green Kitchen Stories)
Vegetable Literacy *my favorite book of the year*
Bountiful (by Todd & Diane of White on Rice Couple)
Ripe
Superfood Kitchen
Vedge
Moosewood Restaurant Favorites
Pure Vegan
True Food
Plenty
The Sprouted Kitchen (by Sara & Hugh of Sprouted Kitchen)
Super Natural Everyday (by Heidi of 101 Cookbooks)
Giada’s Feel Good Food