Matcha White Hot Chocolate

Matcha White Hot Chocolate / @loveandlemons

Hot chocolate always has to come with warm fuzzy memories, doesn’t it? I vividly remember being about 9 – otherwise known as the age when snow was fun. My sister and I would spend hours and hours building forts and making snow angels. We’d come in the house with red noses and leave our snowpants in a puddle at the door (you know, for mom to clean up). We’d sit down to mugs of swiss miss hot chocolate, no marshmallows for me.

I might not have wintery white Christmases anymore but here’s my fancy adult white hot chocolate that’s made oh so much more delicious by adding one of my favorite ingredients – matcha.

Matcha White Hot Chocolate / @loveandlemons

If you’re new to matcha, check out this matcha coconut latte post where I describe it a little more… or view all of our matcha recipes in our (now working again, sorry for yesterday’s glitch) recipe index.

Pistachio Cranberry Cookies

Pistachio Cranberry Cookies / @loveandlemons #vegan

I made a half batch of these cookies, which was clearly a mistake. I ate the last one for breakfast this morning and I could really go for another one right about now. Chewy, oaty, nutty… slightly sweet and warmly spiced… it’s the kind of cookie that’s just healthy enough to get by as breakfast but would be even more perfect as a 2pm snack. If only…

Pistachio Cranberry Cookies / @loveandlemons #veganPistachio Cranberry Cookies / @loveandlemons #vegan

This recipe is just slightly adapted from Amy Chaplin’s book At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen, which is hands down one of the most beautiful cookbooks I’ve ever held. I’ve been a fan of Amy’s for the longest time – among other things (like being Natalie Portman’s private chef), she’s the former executive chef of Angelica Kitchen, a vegan restaurant in NYC that I’ve adored for years. The book is full (really full) of vegan and vegetarian whole food recipes and ideas. Some great basics like miso mayo, homemade curry powder, and homemade kimchi to brownies, cakes, pies, stews, curries, pastas, and beautiful noodle bowls.

At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin

One page is prettier (and more delicious looking) than the next – I had a hard time deciding which pages to show you but here are just a few of my favorites.

At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by Amy ChaplinAt Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin

spaghetti squash w/ chickpeas & kale

Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas and Kale / @loveandlemons #glutenfree

The first time I had spaghetti squash, it was served with a big scoop of store-bought marinara sauce mixed in. It was slimy and goop-y and decidedly not spaghetti-like.

About a month ago, ditching the pasta idea completely, I planned a post for bbq spaghetti squash tacos. I have a super cute photo to prove that the meal existed, but the recipe ended in total disaster.

So, long story short, I’ve learned that I prefer my spaghetti squash as simple as possible and most importantly: sauce-less. The roasted strands come out of the oven with a nice al-dente bite but, smothered in sauce, they become just too mushy for me.

Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas and Kale / @loveandlemons #glutenfreeSpaghetti Squash with Chickpeas and Kale / @loveandlemons #glutenfree

In this recipe, the roasted squash strands are lightly tossed with olive oil, garlic, rosemary, and a good squeeze of lemon. I added chickpeas and kale to make it a full meal and toasted some pine nuts for crunch. Sun dried tomatoes add a nice pop of flavor but you could add anything briny that you like – capers, or maybe some chopped kalamata olives.

So while spaghetti squash is not pasta and it never will be, this veggie-packed bowl just moved up my list as a healthy weeknight favorite.

Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas and Kale / @loveandlemons #glutenfree

pumpkin hummus quesadillas

Pumpkin Hummus Quesadillas / @loveandlemons

Here’s my question for all of you pumpkin lovers out there – what do you do with your leftover pumpkin puree?

So many recipes (including my own) call for 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree. Whether I open a can or roast a whole pumpkin, I’m always left with leftover mash. It calls at me from the fridge saying “how about pumpkin cookies?” or “let’s make muffins.” But after consuming too many pancakes for the making of last week’s post, I wasn’t in the mood for anything sweet.

Pumpkin Hummus Quesadillas / @loveandlemons

So I got this idea for pumpkin hummus… and I thought it would be great smushed in between tortillas with a little melty cheese. The nice part about these is that the hummus replaces the need for tons of cheese but still makes the quesadillas stick together.

I usually make quesadillas by piling more cheese on Jack’s and less on mine… which means I usually end up with wimpy flat tortilla wedges. But not this time! These are filling and creamy in the middle, and they’re especially tasty with a little slather of avocado on top.

Pumpkin Hummus Quesadillas / @loveandlemons

Apologies in advance for another recipe with 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree – might I suggest pancakes with your leftovers if you haven’t made them already?

gluten free pumpkin pancakes

gluten free pumpkin pancakes / @loveandlemons

To say that these are the best gluten free pancakes I’ve ever had would be selling this stack short. I hesitate to ever make claims that something is “the best,” because taste is so subjective after all. But these (in my opinion) have to be right up there with the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten, gluten free or not.

gluten free pumpkin pancakes / @loveandlemonsgluten free pumpkin pancakes / @loveandlemons

I made these the other day for Jack and my mom (who is in town visiting right now). After we tasted, my mom said “what’s that special flour you used? I’ll have to get some of that.”

“That flour” I used is Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix. I originally started using their flours because all of my gluten free friends had recommended it to me. This baking mix worked perfectly in these muffins, but I have to say – pancakes with it really take the cake.

gluten free pumpkin pancakes / @loveandlemonsgluten free pumpkin pancakes / @loveandlemons

The way I feel about gluten free baking is that it’s easier to buy one great mix than to try to combine 4 (or more!) types of flour. The folks at Pamela’s have worked out all of the ratios for you, which I promise will save you failures, frustration, and the overall unpleasant-ness of eating gritty-falling-apart baked goods.

These pancakes are not only cohesive but are light, fluffy, moist and delightfully pumpkin-ey. But wait, there’s more…

gluten free pumpkin pancakes / @loveandlemonsA Giveaway! To celebrate our partnership with Pamela’s, we’re giving away a set of all the gluten free flours I’ve used in my recipes:

Artisan Flour Blend: I used it for these skillet cookies.

– Pizza Crust Mix: I made this awesome fig flatbread with it.

– Pancake & Baking Mix: In this recipe and also my banana blueberry muffins.

Five lucky readers will each win a set. Just leave a comment below telling me about your favorite gluten free baked good (or if you don’t have one, what recipe are you excited to try out?). Giveaway closes Tuesday October 28th and is open to US shipping addresses only.