matcha coconut latte

matcha coconut latte / loveandlemons.com

St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner, and I suppose this is as close as I’m going to get to a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. (Not that I want to get really close to a Shamrock Shake but it does have it’s nostalgic memories). Today’s recipe is just as colorful, but is quite the opposite in every other way. This matcha latte is a yummy frothy mug of health that’s vibrant green without dye… flavorful without being “flavored.”

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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. (If you’re interested in more health benefits, click here). We, of course, love it because it tastes good.

This latte is super easy. It’s just two ingredients (and a tiny bit of sweetener if you want). No fancy barista skills or equipment are required. If you’re going to make a lotta lattes you might want to invest in an official (and very cute) matcha whisk, but a small kitchen whisk will froth it up just the same.

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spiced cauliflower “couscous”

Spiced Cauliflower Couscous / loveandlemons.com #vegan #glutenfreeSpiced Cauliflower Couscous / loveandlemons.com #vegan #glutenfree

While cauliflower pizza might not resemble actual pizza dough, cauliflower couscous (in my opinion) really does mimic the texture of actual couscous remarkably well. If you were waiting for a vegan recipe with a few less carbs – here it is. In fact, this might be just a few chickpeas and a couple of currants away from paleo. (Although I’m not an expert on paleo rules so don’t quote me on that).

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I went a little nuts with the nuts and spices. The cauliflower has such a subtle flavor so it’s really a blank canvas. Since we’re in the middle of winter, I figured I’d make use of a bunch of a variety dried spices – also, I had just cleaned out my pantry. Apparently, I had been hoarding hazelnuts.

I finished this off with a simple coconut & turmeric sauce that was inspired by a recipe my friend Angie made for me once (hi Angie!). This would make for a nice light dinner on it’s own, it was also really good with a few seared scallops on top.

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cauliflower mac & cheese

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Stop what you’re doing right now and – wherever you live – go search out a CSA or local farm delivery in your area. Ok, that sounded pushy, but really, you’ll thank me later! Here are a few reasons why:

1. You will support small farmers in your community… and your vegetables will be tastier because everything is better in season.

2. You will learn how to become a creative cook, rather than a recipe cook, which means you’ll spend less time and money at the grocery store.

3. You’ll become super impressed with yourself when you first learn how to whip something up out of “nothing.”

4. It’ll feel like Christmas morning when you get something unexpected and amazing like this super bright orange cauliflower.

5. Your husband will be happy that this farm cauliflower inspired the idea for “cheesy” mac… something that wasn’t planned or editorially scheduled, yet somehow manifested itself onto our dinner table.

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We made a vegan and cheddar cheese version of this creamy cauliflower sauce… and even Jack admitted that they both turned out pretty darn similar (although don’t tell him I said that). Pictured above is the vegan version, which I slightly un-veganized by adding a little bit of parmesan cheese on top. Whichever way you go – this is a lighter healthier mac thanks to the cauliflower that’s the star of the sauce. (And, of course, you can use regular white cauliflower if that’s what you have).

This vibrant cauliflower comes from Farmhouse Delivery here in Austin.

orange cauliflower / @loveandlemons

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spicy black bean soup

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What I love about Superbowl week (and it’s not the game, of course – who’s even playing? and that’s football right?)… What I love is the amount of Mexican-ish comfort food that’s all over the internet. I haven’t been into a game since the superbowl shuffle, but suddenly I find myself craving spicy, chile-flavored foods with tons of avocado.

The soup part of this recipe is quick and easy… another good one for a cold weeknight. You’ll notice that I’ve complicated things a bit with the toppings, but definitely feel free to simplify to your liking… add a little avocado, some good store-bought salsa and call it a night.

If you want to get fancier make your own dried chile sauce – this is my go to “salsa” right now while tomatoes aren’t in season. And instead of sour cream, try blending sunflower seeds into a creamy sauce. It’s very similar to cashew cream (maybe even better).

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vegan coffee cake muffins

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I’m heading to Chicago later this week and I’m trying to think warm thoughts… It’ll be all of 1 degree when I land… and, (brr), my skin just isn’t that thick anymore.

These muffins are a variation of my absolute favorite childhood breakfast: my Grandma Kissel’s coffee cake. On cold snowy mornings, there was nothing better than waking up to smell of warm cinnamon-ey cake wafting through the house.

Of course these are slightly healthier and also vegan – using almond milk instead of sour cream and coconut oil instead of butter. But this is cake after all, so whatever you do, don’t skimp on the best part – the crumbly walnut topping.

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