Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl

Happy Cinco de Mayo week! A.K.A. – the week we indulge on margaritas, chips, salsa and tacos galore. Which pretty much looks like every week in Austin any day of the year, but I digress…

Over the years of posting here, I’ve come to learn that Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more here in the States than it is in Mexico. So with that in mind, I’m bringing you this delicious (and completely inauthentic) recipe. Plus, I can’t think of anything that represents America-mex as much as a burrito bowl, can you?

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl

This is no chain-restaurant burrito bowl. We’re going heavy on the veg today with cauliflower “rice” instead of regular rice. I have to warn you, this is a very veggie meal. If this cauliflower rice-in-quotation-marks scares you (or you don’t think your family will go for it), my suggestion is to take a baby step by mixing the cauliflower “rice” with equal parts cooked regular rice or quinoa. If you’re going the all-cauliflower route – you need to do what we did, which was pile your “rice” with tons of delicious toppings.

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl

To our bowls, I added sauteed leeks & poblanos, diced mango, avocado, black beans and a good gloopy drizzle of this yummy green chile cashew cream. It’s made with the ingredients you see below to your left. Blend it until it’s smooth and resembles the creamy delicious-ness on the right:

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl

You can make this sauce ahead of time and keep it in your fridge for about 4 days. The recipe makes extra and it’s delicious on tacos, sandwiches… you get the idea.

I add crispy baked corn tortilla strips for crunch. I suggest not skipping this step, these really help the texture of this bowl since the other ingredients are all pretty soft.

This bowl is pretty versatile – see the recipe notes below with suggestions for other veggies – roasted sweet potatoes would be delicious here, as would pico de gallo or really whatever you like on your burrito bowl!

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl

Also – don’t forget that tomorrow is the last day to enter our Vitamix giveaway! It’ll make your green chile cashew cream that much creamier.

No-Bake Almond Butter Oatmeal Bites

No-Bake Almond Butter Oatmeal Bites

Sometimes when you take your favorite cookie recipe and try to change WAY too many ingredients, it doesn’t work out. These little no-bake bites were inspired by a big time “cookie flop.”

The thing about cookie flops is that I don’t mind them all that much – the failed results, although not post-able, still satisfy a sweet chocolate chippy craving. With this particular flop, the best part about my not-perfect cookies was the sweet & nutty “dough” made from oats and almond butter. I couldn’t stop eating it. So instead of trying to make a cookie recipe, I set out to make these no-bake bites instead.

No-Bake Almond Butter Oatmeal Bites

While working out this recipe, I swapped some more ingredients (bye bye flour and brown sugar). Fast forward through multiple batches later and we have yummy no-bake cookie-like bites. The bites are made with toasted oats, flaxseed, coconut, walnuts and delicious roasted almond butter. They’re naturally sweetened with dates and maple syrup.

No-Bake Almond Butter Oatmeal Bites No-Bake Almond Butter Oatmeal Bites

This recipe makes 12 good-sized round bites. You can double the recipe to make more, but you will need a larger food processor than the small one that I have.

After you process the ingredients together, roll them into balls and chill until firm. Store them in the fridge and try not to keep going back for one more.

No-Bake Almond Butter Oatmeal Bites

Veggie Tacos with Avocado-Tomatillo Sauce

Roasted Vegetable Tacos with Creamy Avocado Tomatillo Salsa / loveandlemons.com

I know – another taco recipe already? Well, I like tacos. I’m sure you do too because you are here after all. In all honesty, these were originally going to become enchiladas until I stopped short. Which is why they’re in a baking pan. Plus, it was a convenient way to get floppy tacos to stand up for the photo.

The plan was to make something similar to this creamy poblano enchilada sauce, but using avocados, pepitas, spinach and tomatillo salsa instead (see below, you can use store-bought salsa if you don’t have tomatillos). The end result? It’s like a tangy creamy pesto and I couldn’t stop eating it straight from the food processor with a spoon.

It’s so fresh and bright and I knew I’d wreck it if I tried to cook it. So taco night it was – with extra green sauce on the side.

Creamy Avocado Tomatillo Salsa / loveandlemons.com

I roasted patty pan squash, eggplant, a red pepper, and cherry tomatoes. But you can roast whatever vegetables you have – anything goes. If you’re craving fall foods, roasted sweet potatoes would be delicious here instead. I stuffed my tacos with black beans and topped them with serrano slices and a little cotija cheese. Skip the cheese if you’re vegan, (it’s not all that necessary).

Roasted Vegetable Tacos with Creamy Avocado Tomatillo Salsa / loveandlemons.com

This taco recipe serves about two with lots of extra sauce – double your taco count to serve four. Or save the leftover sauce and eat it yourself the next day.

Roasted Vegetable Tacos with Creamy Avocado Tomatillo Salsa / loveandlemons.com

Portobello Tacos w/ Vegan Jalapeño Sauce

Portobello Tacos w/ Creamy Vegan Jalapeño Sauce / loveandlemons.com

Today we’re celebrating Taco Wednesday, because oops, I missed Taco Tuesday. I know this because Jack has this new favorite t-shirt that says “Taco Tuesday,” and he gets a kick out of wearing it weekly when the event comes around.

But, really, we’re up for tacos any day of the week so here we go…

Portobello Tacos w/ Creamy Vegan Jalapeño Sauce / loveandlemons.com Portobello Tacos w/ Creamy Vegan Jalapeño Sauce / loveandlemons.com

If mushrooms aren’t your thing, don’t stop reading because this recipe is ALL about this sauce. I was going for a vegan cool ranch sort of thing with cashews, onion, garlic, roasted jalapeños, and cucumber (the cool part)… and while it’s not exactly a replica of everyone’s favorite midwestern condiment – it’s darn tasty.

It was delicious on these grilled portobello tacos. It was equally good on the fish tacos I ate the next day… and it was also good as a dressing on the kale & avocado salad I ate the day after. I always love a “blend once” eat 3 times kind of sauce.

Portobello Tacos w/ Creamy Vegan Jalapeño Sauce / loveandlemons.com

What I like about this creamy sauce is that you can make it as spicy as you like. Use 1/2 of a jalapeño for a mildly spicy sauce, 1 for medium, 2 for extra spicy. Start with less and taste, you can always add more. Pictured is a mild version (which is why it’s pretty white) because Mr. Taco Tuesday is a little sensitive about spice.

Portobello Tacos w/ Creamy Vegan Jalapeño Sauce / loveandlemons.com

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!