Best Pumpkin Pie

A smooth, spiced pumpkin filling and sweet, nutty pecan crust make this pumpkin pie recipe the absolute best -  two slices for me, please!

Growing up, my favorite part of Thanksgiving was the pumpkin pie. All year, I’d look forward to that creamy, cinnamon-y, custardy filling. I loved pumpkin pie filling so much that I’d scoop it right out of its pie crust, leaving a triangle-shaped shell of pastry on my plate. I’d then pass it to my Dad (who ate everything my sister and I left behind), and ask for another slice. As an adult, I often opt for apple crisp because I don’t think Jack will eat all of my empty crusts (ok, actually, he might), but either way, that’s not an…

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Without question, this is the best sweet potato casserole recipe I've had! A nutty pecan topping covers a creamy ginger-spiced layer of sweet potatoes.

Growing up, I only had sweet potatoes once a year at Thanksgiving, where they were layered into a sweet potato casserole loaded with mini marshmallows. For years, I thought I didn’t like sweet potatoes. But if you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know that I actually love sweet potatoes. What I don’t like are marshmallows. In my opinion, sweet potatoes are sweet enough on their own, so why make them sweeter, especially in a dinner side dish? Since sweet potatoes are one of my favorite fall veggies, I’ve always wanted to make a vegan sweet potato casserole…

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Best Peanut Butter Cookies

Say hello to the best peanut butter cookies out there. These guys have chewy middles, crumbly edges, and a fantastic nutty flavor. P.S. They're vegan too!

As soon as I tried these peanut butter cookies, I exclaimed, “They taste like Nutter Butters!” I meant it in the best way. They have a delicious crumbly texture with slightly chewy middles, and they’re bursting with sweet, peanut-y flavor. For me, they’re the perfect peanut butter cookies. If you need a second opinion, talk to Jack. I’ve made over six batches of different variations of this peanut butter cookie recipe in the last two weeks, and they’ve all disappeared. Suffice it to say, we’re hooked. Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe Ingredients For years, I’ve been making peanut butter cookies without…

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Homemade Falafel

Packed with herbs & spices, this crispy baked falafel recipe is bursting with delicious flavor. Stuff it into pitas, top it with your favorite fixings & enjoy!

Falafel was the food that first convinced me that a vegetarian diet could be filled with bold, exciting flavors. It’s crispy, rich, and satisfying, packed with fresh herbs and aromatic spices. Stuffed into pita bread with veggies, tahini sauce, and a pop of pickled onions, it’s insanely flavorful, making it one of my all-time favorite foods. I included a recipe for red lentil falafel in Love and Lemons Every Day (one of my favorites in the book!), but never before have I shared a classic chickpea-based falafel recipe. Without a doubt, it was worth the wait. I’m picky about my…

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Hummus

Learn how to make homemade hummus with this easy, 7-ingredient hummus recipe! It comes together in minutes, and it's SUPER creamy, smooth & fresh.

Is there anything better than creamy, nutty, velvety homemade hummus? While I’ve posted many hummus variations here on the blog and even more in my first cookbook, I’ve recently gotten requests for my go-to classic homemade hummus recipe. Even though I think it’s fun to mix veggies into all kinds of chickpea dips (see below for many of those options), this is the hummus recipe I make when I’m craving that classic tahini-forward, ultra-creamy, smooth dip, just like the kind I enjoy at a good Middle Eastern restaurant. It’s simple to make – with just 5 minutes of prep, 7…

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Blueberry Muffins

We're head over heels for these healthy blueberry muffins. Moist, fluffy, and studded with jammy berries, they're a delicious quick breakfast or snack!

This summer, after bringing home pints of blueberries from the farmers market, I set out to make a blueberry muffin recipe I would really love. See, I adore baked fruit in almost any form (see here, here, or here), but most sweet, cake-y blueberry muffins are too rich for me to enjoy for more than a few bites. For me, the ideal blueberry muffins aren’t too sweet, and they’re deeply flavorful and moist. Most importantly, they put bursty, peak-season berries front and center. Enter: the perfect homemade blueberry muffins. These moist, fluffy little guys are loaded with juicy, jammy berries, and…

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Crispy Cauliflower Po’ Boy Sandwich

Loaded with Creole-spiced crispy cauliflower & a creamy remoulade sauce, this veggie po' boy sandwich is an irresistible party dish!

Happy (almost) Labor Day weekend! If you’re still looking for a really fun, delicious, and healthy(-ish!) main dish for your cookouts this weekend, this Cauliflower Po’ Boy Sandwich is just the thing for you! What is a po boy? A traditional sandwich from New Orleans, a po’ boy is typically served on French bread and stuffed with roast beef or fried seafood, oftentimes shrimp. A slather of creamy remoulade sauce ties the whole thing together. While I may not be making a roast beef po’ boy anytime soon, this crispy cauliflower po’ boy has been on repeat around here for…

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35 Best Zucchini Recipes

Not sure what to do with your garden full of zucchini? These 35 zucchini recipes include dinners, desserts & more. You're sure to find one you'll love!

Now that we’re well into zucchini season, I thought I’d share my all-time favorite zucchini recipes! Zucchini is perhaps the most versatile vegetable – I love it for zucchini bread, zucchini pizza, zucchini pasta, stuffed zucchini & more. This week, I looked at my market haul of summer squash and asked, “What next?”. I’m sharing this round up today in case you, too, are looking for some new zucchini recipes. And if any of you have favorite zucchini recipes to recommend, let me know in the comments! Zucchini Appetizers Kick off your next dinner party with a summer squash starter!…

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Classic Caprese Salad

Grab a ball of fresh mozzarella, a handful of basil, and the best tomatoes you can find, and make this Caprese salad recipe before summer slips away!

I’ve posted a few Caprese salad recipes over the years. If you look through the recipe index, you’ll find one with strawberries, one with plums, one with a drizzle of mint pesto, and even cute little Caprese skewers with peaches! What you won’t find, though, is this: a classic Caprese salad with soft, creamy fresh mozzarella, juicy seasonal tomatoes, and a generous amount of basil leaves. It’s a salad that’s been near and dear to my heart ever since we visited the island of Capri, years ago, just after Jack proposed. It was a magical trip where we ate Caprese salads…

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Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Make these stuffed zucchini boats for an easy summer dinner! Lemon, thyme & Parmesan make the simple, delicious filling zesty, fresh & bright.

Zucchini season is upon us! For me, this time of year is always a race to enjoy summer squash in as many ways as possible. I bake it into cake, blend it into soup, toss it into pasta, layer it into lasagna, and eat it right off the grill. This year, I’m adding a new recipe to my usual rotation: stuffed zucchini! I first made these a few weeks ago for my family and even my little 2-year old nephew, who is going through a no-zucchini phase, gobbled his up. These easy stuffed zucchini boats are a simple, fresh, and…

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Strawberry Salad with Avocado

My sweeter take on a classic caprese salad, this strawberry salad recipe is bursting with flavor from cherry tomatoes, basil & tangy balsamic.

If there’s one recipe that I suggest you make while strawberries are in season, it’s this one! This is not only my favorite strawberry salad, but it’s one of my favorite salads of all time (and I really like salads). It’s especially great for summer entertaining because it’s SUCH a crowd pleaser. The recipe comes from our first cookbook, and it’s gotten rave reviews, time and time again. The best part is that it has minimal ingredients and it’s super quick to put together. What’s in this strawberry salad? This is my extra-special take on a Caprese salad. Tomatoes and basil…

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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.