Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Zest

Learn how to make the best roasted cauliflower with these simple tips! Lightly crisp & caramelized, it makes a delicious vegetarian side dish.

If you asked me what vegetable I like to roast most, I’d have to say… the almighty cauliflower! It’s a vegetable that I barely tolerated as a kid, but I’m absolutely obsessed with it now, especially when it comes out of the oven with those roasty-toasty browned edges. I love it as a simple side dish or as the starting point to a main meal – pastas, pizzas, curries, you name it! Below is my foolproof way to roast it as well as a handful of no-recipe seasoning suggestions, including, but not limited to, my favorite – simply tossing it…

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Banana Pancakes

If you like banana bread, you'll love these banana pancakes! They're not only delicious, but they're also healthy, made with oat and whole wheat flour.

Pictured above is what my ideal Saturday morning looks like. Except, well, I don’t eat 7 fluffy pancakes on my individual plate, but Jack would if I put this whole plate in front of him. Portion control aside, if you have a ripe banana hanging around, give these a try! This is an easy one-bowl recipe that just happens to be vegan, because bananas help baked goods (or in this case, skillet goods) rise without the need for eggs. Why I Love These Vegan Banana Pancakes To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of bananas on their own, but…

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Curried Tomato Lentil Soup

Meet my new favorite lentil soup recipe! This vegan lentil soup is made with pantry ingredients. It's bright, deliciously spiced & weeknight-friendly, too.

This post is for my mom. I made the first version of this soup a few months ago when my family came over for dinner, and every time I’ve seen her since, she’s asked, “where is that soup recipe?” That says a lot about this soup because my mom has very strict criteria for recipes that make it into her rotation. They have to be quick to make with minimal prep, they have to be easy enough to eventually memorize (because cooking goes faster that way), and they have to be either batch-able or freezer-friendly so she can eat them…

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Avocado Sweet Potato Tacos

These simple chili-spiced avocado sweet potato tacos, topped with creamy avocado-yogurt lime sauce, make a delicious vegetarian dinner.

This sweet potato taco recipe is an old favorite that I wanted to re-share with you. I first started making these tacos years ago, but it’s one of those recipes that I come back to time and time again because it’s such a filling & flavorful vegetarian weeknight dinner option. The list of ingredients is short and the steps are easy – what’s not to love? Plus, I just think roasted sweet potatoes are such a cozy wintertime food, especially when they’re wrapped up into warm tortillas like a big hug. There are basically two steps to the recipe: Make…

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Seared Tofu Banh Mi

In this banh mi recipe, I stuff fresh baguette with pickled veggies, cilantro & marinated tofu. Try it to see why this sandwich is a fan favorite!

When I lived in Austin, I never had a reason to make a banh mi sandwich at home because some of my favorite banh mi places (Lulu B’s and Elizabeth Street) were right down the street. But suddenly daikon radish started showing up right next to my favorite colorful carrots at the farmers market, and I knew some homemade sandwich-making was in order – the carrot and daikon were perfect for making the pickled vegetables that a good banh mi recipe requires. Since we’ve moved, I’m still searching for the best banh mi in Chicago (let me know if any…

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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.