Favorite Recipes from Love & Lemons Every Day

My new cookbook, Love & Lemons Every Day, is out now! Here are some of my favorite recipes from the book, ones that I love making again and again.

Creamy Sweet Corn Pappardelle

The new cookbook is out! If you’ve received it (thank you!), I sincerely hope you love it!

First things first, I wanted to remind you that it’s still not too late to get the free downloadable Bonus Recipe Bundle! If you ordered the book in the past few days or if you’re planning to pick it up today, be sure to claim that gift! Click here for details.

And now for my favorite recipes! I have to tell you that I had a difficult time narrowing this list down. One requirement to creating a cookbook is that you have to love ALL of the recipes because you’re going to eat them over and over and over again while you test them. So, anything that I loved once but didn’t want to eat again and again and again… well it simply got booted from the book :). Even though the book is finally out, these seventeen recipes are regulars in our every day cooking rotation. I hope you love them and I’m so excited to see what your favorite recipes are!

P.S. Here’s where to get the book:

U.S.: Amazon  /  Barnes & Noble  /  Indiebound

Canada: Chapters Indigo Amazon.ca   International: Book Depository

eBook: Apple Books  / Google Play  / Kindle  /  Kobo (US)  / Kobo (CA)  /  Nook

Caprese Eggs Benedict with Healthier Hollandaise

1. Caprese Eggs Benedict with Healthier Hollandaise, Page 41

Tomato & basil is one of my favorite pairings, so I had to find a way to eat them for breakfast! This caprese salad-inspired eggs Benedict was my solution, where poached eggs take the place of the traditional mozzarella. The creamy homemade hollandaise is vegan, so if you sub in baked tofu for the egg, you’ll have a totally vegan breakfast that’s just as delicious as the egg version.

Almond Flour Buckwheat Waffles

2. Almond Flour Buckwheat Waffles, Page 51

Waffles are one of my favorite weekend breakfasts, and these crisp, nutritious buckwheat waffles are totally vegan & gluten-free! I love to load them up with seasonal fruit, a dollop of yogurt, and plenty of maple syrup for a real weekend treat.

Peach & Pole Bean Salad with Dill

3. Peach & Pole Bean Salad with Dill, Page 115

There is truly nothing I love more than a ripe summer peach, and this salad will be the first thing I make once peach season (finally) rolls around. It has a wonderful jumble of crisp & juicy textures, sweet & tangy flavors, and a fresh, surprising note from the dill. Even better, this salad keeps well, so I like to make it ahead and enjoy it for as many days as I can make it last (usually not long)!

Grilled Romaine Vegan Caesar Wedges

4. Grilled Romaine Vegan Caesar Wedges, Page 111

I love enjoying thick, charred heads of grilled romaine, but if you don’t have a grill, don’t worry. The creamy, tangy vegan Caesar dressing is the real star here, and this salad is just as good when it’s tossed together in a bowl.

Heirloom Tomato Fattoush

5. Heirloom Tomato Fattoush, Page 125

Confession: I first tested this salad in the winter, using sad out-of-season tomatoes. It’s a testament to how good this recipe’s seasonings are that it still held up. Layers of marinated veggies, creamy lemon yogurt, toasted pita croutons, roasted chickpeas, and fresh mint combine to create a salad that’s a feast of textures and flavors. Oh, and of course, make it in the summer with peak-season tomatoes to have it at its best.

Chimichurri Potato Salad

6. Chimichurri Potato Salad, Page 119

This is not your average potato salad. Not only is it loaded with crisp fresh veggies and greens, but its smoky, tangy chimichurri dressing makes it irresistible. It’s a great one to pack for picnics, potlucks, or a weekday lunch.

Coconut Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Kale

7. Coconut Soup with Kale & Sweet Potato, Page 85

My take on Thai tom kha, this easy soup is one to try before the weather warms up. Lemongrass, ginger, and cilantro give the coconut broth a fresh flavor that feels bright and spring-y, and the soup is packed with hearty veggies, like sweet potatoes, kale, and mushrooms, that you can easily find at this time of year.

Tomatillo Zucchini White Bean Chili

8. Tomatillo Zucchini White Bean Chili, Page 99

This creamy vegan chili is my homage to the tart tomatillo. Roasted and blended, they create this chili’s bright green base, giving it a fantastic tangy flavor. Pepitas add extra creaminess, poblano peppers add a little heat, and corn & zucchini finish it off with some necessary crunch.

Creamy Sweet Corn Pappardelle

9. Creamy Sweet Corn Pappardelle, Page 167

If peaches are my all-time favorite summer produce, then sweet corn is a close second. In this pasta, starchy corn kernels blend with cashews, lemon, and smoked paprika to make a light, smoky, and creamy sauce. More fresh corn adds a crisp textural contrast to this heavenly summer dish.

Cozy Vegan Mushroom & White Bean Potpie

10. Cozy Vegan Mushroom & White Bean Potpie, Page 141

A vegan potpie has been on my list to make at Thanksgiving for years. You can even read about my plans to make one in this Vegan Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells post from 2015. Still good, but not potpie. This recipe, though, has been worth the wait. The flaky whole wheat crust is delicious, but the savory mushroom white bean filling really shines. In fact, I like the filling so much that I’ll often make it without the crust and enjoy it as a stew!

Cauliflower Steaks with Lemon Salsa Verde

11. Cauliflower Steaks with Lemon Salsa Verde, Page 145

Waste not, want not, right? In this recipe, a whole head of cauliflower becomes a vegetarian entree that doesn’t disappoint. Thick, meaty cauliflower steaks get caramelized in the oven, while the remaining florets are blended into a luscious vegan lemon-miso sauce! Preserved lemon salsa verde adds a little crunch and a bright pop to finish it all off.

Baked Red Lentil Falafel

12. Baked Red Lentil Falafel, Page 137

Years ago, my first falafel wrap showed me how fantastic vegetarian cooking could be. With this recipe, I aim to pass that experience on to all of you. These falafel, made with red lentils instead of chickpeas, are full of herbs and spices, and they are easy to make! They’re light and healthy, but they certainly prove that vegetarian meals can be fun, satisfying, and full of flavor.

Mojo Black Bean Bowls with Swiss Chard

13. Mojo Black Bean Bowls with Swiss Chard, Page 199

This. Sauce. When you try it, you won’t believe it has only five ingredients. It’s delectable – bright & tangy with smoky undertones. In fact, I added this recipe to the book just to show it off! These bowls, with sautéed swiss chard, crispy roasted potatoes, hearty brown rice, and totally addictive spicy pepitas, have become a staple in our kitchen. I hope they will in yours as well.

Vegetarian Portobello Reuben Sandwiches

14. Vegetarian Portobello Reuben Sandwiches, 169

In all honesty, Jack should be writing about this recipe, because it may be his favorite sandwich of all time (to be honest, it may be mine too). This is not your ordinary portobello sandwich! Together, grilled portobello strips, a savory homemade horseradish sauce, and bright marinated cabbage combine to form a vegetarian reuben that will make you forget reubens were ever made with meat to begin with.

Root Vegetable Tagine with Lemon Couscous

15. Root Vegetable Tagine with Lemon Couscous, Page 207

If you’re someone who loves Moroccan flavors, then this comforting cinnamon-spiced tagine is for you. Parsnips, sweet potatoes, and dried apricots give it a light sweetness, which is especially good balanced with a scoop of the spicy Homemade Harissa on page 281 of the book.

Flourless Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

16. Flourless Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies, Page 241

Nutty, chocolatey, and salty/sweet, these cookies are to-die-for good. They’re soft in the middle, crispy on the edges, vegan, and gluten-free. It took me a few tries to get the baking time in the recipe just right, but no one complained each time I made another batch. In fact, even now that the recipe’s perfected, there’s a good chance you’d find me baking them on any given Saturday.

Lemon Olive Oil Pistachio Cake

17. Lemon Olive Oil Pistachio Cake, Page 243

I couldn’t let myself write another cookbook without including a lemon cake recipe, and this pistachio-olive oil version is a real winner. It’s perfectly moist, vibrantly lemony, lightly sweet, and meant for celebrations (although I keep slices in my freezer for little personal every day “celebrations”). The lemon glaze adds an extra note of bright citrus flavor, so be sure not to skip it.

Let me know what recipes are your favorites! xo, Jeanine


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  1. Stuart Borken

    I made your almond flour chocolate chip cookies yesterday, Saturday, Nov. 21, ’20, for myself and my son, to whom I passed down my celiac disease. THESE COOKIES ARE FANTASTIC. Thank you for taking all that time repeating the recipe and trying different baking times to get it just right….you nailed it. The recipe was sent to me by a friend who vacationed with a friend who has celiac and these cookies were afternoon treats and after dinner desserts.

  2. Beth K

    Hi Jeanine!
    I made Mojo Black Bean Bowls with Swiss Chard tonight for dinner. My meat eating husband loved it! He said “It’s so good, I don’t even miss the meat!” I call that a win! Thank you so much for your delicious recipes!

  3. Annette

    Hi! I am making the root veg tagine for friends tonight! Two questions about the recipe: Would butternut squash work in place of the sweet potatoes? And how would Israeli couscous be in the Lemon Couscous recipe?

    Thank you!

  4. Annette

    Hi! I loveeee your blog and books 🙂

    I am making the root veg tagine for friends tonight! Two questions about the recipe: Would butternut squash work in place of the sweet potatoes? And how would Israeli couscous be in the Lemon Couscous recipe?

    Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Annette – yes to both! (I actually use Israeli couscous in that recipe) I hope you all enjoy!

  5. Tracy

    Help! For the red lentil falafel, I soaked 1 cup raw red lentils overnight. It turned into 2 cups. I assume we use the full amount, not one cup after soaking?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Yep, use the full amount after soaking!

      • Tracy

        Wow-that was the quickest ever blog post comment response! Thank you-and OMG!!!! So delicious! I made the pickled red onions last week and the combo is NEXT LEVEL. Thanks!!

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          Ha ha, I wanted to make sure your falafel turned out :). I’m so glad they were delicious! Yay!!

  6. Louise

    So I missed this but it popped up in another email search. I’m checking with our local indie store to see if they can get it. Sounds like a great resource to spark up my daily pretty basic salad and something hot vegan meal preps.

    Since our dog and cats share your’s passion for kale stems it must be a good choice!

  7. Sarah from it-started-with-yellow.life

    wow, these recipes look incredible. The sweet corn pappardelle looks so bright and tasty.
    This book is my #1 have-to-buy cookbook :). Is there any bookstores I can pick it up from in Australia? I can’t wait to grab a copy.

    Sarah 🙂

  8. Liv

    Hi Jeanine! I just made the Almond Buckwheat Waffles and I cannot figure out what I did wrong. When the waffles were done cooking they were crispy on the outside but squishy and sorta raw on the inside. Anyway, they tasted AMAZING and I still devoured them. Any ideas on what I could have done? Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Liv, I’m glad you liked them! It sounds like they just need to cook longer – I think I wrote in there that I cook mine a minute or two longer than normal waffles. Depending on your waffle maker, you might try a little longer. I find that it really takes a lot for the almond/buckwheat mixture to cook through. Hope that helps!

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  10. Arianna

    Hi, Jeanine! I love your cookbooks and can’t wait to start cooking out of the new one! One question for you– do you know of any suitable alternatives to cashews, especially in recipes like the butternut mac that soak + blend them into a cream? I’m allergic to both cashews and dairy and at a loss on what else might work in these instances. Are there other nuts that will blend into a sauce well? White beans, maybe? Would love to hear your insights 🙂 Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Arianna,

      Hmm, white beans might work, actually. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure, but I think that would be a nice, creamy alternative. I might add a little more olive oil to compensate for the difference in fat content.

  11. Olivia

    Tonight I made the Sweet Potato Chocolate Cake and it was amazing! The chocolate flavor was amazing 👌 The frosting had a sweet potato hint and so chocolatey! The cake was so light. I could eat the whole cake! My family was surprised there was no animal product.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Olivia, I’m so glad you loved the cake!!

  12. Leora

    I have already made three recipes. The first was the pasta with the fresh zucchini and a carbonara sauce. That was amazing and a total revelation. Tonight I made the veggie stock, which took a bit longer than the recipe said, but tasted as complex as a good bone broth. And then I also made the vegan artichoke and potato chowder. That was delicious as well!

  13. Olivia

    I have a question: for the lasagna roll-ups would they still turn out basically the same if I used real ricotta. Also, does the vegan ricotta have the same texture as ricotta? One more: what would a substitute for coconut oil be?

    Thanks! I am sooooo excited to devour this cookbook!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Olivia, it would probably work with regular ricotta (seasoned up a bit with lemon zest, garlic, salt, pepper, and herbs… although I think you will love the vegan ricotta – once it’s baked you won’t know the difference – it’s decadent and delicious!

      I don’t think there’s coconut oil in the lasagna recipe – let me know what recipe you’re referring to?

      thanks! I hope you love the book!

      • Olivia

        Is there any substitutes for the coconut oil in the sweet potato biscuits (or any of the recipes where the oil is not melted)?

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          Butter would be the only sub. I hope that helps!

  14. Dhanya Samuel

    That’s a great and helpful collection of recipes

  15. Sabrina from newkitchenlife.com

    wow, inspiring set of recipes including the healthier holandaise, always good to have that available when you don’t need the calorie load of the classic version

  16. B

    I just received my book yesterday and can’t wait to try out some of these recipes! Especially the peach salad with dill!

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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.