Love & Lemons Cooking Club – March!

Join the Love & Lemons Cooking Club Challenge this month! It's easy to enter, and one lucky winner will receive a prize. Find all the details below.

Our Cooking Club is a fun way to celebrate the Love & Lemons community of readers. The concept is super simple–each month, I choose a recipe. You make it, and you email me a photo. At the end of the month, I randomly select one winner to receive a prize. I love the sense of community that comes from so many people cooking one recipe each month. We’re kicking off our March challenge today with our shakshuka recipe (p.s. there’s a vegan option listed below), and I hope you’ll join in the fun. Here’s how it works: The Prize: A $200…


The 4 Best Tofu Presses of 2023

If you cook tofu often, a tofu press is a must-have gadget. We tested and reviewed the best tofu presses to help you pick one for your kitchen!

I recently bought a new tofu press, and I LOVE it. I’d been using my cast-iron skillet as a DIY tofu press for years, but I often hear from readers about how much they love their tofu presses, and I thought it would be fun to try one out. I decided to experiment with some of the best tofu presses on the market to see how I liked them. …and I’m a tofu press convert! Tofu presses are simple gadgets that remove the excess moisture from tofu. They evenly apply pressure to the tofu, squeezing out the water that can…


Vegan Ramen

A homemade mushroom broth adds rich, umami flavor to this vegan ramen recipe. Filled with chewy noodles, veggies, and tofu, it's comfort in a bowl!

We have a new favorite recipe in our winter rotation: this vegan ramen! My plant-based riff on the Japanese noodle soup is warming, comforting, and intensely flavorful. It starts with a rich mushroom broth, which I spike with miso paste for extra umami. Then, I add chewy ramen noodles, savory baked tofu, and loads of fresh toppings–sautéed mushrooms, bok choy, green onions, and daikon radish. A swirl of chili crisp takes it over the top. Ramen is a Japanese preparation of Chinese wheat noodles, and it has been eaten throughout Japan for over a century. You can find tons of…


Mushroom Broth

Made with fresh and dried mushrooms, this easy mushroom broth is rich and savory. Use it in risottos, soups, sauces, and more for a kick of umami flavor!

Break out your stock pot! This mushroom broth recipe is too good to miss. Made with a mix of fresh and dried mushrooms, it tastes unlike any other vegetable broth that you might make or buy at the store. It’s rich, earthy, and umami. Add it to risottos, soups, sauces, and more for delicious depth of flavor! I like to think of this mushroom broth as my winter vegetable broth, because it lends itself so well to the rich, savory dishes that I crave at this time of year. It freezes perfectly, so I often keep a stash on hand…


Sauteed Broccolini

Learn how to cook broccolini! Sautéed with garlic and red pepper flakes and served with lemon wedges for squeezing, it's a delicious, easy side dish.

Ok, broccolini vs broccoli. What are your thoughts? As much as I love regular broccoli, I have to say…I’m team broccolini! In fact, it’s one of my favorite vegetables to cook with. I think it’s so pretty, with its bright green florets and long, slender stems. It’s also easy to prepare and incredibly versatile. You can serve it as a side dish or add it to frittatas, pastas, salads, and more. It’s available in many grocery stores year round, so if you’re not already cooking with it, now’s the time to start! You can find my best tips for how…


Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e fagioli is a hearty Italian soup made with pasta, beans, and veggies. Served with crusty bread, it's vegetarian comfort food at its best.

Pasta e fagioli, sometimes shortened to pasta fagioli (or pasta fazool if you’re a Sopranos fan), is a classic Italian soup. Its name literally translates to “pasta and beans,” and it consists of tiny pasta, creamy beans, and tender vegetables in a fragrant tomato broth. Here in the US, many people know pasta e fagioli from the menu at Olive Garden, but I’m here to tell you that you HAVE to try making this dish at home. It comes together in one pot. The ingredients are largely pantry staples. AND the combination of pasta, beans, and veggies makes it a…


The Best 2023 President’s Day Kitchen Sales

Need some new pans? Ready to spring for a stand mixer? President's Day weekend is the time to buy! Keep reading to find sales on kitchen essentials.

When it comes to kitchen appliance deals, President’s Day is like the Black Friday of February. You can find some of the best prices of the year on stand mixers, air fryers, blenders, and more! I often recommend my favorite small appliances, cookware, and other kitchen products to readers, so today, I thought I would highlight some of the President’s Day kitchen sales that are currently running for these items. If you’re in the market for one, you can snag it for a great price this holiday weekend! You’ll find my picks for the best President’s Day kitchen sales below.…


Vegan Meatballs

The BEST vegan meatballs! Made with mushrooms, walnuts, and black beans, they're crisp on the outside, tender in the middle, and full of savory flavor.

These vegan meatballs are the best I’ve tried. They’re intensely flavorful, made with roasted mushrooms, a mix of savory spices, and balsamic vinegar for tang. They also have the perfect texture–crisp and charred on the outside and firm-yet-tender in the middle. Top them onto pasta, stuff them into subs, or serve them over polenta with a scoop of marinara. There are so many ways to enjoy these delicious vegan meatballs! Vegan Meatballs Recipe Ingredients To be clear, these vegan meatballs don’t taste just like meat. They’re made with whole foods, plant-based ingredients, and when you eat them, you can tell.…


Vegan Pancakes

For a great start to the day, make this vegan pancakes recipe! It's super simple, and the pancakes are delicious--thick, fluffy, and warmly spiced.

Look at how fluffy these vegan pancakes are! When I first started making them, I couldn’t believe it, because I always thought eggs were essential for really puffy pancakes. But this vegan pancakes recipe proves that you don’t need eggs, or even a common egg substitute like mashed banana or flax, to make an ultra-fluffy stack of pancakes. In this recipe, baking powder and apple cider vinegar are the secret ingredients that help the pancakes puff. Like the vinegar and baking powder, the other ingredients in this vegan pancakes recipe are pantry basics, meaning that you can easily make it…


The 11 Best Vegetarian Cookbooks of 2023

Need some cooking inspo? Check out these best vegetarian cookbooks! They're packed with flavorful plant-based recipes that everyone will love.

With my latest cookbook Love & Lemons Simple Feel Good Food coming out on April 25 (available for pre-order NOW!), I thought it would be fun to round up some of the best vegetarian cookbooks that have inspired me in my own cooking. As a three-time cookbook author, I appreciate the time and effort that go into creating a book–the recipe testing, the writing, the photography, and more. I have so much respect for other writers who combine these elements into exciting and accessible vegetarian cookbooks. When I write a book, my goal is to offer ideas and inspiration that…


Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos

Spice up your dinner rotation with these buffalo cauliflower tacos! They're packed with crispy cauliflower, creamy avocado, and tangy vegan ranch.

These buffalo cauliflower tacos are fresh, flavorful, and FUN! I started making them when I was testing this air fryer buffalo cauliflower recipe and had lots of leftover buffalo cauliflower wings on hand. To make them a meal, I stuffed them into corn tortillas with crisp cabbage, creamy avocado, cilantro, and jalapeños. Then, I added a drizzle of vegan ranch to take it all over the top. The combination was so tasty that I knew I had to share a recipe! These buffalo cauliflower tacos would be perfect for the Super Bowl this weekend (find more game day food ideas…

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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.