Easy Black Bean Burger

This chipotle black bean burger recipe comes together in under 30 minutes! Make it once, and it'll have a permanent place in your regular rotation.

This black bean burger recipe is going to be your new best friend. The hearty patties are charred on the outside, tender in the middle, and packed with bold, smoky flavor. But that’s not all. They’re also easy to make! You won’t need to haul out the food processor or dirty 3 pans to whip them up. Nope – this black bean burger recipe comes together in one bowl in under 30 minutes, cooking time included. Lately, Jack and I have been cooking the burgers outside on the grill, but they come out just as well in a cast-iron skillet…

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Dill Pickles

Learn how to make pickles at home! This easy 8-ingredient recipe yields crisp, tangy dill pickles that are a delicious snack or sandwich topping.

The first time I tried this dill pickle recipe, I wondered why on earth I’d spent so many years buying pickles at the grocery store. Sure, store bought pickles can be tasty, but these little guys take dill pickles to a whole new level. They’re super easy to make (the refrigerator does most of the work for you!), and they taste awesome. They’re crisp, tangy, and refreshing, with an addictive garlic-dill flavor. Most often, I eat them as a snack right out of the fridge, but they’re delicious on sandwiches and veggie burgers too. If you like dill pickles, you’re…

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Nicoise Salad

You won't miss the tuna in this vegetarian spin on a Niçoise salad! Olives, artichokes, capers, and lemon vinaigrette fill it with bright, briny flavor.

I first fell in love with Nicoise salad when Jack and I visited the city where it originated: Nice, France. While we were there, I ordered it everywhere we went. There’s something about the combination of crisp summer veggies, bright lemon vinaigrette, and briny olives and capers that I find absolutely irresistible. As an added bonus, hard boiled eggs and potatoes make it hearty enough to be a meal on its own. And in the summer, anytime I’m eating salad for dinner, I’m happy. If you’re familiar with traditional Niçoise salad, you know that it’s made with tuna. Of course,…

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Grilled Potatoes

These grilled potatoes are crispy on the outside, creamy in the middle, and filled with smoky flavor. Easy and delicious, they're a sure-fire cookout hit!

I’m all about mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, and roasted potatoes in the fall and winter, but when summer rolls around, grilled potatoes are my #1 pick. They’re crispy on the outside, creamy in the middle, and filled with delicious smoky flavor. They’re an irresistible cookout side dish all on their own (if you’re anything like me, you’ll eat a couple straight off the grill!), and a simple seasoning or sauce makes them even better. If you’re grilling this weekend, give this grilled potatoes recipe a try! It’s super easy to make, and it works perfectly with the sweet, tender new…

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Summer Fruit Salad

This easy fruit salad recipe will be the star of your next picnic! Berries, peaches, and a zingy ginger dressing make it refreshing and delicious.

Over the years, I’ve posted all sorts of salads with fruit (see here, here, or here), but I’ve never posted a classic fruit salad recipe. I don’t know why, but I’m more likely to add summer fruits to savory dishes than to eat them on their own. Peaches on pizza? I’ve tried it. Cherries with cheese? Done. But lately, Jack and I have been getting gorgeous berries from our CSA. They’ve been so sweet, juicy, and flavorful that I’ve had a hard time not devouring them all straight from the box. I wanted to find a really simple, fresh way to show…

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Creamy Coleslaw

Learn how to make the BEST homemade coleslaw! Filled with red and green cabbage, carrots, and green onions, this easy recipe is healthy and delicious.

This easy coleslaw recipe is great for just about any occasion – a weeknight dinner, a fourth of July cookout, or a fun picnic lunch. Like all my favorite summer recipes, it’s packed with colorful veggies, and a lightly creamy, tangy dressing ties the whole thing together. It comes together in minutes, and it keeps well if you make it ahead of time. Just add veggie burgers, and you’ve got a perfect summer meal! Coleslaw Recipe Ingredients You only need a few basic ingredients to make this homemade coleslaw recipe! I like to think of it in two parts: the…

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Coleslaw Dressing

This homemade coleslaw dressing recipe will take any coleslaw to a whole new level! Made with just 5 ingredients, it's creamy, tangy, and delicious.

Once you learn how to make coleslaw dressing at home, you’ll never buy it at the store again! Here’s why: It’s super easy. This creamy coleslaw dressing recipe calls for 5 basic ingredients, and it only takes a few minutes to whisk together. It’s made with good-quality whole foods ingredients. When you make homemade coleslaw dressing, you know exactly what’s in it. There aren’t any additives or stabilizers here, and it’s sweetened naturally with maple syrup instead of processed sugar. And last but not least, it’s delicious! This creamy, tangy dressing makes fantastic coleslaw, but it’s darn good on other salads…

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Strawberry Shortcake

I could eat this strawberry shortcake recipe every day in summer! Bright, lemony cornmeal biscuits surround layers of fresh berries and cream.

If I were to give you one piece of advice this week, it would be to make this strawberry shortcake recipe. Rustic, decadent, and completely delicious, it’s the kind of dessert that’s destined to make you smile. Summer is here, and strawberry shortcake is the perfect way to celebrate. The shortcakes here are bright, lemony cornmeal biscuits. I’ve always been a fan of lemon and cornmeal together (check out these lemon cookies or the Lemon Cornmeal Pancakes on page 37 of Love and Lemons Every Day!), and they make this recipe really exceptional. The cornmeal adds texture to the moist,…

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Daily Harvest New Scoops & Flatbreads

Lately, Jack and I have loved trying Daily Harvest's inventive, plant-forward meals and treats. Read more about our favorites (+why we love them) below!

Special thanks to Daily Harvest for partnering on this post. Before this spring, Jack and I went out for dinner at least once a week, and we often picked up something quick for lunch during the workday. But in March, that changed. All of a sudden, we were eating every meal at home, every day. Obviously, I love cooking. But prepping breakfast, lunch, and dinner for both of us (and doing the dishes afterward) takes up a lot of time. Luckily, I signed up for Daily Harvest, a subscription service that delivers thoughtfully-sourced, chef-crafted foods to your door, over the…

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Socca Recipe

Have you ever tried socca? This gluten-free chickpea flatbread hails from Nice, France, and it makes a delicious appetizer, side dish, or light meal.

When Jack and I visited Nice, France, I ate two things as much as I could: Niçoise salad and socca. If you’re not familiar with socca, it’s a savory chickpea pancake with crisp, golden brown edges and a moist interior. It’s popular throughout southern France and northern Italy, and once you try it, you’ll see why. Chickpea flour and olive oil give it a rich, nutty flavor, and its crispy edges are so tasty that you won’t be able to help reaching for a second slice. Served plain, it makes a delicious appetizer, side dish, or snack, but with the…

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Green Goddess Dressing

Looking for a way to use up the herbs in your fridge? Make this green goddess dressing recipe! It's creamy, bright, and brimming with fresh flavor.

At this time of year, I make this green goddess dressing recipe almost every week. Jack and I have just planted our little garden on our back deck, and we have loads of fresh herbs. Straight off the plant, they’re fragrant and tender, ready to add a punch of fresh flavor to almost any dish. I often grab a handful of parsley for a weeknight pasta, a sprig of mint to finish a salad, or a bunch of basil to sprinkle over pizza. Chances are, I end up picking extra, so little by little, the fridge fills up with leafy…

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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.