Top Recipes of 2016

Top Recipes of 2016 - Vegan Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells

Happy 2017 everyone! I know everyone is ready to kick 2016 to the curb, but before we forget about it entirely, I wanted to share our top 10 recipes of the past year. These recipes not only top our site analytics, but they’re among the most made and shared recipes on Instagram. If you’re new here, (welcome!) this group of recipes is a great place to start. Click on the links OR the photos themselves to go directly to the recipes.

Vegan Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells (pictured above)
Ok technically I posted this one at the tail end of 2015, but it was such an overwhelming favorite throughout the year that I felt it deserved a place on this list. These little shells are stuffed with a surprising mix of tofu, cashews, spices, spinach and butternut squash – vegan or not, everyone seems to love a pan of creamy stuffed pasta.

Top Recipes of 2016 - Easy Vegetarian Pho

Easy Vegetarian Pho
I took some liberties and simplified the process of Vietnamese Pho – this recipe might not be traditional, but it’s delicious. One of my favorites from the year as well. This would be a great healthy, yet flavorful, way to start the new year.

Top Recipes of 2016 - Carrot Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Carrot Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
I’m pretty sure this one wins the prize of “Most Made Recipe of the Year.” As soon as I posted these, so many of you ran to the kitchen to make them! I saw photo after photo of your beautiful creations on Instagram. These are vegan, gluten free and healthy enough to eat for breakfast. They freeze wonderfully as well.

Top Recipes of 2016 - Broccoli Tahini Salad

Broccoli Tahini Pasta Salad
This is my kind of pasta salad – light on the pasta, heavy on the veggie. Instead of a mayo-based dressing it’s tossed with a tangy tahini sauce. It’s a perfect picnic salad, but it’s also a great make-ahead lunch option.

Top Recipes of 2016 - Vegan Raspberry Scones

Vegan (and gluten free) Raspberry Scones
I often get asked for more recipes that use coconut flour. It’s a finicky flour to use, but it worked perfectly in these scones when we (my mom and I) were trying to firm up our oat-based scone dough.

Top Recipes of 2016 - Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
When I’m too lazy to grate carrots, I make these cookies instead of the carrot cookies (above). They’re a little too sweet to be called a breakfast cookie, but they’re a perfect 3pm snack!

Top Recipes of 2016 - Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal

Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal
Admittedly, creamy oatmeal is not my favorite thing, but I love this baked oatmeal that gets crispy on top. It’s packed with oats, hemp seeds, sliced almonds, blueberries and bananas. This is an easy, healthy & hearty dish to serve a group at brunch.

Top Recipes of 2016 - Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl
I’m so happy this favorite made the list. I love a burrito bowl, but I really love this one that uses cauliflower “rice” in places of regular rice. So many veggies in one bowl.

Top Recipes of 2016 - No-Bake Almond Oatmeal Cookies

No-Bake Almond Oatmeal Cookies
Another cookie recipe? Do you guys want more cookie recipes?

Top Recipes of 2016 - Rainbow Bowls with Almond-Ginger Dressing

Rainbow Bowls with Almond-Ginger Dressing

Let’s eat the rainbow without eating Skittles. These bowls would be a terrific start your 2017 heatlhy resolutions!

Wishing you all a wonderful year. As always, please let me know if there’s anything you’d specifically like to see here in 2017!

Winter Spiced Moscow Mule

Winter Spiced Moscow Mule

Hello from Holiday Vacation-land… aka, my parents house where Jack and I have been spending the week. We flew in just in time to have a white Christmas before the snow melted. Other than spending time with family, we’ve been spending time in the house because we’re really not winter people. I binge-watched Shirley temple movies, Jack fixed my parents computer. We’ve been eating my mom’s christmas cookies and I’ve been working on a few new recipes – spending time in front of the stove is the best way to stay warm around here! All in all, it’s been a much needed relaxing week.

We’re heading home tomorrow to spend New Years Eve with friends and I’m excited to make this cocktail.

We often mix kombucha into our cocktails, but it didn’t occur to me until now to use it in a Moscow Mule in place of the ginger beer! This cocktail couldn’t be easier to put together – it’s just a splash of vodka, kombucha, and a squeeze of orange. For garnish I added cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.

Carrot Soup + our Amazon Echo recipe skill

Simple Carrot Ginger Soup

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Christmas came a little early for us – a few months ago “Santa Amazon” sent us an Amazon Echo and my techy husband Jack could not have been more excited. While he was playing around with its features, he decided that it would be neat if it could read our recipes aloud. So he got to work and here it is: a Love & Lemons skill where you can search and cook our recipes while Alexa reads the ingredients and instructions OUT LOUD. It’s really handy because it’ll keep your phone screen from getting messy while you’re trying to follow a recipe.

So if you found an Echo under your tree this year and want to play around with our new feature, just say “Alexa, enable the Love & Lemons Skill” to get started.

After that say “Ask Love & Lemons for a carrot recipe” or “Ask Love & Lemons for recent recipes” (or whatever kind of recipe you’re looking for) and she’ll read you the ingredients and the instructions step by step.

Here’s a little video demo of how it works – we posted this on Instagram Stories last week. Sorry for the janky quality – remember, it’s an un-edited Instagram Story video. I made this simple carrot soup to show you how it works:

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Let us know if you give it a try!

And if you don’t have an Echo, the carrot soup recipe is below. It’s one of my favorites especially after a week of indulgent holiday eating. It’s simply flavored with garlic and a punch of ginger. I love to serve it with a scoop of Carrot Top Pesto (recipe also below).

Cinnamon Coffee Smoothies

Cinnamon Coffee Smoothies

Happy Christmas Eve!

For this post, I had originally planned to do a cinnamon roll recipe to recreate all of my warm and cozy Christmas morning memories. Obviously – I didn’t get to it. Plan B was to make a cinnamon roll smoothie – all of the goodness of cinnamon rolls but in a healthier format. But then I realized, who am I kidding? A smoothie will never be a cinnamon roll, so instead, I’m sharing the yummy coffee-spiked smoothie that we’ve been making all week and really enjoying. It’s creamy and filling and it won’t leave you with that carb/sugar overload feeling. What it will leave you with is more energy for opening presents and it’ll make you feel better about having a cocktail and a few cookies later in the day!

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Happy Holidays, friends & Smoothie Cheers!

Christmas Morning Recipes

Cacao Nib Strawberry Vegan Waffles

And the countdown begins! As a kid, Christmas morning was always the absolute BEST part of the year. For the special morning my family celebrated with one of 2 breakfast rituals – a can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls or a box of Entenmann’s chocolate doughnuts. We loved it all – although my sister and I could honestly care less about the food because the morning was all about waking up and waiting sooooo patiently for my parents to get their coffee before we could start opening presents.

The recipe suggestions here are a little more homemade, but hey no judgement if you have a soft spot for soft canned cinnamon rolls :). Click directly on the photos to go to each recipe.

Pictured above: Cacao Nib Strawberry Vegan Waffles – these can be made ahead, frozen and popped into the toaster or toaster oven. Feel free to switch the cacao nibs for chocolate chips, blueberries or whatever filling your family likes.

Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Milk

If you’re a parent, you’ll need your coffee but you’re gonna want to make it quick. Make this Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Milk the day before – chill it overnight and then pour yourself the most decadent holiday morning latte.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins.

For something slightly sweet and nicely spiced, try these Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins.

Or on a savory note, this Spring Onion Frittata:

Spring Onion Frittata

… or there’s always one of the most popular recipes on this site, Vegan French Toast (or here’s a non-vegan version or a nutella stuffed version if you’re feeling extra indulgent):

Vegan French Toast

One of my new favorites, this Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal is great for brunch.

Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal

On a super cold holiday morning try this superfood Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate:

Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate

Holiday or not, I love a toasted slice of this super seedy Pumpkin Cranberry Nut Seed Loaf. It keeps for a few days in the fridge and it also freezes well.

Pumpkin Cranberry Nut Seed Loaf

Since it’s the holidays let’s celebrate! These Apple Mimosas are simple twist on the classic and they’re always a hit at brunch:

Apple Mimosas

Cheers friends! Christmas Morning Recipes