Healthy Blueberry Muffins

We're head over heels for these healthy blueberry muffins. Moist, fluffy, and studded with jammy berries, they're a delicious quick breakfast or snack!

As I write this, I’m just finishing up one of these blueberry muffins, and I’m savoring every bite. It’s moist, fluffy, and packed with juicy berries, with warm depth of flavor from vanilla and cinnamon. It’s not overly sweet and cake-y, like some blueberry muffins tend to be. Instead, it’s lightly sweet and satisfying – perfect for breakfast or a healthy snack. I first shared this healthy blueberry muffin recipe a few years ago, but I thought I’d bring it back this summer. It’s one of my favorites on the blog, and it is blueberry season, after all! If you’re…

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

You'll love this chocolate zucchini bread recipe! Packed with shredded zucchini and gooey chocolate chips, it's amazingly moist and fudgy.

This double chocolate zucchini bread recipe is based on the chocolate zucchini muffins from our first cookbook. While I love that recipe, I wanted to make a version that would work well as a loaf for slicing and enjoying with a morning latte or afternoon coffee. This super easy, delicious chocolate zucchini bread recipe came out better than I could have imagined. It has a perfect cakey crumb, delectable moist texture, and rich chocolate flavor. Like my traditional zucchini bread recipe, this one makes two loaves. We gobble them up pretty quickly at our house, but if you have extra,…

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Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Love fried pickles? Try making this air fryer version at home! Crispy, crunchy, and full of pickle flavor, they're a delicious appetizer or snack.

By popular request: air fryer fried pickles! Recently, a few of you have asked me if I’ve made fried pickles in the air fryer. After getting the question a couple of times, I knew I had to try it. I have to say, I’m so glad I did! These air fryer fried pickles are crispy on the outside, juicy in the middle, salty, tangy, and completely addictive. They’re a great fun, easy appetizer for a summer happy hour, though honestly, we like these air fryer pickles so much that I plan to make them at all times of year. I…

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Remoulade Sauce

You only need 10 ingredients to make this easy remoulade recipe! Creamy and tangy, with a spicy kick, it's a delicious dipping sauce or condiment.

Creamy and tangy, with a delicious spicy kick, this remoulade is my favorite sauce of the moment. I’ve been slathering it on veggie burgers, serving it with French fries, and setting it out with these addictive air fryer fried pickles. We even loved it on the grilled sweet potatoes we made last week! All that’s to say, if you’re looking for an easy sauce to punch up a meal, this remoulade might be just the thing. Classic French remoulade resembles tartar sauce. It has a mayonnaise base, and capers or gherkins and fresh herbs are often mixed in. This recipe…

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Blueberry Cobbler

This easy blueberry cobbler recipe is a delicious showcase for summer fruit. A layer of juicy, jammy berries bubbles underneath a golden biscuit topping.

When life gives you blueberries, make blueberry cobbler! In our corner of the Midwest, blueberry season has just begun. We’re enjoying these bursty, sweet-tart fruits in as many ways as we can. Fresh, in muffins, simmered into a syrupy compote… But when we’re in the mood for a real treat, I make this blueberry cobbler. I really love this recipe because it puts the fresh fruit front and center. I only sweeten it lightly, letting the berries’ natural sweetness shine, and I skew heavy on the ratio of fruit to biscuit topping. This blueberry cobbler recipe features a thin layer…

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Sautéed Patty Pan Squash

Show off the summer's cutest veggie in this easy patty pan squash recipe! Seasoned with lemon, garlic, and fresh herbs, it's a delicious, easy side dish.

If you love a cute, colorful veggie as much as I do, head to the farmers market and buy yourself a box of patty pan squash. These adorable summer squash tend to be small in size, and their shape varies. Some are round, others are tulip-shaped, and still others look like little flying saucers with fun scalloped edges. You’ll find them in a variety of colors – dark green, light green, yellow, or a mix – but they all have a similar texture and taste. Their flavor is close to that of yellow squash, but they have firmer, denser flesh.…

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Zucchini Fritters

These crispy zucchini fritters are a great way to use up a summer surplus of zucchini. Serve them with your favorite sauce for a tasty side dish or snack!

When we have a surplus of summer zucchini in the fridge, I make these zucchini fritters. The recipe calls for a full pound of zucchini, about 3 medium. But it’s so tasty that if we happen to have even more zucchini than that on hand (and at this time of year, we often do), we don’t mind making it again and polishing off another batch of zucchini fritters the next day. These zucchini fritters are crispy on the outside and light and tender in the middle. Lemon zest makes them nice and bright, while scallions, garlic, and dill give them a…

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Panzanella

Filled with ripe, juicy tomatoes and crusty bread, this panzanella salad is a delicious summer meal. A shower of fresh basil takes it over the top.

It’s official: I can’t make it through a summer without sharing a new panzanella recipe. To me, this Italian bread salad is the perfect template for turning whatever produce I happen to have on hand into a fresh-yet-satisfying meal. Sweet corn? Peaches? Peppers? Yep, I’ve panzanella-ed them all. Of course, traditionally, panzanella isn’t an any-vegetable-goes kind of salad. It originated in Tuscany as a way to use up stale bread, and tomatoes were always a key ingredient. Their juices soak into the bread, softening it and giving it flavor. Onions, basil, and a tangy vinaigrette round out the dish. Earlier…

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Pesto Pizza

This pesto pizza recipe will be a hit at your next pizza night! Topped with basil pesto, mozzarella, and tomatoes, it's simple, classic, and SO flavorful.

Jack and I have been making great homemade pizza for years, but when I took my first bite of this pesto pizza, I knew that we’d outdone ourselves. To be honest, I was surprised. This pesto pizza recipe doesn’t call for any fancy ingredients or special techniques. It’s simple and classic, a delicious reminder of how flavorful seasonal ingredients, like summer tomatoes and garden-fresh basil, can be. If you find yourself with this summer bounty on hand in the next few weeks, I really hope you’ll try this pesto pizza. It’s so much more than the sum of its parts.…

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Love & Lemons Cooking Club – July!

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 July challenge today with my broccoli salad recipe, and I hope you’ll join in the fun. Here’s how it works: The Prize: A $200 Williams Sonoma Gift Card! At…

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Easy Vegan Coleslaw

This vegan coleslaw is the perfect summer side dish. A creamy, sweet, and tangy dressing coats lots of crunchy veggies - no one'll guess that it's vegan!

This easy vegan coleslaw is the perfect side dish for a summer cookout, picnic, or BBQ. It tastes just like classic coleslaw, but the ingredients all happen to be 100% plant-based. A creamy, sweet, and tangy dressing coats crunchy cabbage, carrots, and scallions. Set it out at your next gathering with whatever you’re grilling, and I promise, it’ll be a hit! No one will guess that this coleslaw is vegan. Vegan Coleslaw Recipe Ingredients This vegan coleslaw recipe calls for 10 simple ingredients: Cabbage – I love using a mix of red cabbage and green cabbage to create a blend…

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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.