Apple Sage Grilled Cheese

A fancy fall grilled cheese that's sweet and savory. Delicious for a quick weeknight dinner.

Of course you don’t need a recipe for grilled cheese, but I just HAVE to share this simple combo because it’s so so delicious. This is the sort of thing that I love to make when I don’t feel like spending time in the kitchen but I also don’t feel like leaving the house. Sweet, soft apples, savory sage, red onion, and a good slather of grainy mustard – all between melty cheese (or vegan cheese) and bread. I think this might be my favorite sandwich assembly to date, I just love the sweet and salty mix. Make these with a…


Carrot & Tomato Tagliatelle

This pasta is made with pantry ingredients: canned tomatoes, carrots & greens. Simmer the sauce for 15 minutes, and serve this on a weeknight.

First thing’s first – if you’ve had trouble using our site in the past few days, everything is fixed now! The recipe index works again, and so does the contact page… so if you’re still there – THANK YOU for bearing with us!! Technical issues aside, the book countdown continues – it’s out in just 10 days! This is one of our favorite dinner recipes in the book, but I’m not only sharing the recipe – you can also order the ingredients conveniently pre-measured and delivered to you from The Purple Carrot! This recipe (adapted to be completely vegan) will go out in…


Prettiest Spring Vegetable Crudités

A fresh, healthy way to serve veggie crudite at your next happy hour or party! Vegan and gluten free options, with dip, wine, and cheese pairings.

Is it just me or has spring come early this year? Last weekend, I loaded up on the prettiest brightly colored vegetables to put together a gorgeous yet easy wine party crudité appetizer spread. Two things always intimidate me about putting together party food: 1: Spending tons of time (and tons of money) putting together a guest-worthy spread, and 2: Picking out great wine. So today I have some tips for both… Let’s start with the wine (always my favorite place to start). We’ve partnered with WineSimple, which is my new favorite way to choose wine because they choose it for you! You start…


Shells & Roasted Cauliflower

Whole Grain Shells & Roasted Cauliflower - An easy, healthy, vegan pasta recipe. Weeknight-friendly and delicious with chopped nuts and golden raisins.

Currently, in Austin, SO many restaurants are opening all the time and our list of to-try places is growing at a rapid pace. It’s a fun problem to have. Our little city is hot on the food map, but sadly, some of our old favorite little go-to spots are closing. One in particular was a little wine bar called Mulberry. It was a tiny place with a big marble slab of a bar. The wine was good, the vibe was cozy, and the food was everything you wanted to eat on a Friday night without having to make a reservation or wait…


Beet Hummus

I love the bright color of this slightly sweet beet hummus. A little cumin & coriander enhance its flavor, making it an addictive appetizer or snack!

First things first – THANK YOU for the overwhelming response to Monday’s post about our book! It’s been a secret for way too long, (and therefore a scary post to hit “publish” on!), but I just loved reading through all of your sweet comments. I hope you love it and that it finds a place in your kitchen for years to come. And now – let’s talk about pink food! I love the way this beet hummus tastes – it’s slightly sweet, but not too beet-y. Jack, our resident beet-hater, was skeptical as I made this, but he ended up loving it.…

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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.