How to Get More Plants on Your Plate: A Cookbook Review
Love the blog, love the book.
Does anyone else read cookbooks like they’re novels?
This is a habit I shared with my grandma. No one else in the family saw the appeal.
That’s because they didn’t have Love and Lemons. I sat down and read this cookbook cover to cover – like an edge of your seat mystery. It’s that gorgeous.
And if you want more, the website is packed with 100’s more colorful, tasty recipes to choose from. There seems to be no end to this duos inspiration with vegetables.
What’s in Love and Lemons
Organized: by vegetable type – 25 of them.
Bee-u-ti-ful photography: seriously inspiring – every single recipe.
Delicious: packed with yummy, colorful recipes. Most could be considered a main dish.
Note: many of the recipes build on bread, tortillas, whole grains and pasta (all with gluten-free alternatives).
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How Love and Lemons is going to improve your life
Creative: Donofrio and Mathews encourage experimenting and using the produce you have available. The intro lays out a 6-step process for planning meals around the best produce you can find. It’s a process that will free you from the tyranny of recipes and allow what’s locally available and fresh to drive the menu
Vegan and GF: if you are vegan or gluten-free you’ll love the annotated recipes.
Sauces: my favorite section is in the back, where they designed graphic recipe pages for pesto, hummus, salsa, guacamole and smoothie variations – gorgeous!
Bonus: recipes are in English and metric – international friendly.
Who’s going to adore Love and Lemons
Vegan (and vegetarian): Yes, yes, yes.
Gluten-free: Yes, almost every recipe is gluten-free or adaptable.
Keto: No, this is not the best option for you.
Paleo/Slow-Carb: Maybe, with tweaking, but there are better choices if you have to pick one cookbook.
10 Example Recipes in Love and Lemons
Chipotle Apple Guacamole.
Flatbread with White Bean Puree & Asparagus Ribbons.
Brussels Sprouts Breakfast Tostadas.
Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Cream.
Grilled Mexican Corn Salad.
Portobello Sliders with Pepita Pesto.
Spring Onion Pizza.
Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos.
Parsnip Fries with Red Pepper Hummus.
The recipe I’m trying first:
Sweet Chili Charred Broccolini (Vegan and Gluten-Free)
1 tablespoon (15 mL) tamari
2 small garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons (10 mL) rice vinegar
2 teaspoons (10 mL) cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) Sriracha
Pinch of red pepper flakes
2 bunches of broccolini florets
(5 to 6 cups/1.25 to 1.5 L)
Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, whisk together the tamari, minced garlic, rice vinegar, sugar, Sriracha, and red pepper flakes.
Placer the broccolini on the baking sheet and toss with half of the sauce, then spread the broccolini evenly so that the pieces are not touching each other. Roast for 15 minutes, or until the broccolini is charred on the edges. Serve with remaining sauce on the side for dipping.
From Love and Lemons Cookbook pg 57
Is this a cookbook you want to own
If you’re after healthy, fresh food? Yes.
If gorgeous photography and graphics inspire you? Yes.
If you love Mexican food and a spicy twist? Yes.