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Cabbage Steaks

These roasted cabbage steaks are meltingly tender in the middle with crisp, browned edges. They're an easy, delicious side dish or vegetarian main!

This cabbage steaks recipe will be a game changer for anyone who’s used to eating cabbage raw. Don’t get me wrong—I love raw cabbage’s refreshing crunch. But when you roast cabbage, it takes on a totally different texture and richer flavor. These cabbage steaks are meltingly tender in the middle, with a ruffly ring of crisp, browned leaves around the edges. A simple garlic oil infuses them with savory flavor, while the hot oven brings out their natural sweetness. These roasted cabbage steaks are an easy, healthy side dish (the oven takes care of most of the work!), but with the…

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How to Cook Bulgur Wheat

Learn how to cook bulgur wheat with this easy recipe! Plus, find tips for storing and serving this nutty, chewy, and nutritious whole grain.

Chewy, nutty, and incredibly easy to cook, bulgur wheat is good for so much more than tabbouleh! This whole grain will always have a place in my pantry. In case you’re curious about adding it to yours, I’m sharing a full guide to bulgur below. Learn what it is, how to cook it, how to store it, and more! Bulgur vs. Cracked Wheat Bulgur is a type of cracked wheat…but not all cracked wheat is bulgur. The difference is that bulgur is par-boiled, or partially cooked, in the production process. As a result, it has a much shorter cooking time than…

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Banana Pancakes

These banana pancakes are a delicious, easy weekend breakfast. They're fluffy, moist, and filled with spiced banana flavor. Pass the maple syrup!

Fingers crossed you have a couple ripe bananas on your counter right now, because these banana pancakes are the perfect weekend breakfast! They’re fluffy, moist, and tender, with a warm, spiced banana flavor that will keep you coming back for more. They’re also conveniently easy to make, so if you’ve just rolled out of bed and have yet to drink your morning coffee, you won’t have any trouble whipping them up. Pass the maple syrup, and enjoy! We love this banana pancake recipe, and I think you will too. What You Need to Make Banana Pancakes To make this banana…

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Dumpling Soup

Made with frozen potstickers, fresh veggies, and a fragrant broth, this dumpling soup recipe is a quick, easy, and delicious weeknight dinner.

This dumpling soup recipe has a not-so-secret ingredient: frozen potstickers! They make this soup supremely quick and easy. It’s just the thing for nights when you’re really craving the comfort and convenience of takeout, but you somehow convince yourself to cook dinner anyway. And if you cook this dumpling soup, you’ll be glad you did! The potstickers and veggies float in a fragrant broth that’s spiked with garlic, tamari, and lots of fresh ginger. It’s warming and flavorful, and the fact that it comes together in under 30 minutes only makes it taste better. This dumpling soup has been one…

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Mushroom Pasta

Fit for weeknights and date nights alike, this mushroom pasta is easy and elegant. Mixed mushrooms, garlic, and Parm pack it with rich umami flavor.

This mushroom pasta recipe is a mushroom lover’s dream. It’s bursting with meaty sautéed mushrooms. Along with a splash of white wine and Parmesan cheese, they pack this pasta with rich, umami flavor. I don’t use heavy cream in this recipe, but it’s still lightly creamy. Starchy pasta water and a pat of butter bring the mushrooms together into a silky sauce that coats the pasta. It’s savory, delicious, and all about the mushrooms. If you’re a mushroom fan, you have to try it! What You’ll Need for Mushroom Pasta The star ingredient in this mushroom pasta recipe is—of course—mushrooms!…

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Vegan Enchiladas

These vegan enchiladas are a hearty, flavorful plant-based dinner! They're smothered with red enchilada sauce and filled with veggies and black beans.

These vegan enchiladas are seriously delicious. Whenever I make them, my husband Jack and I fight over the last one. For context, Jack might be the world’s biggest cheese lover. If he’s going after cheese-less enchiladas, you know they have to be good. The filling here is a hearty mixture of mushrooms, peppers, and black beans. I roll it up in corn tortillas and then smother them with red enchilada sauce and homemade vegan nacho cheese. Before serving, I sprinkle garnishes like jalapeños, radishes, and avocado on top. This vegan enchiladas recipe is comforting, but also fresh. The rich enchilada…

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Love & Lemons Cooking Club – February!

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 leave a comment on the recipe’s blog post. 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 February challenge today with our banana bread recipe, and I hope you’ll join in the fun. Here’s how it works: The Prize: A $200 Whole…

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Banana Bread Recipe

This easy banana bread recipe is the BEST way to use ripe bananas! It's moist, delicious, and packed with banana flavor. You're going to love it!

This banana bread recipe is the best way to use overripe bananas. Now that we have a little one in the house, we’ve been buying a LOT more bananas than we used to. Sometimes (ok, often), we don’t get to all of them before they ripen, and I end up with a heap of dark brown, spotty bananas on my counter. Banana bread to the rescue! But not just any banana bread. While some popular recipes call for 2 or 3 bananas, this banana bread recipe calls for 4. I love that it lets me use up lots of ripe…

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Quesadilla Recipe

Quesadillas are a quick, easy, and delicious meal! I fill mine with cheese and veggies, but feel free to customize this recipe with your favorite fillings.

Quesadillas! They’re delicious, satisfying, and—most importantly—EASY. They’re one of my favorite back-pocket meals, something I can whip up using basic ingredients when I need a simple dinner or work-from-home lunch. I’ve made a lot of them over the years, and I’ve learned some handy tips and tricks for making them along the way. I’m sharing them all in this quesadilla recipe! What is a quesadilla? A quesadilla is Mexican dish that consists of a heated, filled, and folded tortilla. Quesadillas originated in central and southern Mexico, and they were first made with corn tortillas and filled with Oaxaca cheese. (The…

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Best Bean Dip

This refried bean dip is creamy, cheesy, and easy to make! Serve it warm with tortilla chips for a delicious party appetizer or game day snack.

This bean dip recipe is the ultimate party appetizer! It’s creamy, it’s cheesy, and it’s perfect for scooping up with tortilla chips. Just make sure to hit up the snack table right after it comes out of the oven. This bean dip disappears QUICK! And I haven’t told you the best part yet: this bean dip recipe is easy to make. It calls for refried beans (you can use canned or homemade), so instead of blending the dip in a food processor, you can simply stir it together in a bowl. Spread it in a baking dish, sprinkle it with cheese,…

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Refried Beans

Learn how to make refried beans! This easy recipe works with dried or canned beans. Creamy and flavorful, it's a delicious, healthy side dish.

Refried beans recipe

This homemade refried beans recipe is delicious and easy to make. It calls for just 10 basic ingredients, and it’s creamy, flavorful, and bright. If you’re used to eating canned refried beans, get ready—these homemade ones are SO much better! Refried beans, or frijoles refritos, are a staple of Mexican and Tex Mex cuisine. Their English name is a bit misleading, because they’re not re-fried at all. Instead, cooked beans are added to a skillet with onion, garlic, and spices and then mashed until thick and creamy. Packed with fiber and protein, they’re a delicious, healthy side dish for tacos, enchiladas,…

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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.