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Summer Recipes by Love and Lemons

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A Plant-Based Diet

We agree with food writer Michael Pollan when he said, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” While most folks think of summer as the time for grilling meat, we’re pretty jazzed on the abundance of warm-weather veggies currently coming out of our farmers’ fields. To highlight these seasonal offerings, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite recipes from Austin-based food blogger, Jeanine Donofrio of Love and Lemons.

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Vegan Cobb Salad with Coconut “Bacon”

in.gredients
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, spiralized or peeled into ribbons
  • 1 ear of corn, grilled, kernels sliced off cobb
  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced
  • 12 to 14 ounces extra-firm tofu, patted dry and cubed
  • ½ cup coconut “bacon” (recipe below)
Coconut “bacon”
  • 1½ cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1½ tablespoons tamari
  • scant 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
Cashew “buttermilk” dressing: (this makes extra)
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water 3 to 4 hours, preferably overnight, drained and rinsed
  • ½ to ¾ cups fresh water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon sea salt
in.structions
  1. In a blender, combine the cashews, ½ cup water, lemon juice, onion powder, garlic powder and ¼ teaspoon of sea salt. Blend until creamy, adding more water if necessary. Taste and season with additional salt as needed. Chill until ready to use.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the coconut flakes along with the tamari, maple syrup and smoked paprika on the pan and toss gently to coat. Spread in a thin layer on the pan and bake until dark golden brown and slightly crispy, about 10 minutes.
  3. Increase the oven temperature to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the tofu cubes on the pan and toss with a drizzle of olive oil and generous pinches of salt. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
  4. In a serving bowl, assemble the salad with the romaine, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, corn, avocado and tofu. Top with the coconut “bacon” and serve with the dressing on the side. Store any extra dressing in a sealed container in the fridge.

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Veggie Tacos with Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

in.gredients
  • 1 small Japanese eggplant, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped summer squash (yellow, pattypan, or zucchini)
  • 1 red bell pepper, deseeded and sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 cup cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ avocado, diced
  • handful of cilantro
  • 1 serrano pepper, sliced (optional)
  • crumbled cotija cheese (optional)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Avocado Tomatillo Sauce:
  • ⅓ cup store-bought or homemade tomatillo salsa
  • ¼ cup pepitas
  • ½ avocado
  • handful of spinach
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • squeezes of lime, to taste
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
in.structions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the chopped eggplant, squash, red pepper and tomatoes onto the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and pinches of salt and pepper and roast until golden brown around the edges 25-30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make your sauce. In a food processor, blend together the tomatillo salsa, pepitas, avocado, spinach, olive oil, lime juice and pinches of salt and pepper, to taste. Chill until ready to use.
  3. Assemble the tacos with the black beans, roasted vegetables, diced avocado, cilantro, serrano, cotija (if using), and a generous scoop of the avocado tomatillo sauce. Serve with extra sauce on the side.
  4. Store extra sauce in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.

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Portobello Pups

in.gredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 large portobello mushrooms, sliced into 4 long slices each
Fixings:
  • ½ cup red onion
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • squeeze of lime
  • 1 serrano pepper, thinly sliced
  • salt & pepper
  • yellow mustard
  • 4-5 hot dog buns
  • optional: ketchup on the side
  • optional: 1 serrano pepper, thinly sliced
in.structions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the chopped red onion and sliced tomatoes. Add a squeeze of lime, salt and pepper. Stir and set aside.
  2. Preheat your grill or grill pan. In another small bowl, mix the marinade ingredients together (olive oil, balsamic, mustard, salt & pepper), and brush onto the portobello slices until they’re coated.
  3. (Note: If you’re making the macaroni salad, make it now and grill your mushrooms last).
  4. Grill mushroom strips on each side until grill marks form and mushrooms are tender and juicy (about 3-4 minutes per side). Place 2 mushroom slices into each hot dog bun. Top liberally with onion & tomatoes, some serrano slices, and a swirl of mustard.

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Grilled Peach Crumble

in.gredients
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 3-4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter (I use vegan earth balance)
  • a few teaspoons flour*, if necessary for the crumble
  • 4-6 peaches
  • ice cream (I used coconut, use what you like)
in.structions
  1. Make the crumble by crushing the walnuts together with the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. I did this in a plastic bag using a wooden kitchen mallet, a rolling pin would also work. Add the butter and, using your hands, crumble it into the mix until just combined. If it’s too moist and not crumbly, add a bit of flour.
  2. Slice your peaches and grill for a few minutes on each side.
  3. Serve the peaches with some of the crumble and a scoop if ice cream.

Written by laureneatyourvegetables

July 5, 2016 at 12:20 pm

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