Cooking with Love and Lemons

I haven't done a food post lately so I'm going to share a favorite cookbook I've been turning to more and more-- The Love & Lemons Cookbook! You may be familiar with the blog, but if you haven't also checked out their cookbook, you should! I like to plan out the meals I'm going to cook for the upcoming week before I head to the grocery store. This allows me to only buy what I know I'm going to need so it reduces food waste and saves me money. It also allows me to assess and keep my weekly diet relatively healthy. I can look at my recipes and decide: 1) Is my week too fat or carb heavy? 2) Am I eating enough veggies? 3) Am I getting a good mix of nutrients? For me, this decreases my stress level in the evenings when it is time to pull dinner together. I don't have to do it on the fly and feel overwhelmed or stressed.

Why I love The Love & Lemons Cookbook:

  • The opening includes suggestions of what should always be stocked in your kitchen. This makes impromptu cooking so much easier. You can't whip a healthy meal up last minute if you don't have healthy and versatile ingredients on hand.

  • The sections are broken up by key ingredient. This makes seasonal cooking so easy. Honeycrisp apples were on SALE this weekend and I stocked up, but what to do with all of them? All I have to do is open up to the apples section of the book for some great ideas.

  • Recipes are full of fresh ingredients. No prepackaged seasoning mixes or calorie-laden sauces to be found here. Your meals shine with the flavors of natural, non-processed fresh foods.

  • While the recipes range in complexity (I haven't encountered any difficult-to-prepare recipes yet), there are plenty of short-ingredient list recipes to be found. You don't have to stock up on a ton of items to prepare a single meal. I often find that if I'm keeping my 'basics' stocked I sometimes only need to purchase 1-2 items to complete a recipe.

What I've been eating:

Green Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese with Roasted Red Pepper & Carrot Soup, Tomato Chickpea Tortilla Soup (I've done a couple of different variations using this as a base recipe), Lemon Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, Grilled Pepper & Quinoa Taco Salad, Red Pepper Feta Frittata, Shiitake & Spinach Miso Soup, Soba with Mushrooms & Crumbled Hazelnuts, Crispy Shiitake BLT, Corn, Tomato & Mozzarella Salad, Brussels Sprout Breakfast Tostadas, Creamy Miso Brussels Sprout Fettuccine, and Flatbread with White Bean Puree & Asparagus Ribbons.

I told you I'm LOVING this cookbook! I don't always make each item precisely how the recipe lays it out. I'll substitute items I already have on hand for ones that I didn't to cut down on grocery costs, add some extra veggies or greens that are not called for, or I'll add some protein (eggs or lean meat) to a recipe to fill it out a little more for us.

I especially appreciate how this cookbook opened me up to a wide array of recipes I never would have looked for on my own. I know the internet is filled with free recipes, but I just don't get exposed to the same level of diversity if I go and search for a recipe online as I do if I own a cookbook that is wildly different from my usual cooking habits. I'm not here to give you free access to their carefully constructed recipes, but I can point you in the direction of their cookbook (👈🏽click here) and website (👈🏽click here).

Happy & healthy eating to you and yours! Are you a meal planner or do you wing it when it comes to nightly dinners? Do you mix vegetarian/vegan into your diets or is that your go to all the time? Any food blog suggestions for me? I regularly check in on the following: Iowa Girl Eats, Gimme Some Oven, and Sprouted Kitchen) but I could use some more diversity in my food blogs! Share your favorites with me!


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