Coconut Lemon Tart (v/gf)

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I wonder if other countries get carried away with national flag-themed food the way we do in the U.S. Do a search for "Fourth of July desserts" on Pinterest and you'll get a smorgasbord of inventive red, white and blue creations. I'm gonna take a wild guess and assume we do this better than anyone else. Because we are obnoxious Americans. We are … [Read more...]

Asparagus Potato Salad with Jalapeño Dressing (v/gf)

Asparagus Potato Salad with Jalapeño Dressing (vegan, gluten-free)

Sometimes the best way to invent your own recipe is to wait until there's barely anything left to eat in the house—then get creative. Which is what happened today. Lunch time rolled around and I was desperate. Usually my clean-out-the-fridge dishes aren't necessarily blog-worthy. But this one turned out pretty great. It's not super inventive, but … [Read more...]

Vegan Mushroom Crostini with Rosemary Lemon Cashew Cream

Vegan Mushroom Crostini

There's a local restaurant that used to have a mushroom crostini appetizer on their menu. It was amazing. When I went vegan, I started ordering it without the goat cheese and it was still pretty amazing. Then they took it off the menu. No idea why. I suppose that's part of the business—rotating menu items and all. But it's so disappointing when one … [Read more...]

Virtual Vegan Potluck: Edamame-Chickpea Power Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing (vegan, gf)

Vegan Edamame Power Salad  (gluten-free)

Welcome potluck guests! Hopefully you're getting plenty of delicious new recipe ideas along the way! Today I am participating in the bi-annual Virtual Vegan Potluck, which is basically a string of 100+ blogs all linked together with "forward" and "back" buttons/links to guide you through a virtual plant-based progressive dinner, if you will. You'll … [Read more...]

Gazpacho (vegan, gf)

Creamy Gazpacho Recipe from Mon Ami Gabi #vegan #glutenfree #soup #summer #fresh

I feel so terrible for neglecting my little blog! But I don't feel bad for soaking up every last bit of our short summer season here in Michigan. It's a beautiful time of year (my absolute favorite). I just wish it lasted longer. It's funny because all winter long, when the days were so short and there was minimal light to work with, I had this … [Read more...]

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie (vegan, gf)

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie #vegan #glutenfree  86lemons.com

A few weeks ago, I had the grand idea of inventing a key lime coconut popsicle recipe for Cinco de Mayo. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out so well. I must have used too much key lime juice because they were quite tart. Not horrible, just not what I hoped for. BUT, in the process, I learned an awesome trick for juicing key limes–use a garlic press! … [Read more...]

Virtual Vegan Potluck: Sweet Potato Asparagus Cakes with Lemon Basil Cream (vegan, gf)

Vegan Potato Asparagus Cakes

Welcome potluck guests! Have you had to change your shirt from all the drool yet? Today I am participating in the Virtual Vegan Potluck, which is basically a string of 100+ blogs all linked together with "forward" and "back" buttons/links to guide you through an online plant-based progressive dinner, if you will. You'll be taken through eight … [Read more...]

Creamy Strawberry Herb Balsamic Dressing (vegan, gf)

Creamy Strawberry Herb Balsamic Dressing #vegan #glutenfree #salad #dressing 86lemons.com

Sometimes I get in a rut with salads and then I get sick of them. I need to change up the ingredients more often. Throw in a more fruity version like this one once in a while. Unless you're like my dad who doesn't like fruit in his garden salad. Then you're just missing out, I guess. This post isn't a recipe for a salad (it's pretty easy to … [Read more...]

Chocolate Mini Tarts (vegan, gf, raw)

Mini Chocolate Tarts #raw #vegan #glutenfree #gfcommunity #foodphotography  86lemons.com

Hubs gets home from work, walks in the door. I'm in the kitchen, which is a disaster zone and I am very irritated... Hubs:  What's wrong? Me:  Oh I just wasted all this time making this stupid recipe and it tastes like crap. Hubs:  Oh no. What is it? Me:  Mini chocolate tarts. They're raw, you won't like it. Hubs:  It looks really good. Me: … [Read more...]

Tropical Smoothie with Persimmon (vegan, gf)

Tropical Smoothie with Persimmon  86lemons.com

I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that this was my first time trying persimmon. I was getting stuck in a smoothie rut and needed to change it up. So I bought four persimmons and they've been sitting on the kitchen window sill for a few days. I didn't really know what I was looking for when I bought them. Turns out the ones I chose appear to be quite … [Read more...]