Vegan BBQ Chickpea Salad

Today is Good Friday, the last Friday of Lent – which means it’s time to wrap up this year’s Lenten Friday series. I hope you’ve enjoyed the vegan meal ideas I’ve shared over the last six weeks! I’m closing out this year’s posts with a great recipe for the meal I struggle with most on Lenten Fridays – lunch.

For me, breakfast is always easy. Dinner is always well planned. Lunch, though? Lunch is always just grabbing whatever – and not usually plant based in this house so vegan lunches have been lackluster at best.

Salad with bbq chickpeas, corn, cucumber, pickles, red onion, carrots, and tahini ranch dressing.

This salad, though, was the best lunch I had during Lent this year hands-down. It doesn’t take long to make, but the elements are also perfectly meal-prep friendly if you want to make it ahead. The warm, bbq chickpeas paired with all my favorite barbecue-inspired flavors (including dill pickles!) was such a satisfying mid-day meal.

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Key Lime Pie Martini

I made a key lime pie for Pi day this year and while digging out my recipe I stumbled upon a recipe for a key lime pie martini. Obviously, I was immediately obsessed – until I actually tried it.

The recipe was so not my speed. It was very much a martini and I’m very much someone who prefers my alcohol to taste like dessert, not alcohol, if you know what I mean.

Key lime pie martini in a glass rimmed with crushed graham crackers and garnished with a lime.

So, I set out to make one that met my own expectations – and this one is it. It’s a great balance of sweet and tangy and plenty creamy. It’s basically like drinking a slice of key lime pie and I love it.

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Vegan Teriyaki Eggplant & Pineapple Skewers

It feels like summer here today so it felt appropriate to share the most summer-worthy recipe of this year’s Lenten series!

When most people think of grilling, they think meat – steaks, burgers, etc. – but fruit and veggies are also also fabulous grilled.

This beautiful grilled skewers are simple, packed with flavor – and plant based. Chunks of eggplant and pineapple and grilled and glazed with a quick homemade teriyaki sauce. This is the perfect vegan option for your next cookout!

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Easter Cookie Cake #SpringSweetsWeek

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Isn’t this cake just so cute?

A thick, oversized chocolate cookie decorated with vanilla buttercream and topped off with the every-popular chocolate bunny. It’s a great cake for beginners because you can hide any cake imperfections with icing… and any icing imperfections with candy.

A giant chocolate chip cookie decorated with blue frosting, candy, and a chocolate bunny.

But, that’s not all – this bunny has a really fun surprise inside!

This is a super fun dessert for Easter. Everyone will get a kick out of the surprise and, even more, everyone loves a chocolate chip cookie!

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Chocolate Matzo Tiramisu #SpringSweetsWeek

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You know what I love for holidays? Make ahead options.

Having a few things done the day before always makes the rest of the meal feel more manageable. This cake is a great make-ahead option to have waiting at the end of your holiday meal and -bonus!- it’s Passover-friendly.

No-bake cake made from chocolate mouse and coffee-soaked matzo sheets topped with ganache.

Rich dark chocolate mousse is sandwiched between coffee-soaked matzo and topped with dark chocolate ganache in this easy, icebox version of tiramisu.

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Mini Rhubarb Crumb Loaves #SpringSweetsWeek

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These little loaves are the perfect addition to your spring tea table! Just the right amount of sweetness, balanced by the tartness of the rhubarb. The bread is soft and spongy, and the crumbs add a great burst of texture and sweetness.

Small loaf of crumb topped rhubarb bread on a plate.

The little loaves are perfectly portioned for an afternoon tea – or to share with friends!

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No-Churn Lemon Ice Cream #SpringSweetsWeek

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Oh, hello there spring!

I always love the change of seasons – and especially the arrival of spring. The longer days, warmer weather, and watching everything green up just fills my soul after the winter months. And this year, it feels especially poignant. After a year of social distancing, watching the people around me getting vaccinated gives me so much hope that we’re really going to break out of this long winter.

I’m so excited to kick off spring with #SpringSweetsWeek again this year! This week, I’ll be sharing four new dessert recipes – starting off with this couldn’t-be-easier lemon ice cream.

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Vegan Cauliflower Gyros in the Air Fryer

My most productive time of the day is the morning. The more I can get done before lunch, the better – and that extends to dinner prep too. This meal was a hit here not only because it was delicious, but also because a vast majority of the prep could be done ahead of time.

Cooked, marinated cauliflower in a pita with cucumber, tomato, and black olives.

I set the cauliflower up to marinate early, and by the time dinner rolled around all I had to do was toss it in the air fryer and assemble the sandwiches. It was packed with flavor and super hearty – a perfect Lenten Friday dinner.

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Vegan Black Bean & Quinoa Tacos

These are meaty tacos – without any meat! The fully plant-based filling is stick-to-your-ribs hearty, with all the classic flavors of the ground beef taco you grew up with and it won’t take you any longer to make.

Three flour tortillas in a grey bowl stuffed with a mixture of quinoa and black beans in a seasoned tomato sauce. The outside tortillas are topped with lettuce and black olives. The bowl rests on a napkin with colorful stripes.

Of all the vegan meals I’ve made, this might be my family’s favorite – it’s become part of our regular rotation.

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Vegan Spring Minestrone

This winter has been crazy. Here in central NJ, we’ve seen more snow this year than we have in at least a decade. The kids no longer get excited when it’s snowing – it’s happened than often. And I know other parts of the country are dealing with an unexpectedly harsh season too, and not fairing as well as we have been.

I take heart knowing spring is around the corner.

Even with spring on the horizon, it’s still soup weather. Lots of my favorite soups are very wintery – so I decided I needed one that was more spring-appropriate. This vegan soup is packed with spring veggies – and flavor.

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