Green Tomato Soup with Herbed Oil + Garlic Cream + scenes from early autumn!

Slow-roasted green tomato soup with caramelized onions, dark leafy greens and herbed oil and garlic cream. Naturally gluten-free, and vegan.

Green tomatoes.

I’ve fallen completely in love with them this summer/fall. Mostly because I’ve had no other choice other than to take my unripe beauties off the vines and use them in creative ways before the squirrels could get to them. It was either have no tomatoes at all, or green tomatoes.

Green tomatoes are slightly tart, mostly sweet, and kind of underrated. I use them in salads, at pop-ups, and combined with hearty fall greens and caramelized onions in this roasted green tomato soup. Despite that it’s technically now fall, most of the country is still basking in a summer glow. Making it the perfect environment for green tomatoes. If your garden isn’t overflowing with these green babes, your markets should be.

My part of the Midwest is still sitting at a cool 90, and I haven’t felt one day or night of crisp autumn air. I hear this week it will be in the 70s, so that’s exciting. Finally, soup weather? I’ll go with it.

Slow-roasted green tomato soup with caramelized onions, dark leafy greens and herbed oil and garlic cream. Naturally gluten-free, and vegan.Slow-roasted green tomato soup with caramelized onions, dark leafy greens and herbed oil and garlic cream. Naturally gluten-free, and vegan.Slow-roasted green tomato soup with caramelized onions, dark leafy greens and herbed oil and garlic cream. Naturally gluten-free, and vegan. Continue reading

No-recipe Stovetop Applesauce + applesauce yogurt bowls!

No-recipe Stovetop Applesauce + applesauce yogurt bowls! | @withfoodandlove | A super easy, low-sugar, stovetop applesauce recipe that cooks by itself in under thirty minutes. A fall, apple recipe for the whole family. Big thanks to siggi’s yogurt for sponsoring this post and helping me share #mydailysiggis routine with all of you!

If you read my blog regularly, you know that I usually don’t consume much dairy. It hasn’t been a constant in my {mostly plant-based} lifestyle for some time now. But over the past few months, since the beginning of summer, I’ve been craving and consuming yogurt. Thick, rich, plain yogurt.

With applesauce.

This no-recipe, stovetop applesauce.

I’ve been craving this combination mainly in the afternoon, after I’ve been cooking and shooting and editing and writing for hours. And I need a little something on the go, but I don’t want a smoothie.

My idea for this snack started after a visit to Colorado last May. While I was there, I was feeding my nephew a bowl of half plain yogurt and half {organic unsweetened store bought} applesauce, and I was like, whoa this is way more delicious than I thought it was going to be. And so, my applesauce yogurt bowl routine was born.

No-recipe Stovetop Applesauce + applesauce yogurt bowls! | @withfoodandlove | A super easy, low-sugar, stovetop applesauce recipe that cooks by itself in under thirty minutes. A fall, apple recipe for the whole family. stovetop-applesauce-3No-recipe Stovetop Applesauce + applesauce yogurt bowls! | @withfoodandlove | A super easy, low-sugar, stovetop applesauce recipe that cooks by itself in under thirty minutes. A fall, apple recipe for the whole family. No-recipe Stovetop Applesauce + applesauce yogurt bowls! | @withfoodandlove | A super easy, low-sugar, stovetop applesauce recipe that cooks by itself in under thirty minutes. A fall, apple recipe for the whole family. Continue reading

My Favorite Fall Green Smoothie + my go-to smoothie formula!

Favorite Fall Green Smoothie | @withfoodandlove | A simple, go-to green smoothie with subtle flavors of fall that can be enjoyed as an easy breakfast or snack or meal year round.

Do people still drink green smoothies?

I used to have a green drink every single day.

In some form or another.

Sometimes a juice, sometimes a smoothie.

But over the past few months I haven’t been too into it.

While green drinks certainly pack a powerhouse of nutrients, something about them my body just wasn’t craving, so I went without. Now all of a sudden {probably the change of weather/seasons colliding thing} I’m back to a green drink routine. Which is great because dark, leafy greens are in season. And this particular fall green smoothie pairs some subtle autumnal flavors to ease me into the cooler weather. Whenever that decides to show up in Missouri.

Favorite Fall Green Smoothie | @withfoodandlove | A simple, go-to green smoothie with subtle flavors of fall that can be enjoyed as an easy breakfast or snack or meal year round.Favorite Fall Green Smoothie | @withfoodandlove | A simple, go-to green smoothie with subtle flavors of fall that can be enjoyed as an easy breakfast or snack or meal year round.Favorite Fall Green Smoothie | @withfoodandlove | A simple, go-to green smoothie with subtle flavors of fall that can be enjoyed as an easy breakfast or snack or meal year round.Favorite Fall Green Smoothie | @withfoodandlove | A simple, go-to green smoothie with subtle flavors of fall that can be enjoyed as an easy breakfast or snack or meal year round. Continue reading

Tagliatelle with Lentil Mushroom Bolognese Sauce + a giveaway!

Lentil Mushroom Bolognese Sauce | @withfoodandlove | A vegan bolognese sauce that is naturally gluten-free, simple and easy and packed with mushrooms and lentils.

My husband is Bolognese and my mother-in-law lives in Bologna, and when I visit {despite my mostly plant-based lifestyle} I manage to eat quite my fair share of ragù. Because when in Rome {almost literally}, right? Ragù, is what Bolognese people call meat sauce. We {us outside of Bologna} call meat sauce, Bolognese sauce. The two are meant to be the same thing, but they aren’t.

Traditional ragù is mainly meat, with just a tiny touch of tomato. The Bolognese sauce most people are familiar with is generally characterized as being a red sauce with meat in it. This lentil mushroom Bolognese sauce doesn’t actually contain either of the defining characteristics of a traditional ragù, but it does have a wonderful texture consistent with meat sauce and that counts for a lot.

I’ve been wanting to put a plant-based Bolognese sauce on my blog for years. But I’ve always been too nervous to know what my Bolognese family might think. They’re quite judgmental. Umm, I mean they’re very particular about their food. As they should be. So when Angela’s new book, Oh She Glows Every Day arrived on my doorstep containing a bomb vegan Bolognese recipe inside, I was like yeah now is the time. I can count on Angela – the queen of plant-based blogging.

A few things about the recipe! It contains mushrooms. A secret about me, I really dislike mushrooms. You won’t find a single recipe on my website that uses them, until now. I’m sorry mushroom lovers! I’ve tried and tried but I just can’t. Until now. The thing about vegan Bolognese sauce is that it’s hard to get the texture just right. Plant-based proteins like lentils {used here} gives it a good base layer, but it needs another component to build the right mouth feel. And, minced mushrooms does just that. Brilliant! Angela’s standard recipe uses sliced mushrooms, but her tip to cut them real small as a way to appease children {or adults who hate mushrooms} is pure genius. Angela’s original recipe has a twist of tahini in it, which sounds like it’d provide some wonderful nutty undertones. Here though, I chose to forgo that ingredient keeping the sauce as authentic as possible.

A few things about this book! It’s new, and it’s fantastic! Photographed beautifully by Ashley, Angela’s book is a hearty collection of simple, straight-forward staples for any anyone living a plant-based life. And I’m giving one away to one of you! Leave me a comment below – what vegetable is hard for you to get behind? Or do you love them all? I will choose a winner at random on September 19 at noon Central, and notify them by email. Sorry folks, the book will be sent to a United States shipping address only.

Lentil Mushroom Bolognese Sauce | @withfoodandlove | A vegan bolognese sauce that is naturally gluten-free, simple and easy and packed with mushrooms and lentils.Lentil Mushroom Bolognese Sauce | @withfoodandlove | A vegan bolognese sauce that is naturally gluten-free, simple and easy and packed with mushrooms and lentils.Lentil Mushroom Bolognese Sauce | @withfoodandlove | A vegan bolognese sauce that is naturally gluten-free, simple and easy and packed with mushrooms and lentils.Lentil Mushroom Bolognese Sauce | @withfoodandlove | A vegan bolognese sauce that is naturally gluten-free, simple and easy and packed with mushrooms and lentils. Continue reading

Yellow Watermelon Salad with Herby Cucumber Relish

Yellow Watermelon Salad with Herby Cucumber Relish | @withfoodandlove

Last weekend Amanda and her man visited me and Chris in St. Louis. There’s something real special about sharing your space and city with the people closest to you in your life. All of those small things that make up your everyday. Your home, your favorite place to get breakfast, coffee, etc. Somehow it allows you to feel closer to one another when you have to live distantly.

We spent 3 1/2 very full days together exploring our city. It was equal parts excitement and chill vibes thanks to our romantic staycations at the Chase Park Plaza, an opulent art deco masterpiece and historic hotel. Also, my favorite building in St. Louis. We relaxed by the pool, ate and drank at The Preston, enjoyed breakfast in bed and ended our stay with a much needed 60-minute massage at their Aveda salon. If you want to know more about what we did and where we went, Amanda recapped her weekend and STL experience here.

Somehow, we also managed to fit in an impromptu recipe and photography shoot/set-up my new tripod session. We used the ingredients I had on hand, which wasn’t much, to come up with this end of summer simple salad. Yellow watermelon {perfectly in season right now!} and green onions from the market the week before. Cucumbers and parsley from my garden. And, a few kitchen staples that I almost always have lying around, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, a knob of ginger, sea salt and pepper. We both created the same dish, essentially, but with a slightly different cucumber relish on top. Mine is a bright, herby, olive oil one. Hers, a quick-pickled, gingery, one. For that version, click here.

And now a few St. Louis announcements!

FEAST Magazine’s September issue is out and I’m real proud of it this month because I shot the cover and the fermentation spread inside {eek!}. You can pick up a copy anywhere in MO and southern IL and online here.

And finally! Tickets for my pop-up, The Great Big Harvest on 11/6 at Element are on sale now. Pre-sale tickets have sold out, so I added a few more seats. Purchase yours here. If you want the inside scoop and pre-sale tickets to future events, put your name on my email list.

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No-Recipe Late Summer Ratatouille + scenes from aeries resort!

No-Recipe Late Summer Ratatouille | @withfoodandlove

A few weeks ago I took a trip about 40 miles north to Aeries Resort with my friend Meghan and our guys. Aeries is located in the small town of Grafton, IL. Sitting atop a hill overlooking the majestic Mississippi River with views so magical you’ll never want to leave. Actually Aeries touts them as, “The Best Views In The Midwest”.

And at this point, I don’t beg to differ.

The four of us spent our time together laughing and eating and gawking over the sun each night as it set in all the right pink and purple hues. Drinking too much wine, good wine, really good wine. Some of the best local wine I’ve ever had. And, flying through the forest on ziplines like we were teenagers naive of our own mortality.

As a native east coaster, the Midwest is all new territory to me.

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Basil Fig Vodka Smash for #drinkthesummer 2016!

Basil Fig Vodka Smash | @withfoodandlove

Welcome to the 2nd annual #DRINKTHESUMMER!

Today is a celebration.

Of summer.

Of its magical bounty that’s still in full bloom {stop rushing fall plz/thank uuuu}.

And of community.

Last week I mentioned the significance of finding a tribe/sisterhood/your people, etc. – and DRINKTHESUMMER was born out of exactly that. Our work is done almost exclusively behind a computer and camera and alone. And my need to connect beyond that is primal. I think most of the fine people below would agree. I wanted to create an event where we could all participate in something together, on the same day, at the same time. It’s turning into an annual thing and it’s open to anyone and everyone that has a blog. If you are interested in participating next year fill out this form, and I’ll put you on the list.

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