Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

Over the last few weeks, Jack and I have eaten more of these peanut butter no-bake cookies than we’d like to admit. They’re sweet and nutty, with an addictive chewy texture that comes from lots of peanut butter and whole rolled oats. We&#82…


Over the last few weeks, Jack and I have eaten more of these peanut butter no-bake cookies than we’d like to admit. They’re sweet and nutty, with an addictive chewy texture that comes from lots of peanut butter and whole rolled oats. We’ve pretty much had a constant supply of them on hand, because as soon as you finish one batch, it only takes a few minutes to whip up another and pop it in the fridge to chill. I recommend you enjoy these peanut butter no-bake cookies for dessert or an afternoon treat, but if I’m being totally honest, […]

White Port and Tonic (Porto Tonico)

The best way to drink white port? Try the White Port and Tonic, aka Porto Tonico! It’s a refreshing Portuguese…

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The best way to drink white port? Try the White Port and Tonic, aka Porto Tonico! It’s a refreshing Portuguese spin on the gin and tonic.

White Port and Tonic

Here’s a drink we have on repeat over here that we think should start trending: the White Port and Tonic! Otherwise known as the Porto Tónico, this Portuguese spin on the classic G&T might be even better than the original. White port is a style of fortified wine made in Portugal, sweet and light with notes of vanilla, caramel, honey, and orange peel. Add to that bubbly tonic water and it’s intensely refreshing, with aromas that linger after each sip. This one’s so impressive, we’re vying for it to catch on in the States…stat.

Help us do it: make one at home and tag us on Instagram!

Ingredients in a White Port and Tonic (Porto Tónico)

The White Port and Tonic is a popular drink in Portugal, a spin on the classic Gin and Tonic using white port wine. The Portuguese cocktail is an aperitif, or drink for before a meal. White port is a unique style of port made in the Douro region of Portugal that tastes lighter than the more traditional red variety. It makes for a deliciously refreshing cocktail that’s ideal in summer when you’re looking for a refreshing drink, but it works in any season. The ingredients you’ll need for a Porto Tonico are:

  • White port
  • Tonic water
  • Orange slices
White port

What’s white port?

What is white port, anyway? Port is a sweet fortified wine from Portugal, usually served as a dessert wine. Port is most often red, so the white variety is a unique style. Here are a few more particulars on this unique type of wine:

  • White Port is a sweet white fortified wine made in a region of Portugal called the Douro Valley, where port has been made since the 1600’s. It made with a blend of different white wine grape varieties, such as Esgana Cão and Malvasia Fina. It’s similar to French Lillet Blanc, but the flavor is sweeter.
  • What does it taste like? White port tastes sweet, with honeyed fruit flavors and notes of vanilla, caramel, and citrus on the finish. It has a lighter character than most dessert wines.
  • How to drink it? You can drink white port straight as an aperitif, but we think it’s at its best in the Porto Tonico, paired with tonic water. It’s aromatic, bubbly, and refreshing in any season!

Don’t forget the orange squeeze

White port and tonic tastes great with just the two ingredients in its name. But to give it just that bit of edge, make sure to add a squeeze of fresh orange before enjoying. We’ve tried it with lemon as well, but orange is the clear winner here. It mimics the citrus notes in the port and gives a zesty nose to the glass. Don’t go without it!

Porto tonico

Favorite brand of tonic water

Tonic water is a carbonated water that contains quinine and is lightly sweetened. Don’t go about substituting Club Soda here, because it’s got a lot of flavor! It’s bubbly, bitter, sweet and sour, and it’s a popular cocktail mixer going back hundreds of years.

Quinine was historically prescribed as a medicine to fight malaria, and mixing it with carbonated water and sugar helped to mask its bitter flavor. Today, the level of quinine is much lower than historical tonic water and is safe to consume. Our favorite brand is Q Tonic: it has great flavor and is sold in small cans, just enough for a few drinks.

More tonic water drinks

You can make a “blank and tonic” with just about any spirit! And trust us: we’ve tried. None of them are quite as special as the White Port and Tonic. But here are a few more tasty tonic water cocktails:

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White Port and Tonic

White Port and Tonic


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces* white port
  • 4 ounces tonic water
  • 1 orange slice
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)

Instructions

  1. Add lots of ice to a large cocktail or wine glass and stir to chill the glass. Drain any melted water.
  2. Pour in the white port. Pour the tonic water onto a bar spoon into the glass (to increase the bubbles). Squeeze in the orange slice and stir once. Garnish and serve.

Notes

*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: White port and tonic

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Crispy Baked Jackfruit Taquitos (Vegan, GF)

The answer to the popular weeknight question What’s for dinner? Taquitos! These vegan and gluten-free taquitos are incredibly crispy, flavorful, perfectly dippable, and portable. They also happen to be ideal for making in large batches to freeze for la…

Crispy Baked Jackfruit Taquitos (Vegan, GF)

The answer to the popular weeknight question What’s for dinner? Taquitos! These vegan and gluten-free taquitos are incredibly crispy, flavorful, perfectly dippable, and portable. They also happen to be ideal for making in large batches to freeze for later, and they’re easy to reheat when you need a quick snack. The best part? Just 10 ingredients required! Let us show you how it’s done!

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Easy Avocado Corn Salad

Here’s the trick to a fast and easy way to make avocado corn salad! It’s perfect for parties and full…

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Here’s the trick to a fast and easy way to make avocado corn salad! It’s perfect for parties and full of zingy flavor.

Avocado corn salad

Some salads sound simple, but then you find yourself standing at the cutting board for ages. (Wait, where did the last 30 minutes go?) Here’s a salad that won’t take you half an afternoon to prep: this fast and easy Avocado Corn Salad! This one uses our favorite quick trick to a killer salad we use in our black bean and corn salad. It’s got a quick way to shortcut a bunch of chopping and the flavor? Incredible.

Another great option? Try our Avocado Tomato Salad with lemon vinaigrette!

Ingredients in avocado corn salad

This avocado corn salad can be quick and simple, or you can make it a little fancier using cooked corn on the cob. It’s the perfect summer salad for a barbecue or cookout, but it works for any season. Here are the essentials you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Avocados
  • Canned corn or cooked corn on the cob (see below)
  • Fresh pico de gallo, aka fresh salsa
  • Red onion, cilantro: optional!

Throw them all together, and you’ve got one salad with massive flavor and minimal chopping required. In fact, all you really need to chop is the avocados!

Avocado Corn Salad

The key: pico de gallo (aka fresh salsa)

The key to this concept? Purchased fresh pico de gallo in modern grocery stores. (This is true in American stores, at least!) You may also see it labeled as “fresh salsa” or “salsa fresca.” Why use it for an avocado corn salad?

  • Pico de gallo is a type of salsa made with fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro, and lime juice.
  • It cuts down on chopping. You can find it in the fresh food section, already chopped up and ready to mix into your salad!
  • The lime juice makes a natural salad dressing. Make sure to pour on a little of the juices into the mix. Then add a drizzle of olive oil, and you’ve got dressing!

Alternative: homemade pico

Purchased pico de gallo is pretty easy to access in American grocery stores in the produce aisle. Don’t have access to it? You can make your own pico! The salad will take a little longer to make, of course. But it’s worth it for the flavor. Go to our Best Pico de Gallo recipe and make ½ the recipe.

Avocado Corn Salad

Main types of corn for avocado corn salad

This salad easily transforms from basic to fancy by using corn on the cob! It’s delicious with canned corn, but if it’s corn season: make a stunning salad using grilled or boiled corn. It’s also a fantastic use for leftover corn on the cob! Here are all our favorite ways to cook corn on the cob:

For the cob methods, hit up this way to How to Cut Corn Off the Cob. It’s easy and eliminates the mess! Can you use frozen corn for this salad? You can, but we find the flavor of canned is better in this case and you don’t even need to defrost it.

How to cut an avocado: the safe way

Last up for this avocado corn salad: do you know the best way to cut an avocado? This vegetable (well, fruit!) is notorious for inducing knife injuries. Here’s how to cut it…the safe way:

  • Remove the pit: Using a large chef’s knife, cut lengthwise around the avocado. Twist the two halves to separate them. Place a towel in your hand and put the avocado on top. With a gentle but quick motion, tap the knife into the avocado pit, then twist it to remove it.
  • Safely pull the pit from the knife: Do not remove the avocado pit with your hand! Instead, pull the cutting board close to your body, then place the pit against the far edge of the cutting board and pull back to release it from the knife. (See the video at the link.)
  • Remove from the peel and slice: Use a large spoon to scoop out the avocado from the peel. Place the avocado with the cut side down, then cut it into slices.

And that’s it! We hope you love this avocado corn salad: let us know in the comments below!

More avocado recipes

Love avocados? Here are a few more great avocado recipes to make with this tasty fruit:

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Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Avocado corn salad

Easy Avocado Corn Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s a fast and easy way to make avocado corn salad! It’s perfect for parties and full of zingy flavor.


Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 15-ounce can corn, drained or 1 ½ cups boiled or grilled corn kernels
  • ¼ cup red onion slices (optional)
  • 1 cup purchased pico de gallo, aka salsa fresca (including juices)*
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 drizzle olive oil

Instructions

  1. If making with cooked corn, cut the corn kernels from the cob. Otherwise, drain the canned corn.
  2. Dice the avocado. If using, slice the red onion.
  3. Gently mix the chopped avocado, corn, red onion and cilantro (if using) with the pico de gallo, making sure to add it with its juices. Add a drizzle of olive oil if you like. The salad is best the day it is made. Leftovers are good for 1 day.

Notes

*You’ll find this packaged in the refrigerated section at your local grocery: it may be labeled pico de gallo or fresh salsa. If you can’t find it, make homemade Pico de Gallo. If you’d like

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Salad

Keywords: Avocado corn salad

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Plant Based Street Tacos

These plant based street tacos are fast and easy, full of bold flavor! Everyone will love this vegan dinner idea.…

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These plant based street tacos are fast and easy, full of bold flavor! Everyone will love this vegan dinner idea.

Vegan street tacos

This post was created in partnership with OZO Plant-Based Protein. All opinions are our own.

Here’s a deliciously fresh plant based meal idea…that also takes no time to put together. (Sounds impossible, right?) Try these Plant Based Street Tacos! This vegan taco topping is our new go-to because it’s so easy and delicious, and everyone in our family loves it. The secret? Well, it’s powered by a plant-based protein that blew us away with the flavor and protein level, made by OZO Plant-Based Protein. It’s also a seriously fast dinner you can make in a flash. Ready to get started?

Ingredients in these plant based street tacos

What’s a street taco vs a standard taco? It’s all in the size. A street taco is made to hold in your hand and eat on the go, so it’s smaller than a regular taco. Street tacos are typically made with corn tortillas that are no larger than 5-inches in diameter. If you’re going authentic, you’ll want to double them up to avoid breakage! Here’s what’s in this plant based street taco recipe:

  • 5-inch corn tortillas
  • OZO Plant-Based Mexican Ground (see below)
  • Black bean and corn salad (here)
  • Pickled onions (optional)
  • Cilantro
  • Hot sauce
OZO plant based protein

The key: a great plant based taco meat!

What makes this plant based street taco recipe? The plant based taco protein: OZO Plant-Based Mexican Ground. After taste testing it, we were pleasantly surprised! There are a lot of questionable plant based proteins out there, and this one passed the test at our house. Here’s what we love about it:

  • It’s got 20 grams of protein per serving. A lot of plant based proteins we’ve tried actually don’t have much protein! (Weird, but true.)
  • It’s made of pea protein. Many plant-based proteins are made with gluten or unnatural substances.
  • It’s delicious. The texture is great, and it already tastes like taco meat, so you don’t have to add seasonings.

Optional taco sauces!

These vegan street tacos are seriously simple, so you may want to jazz them up with some additional items if you have extra time. They taste delicious as is, but here are a few different creamy plant-based sauces you might want to try:

  • Chipotle Sauce: This creamy, spicy sauce is made with tahini and adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle chilis). It’s the quickest to make of these options.
  • Cashew Cream: Make it in advance: it’s our go-to creamy vegan sauce that makes anything taste better! You can also try Vegan Sour Cream
  • Cilantro Sauce: This light green sauce is beautifully bright and has a zingy flavor! It’s also cashew based.
Plant based tacos

Tips on warming tortillas

The last tip on making killer plant based street tacos: make sure to warm your tortillas! There’s nothing worse than biting into a cold, leathery tortilla. Corn tortillas especially can break easily when they’re cold. Remember that with street tacos, you’ll want to layer 2 tortillas to avoid breakage. Here’s how to warm tortillas like a pro:

  • Place them over the flame of a gas burner (preferred!). Place each tortilla directly on a gas burner for a few seconds per side, turning with tongs. This lightly chars the edges and warms the tortillas (so they’ll look like the photos). Then throw them into a tortilla warmer!
  • Warm them in the oven. If you don’t have a gas burner, you can warm them in the oven. Go to How to Warm Tortillas.

More taco recipes

Who doesn’t love tacos? Here are a few more tasty taco recipes you might enjoy, many of which are vegan dinner ideas:

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Vegan street tacos

Plant Based Street Tacos


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings (12 tacos)
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These vegan street tacos are fast and easy, full of bold flavor! Everyone will love this plant based dinner idea.


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Make the black bean and corn salad: In a bowl, mix together the beans (drained and rinsed), corn, and pico de gallo with the kosher salt.
  2. Warm the plant based taco meat: In a skillet, warm the OZO Plant-Based Mexican Seasoned Ground, according to the package instructions. 
  3. Warm the tortillas: Warm and char the tortillas by placing them on an open gas flame on medium for a few seconds per side, flipping with tongs, until they are slightly blackened and warm. (See How to Warm Tortillas.)
  4. Assemble the tacos: Layer 2 tortillas, then top with black bean and corn salad, taco meat, onions or pickled onions, cilantro, and hot sauce. 
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican-inspired

Keywords: Vegan street tacos, plant based tacos, plant based taco meat, OZO plant based protein

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25 Fresh Corn Recipes

Every summer, something happens that I look forward to all year: I spot a pile of the first sweet corn of the season at the farmers market. Immediately, my mind starts racing, imagining all the fresh corn recipes I’ll make when I get home. Should…


Every summer, something happens that I look forward to all year: I spot a pile of the first sweet corn of the season at the farmers market. Immediately, my mind starts racing, imagining all the fresh corn recipes I’ll make when I get home. Should I start with a corn salad? Tacos? Chowder? Plain ol’ corn on the cob? I’ll only make one of these corn recipes on that first night, but in the coming weeks, I’ll cycle through all of them. In late summer, corn is so fresh, sweet, and juicy that I cook it (and eat it) as […]

Roasted Salsa Verde (30 Minutes!)

When warmer weather arrives, we’re suckers for the classic combination of chips and salsa. This vibrant, roasted salsa verde is the perfect companion to crispy tortilla chips, tacos, enchiladas, salads, and beyond!
We trialed a raw version (hoping the…

Roasted Salsa Verde (30 Minutes!)

When warmer weather arrives, we’re suckers for the classic combination of chips and salsa. This vibrant, roasted salsa verde is the perfect companion to crispy tortilla chips, tacos, enchiladas, salads, and beyond!

We trialed a raw version (hoping the raw would work for an easy, heat-free option), but it didn’t quite compare to the smoky depth of flavor we achieved with the roasted version. It’s well worth the little bit of extra effort!

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Classic Gazpacho

This classic gazpacho recipe is a vibrant red-orange and full of traditional Spanish flavor! It’s quick to blend up this…

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This classic gazpacho recipe is a vibrant red-orange and full of traditional Spanish flavor! It’s quick to blend up this summer soup.

Gazpacho recipe

What’s better than a creamy, cool gazpacho on a blazing hot day? Sure, some Americans aren’t into cold soups. But this Spanish soup, born in the heat of Southern Spain, is the true definition of refreshing. The cool puree of tomato and cucumber against the zing of the sherry vinegar and rich olive oil is truly one of life’s great pleasures. Finally, we’ve got a great recipe for a summer gazpacho: made like the Spanish do.

What’s gazpacho, exactly?

Gazpacho is a cold tomato-based soup from the Andalusia region of Southern Spain. It’s made of raw, pureed vegetables and is now eaten around the world. An important thing about gazpacho: it’s intended as a refreshment on a hot day, not to be a filling main course! So it’s usually served as a starter or tapas recipe. There are a few similar Spanish soups, like salmorejo (creamier and made with bread) and ajoblanco (a white garlic version).

Lucky for us, Alex and I have been able to experience first hand a good, cold gazpacho in the Spanish heat! It was our first meal in country on a trip to Spain a few years ago, in a tiny restaurant in the center of a white-washed village. Dang, was it refreshing! Since then, we’ve been perfecting our perfect gazpacho recipe to recreate that special moment.

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Here’s the Spanish village where we had the transcendental gazpacho

Ingredients in a classic gazpacho recipe

The ingredients in a classic Spanish gazpacho vary, like any traditional recipe. Everyone has their perfect way to make gazpacho! Here are the ingredients we selected to make this gazpacho similar to our perfect Spanish rendition:

  • Ripe tomatoes: only the best, ripe summer tomatoes will do
  • Cucumber
  • Red bell pepper
  • Shallot: this brings a more subtle flavor than onion, which can be spicy
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Sherry vinegar: traditionally used in Spanish recipes and brings in that authentic flavor
  • Smoked paprika: the secret ingredient! See below.
  • Salt
Gazpacho recipe

What makes this gazpacho recipe great

There are good gazpacho recipes, and there are great ones. We hope you’ll find this one to be in the latter category! We’ve studied the Spanish tradition and tried to stick as close to authentic as possible. Here are a few notes on what makes this recipe great:

  • Sherry vinegar and smoked paprika bring authentic flavor. Smoked paprika (aka pimentón) is a traditional Spanish ingredient and adds just the right hint of complexity here. Sherry vinegar is another Spanish ingredient, and it’s astringent flavor lends just the right flair. It’s worth finding for this recipe.
  • It nixes the bread. Some Spanish gazpacho recipes use soaked bread for creaminess, but it can dilute the flavor. Plus, we took cues from our favorite Spanish Chef (José Andrés) who doesn’t use it in his. Try a Salmorejo recipe for a bread-thickened soup.
  • It’s pureed, but not strained. Some chefs strain their gazpacho, but we like ours pureed, right from the blender. But we think a good gazpacho should be blended, not chunky! Chunky gazpacho seems to be more of an American creation, not Spanish.

Chill until cold, about 2 hours (or up to 3 days)

Gazpacho is very simple to make: simply throw the ingredients in a blender, and blend until pureed! The hardest part is waiting for it to chill. Here are a few notes:

  • Chilling makes it cold, and helps the flavors meld. Don’t be tempted to throw it in the freezer to speed things up. The timing helps the flavors to mesh while they also cool.
  • Refrigerate up to 3 days. Personally we like it within 1 day of making. But you can also make in advance and refrigerate until serving.
Gazpacho

How to garnish gazpacho

A great gazpacho is also all about the garnish! It works in either bowls or small cups or glasses. It’s most often served with chopped veggies and a crusty piece of bread. Here’s what to use for a garnish for gazpacho:

  • Chopped tomatoes, cucumbers or shallot
  • Fresh herbs like oregano, chives or basil
  • Crusty bread like crostini or grilled bread
  • Olive oil drizzle

More Spanish recipes

Love Spanish recipes? After studying in Spain years ago, I fell head over heels with this special cuisine. Here are a few more of the Spanish recipes we love to make at home:

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Gazpacho

Gazpacho


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 small servings (about 4 cups)
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ripe quality tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped (about 3 large)
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika (pimenton)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust salt as needed.
  2. Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours, or up to 3 days before serving.
  3. Serve topped with additional chopped veggies, a drizzle of olive oil, and toasted bread. 
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Keywords: Gazpacho, gazpacho recipe

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Easy Vegetarian Tacos

I am all about vegetarian tacos, they are my favorite. I love creating fun and delicious veggie tacos like my Roasted Cauliflower Chickpea Tacos and my Sweet Potato Tacos, but these Easy Vegetarian Tacos are my GO TO! I make them almost every week. I l…

I am all about vegetarian tacos, they are my favorite. I love creating fun and delicious veggie tacos like my Roasted Cauliflower Chickpea Tacos and my Sweet Potato Tacos, but these Easy Vegetarian Tacos are my GO TO! I make them almost every week. I love that they have a variety of vegetables and they…

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Peach Crisp

You’d be hard pressed to find an easier summer dessert than this peach crisp recipe. Toss the filling together in one bowl, mix up the topping in another, layer them both into a skillet, and bake. When you take your first bite, you’ll be st…


You’d be hard pressed to find an easier summer dessert than this peach crisp recipe. Toss the filling together in one bowl, mix up the topping in another, layer them both into a skillet, and bake. When you take your first bite, you’ll be stunned that something so delicious could be so simple to make. There’s just nothing better than peak-season summer fruit. Peach Crisp Recipe Ingredients Because this recipe is so easy to make, it’s a great choice for summer entertaining. It’s also ideal for serving guests with a variety of dietary needs, because it’s both vegan and gluten-free! […]