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Announcing: The New Cookbook!!!

Love & Lemons Every Day - my new cookbook!

I’ve been keeping this a secret for a while now, but today’s the day that I can finally tell you about my new cookbook, Love & Lemons Every Day! The main thing that I want you to know about it is that, well… it’s packed with all of my absolute favorite recipes, ones I’ve been obsessively making, eating, serving, and testing nearly every day for the past three years. It’s a big fat beautiful book packed with all-new vibrant veggie recipes (none are on the blog – you’ll only find them in the book) and lots of beautiful visuals to inspire you to make fun, delicious food. It’s coming out April 2nd, and you can pre-order it now!

My approach to this cookbook was very different from the first book. With the first book, I focused all of the recipes on my farmers market finds, and I based dishes solely off that inspiration. With our recent move closer to my family in Chicago, I decided to change things up a bit. With Chicago’s farmers market season being much shorter, as well as having more meals with my extended family, I shifted the focus of this book more towards everyday cooking with vegetables that you can easily find – whether you’re shopping at the grocery store or the farmers market. Of course, the book is full of recipes featuring gorgeous produce, but it’s organized by meal type, so you’ll easily find something yummy to make any day. This means more meals that your whole family will love with vegetables at the center of the plate.


Amazon  /  Barnes & Noble  /  Indiebound

Chapters Indigo

Book Depository

Apple Books  / Google Play  / Kindle
Kobo (US)  /  Kobo (Canada)  /  Nook

Love & Lemons Every Day - my new cookbook!

So, what’s in the book?

100+ all-new vibrant recipes that make vegetables insanely delicious!

Love & Lemons Every Day is the perfect book for making any meal, from breakfast to dessert, where vegetables (and/or fruits) are the star. Butternut squash becomes the best queso you’ve ever eaten, broccoli transforms into a zesty green “rice” burrito filling, and sweet potato blends into a smooth chocolate frosting. The book is organized by meal type, including Breakfast, Snacks & Starters, Salads, Soups, Side Dishes, Desserts, Drinks, and Homemade Extras, but the biggest chapter by far is Dinner! Because, when I personally read cookbooks, I’m usually looking for something inspiring to make for dinner, and I wanted to give you lots and lots of plant-forward main dish options.

And speaking of plant-forward options, all of the recipes are vegetarian and nearly all of the recipes have a vegan alternative if the recipe is not vegan already. There are a good amount of gluten-free recipes as well.

Love & Lemons Every Day - my new cookbook!

Go-to guides

If you have our first cookbook, you’re probably familiar with the hummus, smoothie, and pesto charts that are at the back of the book. Everyone loved those (including me!), so I made more! Sprinkled throughout the book are visual charts and guides to show you how to make my favorite kitchen staples. Learn how to roast or grill any vegetable, how to make vegetable stock with whatever you have on hand, and more.

Inspiration to get creative!

Tired of your usual desk lunch? A giant grid of 5-ingredient salad dressings will have you devouring a new salad every day! All the dressings are wonderful to have on hand for throwing together quick meals. You’ll have a great time discovering other uses for them as well. Of course, the dressings are great to pep up your greens, but you’ll also love them on grain bowls or drizzled over roasted vegetables. As I created these dressings (and had a million dressings hanging around my fridge), I had tons of ideas of how to mix and match them to create new recipes. I hope these informative graphics spark that kind of kitchen joy for you too.

Love & Lemons Every Day - my new cookbook!

Fast food

Sometimes you just need a quick, tasty combination of healthy ingredients. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you’re familiar with our Many Ways posts, such as Overnight Oats Many Ways and Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Many Ways. These ‘many-ways’ style concepts (new ones!) appear in the book, too! You’ll see 6 Ways to Scramble, 5 Easy Pasta Favorites, and Fruit Crumbles 4 Ways. 

… and slow food

Sometimes you want to pour a glass of wine and spend quality time in the kitchen. This book features an array of more involved recipes for those days. Try the Cozy Vegan Mushroom White Bean Pot Pies, Zucchini Verde Vegan Enchiladas, or explore a collection of special occasion menus.


Love & Lemons Every Day - my new cookbook!

Clever ideas to use the whole vegetable

Not sure what to do with your beet greens and broccoli stalks? I’ve included a section filled with fun ways to use scrap vegetable parts in your everyday cooking – waste not, want not!

A recipe for “insert vegetable here”

Nearly every (easily accessible) vegetable under the sun is featured. Cauliflower and kale are here, but you’ll find tasty ideas for less popular veggies like parsnips, rutabagas, and collard greens, too! Some of my favorites include a hearty meatless rutabaga ragu and a collard green slaw that’s perfect to pack for lunch.

And some sweet treats

The day you get your book, I suggest that you make the Flourless Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies (we constantly have a stash in our freezer), my all-time favorite Lemon Olive Oil Pistachio Cake, or these Vegan Date Brownies:

Love & Lemons Every Day - my new cookbook!

I truly hope you love this book as much as I loved making it for you!

Click one of these links to pre-order the book!

Amazon  /  Barnes & Noble  /  Indiebound

Chapters Indigo

Book Depository

Apple Books  / Google Play  / Kindle
Kobo (US)  /  Kobo (Canada)  /  Nook


Praise for Love & Lemons Every Day

“For years, Love & Lemons has been my go-to guide for vegetable-packed inspiration in the kitchen. Love & Lemons Every Day, Jeanine’s latest and most vibrant project yet, is the tangible incarnation of why her work is so popular and appealing. It’s loaded with positive, practical, and passionate recipes that make cooking every day a true joy, as well as endless smart tips for healthier, happier eating!”

– Gail Simmons


“Love & Lemons Every Day is going to be a new staple on my bookshelf. First of all, the recipes are SO GOOD. They’re vegetarian without sacrificing anything, and they’re totally drool-worthy (Lasagna Soup—like what??) but don’t require spending your whole night in the kitchen. Then there are the add-ins, sprinkled throughout the book like delectable little bonus morsels: How to use food scraps and freeze herbs, easy salad dressing formulas, and more.  It’s a book that will inspire people to get excited about healthy food, but more importantly, a book that will actually enable them to cook it in their daily lives.”

 – Liz Moody


“Being a California girl, Jeanine’s approach to food speaks deep into my heart. Her new book is bright, fresh, and filled with everyday recipes that beautifully celebrate what is so special about cooking with what is in season.”

– Tiffani Thiessen

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Vegetarian Recipes

Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Here’s a quickie recipe for those nights when you just need something fast and delicious. This Lemon Ricotta Pasta is super fast, light, and fresh, which makes it perfect for an easy weeknight dinner during the summer. The bright lemon flavor perfectly compliments the light and creamy ricotta, and the little pops of sweetness from the peas make every bite a little more interesting. Simple, fresh, and easy.

Originally posted 3-4-2011, updated 6-8-2022.

Overhead view of a bowl of lemon ricotta pasta with a fork and lemon wedges.

Do I Have to Use Fresh Lemon?

This is one of those recipes where you really do want to use a fresh lemon instead of bottled juice. The zest from the lemon adds a ton of bright, summery lemon flavor to the pasta without making the sauce too sour. We add just a little of the juice to balance the creaminess of the ricotta, but the zest is where you’re getting all that gorgeous sunny lemon flavor!

Not All Ricotta is Created Equal

I find there is quite a bit of variation in the quality of ricotta from brand to brand. Some are smooth, mild, and sweet like fresh milk, while others are bland and grainy. My preferred brand is Galbani, but they didn’t have any at the store when I went, so I got the generic Kroger brand. It was definitely a bit grainy, but the pasta was still quite delicious despite that!

Also, make sure to get whole milk ricotta. Low-fat ricotta just doesn’t hit the same in this recipe.

What Else Can I Add?

This simple pasta is a great jumping-off point for making a more elaborate pasta, if that’s what you’re in the mood for. Try adding some sliced chicken breast, fresh basil, or fresh spinach. Garlic butter shrimp would also go great with this pasta!

What to Serve with Lemon Ricotta Pasta

This pasta is so light and fresh that I suggest keeping any side dishes really simple, light, and fresh as well. I would go with a super simple side salad, or maybe some roasted asparagus and tomatoes.

Overhead view of lemon ricotta pasta in a skillet.

Overhead view of a bowl of lemon ricotta pasta.

Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Lemon Ricotta Pasta is light, fresh, and quick to prepare, making it the perfect pasta for weeknight dinners in the summer.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Total Cost $4.27 recipe / $1.07 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 400kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes


  • 1 lemon $0.89
  • 8 oz. pasta* $0.67
  • 1 cup frozen peas $0.50
  • 1 clove garlic, minced $0.08
  • 1 Tbsp butter $0.11
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta $1.60
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan $0.36
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste) $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper (or to taste) $0.02
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper (or to taste) $0.02


  • Zest and juice the lemon. You’ll need about ½ tsp zest and 1 Tbsp lemon juice.
  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions (boil for 7-10 minutes, or until tender). Before draining, reserve about 1 cup of the starchy water from the pot.
  • Place the frozen peas in the colander before draining the pasta so the pasta will thaw the peas as it drains.
  • Add the butter and minced garlic to a large skillet and sauté over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, or just until the garlic is fragrant.
  • Add the drained pasta and peas, and about ½ cup of the starchy pasta cooking water to the skillet with the butter and garlic. Stir to combine, then turn off the heat.
  • Add the ricotta, Parmesan, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and ½ teaspoon lemon zest to the skillet. Stir until everything is well combined, the residual heat from the skillet and pasta have warmed the ricotta, and the ricotta has formed a creamy sauce. Add more of the warm reserved pasta water if needed.
  • Season the pasta with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste. Serve warm.


*Use any short shape pasta.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 14g | Sodium: 335mg | Fiber: 4g

close up side view of lemon ricotta pasta in a bowl.

How to Make Lemon Ricotta Pasta – Step By Step Photos

A zested and juiced lemon on a cutting board.

Zest and juice one lemon. You’ll need about ½ tsp of zest and 1 Tbsp juice.

Boiled pasta in a pot, water being scooped out with a measuring cup.

Cook 8oz. pasta according to the package directions (boil for 7-10 minutes, or until tender). Reserve about 1 cup of the starchy pasta water before draining.

Peas and cooked pasta in a colander.

Add 1 cup of frozen peas to a colander, then pour the boiled pasta over top to thaw the peas as you drain the pasta.

Sautéed garlic in butter in a skillet.

Add 1 Tbsp butter and 1 clove garlic to a large skillet. Sauté over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, or just until the garlic becomes very fragrant.

Pasta, peas, and pasta water added to the skillet.

Add the still-hot pasta and peas to the skillet along with about ½ cup of the hot reserved pasta water. Stir to combine, then turn off the heat.

Cheese and lemon added to pasta.

Add 1 cup whole milk ricotta, ¼ cup grated Parmesan, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, and ½ tsp lemon zest to the pasta. Stir until the ingredients are combined, the residual heat from the pasta and skillet have warmed the ricotta, and the ricotta has turned into a creamy sauce.

Salt, pepper, and red pepper added to the pasta.

Add more of the reserved pasta water if the mixture is too thick or too dry. Season the pasta with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste.

Finished lemon ricotta pasta in the skillet.

Enjoy the lemon ricotta pasta while still warm!

Overhead view of a bowl of lemon ricotta pasta.

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