Turmeric Fried Rice with Edamame

Turmeric Fried Rice with Edamame By Alison's AllspiceTurmeric is all the craze right now because of its huge number of health benefits.  Have you heard about all the things turmeric can do for you?  It is most well known for reducing inflammation, but also reduces risks of Alzheimer’s disease, and has been equally as effective at preventing and treating cancers as pharmaceutical drugs (Duke 2007).  In the past, I have only used turmeric in my curry dishes.  Now, I am trying to put it into more and more dishes to enjoy it’s health benefits.  Try it in my turmeric fried rice with edamame  recipe! Continue reading

Lentil Cauliflower Vegan Sloppy Joes

Lentil Cauliflower Vegan Sloppy Joes by Alison's AllspiceI have been eating a mostly vegetarian diet for a little over five years.  One of the things I find myself easily doing is eating a lot of carbohydrates.  I get plenty of protein too, but when you are searching for substitutes in a dish like sloppy joes,  carb-heavy fillers can become the easy choice.  I finally upgraded my lentil and bulgar sloppy joes recipe, focusing on getting a serving of veggies instead of carbs. Lentil cauliflower vegan sloppy joes are just as tasty, and help me to focus on eating more vegetables! Continue reading

Buffalo Blue Cheese Vegetarian Taquitos

Buffalo Blue Cheese Vegetarian Taquitos by Alison's AllspiceThese buffalo blue cheese vegetarian taquitos were created completely on a whim.   Oftentimes I buy a few extra ingredients that aren’t on my grocery list at the store, simply because they are on sale. One night when I needed a quick weeknight meal, I riffled through the fridge and found some 6-inch tortillas, so I whipped up these taquitos .  I had seen a vegan buffalo taquitos pin on pinterest and thought it looked like a fantastic idea, but I hadn’t even look at the recipe. As it turned out, my version is loaded with tangy blue cheese, as well as a healthy does of vegetables! Continue reading

A Week in the Life of a Vegetarian

A week in the life of a vegetarian.  That’s what I have to offer you today.  This week I am sharing my menu plan so that you can see what a week in the life of a vegetarian looks like. Have you ever been curious or think it might be impossible to achieve?  Well, this is what I am eating this week.  The plan also outlines my pursuit for a healthy diet, including indulgences and shortfalls. Check out the menu for 2 people, including a free grocery list, the plan, and ideas for next week.  Continue reading

Fresh Air Fridays – Echo’s Debut

Happy Friday everyone!  Welcome to the first Fresh Air Fridays Post!  I have been searching for a good way to share other pieces of myself here on the blog.  It is a food blog, first and foremost, and will always be.  However, there are so many other things that I love doing, therefore I have created a new series called Fresh Air Fridays where I will post about things other than cooking, food, and recipes.  My hope is that readers will find breath of fresh air and a new way to connect to the blog with these posts.  Today is Echo’s Debut.Echo's Debut Continue reading

Plantain Black Bean Rice Bowls with Cilantro Pesto

Follow my blog with BloglovinPlantain Black Bean Rice Bowls with Cilantro PestoA few years ago I took a trip to Puerto Rico and had plantains for the first time.  I had always assumed that they were just like bananas, but the truth is that they are pretty different.  A plantain is more well suited for cooking because it has a firm texture.  Banana’s are usually reserved for baked goods because they are soft while plantains will hold up to the cooking process. My favorite part about plantains is that they add a hint of sweetness to dishes like my plantain black bean rice bowls with cilantro pesto. Continue reading

Choosing Whole Foods

Choosing Whole FoodsTrying to eat a healthy diet is often times confusing because of the wealth of (contrasting) information out there.  What we know about a healthy diet is constantly changing.  For example, it was once thought that eating eggs would increase cholesterol and increase the chances of heart disease, but now we know that high cholesterol is caused by saturated fats, not by cholesterol itself.  I started a series on healthy habits to highlight the pieces of a healthy lifestyle that I think are important and that I am working on in my own life.  The first post I made was on New Year’s Day, where I wrote about my weight loss story, which is where my goals for healthy habits started.

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Small Batch Veggie Lasagna

Small Batch Veggie Lasagna - Alison's AllspiceBack when I posted my Lentil Loaf recipe I told you all that meatloaf was a favorite food of mine as a child.  Well, my other favorite food was lasagna.  Mom would always ask us what meal we wanted to have for our birthdays, and I always chose lasagna.  Now I make a veggie version, and I love this small batch veggie lasagna because it only makes 4 servings.  With only two of us in the house, we don’t have to eat lasagna until we are tired of it! Continue reading

Red Cabbage Feta and Candied Almond Slaw

Red cabbage feta and candied almond slawYes, that is right.  We are making slaw with cheese and nuts today.  This red cabbage feta and candied almond slaw is almost more like a salad.  It has a sharp and savory vinaigrette like a salad, but the red cabbage really eats more like a slaw.  Whether you think it should be called a slaw or a salad is up to you.  Once you try this recipe, you will be hooked!  Continue reading

Black Bean Corn and Spinach Quesadillas

Black bean corn and spinach quesadillasI always tell my husband, any food that is a delivery service for cheese and salsa is my favorite food.  These black bean corn and spinach quesadillas are just that!  We cut ours into wedges for easy dipping into salsas and sour cream.  This is one indulgent meal that you can whip up in no time, and feel good about because it is loaded with veggies.  Check out my other favorite Tex-Mex style, cheese and salsa delivery systems below! Continue reading