Homemade Teriyaki Baked Tofu

Homemade Teriyaki Baked Tofu by Alison's AllspiceHave you ever bought baked tofu at the store?  It’s a handy product that is seasoned, cooked, and ready to throw into any dish.  When I was first transitioning from being an omnivore to vegetarian, I found that I loved tofu!  This is not the case for most people, they find the texture off-putting, so yes, I know I’m weird.  I started experimenting with all kinds of ways to enjoy tofu (including this smoked tofu recipe).  This homemade teriyaki baked tofu makes weeknight dinners even faster! Continue reading

Fried Avocado Black Bean Tacos

Fried Avocado Black Bean Tacos by Alison's AllspiceAvocado’s have been a little pricey here recently.  I have a serious love for avocados, so when I saw them on sale last week, I couldn’t resist!  I am usually good about not buying things I don’t have a plan for (because if I don’t have a plan, they don’t get used).  Therefore, I set out to make a plan for the avo’s I had brought home.  I had some leftover tortillas, so tacos were the obvious choice.  When I googled avocado tacos, I couldn’t believe that I had never heard of this deliciousness!  Fried avocado black bean tacos are my favorite new way to enjoy my beloved avocado! Continue reading

Golden Retriever Puppy Pepper – Fresh Air Friday’s

Hello friends!  Today I am sharing with you the new addition to my family, our golden retriever puppy, Pepper!  I have wanted a dog for soooo long. I’m so excited to share with you the beginning of our journey!  My husband and I bought a house over a year ago.  We bought one with a great big yard so that I could plant a big garden, and have plenty of space for our dog to run around.

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Chipotle Butternut Squash Queso

Chipotle Butternut Squash Queso by Alison's AllspiceDuring football season, I am always challenged to come up with indulgent, cheesy finger foods that have a healthy twist.  I find that trying to make a snack healthy by reducing fat or other indulgent flavors usually makes it less exciting.  Instead I focus on adding something to the dish to make it more nutritious.  I use creamy butternut squash in this queso dip to add body and color, and mix in spicy chipotles and melty cheese to make it fun!  Try my chipotle butternut squash queso for your next game day! Continue reading

12 Vegetarian Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less!

12 vegetarian dinners in 30 minutes or less! by Alison's AllspiceLast week I told you all that there had been some changes at home making life a little crazy and busy.  Her name is Pepper, and she is my 10-week old golden retriever pup!  Today I am sharing a round-up of recipes that take 30 minutes or less because life at home with a puppy leaves little time to cook.   I love too cook, and still want to make nutritious meals to enjoy, so these fast and easy dishes that take less than 30 minutes are a life saver! And guess what?  No salads!  I love salad, but there are many that don’t, therefore I specifically excluded salads from this list. Check out these 12 vegetarian dinners in 30 minutes or less.  Which one is your favorite? Continue reading

Chili & Cheddar Loaded Baked Potatoes

Chili & Cheddar Loaded Baked Potatoes by Alison's AllspiceThese chili & cheddar loaded baked potatoes are a total comfort food classic for me.  When ever I make chili, I always make a huge batch so there are plenty of leftovers for other meals.  This is my favorite chili recipe, and the recipe I used for the photos.  I also love white chili, has anyone ever tried white chili over a potato?  I am crazy enough I might just have to try it, and report back! Continue reading

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Quesadillas

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Quesadillas by Alison's AllspiceThis week has been a very busy week for me (stories to come!), and has left me with little time to do my usual menu planning.  When dinner time came around the other night, I was scrounging through the fridge trying to come up with a plan.  I always start by looking at what vegetables I have, because I try to center my eating habits around getting plenty of veggies.  When I realized the best combo I had was spinach and artichoke, all I needed was cheese and a delivery system to make a meal.  I used my leftover spinach tortillas from my Zombie Burritos recipe to make these creamy spinach artichoke quesadillas! Continue reading

Breaded Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwiches

Breaded Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwiches by Alison's AllspiceWhen I first started eating more meatless meals, buffalo chicken was the thing I missed most.  I tried so many recipes to find something that I could substitute, but so few of them worked out.  Cauliflower, however, has been my favorite food to transform into the spicy buffalo flavor that I was missing.  The flavor of cauliflower is light, which makes it perfect to lather in spicy buffalo sauce.  My breaded buffalo cauliflower sandwiches are light, but have loads of flavor, so you don’t feel like you’re missing a thing! Continue reading

Roasted Broccoli Steaks and Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce

Roasted Broccoli Steaks and Chickpeas with yogurt sauce by Alison's AllspiceThis months recipe redux theme was to create a gut-healthy meal.  When I think of gut health, I think of two things: fiber and probiotics.  I made roasted broccoli steaks and chickpeas with yogurt sauce.  Yogurt is my favorite food-based probiotic, and it makes a delicious, creamy sauce.  I choose broccoli and chickpeas because they have two different types of fiber that are both great for gut health- more on this later.  Finally, to make it a full meal, I plated the roasted broccoli and chickpeas over barley! Continue reading

Best Ever Homemade Vegetable Soup

Best Ever Homemade Vegetable Soup by Alison's AllspiceYes friends, you read correctly, BEST EVER homemade vegetable soup.  And here is why I think it’s the best – it’s adaptable. Vegetable soup doesn’t really need a recipe, but it does need a well thought out plan.  Below, I have outlined for you which pieces of my recipe are necessary and why, and which pieces you can change and still have great success.  I never really liked soup until I started making it at home.  A simple vegetable soup is my favorite because it is light, and yet so flavorful! Continue reading