Category Archives: Asian

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

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Paneer Curry

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Paneer Curry by Alison's AllspiceI have a love hate relationship with curry.  On one hand, I absolutely love it.  It’s versatile, healthy and easy to make.  However, I don’t like most curry powders I have tried, taking curry from love to hate.  Instead, I make my own curry powder.  It requires stocking lots of spices to make my own blend.  The plus side is that I can vary the amount of each spice every time I make a batch so that the flavors vary each time.  No one curry dish will be the same as the next in my kitchen!  Check out my slow cooker sweet potato paneer curry where I tried using more whole spices! Continue reading

Five Spice Shrimp Tacos with Rhubarb Ginger Sauce

Five Spice Shrimp Tacos with Rhubarb Ginger Sauce by Alison's AllspiceHave you guys tried chinese 5-spice powder yet?  It’s been a popular up-and-coming spice for a while now, and I’m just now getting on board.  Chinese five-spice is a blend of Szechwan pepper, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, and fennel.  It has a wonderfully warming characteristic that pairs perfectly with other Asian flavors, such as ginger, and is not spicy.  My five spice shrimp tacos with rhubarb ginger sauce are an amazing twist between Asian and Mexican cuisines! Continue reading

Early Summer Vegetable Stir Fry with Crispy Tofu

Early Summer Vegetable Stir Fry with Crispy Tofu by Alison's AllspiceDo you guys ever get a feeling that you want to dive into a pile of veggies to reset and refresh??  Eating meals that are heavy with vegetables helps me to feel my best.  I can dig in until I’m stuffed and not feel weighed down.  Veggies are totally guilt free as well.  Recipes like this early summer vegetable stir fry with crispy tofu was one of my favorite things to eat when I was trying to loose weight.  Now this meal is a total comfort food, and I love to indulge myself with it! Continue reading

Banh Mi Veggie Cracker Bites

Banh Mi Veggie Cracker Bites by Alison's AllspiceDisclosure: I received free samples of Breton Crackers mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Breton Crackers and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

As a kid my family used to have snack nights.  In lieu of dinner, we would have a tray full of finger foods, usually loaded with crackers, cheese, and dips, as well as fruit and veggies.  When Breton Crackers sent me samples of their original crackers with tender-crisp texture and delicious flavor, I knew they would be perfect for snack night. I wanted my crackers to be loaded with veggies, so I chose a theme that uses lots of veggies, the banh mi sandwich.  These banh mi veggie cracker bites are fun little bites that you’ll keep reaching for on your snack night! Continue reading

Asian Cabbage Baked Egg Rolls with Tempeh

Asian Cabbage Baked Egg Rolls with Tempeh by Alison's AllspiceI’m not really a side dish person.  I love to cook.  It’s a great release at the end of the day to come home and find my rhythm in the kitchen.  However, I find it most enjoyable when there are fewer pieces of the puzzle to keep track of.  Side dishes don’t fit that routine well, therefore I tend to make and eat a single thing every night.  These Asian cabbage baked egg rolls with tempeh fit that theme perfectly.   Continue reading

Samosa Potato and Chickpea Patties with Cilantro Chutney

Samosa Potato and Chickpea Patties with Cilantro Chutney by Alison's AllspiceWelcome to my first Recipe Redux post!  I am so excited to be a new member of this healthy food bloggers network.  This month we are sharing recipes and tips to reduce food waste, in honor of Earth Day on April 22nd. I am sharing my recipe for samosa potato and chickpea patties with cilantro chutney.  In my samosa patties recipe I use the potato skins, and the cilantro stems to reduce food waste. Check out my tips below on how to reduce food waste! Continue reading

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

Spicy Sesame Mushroom Lo Mein

Spicy Sesame Mushroom Lo Mein with ChopsticksQuick meals are a must for many cooks.  Having a few easily adaptable recipes makes quick meals that much more simple – you can use what you have on hand and skip the trip to the grocery store.  Spicy Sesame Mushroom Lo Mein is fresh and fast to put together on those busy weeknights without much time.  Continue reading

Vegan Fried Rice

Vegan fried rice

Fried rice is such an easy meal to whip on a weeknight, I tend to make this vegan fried rice a lot.  Having a few different variations on a classic recipe makes it easy to eat this simple food frequently and not get tired of it.  Pineapple Fried Rice is another great variation to a classic.   Continue reading