Category Archives: Dinner

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

One Pot Spanish Wheat Berries with Chickpeas and Olives

Wheat berries are my favorite grain to cook with.  They are inexpensive, and the texture is outstanding!  I feel like they get overlooked so often because gluten free grains are popular right now.  Also, fancier wheat grains are often used by recipe developers, so they get all the hype.  I have tried both farro and kamut (ancient wheat grain varieties), and I don’t think they are worth the extra money when compared to standard wheat berries.  This one pot Spanish wheat berries with chickpeas and olives is a take on arroz con pollo, made vegetarian of course! Continue reading

Vegetable Lentil Pot Pie

Vegetable Lentil Pot PieI love comfort foods that are loaded full of veggies.  You can feel like you are treating yourself, while you’re getting your quota of veggies for the day.  It’s a total win-win scenario.  Pot pies were a favorite meal of mine growing up, therefore this vegetable lentil pot pie fits the best of both worlds for me.  It’s a total comfort food, and still very healthy. Continue reading

Vegetarian Lentil Loaf with Tomato Glaze

Vegetarian Lentil Loaf with Tomato GlazeMeatloaf was my favorite meal as a kid, especially mom’s recipe.  I would even help out in the kitchen to get some of mom’s meatloaf!  When I turned to a mostly vegetarian diet, I didn’t expect any kind of loaf in my future.  Meat imitations often times fail.  They simply don’t, and won’t, taste like the real thing.  I was hesitant to try a loaf recipe, however, my love for lentils has grown exponentially in the last few years.  I decided to give a lentil loaf a try and we found another keeper for the rotation!  My vegetarian lentil loaf with tomato glaze tastes nothing like meat (and shouldn’t), but is delicious on it’s own accord. It’s hearty, wholesome, and healthy! Continue reading

Moroccan Sweet Potato Millet Bowl

moraccan Sweet potato millet-bowl-with-parsley-chickpeas-and-rasinsThis is the perfect time of year to enjoy sweet potatoes.  They are so cheap at the store that I somehow ended up with a whole fridge drawer full!  Oops.  Oh well.  At least I love to eat them and they are easy to incorporate into many dishes.  This moroccan sweet potato millet bowl is great for serving a crowd because it will accommodate many diets.  It is both vegan, and gluten free. Also, the warming spices are perfect on cold winter days! Continue reading

One Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac

one-pot-vegetarian-chili-macMy three bean chili recipe is an absolute favorite at my house!  When ever I make a batch of chili, I always hoard some leftovers in the freezer for other meals.  What, I just love chili!  This one pot vegetarian chili mac recipe reminds me a lot of my classic chili, and therefore is anther favorite that would get hoarded… if there were ever any leftovers! Continue reading

Mediterranean Pasta Plate with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

meditteranean-pasta-plateEvery year when summer rolls around, I can’t wait for the fresh produce to start filling my plate.  However when fall gets here, I seem to have a hard time giving up summer.  I love fall vegetables, like butternut squash, but I’m just not over summer yet… Even though it’s almost the end of September.  This Mediterranean Pasta Plate with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce is fresh and fast!  It’s a great way to use the tomatoes and cucumber that I’m still getting in my CSA! Continue reading

Smokey Summer Squash Fritters

smokey summer squash frittersI love it when friends and family offer you food from their garden.  It is such a treat to have homegrown food!  I hate to see food wasted, so I love when I can help out my friends and family with their garden surplus.  It’s a true win-win scenario to me.   I recently got a huge load of summer squash from family.  These smokey summer squash fritters were my favorite way to prepare it! Continue reading

Enchilada Zucchini Boats

Vegetarian Enchilada Zucchini BoatsEven though it seems early in the season, the farmers market has had zucchinis for weeks now!  I finally picked up a few to whip up this delicious enchilada zucchini boats recipe.  This dish is a great way to get lots of veggies, and is still a balanced meal full of rice, beans, and flavor!   Continue reading

Mushroom Pecan Empanadas

Mushroom Pecan Empanadas 2Making food from scratch is often times more time consuming.  There are plenty of reasons to do it, however.  The first, and my personal favorite, is that making your own food allows you to control the ingredients used.  You can also make it exactly how you like it, and personalize it for others that you cook for.  This mushroom pecan empanadas recipe is time consuming, but totally worth the effort! Continue reading