Category Archives: Quick and Easy

Halloween Zombie Burritos on Spinach Wraps

Halloween Zombie Burritos by Alison's AllspiceIf you have been following me on pinterest lately, you have probably seen that I have been all about Halloween recently!  More specifically, Halloween foods!  Most Halloween foods are sweet treats, mimicking candy corn and the like.   This spook-tacular recipe is a dinner recipe, perfect for sharing with family and friends as the holiday approaches.  Especially kids will love these Halloween zombie burritos! Continue reading

Pesto Parmesan White Bean Spaghetti Squash Bowls

Pesto Parmesan White Bean Spaghetti Squash Bowls by Alison's AllspiceWhen you need a super-fast and easy meal, spaghetti squash probably doesn’t come to mind.  However, cooking spaghetti squash in the microwave takes only 5- 10 minutes, depending on the size of the squash.  That gives you time to prep your filling and dinner can be on the table in no time at all!  Next time you need a fast and simple meal, try my pesto Parmesan white bean spaghetti squash bowls! Continue reading

Homemade Crispy Crust Five Cheese Pizza

Homemade Crispy Crust Five Cheese Pizza by Alison's AllspiceEvery year for Halloween, my husband and I visit a haunted house, and go out for pizza!  We always choose the closest pizza place (because we’re starving by the time we’re done!), which specializes in thin crust pizza.  They load their pizza up with cheese, and it is a delicious treat!  I made this pizza after their ultimate cheese pizza that we always enjoy on Halloween.  My homemade crispy crust five cheese pizza is crunchy and super flavorful! Continue reading

Jamaican Jerk Plantain Veggie Burgers with Guacamole

Jamaican Jerk Plantain Veggie Burgers by Alison's AllspiceEver since my trip to Puerto Rico in 2014, I have been in love with plantains.  While there, I had tostones with a garlic vinaigrette that were fantastic.  Someday I will share my recreation of that recipe too. This is only the second recipe I have shared on the blog using plantains.  The first was my plantain black bean rice bowls with cilantro pesto.  This time a transformed the plantain into veggie burgers. These Jamaican jerk plantain veggie burgers are loaded with flavor. Continue reading

Spicy Catfish PoBoys with Creamy Cajun Spread

Spicy Catfish PoBoys with Creamy Cajun SpreadDo you ever try a dish at a restaurant and just know that you have to recreate it at home?  Well, there is a local cafe that puts catfish poboys on their specials menu.  It has everything going for it.  Creamy, spicy, and salty with plenty of texture.  Because it’s not on the regular menu, I had to make my own version to enjoy on a moments notice!  This recipe is my take on spicy catfish poboys with creamy cajun spread. Continue reading

Fresh Squeezed Lime Orange Margaritas

Fresh Squeezed Lime Orange Margaritas by Alison's AllspiceToday I am going to tell you to story of a tree.  Way back in my days of graduate school, some friends all went in on a shipment to get some house plants.  As a poor student, I picked something inexpensive that would provide me with food.  Over the last 7 years, her name has become Miss Lime Tree.  She is an indoor/outdoor tree that has produced 5 crops of limes so far.  This year is a record year with 26 limes!  What do you do with that many limes?  Fresh squeezed lime orange margaritas, of course! Continue reading

Cilantro Lime Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos

Cilantro Lime Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos by Alison's AllspiceThis fall has been unseasonably cool for us here in southern Illinois.  I have been enjoying the cool temps, and hoping for a long fall.  My slippers and sweatshirts have been dusted off and are getting some use, especially in the mornings.  The cats love to sit in the windows and have been enjoying this early fall as well.  I am usually one that takes a long time to get into the swing of fall, but I am already craving warm comfort foods.  These cilantro lime sweet potato black bean tacos are hearty and filling, while staying fresh and light! Continue reading

Lemony Garlic Kale One Pot Pasta

Lemony Garlic Kale One Pot Pasta by Alison's AllspiceI love pasta, maybe a little too much.  It’s one of those foods that I could just eat all day!  There are so many fun ways to prepare it, and it goes with everything.  Everything!  I don’t know why it took me this long to try a one-pot pasta dish.  One pot dishes are always helpful and handy when life is crazy.  And when life is crazy, you need a comforting delicious meal to help you focus on the important things.  This lemony garlic kale one pot pasta is fresh and light, eat a little, or eat a lot! Continue reading

Italian Zucchini Mushroom Sub Sandwiches

Italian Zucchini Mushroom Sub Sandwiches by Alison's AllspiceThis recipe might be my favorite way to enjoy zucchini.  Zucchini is my favorite summertime produce, which is great because when you grow zucchini, you tend to end up with a lot of them!  I started making these Italian zucchini mushroom sub sandwiches long before I became a gardener, and I have perfected the method over the years.  What is your favorite way to enjoy zucchini? Continue reading

Quick Veggie Pizza Omelet (for Breakfast or Dinner!)

Quick Veggie Pizza Omelet by Alison's AllspiceThis month the recipe redux challenged us to make dinner-inspired dishes for breakfast!  My favorite savory breakfasts always include eggs, like this sweet potato mushroom hash!  I knew I wanted to use eggs in my recipe, but eggs are so versatile!  The recipe ideas were endless! Therefore, I put on my thinking cap and turned to my favorite dinner ideas.  Pizza is always a favorite, and I developed it into a fast protein packed breakfast.  Try my quick veggie pizza omelet for breakfast or for dinner! Continue reading