Category Archives: Quick and Easy

Fried Chickpea Gyro Bowls with Tzatziki Sauce

Fried Chickpea Gyro Bowls with Tzatziki Sauce By Alison's AllspiceThe first time I had heard about fried chickpeas, I was reading over at Naturally Ella (an amazing vegetarian blog).  I knew immediately that I would have to try the technique.  A quick pan fry has the ability to add texture and depth of flavor that you wouldn’t normally find in a chickpea.  These fried chickpea gyro bowls with tzatziki sauce are exploding with flavor, and come together quickly for an easy weeknight meal! 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

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

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

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

Spiced Pumpkin Lentil Soup

spiced pumpkin lentil soupToday we are going to talk about soup.  I despised soup as a young adult.  Afterall, it came out of a can.  When I started to make my own homemade soups, I realized that canned soup did not compare at all in flavor and texture.  Homemade soup is a really easy meal to make as well.  I enjoy eating soups over fall and winter the most because they help to warm you up.  This spiced pumpkin lentil soup is especially warming and filling. Continue reading

Black Bean and Corn Enchilada Spaghetti Squash Boats

Black bean and corn enchilada spaghetti squash boatsLast summer one of the few vegetables I grew in my garden was spaghetti squash. Gardening is a pure delight for me, and the joys can last all season long with vegetables like spaghetti squash that will keep for months. I love how versatile spaghetti squash are for making all kinds of meals.  Spaghetti squash can go way beyond spaghetti and meatballs, like this black bean and corn enchilada spaghetti squash boats recipe. Continue reading

Zucchini Corn and Bean Enchiladas

Zucchini Corn and Bean EnchiladasHappy New Year everyone!  This is my first post of the new year, and I’m so excited to share my plans for the year.  As I shared in my best of 2016 post, I recently made a move into a house where I have lots of space.  Now that I have space, I’m very excited to be able to establish a large garden.   Last year I joined a CSA because I knew I wouldn’t get a garden planted in time.  I did get to grow a few plants, but this year I want to see the garden expand with lots of vegetables, including some spring and fall crops.  One of my favorite veggies to grow is zucchini, which is the inspiration for today’s recipe.  Zucchini corn and bean enchiladas are simple and easy, especially if you have zucchini growing in your garden. Continue reading