Category Archives: Quick and Easy

Quick Cilantro Garlic Seared Shrimp

Quick Cilantro Garlic Seared Shrimp by Alison's AllspiceYou know, I have really been on a cilantro kick recently!  I didn’t always like cilantro,  however.  I found it to be an incredibly over-powering flavor and never used it in my dishes.  It’s funny how tastes change, though.  I tried cilantro on this jalapeno tomato and cilantro pizza and couldn’t get enough.  I started trying it on other things, like cilantro lime black bean salad, and this weeks sweet potato salad.  Needless to say, I’m hooked!  This recipe, quick cilantro garlic seared shrimp is a weeknight favorite because shrimp cook in a flash! Continue reading

Sweet Potato Black Bean Cilantro Salad

Sweet Potato Black Bean Cilantro Salad by Alison's AllspiceOne ingredient I always keep in my fridge for easy nutritious meals is sweet potato.  I like to dice them into small pieces and either roast in the oven, or fry in a skillet.  They can stand alone as a side, or be tossed into salads, soups, stews and bowls.  This sweet potato black bean cilantro salad is my favorite way to use sweet potatoes. Black beans add plenty of protein to help you stay full, and cilantro adds plenty of fresh, bright flavor!  Eat a large serving as a main dish, or a small serving as a side. Continue reading

Five Minute Four Ingredient Homemade Gravy

Five Minute Four Ingredient Homemade Gravy by Alison's AllspiceFriends, I hope you didn’t over do it on the mashed potatoes and gravy over thanksgiving because I have a fantastic recipe for you.  This five minute four ingredient homemade gravy is so savory, and can be adapted for many diets.  It is made with broth or stock and can be made vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore!  Whatever broth you use will be the type of gravy you will have.  My mom always made gravy from drippings off a cut of meat, but there is not need for that with this recipe.  You can still enjoy a homemade gravy without needing to roast a whole bird, which makes it great for serving to a small crowd, or serving vegetarian gravy that everyone will enjoy! Continue reading

Holiday Butternut Pecan Salad with Berry Vinaigrette

Holiday Butternut Pecan Salad with Berry Vinaigrette by Alison's AllspiceIn early September, I visited a small Italian cafe for lunch.  They had a pumpkin ravioli and butternut squash salad on special that I tried and loved!  The salad came topped with cold ravioli, and a mixed berry vinaigrette on the side.  I loved all the fall flavors, and the colors reminded me of the holidays.  This months recipe redux theme was to create “naturally-colored/naturally-dyed holiday fare.”  When I recreated this holiday butternut pecan salad with berry vinaigrette, I knew it was perfect for the redux! 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

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

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