Category Archives: Vegetarian Main Dish

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

Buffalo Cauliflower Blue Cheese Pizza

Buffalo Cauliflower Blue Cheese Pizza by Alison's AllspiceI spend a fair amount of time over on pinterest looking at recipe ideas and getting inspired by other bloggers.  Buffalo pizza’s caught my eye there because I love all things buffalo.  Reviewing recipes, I noticed that the sauce you can use on a buffalo pizza varies quite greatly.  Some people use the buffalo sauce as a base, but that means every bite is is loaded with spice and their is no relief from the heat.  Some recipes use bottled ranch dressing, but I didn’t like the sound of that either.  I developed my buffalo cauliflower blue cheese pizza with a homemade blue cheese pizza sauce! Continue reading

Chipotle Sweet Potato Lentil Taquitos

Chipotle Sweet Potato Lentil Taquitos by Alison's AllspiceHello friends!  I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving break with friends and family.  Today I am sharing with you my chipotle sweet potato lentil taquitos.  If you have any leftover sweet potatoes from your thanksgiving dinner, use them up in these fun to eat taquitos!  I love serving taquitos to guests with lots of dipping options.  They are a fun finger food that is hearty enough for dinner! 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

Breaded Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwiches

Breaded Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwiches by Alison's AllspiceWhen I first started eating more meatless meals, buffalo chicken was the thing I missed most.  I tried so many recipes to find something that I could substitute, but so few of them worked out.  Cauliflower, however, has been my favorite food to transform into the spicy buffalo flavor that I was missing.  The flavor of cauliflower is light, which makes it perfect to lather in spicy buffalo sauce.  My breaded buffalo cauliflower sandwiches are light, but have loads of flavor, so you don’t feel like you’re missing a thing! Continue reading

Roasted Broccoli Steaks and Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce

Roasted Broccoli Steaks and Chickpeas with yogurt sauce by Alison's AllspiceThis months recipe redux theme was to create a gut-healthy meal.  When I think of gut health, I think of two things: fiber and probiotics.  I made roasted broccoli steaks and chickpeas with yogurt sauce.  Yogurt is my favorite food-based probiotic, and it makes a delicious, creamy sauce.  I choose broccoli and chickpeas because they have two different types of fiber that are both great for gut health- more on this later.  Finally, to make it a full meal, I plated the roasted broccoli and chickpeas over barley! Continue reading