Golden Retriever Puppy Pepper – Fresh Air Friday’s

Hello friends!  Today I am sharing with you the new addition to my family, our golden retriever puppy, Pepper!  I have wanted a dog for soooo long. I’m so excited to share with you the beginning of our journey!  My husband and I bought a house over a year ago.  We bought one with a great big yard so that I could plant a big garden, and have plenty of space for our dog to run around.

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Chipotle Butternut Squash Queso

Chipotle Butternut Squash Queso by Alison's AllspiceDuring football season, I am always challenged to come up with indulgent, cheesy finger foods that have a healthy twist.  I find that trying to make a snack healthy by reducing fat or other indulgent flavors usually makes it less exciting.  Instead I focus on adding something to the dish to make it more nutritious.  I use creamy butternut squash in this queso dip to add body and color, and mix in spicy chipotles and melty cheese to make it fun!  Try my chipotle butternut squash queso for your next game day! 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

Best Ever Homemade Vegetable Soup

Best Ever Homemade Vegetable Soup by Alison's AllspiceYes friends, you read correctly, BEST EVER homemade vegetable soup.  And here is why I think it’s the best – it’s adaptable. Vegetable soup doesn’t really need a recipe, but it does need a well thought out plan.  Below, I have outlined for you which pieces of my recipe are necessary and why, and which pieces you can change and still have great success.  I never really liked soup until I started making it at home.  A simple vegetable soup is my favorite because it is light, and yet so flavorful! 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