Tag Archives: Cucumber

Tempeh Gyro Tacos with Cucumber Salsa

Tempeh Gyro Tacos with Cucumber Salsa by Alison's AllspiceIt’s official, I’m obsessed with all things gyro!  I absolutely love the explosion of flavors, especially the tzatziki.  I remember the first gyro I ever had at a sandwich shop in college.  The sandwich maker asked if I wanted to add the tzatziki, and I didn’t know what it was at the time.  He explained that it’s a creamy sauce that you will either love or hate.  Well,  I loved it, needless to say.  My husband loves tacos, so these tempeh gyro tacos with cucumber salsa were a success! Continue reading

Grilled Clam Stuffed Mushrooms with Tomato Relish

Grilled Clam Stuffed Mushrooms with Tomato Relish by Alison's AllspiceI have a gigantic collection of cooking magazines that I have collected over the years.  I’m pretty serious about my collection as well.  My magazines are filed away according to the month published.  When ever I need some recipe inspiration, or want to do some light reading I go find this months file.  I tab all my favorite ideas so they are easy to find, but sometimes I will reread the magazine and see how my tastes have changed since I first tabbed it.  Recently I did this and came across a stuffed mushroom recipe with a red pepper relish.  I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t tabbed that recipe! I instantly wrote up my own variation and dubbed it worthy of a grill out night.  And thus, grilled clam stuffed mushrooms with tomato relish was born.  Continue reading

Tzatziki Cucumber Dill Crackers

Tzatziki Cucumber Dill Crackers by Alison's AllspiceDisclosure: I received free samples of Breton Crackers mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Breton Crackers and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

This week I have been having a lot of fun playing around with cracker toppings.  Bite size food has to be able to impress in that single bite, so you know the flavors have to be good.  Therefore, sampling all those flavors, such as my Banh Mi Crackers, has been a lot of fun, and delicious.  The Breton Crackers that I received samples of have been great.  I received the original flavor, which is quite tasty, and really  enjoy their light and crisp texture.  The size of the cracker is large enough to top with lots of veggies and smear with sauces, such as my Tzatziki Cucumber Dill Crackers. Continue reading

Banh Mi Veggie Cracker Bites

Banh Mi Veggie Cracker Bites by Alison's AllspiceDisclosure: I received free samples of Breton Crackers mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Breton Crackers and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

As a kid my family used to have snack nights.  In lieu of dinner, we would have a tray full of finger foods, usually loaded with crackers, cheese, and dips, as well as fruit and veggies.  When Breton Crackers sent me samples of their original crackers with tender-crisp texture and delicious flavor, I knew they would be perfect for snack night. I wanted my crackers to be loaded with veggies, so I chose a theme that uses lots of veggies, the banh mi sandwich.  These banh mi veggie cracker bites are fun little bites that you’ll keep reaching for on your snack night! Continue reading

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

Mediterranean Pasta Plate with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

meditteranean-pasta-plateEvery year when summer rolls around, I can’t wait for the fresh produce to start filling my plate.  However when fall gets here, I seem to have a hard time giving up summer.  I love fall vegetables, like butternut squash, but I’m just not over summer yet… Even though it’s almost the end of September.  This Mediterranean Pasta Plate with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce is fresh and fast!  It’s a great way to use the tomatoes and cucumber that I’m still getting in my CSA! Continue reading

Zucchini Burgers with Quick Pickles

Zucchini Burgers with Quick Pickles 2Right now I have a large bowl of zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, and cucumber sitting in my kitchen.  It’s a true sign of summer.  Ample fresh produce requires me to be on my toes with recipe ideas, so that none of it will go to waste. The best recipe will use multiple pieces of produce, two birds one stone kind-of thing.   This Zucchini Burgers with Quick Pickles recipe was delicious, simple and the burgers freeze well so you can make extra for later! Continue reading

Homemade Dill Pickles with Jalapenos

Pickles are a favorite snack of mine.  They are crunchy, briny and full of flavor, but light and not calorie ridden.  Its funny to me that pickled cucumbers are known as pickles, because you can pickle just about any vegetable.  I love to pickle peppers, asparagus, and okra! Try these homemade dill pickles with jalapenos!

Homemade dill pickles with jalapenos

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Asian BBQ Salmon Burgers with Quick Pickles

When I think about turning fish into a burger, I want to see flavor.  I eat a fair amount of fish.  I love it, but it needs to be different sometimes.  These burgers are different in so many ways. Asian style, barbecue sauce,  quick pickles, ‘nough said.

Salmon Burgers with Quick Pickles

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Greek Wheat Berry Salad

Greek is one of my favorite salad types.  Greek salads always include bold flavors and lots of color!  This salad is perfect for the summertime using fresh and widely available produce, like cucumbers and tomatoes.  I like to make a big batch to take to work all week long.  Everyone is jealous at lunch time when I open up my mug!

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