Tag Archives: Herbs

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

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

One Pot Spanish Wheat Berries with Chickpeas and Olives

Wheat berries are my favorite grain to cook with.  They are inexpensive, and the texture is outstanding!  I feel like they get overlooked so often because gluten free grains are popular right now.  Also, fancier wheat grains are often used by recipe developers, so they get all the hype.  I have tried both farro and kamut (ancient wheat grain varieties), and I don’t think they are worth the extra money when compared to standard wheat berries.  This one pot Spanish wheat berries with chickpeas and olives is a take on arroz con pollo, made vegetarian of course! 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

Wild Rice and Vegetable Soup

Wild rice and vegetable SoupI love to make soup out of whatever I might happen to already have on hand.  If you have a good broth and a few veggies, you can certainly come up with a dinner worthy meal.  In this soup, I used the last of my wild rice.  Wild rice is a wonderful grain; it’s chewy and adds great color.  In this wild rice and vegetable soup I used what I had on hand for vegetables including onion, celery, carrot, and spinach.   Continue reading

Bean Barley and Mushroom Stew

Bean Barley and Mushroom StewBarley is one of my favorite grains to cook with during the winter.  For a grain, it has comfort food written all over it.  I especially love it in a warm bowl of soup or stew.  When it cooks in a dish like this bean barley and mushroom stew, the starches released make a creamy, silky texture that helps to thicken the stew and make it more luxurious without adding cream. Continue reading

Vegetarian Lentil Loaf with Tomato Glaze

Vegetarian Lentil Loaf with Tomato GlazeMeatloaf was my favorite meal as a kid, especially mom’s recipe.  I would even help out in the kitchen to get some of mom’s meatloaf!  When I turned to a mostly vegetarian diet, I didn’t expect any kind of loaf in my future.  Meat imitations often times fail.  They simply don’t, and won’t, taste like the real thing.  I was hesitant to try a loaf recipe, however, my love for lentils has grown exponentially in the last few years.  I decided to give a lentil loaf a try and we found another keeper for the rotation!  My vegetarian lentil loaf with tomato glaze tastes nothing like meat (and shouldn’t), but is delicious on it’s own accord. It’s hearty, wholesome, and healthy! Continue reading

Super Fast Vegetarian White Chili

Super fast Vegetarian White ChiliThe first time I had white chili, I was being a judge in a chili cook off.  I was in love from first bite!  White chili doesn’t have the typical flavors of chili that use things like chili powder. Instead the green chili flavor is strong, which I love. This super fast vegetarian white chili recipe is quicker to make than most chili recipes.  This recipe uses store bought salsa, making it really fast to throw together, which is always a plus! Continue reading

Smoked Trout Fish Cakes

Smoked Trout Fish CakesIn the past few weeks, I have been surrounded by the joy of friends and family.  As I sit down to write this post, with my friends and family in mind, I am realizing how quickly the holidays are approaching!! I like to over prepare for food events, with lots of research to find the best options for picky eaters, and special diets alike.  I may not have any menu plans dreamed up yet, but at least I know my families leftovers will go to good use in today’s recipe, smoked trout fish cakes. Continue reading

Brown Sugar Salmon and Roasted Potatoes with Maple Mustard Dill Sauce

Brown Sugar Salmon and Roasted Potatoes with Maple Mustard Dill SauceFish and potatoes are a classic combination that is tried and true.  However, to make it an outstanding meal, the seasonings need to be spot on.  I tried this recipe three times before I got the combination of seasonings just right.  It is a simple dish, but the flavors are bold and meld well together.  Brown sugar salmon and roasted potatoes with maple mustard dill sauce was an easy dinner that I put together on my flame-less grill.   Continue reading