Tag Archives: Herbs

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

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

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

Jamaican Jerk Plantain Veggie Burgers with Guacamole

Jamaican Jerk Plantain Veggie Burgers by Alison's AllspiceEver since my trip to Puerto Rico in 2014, I have been in love with plantains.  While there, I had tostones with a garlic vinaigrette that were fantastic.  Someday I will share my recreation of that recipe too. This is only the second recipe I have shared on the blog using plantains.  The first was my plantain black bean rice bowls with cilantro pesto.  This time a transformed the plantain into veggie burgers. These Jamaican jerk plantain veggie burgers are loaded with flavor. Continue reading

Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan Stacks by Alison's AllspiceThis month’s recipe redux challenge was to create a healthy sheet pan meal. If you read here often, you know I don’t really do the whole main dish and side dish kind of meals associated with a lot of sheet pan recipes.  I tinkered with ideas of sandwich melts and veggie burgers with fries. However, I have been crazy busy this fall and put off this photo shoot until the last minute and did not have those ingredients in the house.  I had planned to make eggplant Parmesan, so I converted it to sheet pan eggplant Parmesan stacks!   Continue reading

Barbecue Black Bean and Peach Salsa Pizza

Barbecue Black Bean and Peach Salsa Pizza by Alison's AllspiceHello friends!  Boy do I have a crazy awesome recipe for you today! All summer long I have been seeing recipes for different varieties of fruit salsa.  They looked so delicious, but I wanted to find a stellar way to put that salsa to use, instead of hoping you might do it for me.  I came up with a combo that might sound insane, but I’m telling you it is crazy good!  Take my barbecue black bean and peach salsa pizza for a spin! Continue reading

Cilantro Lime Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos

Cilantro Lime Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos by Alison's AllspiceThis fall has been unseasonably cool for us here in southern Illinois.  I have been enjoying the cool temps, and hoping for a long fall.  My slippers and sweatshirts have been dusted off and are getting some use, especially in the mornings.  The cats love to sit in the windows and have been enjoying this early fall as well.  I am usually one that takes a long time to get into the swing of fall, but I am already craving warm comfort foods.  These cilantro lime sweet potato black bean tacos are hearty and filling, while staying fresh and light! Continue reading

Summer Garden Veggie Pizza

Summer Garden Veggie Pizza by Alison's AllspiceI can’t believe  august is over.  This summer has gone by in a flash!  My garden is still pumping out produce like you wouldn’t believe as well, so it doesn’t fell like fall is on the way.  If you also have loads of summer garden goodies right now , you’ll love this summer garden veggie pizza!  It has a wonderfully light and fresh taste and feel that I crave during summer months. Continue reading

Italian Zucchini Mushroom Sub Sandwiches

Italian Zucchini Mushroom Sub Sandwiches by Alison's AllspiceThis recipe might be my favorite way to enjoy zucchini.  Zucchini is my favorite summertime produce, which is great because when you grow zucchini, you tend to end up with a lot of them!  I started making these Italian zucchini mushroom sub sandwiches long before I became a gardener, and I have perfected the method over the years.  What is your favorite way to enjoy zucchini? Continue reading