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Homemade Teriyaki Baked Tofu

Homemade Teriyaki Baked Tofu by Alison's AllspiceHave you ever bought baked tofu at the store?  It’s a handy product that is seasoned, cooked, and ready to throw into any dish.  When I was first transitioning from being an omnivore to vegetarian, I found that I loved tofu!  This is not the case for most people, they find the texture off-putting, so yes, I know I’m weird.  I started experimenting with all kinds of ways to enjoy tofu (including this smoked tofu recipe).  This homemade teriyaki baked tofu makes weeknight dinners even faster! Continue reading

Heirloom Cherry Tomato Balsamic Jam

Heirloom Cherry Tomato Balsamic Jam by Alison's AllspiceI started most of my garden plants from seed this year.  The cherry tomatoes have been the most interesting to see mature.  They were an heirloom variety, but for some reason I expected that they would still be cherry red.  If have two plants, one produces purple tomatoes, and the other gold!  Surprise!  The tomatoes have still been a delicious treat this summer, and I especially love them in this heirloom cherry tomato balsamic jam! Continue reading

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Paneer Curry

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Paneer Curry by Alison's AllspiceI have a love hate relationship with curry.  On one hand, I absolutely love it.  It’s versatile, healthy and easy to make.  However, I don’t like most curry powders I have tried, taking curry from love to hate.  Instead, I make my own curry powder.  It requires stocking lots of spices to make my own blend.  The plus side is that I can vary the amount of each spice every time I make a batch so that the flavors vary each time.  No one curry dish will be the same as the next in my kitchen!  Check out my slow cooker sweet potato paneer curry where I tried using more whole spices! Continue reading

Slow Cooker Italian Lentil Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Slow Cooker Italian Lentil Stuffed Zucchini Boats by Alison's AllspiceThis month’s theme for the recipe redux was to avoid heating up the kitchen by using a cool cooking appliance (ie not the oven).  I love my big slow cooker for soups, but I don’t eat many soups during summer.  The zucchini in my garden have been plentiful for a few weeks now, at one point I had a pile of 14 on my kitchen counter!  Therefore, zucchini boats were in order.  To fit in with the redux theme, I made slow cooker Italian lentil stuffed zucchini boats! Continue reading

Small Batch Veggie Lasagna

Small Batch Veggie Lasagna - Alison's AllspiceBack when I posted my Lentil Loaf recipe I told you all that meatloaf was a favorite food of mine as a child.  Well, my other favorite food was lasagna.  Mom would always ask us what meal we wanted to have for our birthdays, and I always chose lasagna.  Now I make a veggie version, and I love this small batch veggie lasagna because it only makes 4 servings.  With only two of us in the house, we don’t have to eat lasagna until we are tired of it! Continue reading

Butternut Squash and Toasted Pecan Whole Wheat Ravioli

Butternut Squash and Toasted Pecan Whole Wheat RavioliLast year for Christmas, I asked for a set of ravioli stamps. The filling options with ravioli are endless, which gives me ample opportunity to get creative in the kitchen! Well, as luck turns out it took me a whole year to get around to trying them out.  This butternut squash and toasted pecan whole wheat ravioli is wholesome and healthy way to start off your new year! Continue reading

Smoked Jalapenos in Carolina Mop Sauce

Smoked Jalapenos in Carolina Mop SauceIf you have been a reader for very long, you have probably picked up on the fact that I love to eat smoked foods.  Which is sort-of different for someone that doesn’t eat meat (besides fish anyway).  I put this smoked tofu recipe into lots of dishes.  I love smoked trout, and use it in everything from salads, dip, sushi, and savory pancakes.  Well, here is another food I like to put on the smoker.  Smoked Jalapenos in Carolina Mop Sauce will blow your socks off! Continue reading

Louisiana Style Shrimp Gumbo

Louisiana Style Shrimp Gumbo with OkraIt is finally Friday.  Are you all looking forward to the weekend?  Of course you are!  The weekend is the time period where we can catch up on life and have some extra time for ourselves.  Time for myself is usually spend in the garden or the kitchen.  Cooking is a great way for me to clear my head and spend some time thinking of nothing else but the process and the ingredients.  This Louisiana style shrimp gumbo recipe is great for a weekend when you have a little more time to  relax while you cook. Plus there are plenty of leftovers to eat during the busy week!   Continue reading

Mushroom Pecan Empanadas

Mushroom Pecan Empanadas 2Making food from scratch is often times more time consuming.  There are plenty of reasons to do it, however.  The first, and my personal favorite, is that making your own food allows you to control the ingredients used.  You can also make it exactly how you like it, and personalize it for others that you cook for.  This mushroom pecan empanadas recipe is time consuming, but totally worth the effort! Continue reading

Butternut Squash and Smoked Gouda Pie with Almond Crust

Butternut Squash Pie

Pie for dinner.  Is that not the best idea you have ever heard?  This savory pie is so full of flavor, you’ll want to eat the whole thing!  The best part, its also healthy.  The butternut squash and smoked gouda pie is made with whole grains, nuts for protein, and packed full of seasonal veggies. Continue reading