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Lemony Zucchini Arugula Pesto

Lemony Zucchini Arugula Pesto by Alison's AllspiceEvery morning I eat my breakfast cereal over a cooking magazine.  My husband thinks I’m crazy to eat food and read about it at the same time, but it works for me.  Heck, maybe I am crazy, only time will tell!  I recently came across the idea to make zucchini into a pesto.  I turned from the table, looked at my pile of garden zucchini on the counter, and immediately marked the page for later!  My lemony zucchini arugula pesto is great as a dip or a spread! Continue reading

Lentil Salad with Asparagus and Radish

Lentil Salad with Asparagus and Radish by Alison's Allspice
I really love asparagus.  I think it is the seasonality of it, the fact that it grows for a short time and then it’s gone for the season.  Growing up, I ate farm fresh picked asparagus and now I refuse to buy it from the store; it just doesn’t taste the same.  I love asparagus so much that I created an Asparagus Mini-Series last year that I am challenging myself to continue!  Today I am sharing Lentil salad with Asparagus and Radish for the first Asparagus Mini-Series of 2017! Continue reading

Red Cabbage Feta and Candied Almond Slaw

Red cabbage feta and candied almond slawYes, that is right.  We are making slaw with cheese and nuts today.  This red cabbage feta and candied almond slaw is almost more like a salad.  It has a sharp and savory vinaigrette like a salad, but the red cabbage really eats more like a slaw.  Whether you think it should be called a slaw or a salad is up to you.  Once you try this recipe, you will be hooked!  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

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

Moroccan Sweet Potato Millet Bowl

moraccan Sweet potato millet-bowl-with-parsley-chickpeas-and-rasinsThis is the perfect time of year to enjoy sweet potatoes.  They are so cheap at the store that I somehow ended up with a whole fridge drawer full!  Oops.  Oh well.  At least I love to eat them and they are easy to incorporate into many dishes.  This moroccan sweet potato millet bowl is great for serving a crowd because it will accommodate many diets.  It is both vegan, and gluten free. Also, the warming spices are perfect on cold winter days! Continue reading

Carrot Top Pesto Ravioli with Grilled Carrots

Carrot Top Pesto Ravioli with grilled baby carrotsMost of us have heard the daunting numbers and statistics about food waste.  The bottom line is that there is too much food that doesn’t get utilized.  However, each of us can control the food waste that comes out of our own kitchens.  When you buy carrots from the grocery store, their green tops have already been removed, but when you find them locally at a farmers market or in a CSA, often times they come with their greens.  This carrot top pesto ravioli with grilled carrots is an awesome way to utilize the entire carrot plant! Continue reading

Lentil Pecan Tacos

Lentil Pecan TacosTacos are by far one of the most awesome foods out there.  No, seriously.  They can be prepared in so many ways, and for so many diet preferences.  Plus, they are delicious!  In my avocado tostadas post I raved about tacos, and compared tostadas to the awesomeness of a taco.  I love tacos so much that I have a taco pizza recipe, and a taco stuffed shells recipe.  This lentil pecan tacos recipe is a traditional taco recipe, made to mimic what meat-eaters call a classic taco. Continue reading

Balsamic Asparagus Barley Bowl

Balsamic Asparagus Barley Bowl for twoAbout a month a ago, I started my Asparagus Mini Series, where I highlighted recipes using asparagus.   Asparagus is my favorite spring-time vegetable that I only get when it is locally available.  Asparagus is sooooo much better when it is fresh!  This balsamic asparagus barley bowl recipe was developed shortly after I completed the mini series, but was still worthy of sharing before next spring! 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