Tag Archives: Vegan

Turmeric Fried Rice with Edamame

Turmeric Fried Rice with Edamame By Alison's AllspiceTurmeric is all the craze right now because of its huge number of health benefits.  Have you heard about all the things turmeric can do for you?  It is most well known for reducing inflammation, but also reduces risks of Alzheimer’s disease, and has been equally as effective at preventing and treating cancers as pharmaceutical drugs (Duke 2007).  In the past, I have only used turmeric in my curry dishes.  Now, I am trying to put it into more and more dishes to enjoy it’s health benefits.  Try it in my turmeric fried rice with edamame  recipe! Continue reading

Lentil Cauliflower Vegan Sloppy Joes

Lentil Cauliflower Vegan Sloppy Joes by Alison's AllspiceI have been eating a mostly vegetarian diet for a little over five years.  One of the things I find myself easily doing is eating a lot of carbohydrates.  I get plenty of protein too, but when you are searching for substitutes in a dish like sloppy joes,  carb-heavy fillers can become the easy choice.  I finally upgraded my lentil and bulgar sloppy joes recipe, focusing on getting a serving of veggies instead of carbs. Lentil cauliflower vegan sloppy joes are just as tasty, and help me to focus on eating more vegetables! 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

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

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

Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

Homemade Blueberry Chia Seed JamI dislike grocery shopping when the store is really busy.  There are people all over the place, you can never weave your way through the aisles. It just takes longer, and well, I get impatient.  I find myself buzzing around just wanting to get the heck out of dodge, and inevitably I will forget to buy something that is on my list.  This blueberry chia seed jam came to the rescue on one of those days, when I forgot to buy jam at the store.  It is so easy to put together, and I always have all the ingredients on hand! Continue reading

Beer Battered String Bean Fries

Beer Battered String Bean FriesLast week I was poking around on my pinterest account finding and sharing ideas for recipes.  I came across a recipe for crunchy green bean fries that were coated in panko bread crumbs.  In the past, I have tried something similar with asparagus, and it’s not so easy.  Panko does not stick well to skinny vegetables, but it sticks very well to your fingers!  When I picked up my CSA this week and saw that I had string beans to use, I just knew I had to try and make a fantastic fries recipe!  The seasoning is just right on these beer battered string bean fries! Continue reading