Tag Archives: Whole grain

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

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

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

Black Bean Corn and Spinach Quesadillas

Black bean corn and spinach quesadillasI always tell my husband, any food that is a delivery service for cheese and salsa is my favorite food.  These black bean corn and spinach quesadillas are just that!  We cut ours into wedges for easy dipping into salsas and sour cream.  This is one indulgent meal that you can whip up in no time, and feel good about because it is loaded with veggies.  Check out my other favorite Tex-Mex style, cheese and salsa delivery systems below! 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

Vegetable Lentil Pot Pie

Vegetable Lentil Pot PieI love comfort foods that are loaded full of veggies.  You can feel like you are treating yourself, while you’re getting your quota of veggies for the day.  It’s a total win-win scenario.  Pot pies were a favorite meal of mine growing up, therefore this vegetable lentil pot pie fits the best of both worlds for me.  It’s a total comfort food, and still very healthy. 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

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