There comes a point in the year (AKA *now*) when fragrant spices are appealing in almost every dish. As soon as sweater weather hits, we just want to whip up chai tea dessert recipes
, pumpkin spice mixes
, and other seasonal autumn desserts
. But instead of fumbling around with different proportions of spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, let allspice take the front seat. Although it sounds like a manufactured blend, this spice is really just a dried berry from trees native to Southern Mexico. Besides being delicious and warming, it's a natural anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants, which is something you can absolutely use more of during the cold weather.
And you don't have to limit allspice to only desserts — scroll on for great ways to introduce it into any meal.
Roasted Pumpkin Salad:
Be grateful for seasonal ingredients by showcasing them in a salad with a melange of roasted pumpkin, kale, wild rice, maple glazed pecans, apples, and an allspice vinaigrette. Feel free to add goat cheese if you want a little extra creaminess. (via Feasting at Home
Autumn Spiced Nuts:
Snack time can be comforting *and* healthy. Who knew?! Mix nuts and pumpkin seeds with warm spices, honey, and rosemary before you roast them to smokey perfection. (via Culinary Ginger
This traditional French dish is a hearty bean and meat stew guaranteed to warm your heart — and stomach — during the cold winter months. The key to making this meal successfully is slow cooking. (via Analida's Ethnic Spoon
Spiced Gingerbread Oatmeal:
A heaping bowl of oats, spices, and frosting for breakfast will definitely to spice up your morning. (via She Well
Gingerbread Walnut Butter:
This spiced nut butter makes a great holiday gift for everyone on your list. (via Well and Full
Indulge in this gingerbread loaf with an afternoon cup of coffee or as a sweet treat after a warm meal. Bonus: It's baked with ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and molasses. which will make your house immediately smell like the holidays. (via She Wears Many Hats
Jerk Seasoned Chicken Wings:
Jerk seasoning is traditionally spiked with allspice. Since it's football season, chicken wings seem like an appropriate choice for this rub. (via Take Two Tapas
Sopa de Fideo:
Scented with cayenne, allspice, and cumin, and garnished with cilantro and avocado, this Mexican tomato-based noodle soup is a feast of flavors without being overbearing in its spiciness. (via Cooking the Globe
Allspice, Orange, and Lemon Chicken:
Aromatic spices and citrus combined with slow-cooked chicken is a recipe for happy eaters. All you need is a scoop of couscous for accompaniment. (via Recipes from a Pantry
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