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Allspice

A favorite spice for desserts, allspice is also used in vegetarian stews.

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Vegetable Couscous Stew

Want a change from chili at your next party? This veggie-laden North African stew is just the ticket. We’ve provided a recipe for the spice blend ras el hanout, which is traditionally used to season the dish, but you can also just use 2 to 3 Tbs. prepared ras el hanout spice blend, which can be found in well-stocked spice sections at supermarkets.

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Shawarma-Seasoned Root Vegetables

Warm, inviting Middle Eastern spices pair well with the earthy flavors of cold-weather root vegetables. Here the veggies are served with greens, but they could easily go on a bed of quinoa or brown basmati rice or get tucked into warmed pita bread for a heartier meal. Feel free to substitute other root vegetables for the carrots and parsnips.

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Maple-Spice Squash Cake

Spaghetti squash brings natural sweetness and tenderness to baked goods, much the way grated carrots do for carrot cake.

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Coconut Lentils

In Brazil, many people eat a plate of lentils at New Year’s dinner to invite prosperity during the year to come. Since lentils look like small coins, and they almost double in size after they’re cooked, Brazilians say they attract fortune and wealth.

Rich Vegetable Broth

Rich Vegetable Broth

A flavorful broth is the foundation for delicious gravy. Browning only the onions adds enough color and “caramel” richness to support, but not overwhelm, other ingredients. The finished broth is left unsalted, which ensures that the gravy can be reduced as needed without becoming too salty. Make the broth days ahead and chill, or weeks ahead and freeze.

Frozen Cranberry-Cream Pie

Frozen Cranberry-Cream Pie

Sweet-tart cranberry sauce is swirled together with Greek frozen yogurt for an easy holiday dessert. If you’re not a fan of allspice, try ground cloves or cinnamon instead. For a sweeter, creamier pie, double the amount of frozen yogurt.

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Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

The crust for these cheesecakes is made from spiced Belgian cookies called Biscoff. You can also use graham crackers or gingersnaps. Cocoa Sour Cream adds a tangy touch to the desserts.

Lentil Soup with Plantains

Lentil Soup with Plantains

Cheesecloth-wrapped bundles of garlic, herbs, and spices infuse this soup with flavor. The process of straining the broth and then adding it to the lentils lets you adjust the soup’s thickness—make it thick and hearty for a main dish or thin and brothy for a first course.

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