Avocado Lemon Basil Pesto

Avocado Lemon Basil Pesto – this quick and easy pesto sauce brings bright flavor and vibrant color – use as a dip or a spread, and over fresh pasta!

Avocado Lemon Basil Pesto @spabettie

I have been craving pasta lately, but still want light and fresh flavors that aren’t always associated with a pasta craving.

Picking fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden, and whipping up a simple lemon basil pesto to drop fresh cooked pasta and tomatoes in – craving satisfied.

Avocado Lemon Basil Pesto @spabettie

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French Buttercream

French Buttercream – this vegan version of the classic frosting recipe is rich and fluffy, and perfect for all of your cake decorating needs, or on a spoon…

French Buttercream

I am willing to bet most of spabettie readers have heard of Miyoko Schinner. At this point, even if you are not vegan, you may have heard of her. I am not or exaggerating or being dramatic – everything Miyoko makes is excellent.


I first had the pleasure of meeting Miyoko at a dinner with a large group of friends, several years ago in Portland. Shortly after that, I sampled my first cheese from Miyoko, and immediately exclaimed, “this needs to be everywhere! you know that thing, where people say ‘I’d be vegan except for cheese’? THIS will change that!”

I remember that vividly. It was Miyoko’s brie that did it.

Fast forward a few years later, and luckily for everyone, Miyoko’s cheese is now available – in stores and in her shop online.

Homemade Vegan Pantry

Miyoko’s latest project has just hit stores as well – her newest cookbook, The Homemade Vegan Pantry – The Art of Making Your Own Staples just came out yesterday.

Growing up with a mom who started cooking dinner from scratch around 3 o clock each afternoon, I have been looking forward to this book. My childhood kitchen rarely had packaged food – my mom was doing things like rolling pasta dough on the counter and cutting noodles with a knife, and all of our cookies were from scratch.

I have had an advanced copy for a bit now, and once I …

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Cookie Bites – No Bake, No Stovetop

Cookie Bites – the classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter means these are sure to become a favorite snack! The ‘No Bake, No Stovetop‘ means these tasty treats come together quickly and easily!

Cookie Bites - No Bake, No Stovetop

I have been anxiously awaiting this one – my friend Somer‘s new book, The Abundance Diet. By description, this book is a 28 Day Plan to reinvent your health, lose weight, and discover the power of plant based foods.

In my opinion, this book is all of that and so much more – a tasty tome of flavorful favorites that keep you satisfied and thriving while learning new techniques to feel your best!

The Abundance Diet

As most successful and impressive ventures are, Somer’s book is the product of her own experience.

Somer reversed her severe ulcerative colitis with a plant-based diet, and those who have tried The Abundance Diet plan lost weight quickly and safely while feeling full and eating an abundance of whole plant-based foods.

Without counting calories and while eating often, following The Abundance Diet can dramatically improve …

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Avocado Kale Florentine – Smoked Paprika Hollandaise

Avocado Kale Florentine with Smoked Paprika Hollandaise

Avocado Kale Florentine with Smoked Paprika Hollandaise – this is perfect for a weekend brunch at home – fresh avocado, greens, and a smoky hollandaise – delicious!

But I Could Never Go Vegan!Brunch is my favorite thing.

When asked to review Kristy Turner’s gorgeous new book, But I Could Never Go Vegan!, I knew immediately this florentine would be the recipe I made first.

This recipe is made with all of my favorite things – crispy crunchy creamy avocado, garlicky sautéed kale, gloriously rich hollandaise. Brunch perfection, for a lazy weekend morning at home.

I have made this recipe three times since receiving this book, and the second and third times? I doubled the hollandaise portion so I could have leftovers.

That saucy goodness is tasty over many things.

Avocado Kale Florentine with Smoked Hollandaise

This florentine is just one of many brilliantly creative and flavorful recipes to …

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Amaranth Stuffed Acorn Squash

Amaranth Stuffed Acorn Squash – an incredibly flavorful and cozy comfort food dish, this has all the satisfying protein and nutrients you need!


Amaranth Stuffed Acorn Squash @spabettie

This is one of the most flavorful dinners I have had in a while.

…and because Jason has this thing with squash – as in he won’t even try it – I had the other half for breakfast the next day. Yep. I cannot be the only one who does that? Savory breakfast for the win.

It kept me full and happy until 2 in the afternoon. Goodness.

I will definitely be making this again, and stuffing Jason’s half in a portobello or over a salad. He has to try this filling, and so do you.

Amaranth Stuffed Acorn Squash @spabettie

Super excited to share this recipe with you, from my friend Kim’s new book, Super Seeds – The Complete Guide To Cooking with Power-Packed Chia, Quinoa, Flax, Hemp, & Amaranth.

In addition to this recipe, I have already tried the Cocoa Cookie Batter Power Bites, and the Crunchy Topped Pear Muffins, which were both amazing. The recipes I have dog-eared to try include Pineapple Fried Quinoa, Lemon Basil Quinoa Salad, and the Pesto Veggie Burgers. Yum, right? Just a …

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Bumbleberry Cobbler

Bumbleberry Cobbler

Among my vast and treasured collection of cookbooks, I have every single cookbook that Julie Hasson has created. I love them all. As of a few years ago, I am lucky to call her a friend as well. Julie is local to Portland, and I am lucky to see her from time to time (we still need to have our lunch, Julie!).

In addition to the successes of her fabulous baking mixes, Julie’s most recent project has been all about casseroles. You know I love comfort food, and this book has it – to the max.

Yep, to the max. I am so excited about this book that I reverted back to the 80’s for that one. I was incredibly honored when asked to share her new book, a recipe, and a great giveaway for a Breville Smart Oven (giveaway at end of post).

Vegan Casseroles – Pasta Bakes, Gratins, Pot Pies, and More:

Vegan Casseroles

From Caramelized Onion Dip and Loaded Nacho Fries to a Truffled Cauliflower Mac and a Creamy Spinach Florentine, Julie has you covered on …

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Blackberry Mojito Overnight Oats

Blackberry Mojito Overnight Oats

My friend Kathy Hester has another book out next week, September 16. While I have and love all of Kathy’s books, I am particularly excited about this one, because it is all oats. OATrageous Oatmeals, to be exact. Excited because I love oats, and excited because one of my recipes is in this book! I was so very honored to have it included, it is a fun one.

Oatrageous Oats

Easy Oat Roti, Sausage Crumbles and Eggplant Pizza Sliders are a few of the savory dishes I cannot wait to try. On the sweets side, Kathy’s creative mind thinks up London Fog Hot Tea, Mini Raspberry Cakes, and Bourbon Oat Shortbread (those are in my oven right now – the kitchen smells so good).

This book is packed with all kinds of goodness, and if you like oatmeal and overnight oats, this book is definitely for you – …

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Totally Tahini Cups with Coffee Cream Filling

Totally Tahini Cups with Coffee Cream Filling – this simple vegan recipe has just four ingredients, and a ton of flavor! a unique update on the everyone’s favorite peanut butter cup!


Totally Tahini Cups with Coffee Cream Filling @spabettie

spabettie is the next stop on the Rawsome Vegan Baking Un-Cookbook tour – and this recipe I chose to share? Oh So Good. Totally Tahini Cups with Coffee Cream Filling – a simple recipe with only four ingredients, but so much flavor!

First, the book. The deliciousness comes from Emily von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life. With stunning photos of seemingly every recipe, this book is fun to just sit and read, as you know I love to do.

Upon my first browsing, I immediately had a list of recipes I wanted to try – these cups were first.

I have also made the Boston Banana Cream Deep Dish Tarts, which were uuhhh-mazing. I WILL be making the Fresh Citrus Tart with Lemon Cream – sounds so fresh and bright, and the …

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