Dinner

Kale Salad with Warm Bacon Fig Dressing

We are officially in the high-speed wedding countdown. Nineteen days to go.

Thankfully, I am super calm and have been this whole time. I am detailed, but not stressing the details. It’s all happening as it should and honestly, I am just nervous-cited about the whole thing. I am grateful to be calm.

I am grateful for our very dear friends. Over the weekend we had a party in our honor, a sort of engagement – shower celebration for both Jason and I, and all of our friends and family. My friend (and maid-man of honor) Johnny completely outdid himself, hosting a fun day with so much amazing food. I will have to share those photos in a separate post – everything was so very good.

So many friends and family were there to celebrate with us, which is just my favorite thing. I brought my karaoke machine, which is always a great time.

We are blessed with many good friends, and we cannot wait to celebrate with more in a few weeks. My heart is happy.

Hearty Mushroom Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

This salad.

I was never really a bacon fan, but one thing I used to love was a crisp cool salad with that warm smoky dressing. The one that uses bacon.

This is my version of that salad, using [click to continue…]

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Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad

I have a Goose Lamp.

Two of them, actually. One is named Mayonnaise.

My friend Michelle named Mayonnaise years ago. An ironic name, as back then I really did not care for mayo in any form. Since going vegan, mayonnaise does not wig me out as it used to. It’s simply an oil-based condiment now – rather than something made with eggs – another thing I didn’t care to eat.

Mayonnaise. Even though the only kind of mayo I use is plant based, I still sometimes have that same feeling about it, that it’s a no-no for picnic in the sunshine foods. So in [click to continue…]

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Portland is having glorious 80 degree temperatures this week.

Perfection.

roasted garlic and raspberry salad

Roasted Garlic and Raspberry Salad

 

It is light, it is bright, everyone is happy, everyone is smiling.

I am wearing sandals, I am wearing sundresses, I am wearing shorts.

We are drinking fresh juice and ice cold beer, we are eating all kinds of fruit and vegetables. and we are eating salads.

Big beautiful entree size powerhouse salads. Vibrant flavors and bright colors, a mixed palate of textures and proteins and carbs. Filling and fresh, but light at the same time. With many opportunities to use my favorite celery ranch dressing.

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Salad of Living Watercress with Radish and Pear

 

Our salad tonight has┬áspicy flavors – the greens were collards, Swiss chard, kale and spinach. Additional protein from black beans and some crunch from corn, with a fresh made salsa over the top. Spicy heat keeps you cool on hot days, did you know?

We are gearing up for a hot summer here, and I already have several salad ideas to share with you in the next month or so. In the meantime, I have collected some of my favorites and some good looking ideas from around the web – salads for spring!

Chipotle Tomato Mini Wedge Salads

 

To see the entire collection at once, visit my Garden Fresh Spring Salads collection.

 

 

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'tuna' melts with homemade meltable cheese slices

I first met Allison Rivers Samson at the Vida Vegan Conference – I was lucky to be invited to a super fun dinner she was also attending. Lucky because she brought all of us some of her amazing Lavender Caramels from her gourmet confection boutique.

I have kept in touch with Allison, and was so very excited to hear she was writing an e-book. I had been a longtime fan of her VegNews column, and her recipes (mac and cheese!) are legendary. Comfort food at it’s finest, which you all know I love.

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Black Bean Totchos with Garlic Lemon Sauce

Taxes week – I survived. Big project week – I’m excited. Easter brunch – I’m looking forward to it.

Easter plans? Weekend plans? I have a lunch idea for you, a deliciously easy one.

After making my [click to continue…]

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Mushroom Noodle Bowl with Spicy Peanut Sauce

SPABETTIE IS A FINANCIALLY COMPENSATED BLOGGER AMBASSADOR FOR THE MUSHROOM COUNCIL, AND IS PARTICIPATING IN THE #MUSHROOMMAKEOVER 30 DAY WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE AND ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF THE OPINIONS OR POSITIONS OF THE MUSHROOM COUNCIL OR MAMAVATION.

 

I am wrapping up week four of the Mushroom Makeover, and I have all kinds of emotion and elation going on. I have loved this process. All of it.

Okay, perhaps not all of it – those workouts were killer to start. The awesome thing is? They do get easier! Going from finishing two or three circuits (always with a promise to Mark that I’d complete all four by end of day) to feeling stronger (oh my arms!) and seeing progress and change (oh my arms!). There is more than that, though – [click to continue…]

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Pulled Porcini Sliders

*tee hee* I love word puns.

I also love jack fruit, it makes the perfect Plant Based Pulled ‘Pork’. Adding a hearty sliced mushroom to the mix really amped up the oomph factor here. Sweet, savory, tangy, spicy – in a mini size slider.

Important Note: the peperoncini is an essential pairing here, please do it. It brings a tangy heat to the spicy sweet, and layering them first on the bottom bun? Not an accident – the [click to continue…]

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Baked Avocados with Mini Shiitakes

Wordless Wednesday.

I haven’t done one of these in a long while. and if you’ve [click to continue…]

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