Dinner

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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creamy tortilla soup enchiladas

ooh, those Tortilla Soup Enchiladas up there are one of my favorites – light and fresh and full of flavors and textures – I need to make those again soon.

My Foodie Slideshow for April is all about fresh and light – Sunday Suppers for Spring!

Here’s the beginnings of my Broken Record Moments when I talk all about the sunshine and weather changing and grilling out and sitting deck-side for happy hours and eating lighter, seasonal fresh foods.

gingered sesame-coconut udon

I have hand picked twelve of my favorites – plus one dessert – and while doing so have added several things to my must make dinner list.

Of course there is a list. You know me and my lists.

fresh gingered Anjou pear cobbler

 

If you cannot see the slideshow, click here to view the whole collection.

 

SLIDESHOW SPONSORED BY FOODIE VIA GLAM MEDIA. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE.

 

 

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Taco Stuffed Baked Potato

Golf, skee ball and shuffleboard, oh my!

Jason and I were both in need of a relaxing, let’s go play kind of weekend. It began Thursday afternoon, and a nice long weekend was enjoyed.

I spent Friday morning with two girlfriends and one of their new babies – oh. so. cute. Sweet and mellow and did I say sweet? Left the girls at lunchtime, swung by the house and picked up Jason for vegan burgers at one of our regular favorites.

The weekend also included a couple movies, outside time with the dogs, veggie sushi, and shuffleboard. We played two games, I won two games.

Nacho Stuffed Baked Potato

One of my [click to continue…]

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cheesy nacho mushroom melts

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.

 

This has been the best week so far for #MushroomMakeover – I loved last week’s workouts, and I think I must be seeing the results this week. I have also had positive feedback from a couple people who don’t see me daily. The CORE and GUNS workouts from last week are definitely going to become regular workouts for me, in addition to my favorites we are revisiting this week, the BURN and BUILD. My energy level is high, and I am not really feeling the afternoon tireds I sometimes do. (When I do? Green Tea!)

Corinne’s weekly focus is a really good one this week as well – I talked about one aspect of it here. The other part is keeping a food journal, via an app or old fashioned pen and paper. You know me and my lists and my handwritten everything – I totally got into this. I also noticed that it helped me continue last weeks focus of eating mindfully. Heh – it’s almost like Corinne planned this, yes?

It was a good week all around.

nacho cheese mushroom melts

I am also [click to continue…]

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hearty roasted mushroom bisque

Each week during #MushroomMakeover, Corinne gives us a new focus (this has been one of my favorite parts of this challenge!). This week our focus is three parts, and one of them is self talk.

This is timely, because I just had a really great conversation about this while on vacation. I am acutely aware of the effect of language, how our declarations are tied directly to outcomes and outlooks – good or bad.

I have said this before – I have a pretty high level of confidence. I have no idea how or why, but I certainly am grateful for it every day.

Now, the conversation I was having was with two dear friends, who also possess a healthy level of confidence. Except two of us were stopped in our tracks when the third said “I’m kind of good at it,” referring to [click to continue…]

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roasted garlic mushroom pizza

“I’m really intuitive about these things. I’ve predicted two of my friends’ divorces, one pregnancy and a couple of natural disasters.”

Elijah is one of my favorite Girls characters. I can still see him edging his way into the cast photo at the end of the season three finale…

So.

I have heard many friends talk about Girls for some time now. Finally decided to look for it, watch it.

Um.

That was when I returned from vacation last week. Jason and I watched all three seasons, in time to catch up and watch the finale this past Sunday.

This is our favorite way to watch a series, actually. We [click to continue…]

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kabocha home fries

Last week was catch up time for me – I just returned from L.A. where I not only spent four days at Expo West – the Natural Food Products show, but I also took another week for vacation, just by myself. Expo West was amazing and overwhelming and so much dang fun, I cannot wait to go back next year!

…and vacation time was so nice. I went to the beach, I walked all over everywhere, I relaxed and I ate some fantastic food. I have at least a couple of posts to recap, coming soon.

So, all of that means I have not been around for Meatless Mondays. This week the ingredient is squash, which I love in so many ways. In lieu of a new recipe, I am sharing some of my favorites with you.

Anyone want to take a half a guess at what my favorite squash is? It may not be apparent here. But it might. Do you have a favorite?

roasted butternut lasagna with crispy sage

 

goat cheese squash blossoms

Dijon-apricot goat cheese squash blossoms 

 

kabocha fries with buffalo celery ranch dressing

kabocha fries with buffalo celery ranch

 

pumpkin caramel recipe

pumpkin coconut caramel sauce

 

spicy chipotle butternut soup

 

caramelized onion kabocha sandwich

caramelized onion kabocha sandwich with garlic and avocado

 

pumpkin cheesecake spread

pumpkin cheesecake spread

 

spiced maple kabocha smoothie

spiced maple kabocha smoothie

 

sage butternut hand pies

 

pumpkin whoopie pies

 

maple cream pumpkin pie with buttery gingersnap crust

 

Happy [Meatless] Monday! 

 

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