Mozzarella Stuffed Chick-quin Burgers with Marinara and Basil Aioli

Mozzarella Stuffed Chick-quin Burgers with Marinara and Basil Aioli – crispy chick-quin burgers stuffed with melty mozzarella, sandwiched into a fresh bun with flavorful basil and marinara.


Mozzarella Stuffed Chick-quin Burgers with Marinara and Basil Aioli @spabettie

These Mozzarella Stuffed Chick-quin Burgers with Marinara and Basil Aioli are my new favorite thing.

I mean, just look at the crispy edges and melty gooey cheese. Fresh homemade buns swiped with a bright basil aioli and peppery arugula piled high. A steaming fresh from the oven Chick-quin patty and marinara…  unlike many chicken alternatives, these are soy free, gluten free, totally satisfying and flavor full.

These Chick-quin patties are totally great on their own.

Then, we stuffed them with …

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Cherry Carob Truffles

Cherry Carob Truffles – these sweet and salty bites are vibrantly colored and brightly flavored – quick and easy with five ingredients total – a tasty snack or dessert!


Cherry Carob Truffles @spabettieBringin Carob Back @spabettie

Welcome to week two of Bringin’ Carob Back!

I originally had another recipe to share today, but after my teaser photo last week, so many wanted this recipe immediately. Honestly – a reader emailed asking that she might get the recipe before this weekend, she has an event. She and I always talk karaoke and rollerskating, I …

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Chipotle Coconut Pepper Jacks

Chipotle Coconut Pepper Jacks – do not let the spooky pepper faces keep you from tasting the flavorful fillings inside, protein packed and perfect before a night of Trick or Treats!


Chipotle Coconut Pepper Jacks @spabettieThis is Halloween, This is Halloween. Halloween! Halloween! 

This year I am back with another Pepper Jack that Jack Skellington would want to be friends with. Spooky faces on The Jacks this year – after several years of Pepper Jack carving, I am getting more detailed.

The Orange Pepper Jack is my favorite this year…

Chipotle Coconut Pepper Jacks @spabettieIsn’t he fun?

This Chipotle Coconut mixture is perfect by itselfI have enjoyed a bowl for breakfast before. This recipe fills approximately six bell peppers, depending on size of pepper. I usually make this filling, fill a couple peppers for dinner, then enjoy the leftovers as is. Yum.

Also, I have made a note about tasting the Chipotle Coconut mixture before filling your Pepper Jacks – the …

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Bringin Carob Back

Bringin’ Carob Back – kicking off this fun month of carob sweets and treats with a delicious collection of carob recipes from a talented group of bloggers and creators!


Cherry Carob Truffles @spabettie

Cherry Carob Truffles (coming SOON)


Bringin Carob Back @spabettie

Happy October!

Quite possibly my favorite month of the year – I love what October smells like. Crisp, cool days, with a smoky cozy feeling in the air. Warming scarves, boots, fun sweaters…   and Halloween. I love Halloween.

October, at least for me, is really the beginning of the holiday season, and treat making, really. From Chocolate Skulls filled with Ginger Wasabi to a Haunted House made from Protein Cookies, I love Halloween.

I cannot wait to show you what I have made for Halloween this year! So many fun things already, sweet and savory. Some of the sweets (and quite possibly a savory!) will be made with carob, the unsung hero bean that often acted as proxy for chocolate in our house when I was a kid.

Carob has a unique and naturally sweet flavor unlike any other, and brings benefits – high in …

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Toasty Graham Coffee Latte with Cinnamon Whip

Toasty Graham Coffee Latte with Cinnamon Whip – rich espresso and steamed graham milk are topped with pillows of coconut whip cream and graham crumbs – cozy flavors of crisp cool days.


Toasty Graham Coffee Latte with Cinnamon Whip @spabettie

So, it seems to be perfect timing in sharing this Grahamy Goodness with you, since today is National Coffee Day.

Um. But really, if we are being honest, isn’t every day Coffee Day?

So, happy coffee day.

I recently heard that there is a new coffee flavor in town. Pumpkin Spice Latte, move over – there is a Toasted Graham Latte edging its way into the fall obsession coffee lineup.

I have not tried it, don’t even know how it is made (I am assuming there is a graham flavored syrup, right?). I set out to make my own cozy version at home, and the resulting graham milk I made? Good enough to enjoy all by itself.

Mmm, flavors of crisp cool days, for …

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BBQ Mac and Cheese Burrito

BBQ Mac and Cheese Burrito – creamy mac and cheese stuffed into a burrito alongside classic burrito fillings – then topped with a sweet tangy BBQ sauce. YUM!


BBQ Mac and Cheese Burrito @spabettie

Tacos vs. Burritos – where do you stand on this important issue?

Really, Vegan MoFo?

That is hardly fair, and I really do not think I can provide an answer.

Please do not take today’s featured recipe as a tip of my hand – after much thought and debate, we love tacos and burritos equally. To even the playing field, I am sharing more recipes for tacos and burritos after the jump.

If the numbers give anything away, I suppose tacos get more play around here. Tacos and taco type things. You’ll see…

BBQ Mac and Cheese Burrito @spabettie

As for the BBQ Mac and Cheese Burrito, this is more an assembly than a recipe with measured ingredients – you know how burritos work. I am sharing my Easy Gluten Free Vegan BBQ Sauce though, which we …

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Five Ways To Enjoy Avocado Toast

Five Ways To Enjoy Avocado Toast – from sweet and salty to fruit topped to simple salted, avocado toast is a satisfying and flavorful lunch on the go!


Five Ways To Enjoy Avocado Toast @spabettie

Avocados are nutrient rich – a good source of omegas 3 and 6, which support brain health and lower cholesterol. In addition to assisting in antioxidant absorption, avocados pack their own antioxidants in vitamins E and K, which are also brain boosters / protectors.

Plus, they …

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Freakin’ Big Burrito

Freakin’ Big Burrito – a homemade version of Portland’s famous Honkin’ Huge Burrito, from Portland’s oldest food cart. Incredibly tasty, for the days I cannot get to the cart downtown.


Freakin' Big Burrito @spabettie

My first post college job was in accounting at Saks Fifth Avenue in downtown Portland. For lunch, I’d often walk up one block (from Fifth Avenue, one of two stores in the country actually on Fifth) to our Pioneer Courthouse Square, to Portland’s oldest food cart, Honkin’ Huge Burrito.

I ordered the largest burrito (the Honkin’), ate half for lunch, and enjoyed the other half for dinner. For like, four bucks.

Even if it were ten bucks, I would have been and would still be faithful to Honkin’ Huge Burrito – they are among the most delicious burritos I have ever had in my life. I have had many burritos.

First, they have these tomatoes.

Back then, I’d ask what was in these tomatoes?

“Love. They are made with love.” they’d answer, every time.

Kind of like a stewed tomato? Saucy, anyway, and sweet.

Freakin' Big Burrito @spabettie

So. I decided I’d make my own sweet tomatoes.

I used…

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