Ultra Energy Bars – The Plantpower Way

Ultra Energy Bars - #PlantpowerWay @spabettie

Ultra Energy Bars – power packed with healthy ingredients like nuts, seeds, coconut, and dried berries, these bars boast a plentitude of protein and nutrient rich flavor!


One of the great inspirational books I have read is Finding Ultra, the incredible story of Rich Roll’s journey in Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Himself. He is a vegan ultra endurance athlete, has completed Hawaii’s Epic 5 Challenge, hosts a popular podcast, and is an engaging motivational speaker.

Rich Roll has truly been transformed by plants.

Needless to say, I was very happy to receive an advance proof The Plantpower Way, the latest book from Rich Roll and his wife, plant based chef Julie Piatt. I have spent the last month enjoying their recipes, while soaking up all the wellness facts and tips from this wonderful lifestyle guide.

This book – packed with essential nutritional information and stunning full color photographs – is a remarkable piece of art that would do well on any coffee table.

From the foreword by Sanjay Gupta, M.D.:  “…this is not your typical recipe book. It is a book about hope, and the universally shared belief that any one of us can be better.”

The Plantpower Way

The book has 120 whole food, plant based recipes, and we have already tried quite a few. Tried, and thoroughly enjoyed. From the …

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Crispy Sweet Potato Veggie Enchiladas

Crispy Sweet Potato Veggie Enchiladas

Crispy Sweet Potato Veggie Enchiladas with Chipotle Tomato Cream- with a perfect balance of sweet and savory, this comfort food dish brings layers of texture and flavor!


A recipe I first shared almost three years ago is consistently a reader favorite – my Crispy Sweet Potato Chipotle Enchiladas is one of our favorites too. I make it so often I don’t have to follow the recipe any longer. I was recently having a constant vegetable craving – could not get enough – and I …

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Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad with Tangy Lemon Dressing

Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad with Tangy Lemon Cream Dressing @Cooking_Light

Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad with Tangy Lemon Dressing – skillet charred onions and chickpeas take a tumble into a bright dressing in this perfectly simple salad.


Portland has been riding a weather roller coaster for a few weeks – several sunny days up in the warm 80 degrees temps, then some rainy cool days, then back up to 80s.

Today we are predicted to see 82°F.


Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad with Tangy Lemon Cream Dressing @Cooking_Light


Spring is definitely my favorite time of year, I am loving the longer days where we have daylight until nearly 9pm. The recent warm temperatures have me craving lighter foods already – salads as meals, salads with breakfast, salads all the time.

This is one of those unique salads without greens salads, and it is so very good. I have already made this twice, adding quinoa the second time. I may even add those salad greens next time.

Even with no greens – aside from the fresh oregano, which is lovely – this simple salad is …

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Salted Caramel Apple Oatmeal

Salted Caramel Apple Oatmeal

Salted Caramel Apple Oatmeal – fresh tart apples and sweet caramel sauce top this rich cashew oatmeal, for a hearty breakfast you will want every weekend!


Second only to small plates and eating a dinner made up entirely of appetizers, my favorite is breakfast. Even on the weekdays when I have more of a schedule, I enjoy breakfast, but weekends is where my breakfast game is strong.

How many times can I use the word breakfast?

Salted Caramel Apple Oatmeal

Weekends are for brunch. I wish I could brunch every weekend.

Complete with mimosa, right?

We have enjoyed some epic all morning brunch with friends. As much as I love to meet friends out at our favorite restaurants – and Portland has many – having breakfast brunch at home is something I equally look forward to. As you know I …

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Smoky Avocado Roll

Smoky Avocado Roll

Smoky Avocado Roll – a smoky veggie “lox” so astonishingly similar to the real thing – in flavor and texture – when paired with classic flavors you remember.

Avocado Veggie Lox Roll

You know how so many say “I could be vegan except for cheese?”

That was never my statement – mine would have been “vegan except for smoked salmon” and “vegan except for bagels and lox.”

That smoky flavor paired with briny capers and a cream cheese bagel? What I always ordered from hotel room service. What was often my brunch choice, along with my mimosa.

Well, that is still my brunch choice.

At a sushi counter, I’d look for and order the salmon.

This was before going vegan, of course. If I am honest I do still give the lox a wistful look on the menu, wishing for a plant based version of that flavor.

My wishes have been answered, my friends.

I wish I could …

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Double Cream Garlic Herb Mushroom Pie

Double Cream Chive Mushroom Pie

Double Cream Garlic Herb Mushroom Pie satisfies your hearty, cheesy vegan comfort food cravings, perfect for Pi Day or a Friday!

Double Cream Mushroom Pie

Longtime readers of spabettie know I love my pie. I also love Pi.

I make a Pi tribute pie every year, and those years I have had a blog, I have shared them with you.

This year, Pi Day is extra nerdy special – not only it is the year ’15, this year we can also take Pi out a few more decimals at 9:26 am, and 53 seconds.

I made a savory pie …

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Tangy Cheese Sauce on a Beastly Pretzel Slider

Tangy Cheese Sauce on a Beastly Pretzel Slider

Tangy Cheese Sauce on a Beastly Pretzel Slider – a plant based cheese sauce with great flavor, and goes well with burgers, mac and cheese, FONDUE or dip!


I have been sitting on this cheese sauce recipe for a while.

I first made it last summer, then got a bit distracted from any kind of cooking. I did think about making some while the Hawaii Honeymoon Hurricane Hit the Horizon. We grocery shopped for all the essentials before that one day storm.

I am realizing I still need to share wedding details with you. We had some tasty vegan food, and the groom’s cake was fun.

I started making this recipe again around the holidays – I am generally the maker of the appetizers and snacks for the holiday day – everyone loved it.

Tangy Cheese Sauce Recipe

I recently got my hands on the Beyond Meat Beast Burger, in slider form. They were sold out of the burger size, I am still wondering if they are the same. I have heard mixed reviews, but Jason and I both liked the flavor. You know how you …

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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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