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 spicy 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.

 

 

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

 

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Mid Week Girls Night In

by Kristina Sloggett

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Are you one of those who always likes to have something to look forward to? A vacation, a fun event, even just the weekend – I always have something coming up in the schedule to keep the normal days going smoothly.

One of my best friends and I are like that – from a concert we have tickets for to a trip we have planned in a few months, we always have that next thing to anticipate. Even if it is a simple night out.

Or night in.

A mid-week Girls Night is a great way to break up the week – and this time of year a fun evening with friends is a must, when the sun is shining and the evenings last longer with extended daylight (my favorite time of year, here in Portland it is light well after 9 pm!). I love to have friends over for a chill evening on the back deck, enjoying the evening sunshine.

To keep things easy, one of my entertaining tips is to have a signature beverage to serve – creating one or two smoothies and easy make ahead small bites. The girls can serve themselves and you can enjoy the party with them!

Cheers!

 

 

To see my whole slideshow collection, visit Vibrant Flavors for a Girls Night In.

For more party planning inspiration, see these Ideas for a Girls Night In, which includes mocktails and small bites made with Trop50 Raspberry Acai.

Compensation was provided by Trop50 via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of spabettie and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Trop50.

 

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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.

In addition to [click to continue…]

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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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Perfect Vegan Waffles

I had an impromptu Virtual Breakfast on Saturday morning. Friday night, I stayed in to relax with the dogs and watch back to back episodes of Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live.

Jason was out playing music, leaving me to JT, browsing the internet – Pinterest for wedding ideas and Instagram to see what everyone was up to. I got in a conversation on Instagram with Somer and Sarah about [click to continue…]

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salt and vinegar grilled cheese

Don’t you just love a good grilled cheese?

When was the last time you had one – a really good grilled cheese? Buttery bread that is perfectly crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and holding one, hopefully two, kinds of cheese, all melty and [click to continue…]

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup

The Blender Girl

My beautiful friend Tess Masters has written a beautiful book!

I say this completely unbiased – The Blender Girl Cookbook is stunning – amazing recipes with gorgeous photography to match.

If you have a prized high-speed blender, you need this book. If you have a regular-speed blender, you need this book. Hitting the shelves today, this is a collection of 100 beautifully photographed recipes – super easy, super healthy – meals, snacks, desserts and drinks. From a Pineapple Salsa Smoothie and [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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