Breakfast

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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spinach scramble stuffed 'shrooms

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.

 

Week Two of #MushroomMakeover is coming to a close, and for me, this week was even better than last!

The workouts from our trainer Mark Segedie, continue to be both fun and challenging! This week included two arm circuits – good because I really want to focus on my arms lately, bad because I have not focused on my arms lately. Ha! Noodle arms over here. I am loving the challenges, making sure I get to my 10,000 steps a day (some days, SO EASY, other days that number seems so unattainable). Most days I get there, as well as drinking plenty of water as RD Corrine reminds us to do.

Working with the registered dietitian Corinne Dobbas this week was a good thing too – our focus this week was to be mindful with our meals – focus on the food rather than the television, laptop, whatever the usual distraction may be. Eat slowly, enjoying the flavors, the textures, all of it. I will admit this was a difficult challenge for me, and one where I learned some things about myself. It took some effort at lunch time – when I am normally on my own during the day – to sit and enjoy, without working in front of the computer or watching television. I made myself go outside to sit in the sunshine during breakfast one day – I enjoyed the sunshine and the dachshunds sat out there with me, taking it all in. A big challenge for me is background noise – I found I need it, or at least think I do. I will definitely continue to work on this one, as it is bigger than this one week project for me.

Between the workouts, staying hydrated, eating healthfully and mindfully, I found the number on the scale is once again less than the week before. This is a positive for me – I rarely step on the scale and this was not my biggest reason for taking on the #MushroomMakeover challenge, but it is definitely a nice aspect.

This week’s Mushroom Makeover meals:

visiting a brew pub with friends for lunch one day, I was happy to [click to continue…]

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miso arugula greens with roasted portobello

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.

 

It wasn’t so very long ago that I was talking about how I stood at the kitchen counter and ate an entire skillet of sauteed mushrooms… only to make another batch because my snack was meant for a recipe.

Only in my kitchen does this kind of thing happen?

Didn’t think so.

I love my mushrooms.

Which is why I am so excited to be chosen by The Mushroom Council and Mamavation as an ambassador and [click to continue…]

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candy bar smoothie

veganmofo

It’s my third cookbook review of Mofo, and again, I am giving away a copy to a lucky reader!

I am also sharing with you a recipe from the book – for one of the best smoothies I have ever had. Really, Jason keeps asking for it, I keep making it. I mean, a candy bar smoothie?

Yes, it really tastes like a candy bar. Adding the protein is what we generally do, and [click to continue…]

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squ-hash browns veganmofo Kabocha. I have become quite versed at cooking this winter squash – I am getting extra arm workouts every day. I may as well give the kabocha its own category here, I already have so many ideas to share with you. and I come up with new ideas nearly every day. Today I bring you a simple hash brown – squash instead of potato. This is a completely new [click to continue…]

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raspberry coconut flax waffles

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errey day I’m waffelin’

Okay – not every day, but often.  Also? Recycled line, I’ve used it before.

You might know I do love my waffles, though. and that I am anything but traditional with them. Sweet? Yes. Savory? Absolutely. As sandwich bread? Why not. In place of a sandwich altogether, in stuffed waffle form? All the time.

Today, because it is Sunday and we’re having waffles for breakfast, I bring you a few waffle recipes to choose from – some sweet, some savory, some stuffed, all good:

 

grilled cheese wafflewich sliders

grilled cheese wafflewich sliders

 

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sweet zucchini waffles with mango

 

raspberry coconut waffles

raspberry coconut flax waffles

 

carrot juice waffles

 

croque monsieur stuffed waffles

croque monsieur stuffed waffles

 

tahini kale stuffed waffles

 

cheesy tomato stuffed waffles

 

pancakes or waffles? ever enjoy them savory?

 

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sweet and salty cluster crunch spabettie

I woke up to a wonderful crisp and cool morning. As I sit here and drink my coffee on the deck with the pups, I am smelling the air (the dachshunds are sitting here sniffing too), getting a hint of October.

I love what October smells like.

sweet and salty yogurt crumble spabettie

We have been incredibly lucky with a perfect summer. Very little rain, perfect temperatures, all kinds of sun and fun. There are times when Portland’s summer goes way to quickly, where the sun does not always play along, and many of us feel the cooler weather comes too soon.

This year, I am ready.

I am ready for the cool mornings and evenings. Walks in the neighborhood as the sun goes down, with scarf and gloves and coats on the dogs. Autumn produce and changing flavors – deep and smoky and hearty.

sweet and salty ice cream topping spabettie

Are you getting ready for fall?

Please come say hello at Attune today – I’m sharing my sweet and salty cluster crunch.

 

this recipe was shared with Healthy Vegan Fridays.

 

 

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cherry vanilla protein French toast

It is cherry season again.

and all I have to do is share some of my cherries with the birds in our yard. I try to get to them before [click to continue…]

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