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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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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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Totally Tahini Cups with Coffee Cream Filling

spabettie is the next stop on the Rawsome Vegan Baking Un-Cookbook tour – and this recipe I chose to share? Oh So Good. Totally Tahini Cups with Coffee Cream Filling – a simple recipe with only four ingredients, but so much flavor!

First, the book. The deliciousness comes from Emily von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life. With stunning photos of seemingly every recipe, this book is fun to just sit and read, as you know I love to do.

Upon my first browsing, I immediately had a list of recipes I wanted to try – these cups were first.

I have also made the Boston Banana Cream Deep Dish Tarts, which were uuhhh-mazing. I WILL be making the Fresh Citrus Tart with Lemon Cream – sounds so fresh and bright, and the [click to continue…]

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We are halfway through week two of the #MushroomMakeover. I am obligated to post one recap per week, but as always, when excited about something, I do more – in addition to the weekly review, I will be sharing some of the recipes I’ve been making recently. My recap posts will be at the end of each week, on Fridays or Saturdays.

This sandwich was especially good, and I am really liking arugula lately also. Such a unique flavor, and it goes well with the crispy sauteed mushrooms and the sweet and mildly spicy red peppers. The garlicy bean spread provides some extra oomph and flavor – this would be great as a bowl, as well – over quinoa or salad.

A couple of years ago, via The Chew, Mario Batali  taught us [click to continue…]

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vibrant spinach mac and cheese

So, that Matthew McConaughey.

I have always liked him, but he has become a really good actor. Really good. Real.

Jason and I waited until the season finale of True Detective, then began watching the series. One episode after another, all in one day. Yesterday. I won’t say much for those who have not seen it – those who have? let’s discuss somewhere else! – but wow. So good. I have heard some say they were disappointed in the finish, but we both liked it.

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Did you know you can make a roux out of pureed spinach, coconut oil and coconut flour?

Yeah, I am positive someone or many someones will be eye-rolling and side-eyeing my spinach roux, but that is what I am calling it.

A tasty, bright green, havarti-garlic saucy roux. For pasta to [click to continue…]

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