st. patrick’s day food

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and you probably have your festivities planned. They might include corned beef. They probably include green beer, or at least a guinness. Hopefully they include some live Irish music, with corned beef AND green beer.

I’m not yet sure what Saturday will bring for me, but we celebrated a little early with some reubens the other night. Homemade reubens (sometimes even made with tofu) are a favorite of mine. Here are some great recipes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with!





Corned Beef with Cabbage – via Epicurious

Ploughman’s Platter – via Vegetarian Times

Soda Bread Scones – via Vegetarian Times

Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops with Root Vegetables – via Epicurious

Classic Reuben Sandwich – via Epicurious

Shepherd’s Pie – via FoodNetwork

Irish Stew – via Food Network



Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes – via Will Cook for Friends

Guinness Brownies – via Heather Christo Cooks

Guinness Caramel Sauce – via Fresh Tart Steph

Chocolate Stout Cakes with Irish Cream Frosting – Avid Appetite


Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? With beer, food or both? :)

the newest in natural food: expo west

Last weekend was the annual Natural Products Expo West show in Anaheim. This is my 5th year attending and I’ve always loved going! Walking the show is so much more laid back compared to the first three years when I was planning the show – such a different experience.

Here are some of my favorites new food/beverage finds from the weekend:


Hooray Pureed Vegetables: perfect for adding into mac & cheese, sauces, baked goods, etc. Available online currently and coming to stores soon!

Go Live Probiotic Water: comes in bottles or packets that you mix with water.

Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter. Need I say more? Absolutely delicious.

Rush Bowls: blended fruit + granola topping (sold frozen). Really yummy and a fun summer breakfast.

Naked Pizza:not your ordinary pizza crust – this one is made with all sorts of whole grains and probiotics!

Milk Makers: cookies to boost milk supply! (for Moms) :)

Avitae Caffeinated Water: yup.

Bar Gelato: Naia’s hand-crafted, artisan gelato in a bar form. Salted Caramel is ridiculous. (And the bar has less than 200 calories)!

Wildbrine: naturally fermented sauerkrauts and kimchi. The sauerkraut was amazing, and while I’m not normally a fan of kimchi, I liked this!

Have you found any interesting new products lately? 

roasted parmesan chicken

Sometimes I get really excited about dinner.

You do too?

Oh good!

This was one of those dinners. I had a recipe from Bon Appetit that I was dying to try and I just knew that my husband would love it. He did. (He told me about 4 times)!

The chicken was cooked perfectly (something I rarely do!) and the crunchy, cheesy topping was delicious. The recipe comes together very quickly – perfect for a weeknight meal that feels special.


Roasted Parmesan Chicken

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Keywords: bake entree


Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 2 medium sized chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup panko
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Season chicken with salt and pepper.

Combine panko, parmesan, garlic and olive oil in small bowl.

Press panko mixture onto chicken.

Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.

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build it better: smoothies

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Now that I live in a sunny, warm climate year-round, I’ve found myself turning to smoothies on a more regular basis than I did when we lived in Minneapolis. Smoothies in the winter just never worked for me. But spring is here and summer is around the corner so it is officially smoothie season!

Smoothies are typically a breakfast meal for me, (I’m not so sure they could work as a lunch or dinner) and my current favorite is a combination of frozen pineapple, spinach, almond milk and greek yogurt. To turn a smoothie into a meal, you’ve got to be sure to include protein, some healthy fat and some volume in the form of fruit or vegetables.

Here are some of my favorite fats, proteins and flavors for smoothies! Blend away!


  • nut butter or nuts
  • avocado
  • ground flaxseed
  • chia seeds


  • protein powder (there are ENDLESS amounts of protein powder – find one that you like!)
  • greek yogurt
  • milk


  • frozen or fresh fruit
  • splash of juice
  • small amount of honey or agave
  • dates
  • coconut


  • vegetables! (spinach or other delicate greens work well)
  • green super food powder


What always ends up in your smoothies?