5 Winning St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

My Mint Ice Cream Sandwich recipe on Momspark

 

Slow Cooker Irish Guinness Beef Stew

My recipe of Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew on Momspark

St.-Pattys-Day-Trail-Mix

Saint Patty’s Day Trail Mix via me and Ingredients, Inc.

Spinach-Pineapple-Smoothie

Spinach Pineapple Smoothie via me and Ingredients, Inc.

Saint-Patrick’s-Day-Fresh-Herb-Dip

Saint Patrick’s Day Dip via me and Ingredients, Inc.

6 Winning Super Bowl Nacho Recipes

Fully Loaded Nachos with green and red salsa

I am unsure if nachos or chicken wings are the most served appetizers for the Super Bowl or really any big game, no matter the sport. Did you see this? The National Chicken Council estimates 1.3 billion chicken wings will be consumed this weekend, with today being the second biggest eating day of the year. My family, especially the boys, absolutely love and request nachos. These 6 winning Super Bowl nacho recipes are very diverse including grilled, steak, rotisserie chicken, Greek Style and even Mexican street corn. Enjoy for the Super Bowl tonight or for March Madness, your favorite baseball game or even the Masters. Enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday and have a great week!

Fully Loaded Nachos with Green and Red Salsa via Bon Appetit

 

Greek Style Nachos

Greek Style Nachos via Ingredients, Inc.

Steak Nachos

Steak Nachos via Ingredients, Inc.

Mexican Street Corn Nachos 800 3298

Mexican Street Corn Nachos via Closet Cooking

Easy Rotisserie Chicken Nachos

Easy Rotisserie Chicken Nachos via The Food Charlatan

Grilled Blue Corn Nachos

Grilled Blue Corn Nachos via Ingredients, Inc.

Greek Style Nachos

Greek Style Nachos

Super Bowl Sunday is next week, so how about an appetizer that’s unexpected such as these Greek-Style Nachos. These are so easy to make, and your guests will be wowed. There is minimal preparation time (just 30 minutes of chill time). I used Gaea Kalamata Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the P.D.O. region of KALAMATA in the southwest Peloponnese, overlooking the Ionian Sea is a vast olive grove and the land that gave birth to the most sought-after world famous “Koroneiki” olive variety. Enjoy on Super Bowl Sunday or anytime of the year as a wonderful appetizer to start a meal of chicken, seafood or pork.

Pork Eggrolls

Pork Eggrolls

For an fabulous tasting appetizer, try these Pork Eggrolls which are so easy and come out great! These egg rolls make a great alternative finger food for the Super Bowl and are a family favorite served with fried rice or miso soup. Use water to seal the edges, but you don’t need much at all–not even 1 teaspoon on each wrapper. Use the preshredded cabbage already in the package to speed up the preparation time and feel free to substitute ground chicken. Be sure to make extra because these great heated up later or the next day. Check my favorite fried rice recipe, Quinoa Fried Rice  which is gluten free!

Quinoa Fried Rice

Best Salsa Ever

Instead of buying jarred salsa, you can easily make your own with this recipe for Best Salsa Ever. In only 20 minutes, you’ll have amazing fresh salsa. This is perfect to make this weekend for the Final Four, for spring entertaining or for weeknights to jazz up your kid’s tacos and quesadillas. Tomatoes are one of the most healthy foods, high in antioxidants, support bone health, have anti cancer benefits and more. One serving of ripe, red tomatoes is a good source of Vitamins A, C, K, folate and potassium. Tomatoes are also low in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Tomatoes also provide fiber, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus and copper. Enjoy and stay healthy!

30 Mushroom Recipes

I am so excited to announce my winner of this month’s mushroom giveaway! Congrats to Kelley from Mountain Mama Cooks for her submitting her recipe for Bacon and Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms. Be sure to check out all of the other contest entrants and the Mushrooms for Hope Pinterest Board for a collection of fabulous mushrooms recipes.

I love using mushrooms in my cooking, and you can always lighten up your family favorite recipes by using finely-chopped, umami-rich mushrooms for a portion of ground meat. Mushrooms and ground meat blend seamlessly to add an extra serving of vegetables to the plate by enhancing, extending or replacing the meat. Finely chopped mushrooms look similar and blend seamlessly with meat, so classics can be healthier without losing taste or satisfying texture. A great example of this is my Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms, but there’s so many unique ways to use mushrooms in your cooking. Using more mushrooms reduces calories, fat and actually creates a healthier main dish (I actually think it tastes better too)! With the mushroom and meat blend, you don’t necessarily have to consume large quantities of meat to feel full and satiated, and your dish will also be more economical. Also, mushrooms bring important nutrients to your diet. See my blog post on 7 health benefits of mushrooms.

Check out the 30 mushroom recipes below!

Mushrooms are still available in their pink packaging for Breast Cancer awareness so add some of these recipes to your menu list! This post is sponsored by Mushroom Council, but all opinions are my own. I love mushrooms!

Feta and Olive Oil Cakes

With the Mediterranean diet has been continually recognized as one of the healthiest diets in the world, it’s no secret that many people are currently giving it a try. Cat Cora’s Kitchen products by Gaea are synonymous with the Mediterranean diet. They are awesome! This recipe for Feta and Olive Oil Cakes is one of my new favorites. It is ideal if you’re following the diet, but don’t want to leave behind their sweet tooth. These treats fit well in lunch bags as an afternoon snack or as a better-for-you dessert option at an upcoming get together. Enjoy!

Salmon Salad Crostini

Summer is in full swing, and so many friends go to the lake or beach for the weekends. Recently, I have had so many requests for summer appetizers. This Salmon Salad Crostini is one of my newest favorites. Salmon is so healthy for you, and I have been craving it a lot lately. This is a great way to use salmon in a different way or when you have salmon leftovers. This also makes a great shower appetizer or even a holiday appetizer this fall. In under 30 minutes, you’ll have this ready to serve.

Gluten Free Diet idea: Sandwich on a Stick

So many friends are on a a gluten free diet for health or other reasons. This recipe for  Sandwiches on a Stick are the perfect gluten free sandwich recipe idea. These also make great  lunch ideas for the kids or even appetizers for a spring, summer, or fall tailgating party. Get your kids to help choose the ingredients and assist with preparing them. They are so cute, and adults and kids will love them! See some of my other favorite gluten free recipes here.

Mother’s Day: Shrimp Cones with Spicy Yogurt Sauce

Most of you already know that I am a huge yogurt fan. Have you tried Liberté Greek?  Liberté Greek and Liberté Méditerranée are artfully crafted for a flavor-focused taste making them a natural addition to a variety of dishes that are sure to be a hit for Mother’s Day, graduation parties, showers, Labor Day celebrations and other seasonal festivities. I have this shrimp recipe on my list for Mother’s Day and a few other celebrations coming up so I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. One container of the lemon yogurt contains 11 grams of protein, zero grams of fat, 140 calories and 23 grams of carbohydrates.