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Happy (almost) St. Patrick’s Day! I actually have a funny story in the spirit of this day. Growing up in Chicagoland, I was surrounded by friends who were Irish, and (rightfully) proud of it. Every St. Paddy’s Day, I’d wear green and paint shamrocks on my face with the rest of them – but it was well known that little Missy was one of the few in the group who wasn’t Irish, and was therefore basically just an outsider on this special day when the Chicago River was dyed green and our parents drank green beer. I actually remember my sister and I wishing on stars and pennies in ponds and birthday candles that we’d wake up Irish. Well when I was in my late twenties, I got a call from my mom shortly after my grandmother Betty had passed away. While going through piles of old papers my grandma had held onto her entire life, they discovered that my grandmother’s grandparents had immigrated from – yes, that’s right – Ireland. After almost three decades of wishing I could relate to my plethora of Irish friends, I found out that I was, indeed, Irish. And you can bet I more than made up for it on St. Patrick’s Day a few weeks later. (I didn’t have kids yet, so I went for it, man.)
This year I wanted to come up with a fun recipe for my kids to celebrate the day. And since I’m borderline obsessed with Mexican food, I decided I needed to somehow combine a Mexican-inspired dish with something St. Patrick’s Day themed. What I came up with is an all green quesadilla that is ridiculously easy and stupendously delicious. Whether you’re Irish or not, you’ll love these Salsa Verde, Avocado, and Baby Spinach Quesadillas.
Large spinach (or any green) tortilla (CHI-CHI’s Burrito Style Tortilla works great too!)
1 cup grated cheese (we like cheddar or a Mexican blend)
Handful of fresh baby spinach
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil (can also use butter)
1/2 cup CHI-CHI’S Salsa Verde
1/2 avocado, cubed
Small handful of cilantro (optional)
In a large skillet, melt the coconut oil or butter over medium heat. Place the tortilla in the pan and flip a few times to warm both sides. Sprinkle cheese over half of the tortilla, then cover with a layer of baby spinach leaves. Fold uncovered side over the top of the covered side so tortilla is folded in half. Reduce heat to low and cover the pan for one minute. Uncover, flip, and cover again for one minute. Repeat this every minute or so until the cheese is fully melted. Remove from pan and slice into wedges. Top with CHI-CHI’S Salsa Verde, cubed avocado, cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Serve and eat!
(Confession: I don’t like cilantro, but it adds to the pretty green shades. I take mine off before I eat it, because I’m weird like that.)
I love all of CHI-CHI’S line of Mexican food favorites (seriously yummy salsas, chips, and tortillas that you can find at most major groceries including Target and Walmart), but their Salsa Verde is my absolute favorite. It’s got a really great, tangy flavor that’s perfect for recipes or alone as a dip, and is made from quality ingredients, including real vegetables, jalapeño peppers (which are packed with Vitamin C and also help boost your metabolism), and contains only 10 calories per serving. And obviously, it’s perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day recipes. We’re pretty excited to make these tomorrow (you know, to celebrate our Irish heritage and everything. HA.)
Anybody else have any funny stories about being Irish? What are your St. Paddy’s Day plans?
This post is in partnership with CHI-CHI’S Mexican Foods. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.
You guys are well aware by now that I am a massive fan of IKEA. It was genuinely my dream come true to be featured on an episode their online home improvement show last fall and to get to work with them last summer on a makeover of our living room seating area. (We were also featured in a NowThis video last week about why IKEA was named one of the best 100 companies for which to work!) It goes without saying that IKEA’s affordability is one of their best attributes, but their style is what makes me so smitten. I’ve said countless times that even if I had an endless budget for furniture and decor, I’d still shop at IKEA. They’re also a really wonderful company in general, with incredible ethics. I love them with all of my being.
And just when I thought I couldn’t love them anymore, they come out with a line that is so brilliant, so rich, so expensive looking without being expensive at all, that I pretty much burst. This isn’t a sponsored post either. I’m just so excited about the 2017 Stockholm Collection, which debuts in their stores and on their website early next month, that I had to share. They describe it as “a carefully curated collection, designed to mix and blend in with what you already have at home and made from natural and tactile materials such as rattan, hand-blown glass and ash. Scandinavian modernity of the highest quality in form, function and materials. Made to use and enjoy, every day.” I’M IN.
Which piece is your favorite? I’m drooling over the rattan cabinet, which will retail for $ 349. And while we just got a new IKEA SODERHAM sofa last summer that we adore and don’t plan on switching out any time soon, I can’t get over the sheer beauty of the sofa, which is available in gray velvet, dark blue, or orange, and will retail for $ 1299. IKEA forever, guys.
I never have taken a liking to the term ‘beast’ or what I sense is its social nuance. Its implication is negative and connotations derogatory. To me it means true to ones nature; it is base, fundamental and instinctive. From my research the etymology of the word remains unclear however, the root of ‘animal’ is Latin meaning breath or spirit. I suppose the distinction between the two words ‘beast’ and ‘animal’ is essence versus being but I’ll leave that one up to the scholarly sorts who have a ton of disposable time.
To me and for now, they are synonymous. I am reminded of a story I once read of a boy who, all alone and lost in the woods, becomes a beast to protect himself from the perils of the night and fight his way to safety. But upon emerging from the forest unscathed the boy learns that he cannot unbecome.
So what’s the point of all of this? What’s the purpose? Somewhere along my journey I stopped asking the fundamental questions that preoccupied my youth. Like tears in rain they became lost in life’s torrent of distractions, inanities and wasteful activities.
Renwick has helped me find who I am again and to truly know it for the first time. I am a beast of a man.
What’s next – it’s damn time I learn how to train it.
I’ve talked before about how, in addition to being a long-time vegetarian, I’ve been making more of an effort to incorporate vegan and plant-based foods into my eating routine over the past year. I’ve also talked about how cheese is (in addition to sugar) my greatest weakness. I was actually vegan for a year a long time ago, and I basically cried myself to sleep on the regular because I missed cheese so much. At the time, there just weren’t any good dairy-free cheese substitutes, and I ultimately gave up (and ordered a large pizza with extra cheese with a massive stomachache for dessert, but we’ll save that unfortunate story for another time).
Thankfully, there is now a dairy-free cheese available that is so delicious and so close to the real thing that I think eating a completely plant-based diet would be infinitely less challenging for me should I decide to take that step again. You may remember me talking about the brand (Daiya Foods) before, when I shared a couple of yummy fall-inspired grilled “cheese” recipes made with their Cheddar Style Slices and a plant-based party tray created using their Farmhouse Blocks. Their products are delicious, so when I heard that they were launching several new products at the Natural Products Expo West on March 10th (today!), and was given the opportunity to try some of them in advance, I was obviously thrilled. I was especially excited to play around with the Shreds from Daiya’s new Cutting Board Collection. And because, as you all know, I am obsessed with Mexican-inspired foods, it just made sense to come up with some different types of nachos. Today I’m sharing the three that ended up being my favorite.
PLANT-BASED NACHOS, 3 WAYS: CLASSIC // SPICY BLACK BEAN // PIZZA
1/2-3/4 bag quality gluten-free tortilla chips (choose one with just corn, corn oil, and salt)
For Classic Nachos
2/3 cup Daiya Cutting Board Collection Cheddar Style Shreds
1-2 fresh jalapeños, sliced
Handful of cilantro
Chili powder, to taste
For Spicy Black Bean Nachos
2/3 cup Daiya Cutting Board Collection Pepperjack Style Shreds
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 avocado, cubed
Chili powder, to taste
For Spinach and Tomato Pizza Nachos
2/3 cup Daiya Cutting Board Collection Mozzarella Style Shreds
1/3 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced
1/2 cup baby spinach
Dried oregano or Italian seasoning, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with tortilla chips in a single layer. On 1/3 of the sheet, sprinkle with Cheddar Shreds until covered. Do the same on 1/3 with Pepperjack Style Shreds, and on the final 1/3 with Mozzarella Style Shreds. On the Cheddar Style Shreds section top with fresh jalapeño and sprinkle with chili powder. On the Pepperjack Style Shreds section, top with black beans and sprinkle with chili powder. On the Mozzarella Style Shreds section, top with cherry tomato slices and sprinkle with oregano. Bake for 5 minutes or until shreds are full melted. Remove from oven. Use a spatula to move each section onto its own plate. Top the Cheddar Style Shred section (Classic) with a handful of cilantro and another sprinkle of chili powder. Top the Pepperjack Style Shred section (Spicy Black Bean) with avocado cubes, fresh squeezed lime, and another sprinkle of chili powder. Top the Mozzarella Style Shred section (Pizza Nachos) with baby spinach and another sprinkle of oregano. Eat!
While I prepare the baked method, you can also prepare each variety on a separate plate, and microwave each for 30-60 seconds. I sometimes do this if I’m in a rush or just making one variety.
These nachos are a perfect snack to serve if you’re hosting a party, and even make a super tasty, satisfying lunch. The Cutting Board Collection Shreds melt so nicely and have a really incredible flavor, and, like all of Daiya Foods‘ products, are 100% plant based and free of dairy, gluten and soy. I’m also a huge fan of their newly formulated Cheeze Slices, which are now made with coconut oil. They come in Cheddar Style, Swiss Style, Provolone Style, and the brand new American Style, and have the same melt, stretch and taste as dairy-based cheese. I also love that they can be enjoyed hot or cold (I’ve been eating them on rye sandwiches with tomato and mustard several times a week). Added bonus? The Slices are formulated without titanium dioxide and carrageenan. I’ve said it before but I’ll mention it again – Daiya rules. If you’re vegan, are dairy intolerant, or just like to live a healthier lifestyle but love your cheese, Daiya is the answer, man.
If you make and (or all) of these nachos, I’d love to hear what you think. Or if you have any other favorite cheese-based recipes, let me know so I can recreate them with Daiya!
This post is in partnership with Daiya Foods. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.