Favorite Finds from FNCE 2017

About two weeks have already passed since I was at the 2017 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (aka FNCE) in Chicago. My favorite part of this “Super Bowl of nutrition” is meeting and reconnecting with other RDs.  

Cara Harbstreet, Kelly Jones, Julie Harrington and me at the Living Plate booth!

The networking and social opportunities presented at the conference are always amazing, but one of my favorite parts of this annual event is the expo floor. There are so many brands to discover and companies to connect with, plus SO. MANY. SNACKS. I won’t dive into a full recap of the conference this year, but I do want to share some of the food products (old and new) that I’m loving these days.

Banza

If you haven’t tried this chickpea pasta yet, get on it! I’m a fan of regular gluten-filled pasta too, but if you can’t enjoy gluten or are looking to bump up the protein and fiber in your meals, Banza is a great option. Plus they just came out with new Mac’n’Cheese varieties, which are delish.  Check out my Creamy Pumpkin Pasta recipe using Banza, or grab some of the other great recipes on their website!

 

FYI I am a Banza Ambassador, which means I get sample products and coupons to share with my clients, but I am not paid to support or represent Banza in any way.  

Siggi’s

I’ve long loved and supported Siggi’s for their delicious skyr/yogurt, but also for the brand’s dedication to supporting Registered Dietitians. Siggi himself is always around to represent and speak directly with the professionals who enjoy and support Siggi’s. My favorite product of late is the Triple Cream yogurts, especially the lemon and vanilla flavors. They’re super creamy and satisfying. Full fat FTW! 🙂

Kodiak cakes

This was something I was excited to finally try at FNCE, as I had heard a lot about the brand via social media, but hadn’t taste tested it for myself. Plus, you guys know how much I love pancakes! Kodiak Cakes have pancake and muffin mixes as well as new oatmeal cups and toaster waffles. All of their products are a little bit higher in protein and fiber than traditional mixes too. I tried the pumpkin pancakes and the toaster waffles and have to say I’m a big fan. 

A2

I was first introduced to A2 Milk at the Today’s Dietitian conference and via RD friend Liz Shaw’s social media. Without getting too science-y on you, A2 milk has been created to eliminate the A1 beta-casein protein, which may be the cause of the digestive distress some people experience after drinking milk (that may have interpreted as lactose intolerance).  A2 is a great example of advancing food science providing solutions for those with health conditions or dietary needs. Of course, I’m a big fan of the chocolate A2 milk! 🙂 

Munk Pack

Munk Pack started out with oatmeal squeeze pouches, which I’ve enjoyed as on-the-go and pre/post-workout snacks for a few years now. I stopped at their booth to say hi and was happily surprised when I tried their new protein cookies. The cookies have 18g of fiber and 6g of fiber, but most importantly taste SO good!  

Other FNCE expo brand favorites included Elmhurst Peanut Milk, RxBar, KIND Snacks, Simple Mills and Muuna cottage cheese. I look forward to FNCE next year, if only to connect with fellow RDs and try more snacks! 🙂

One Pot Chickpea Curry and Rice

One Pot Chickpea Curry and Rice

This simple chickpea curry dish uses just one pot and ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. 

Confession: I’ve been in something of a cooking rut lately, feeling uninspired and unmotivated to cook much at all. I’ve been eating a lot of scrambled eggs and yogurt. This is one of the reasons I love our monthly Recipe Redux challenges, because I’m forced to have a focus and get creative in the kitchen. This month’s theme coordinated nicely with the first day of Spring being on Monday. We were challenged to do some spring cleaning in the kitchen and focus on only using ingredients we already had on hand in the fridge and/or pantry.  

When it comes to using up ingredients in your pantry and minimizing food waste, the number one tip you hear is to make soup or stock, right? I like that idea in theory, but can’t honestly say I’ve ever done it. When I want to come up with a recipe to use random stuff I have in the cabinet, I turn to my old friends Google and Pinterest, searching by ingredient and modifying from there. A lot of recipe sites let you search by ingredient, which is super helpful for those times you find yourself with more canned beans than you could ever need and no idea what to do with them.  Hi, that’s totally me. I’ve got lots of garbanzo beans and as much as I love hummus, it was time to come up with something new.

the recipe

In addition to my canned bean collection, my spice cabinet is severely underutilized, so I decided to turn the spotlight on spices for this spring cleaning recipe. Naturally, thinking spices + beans led me to an Indian inspired dish. I started pulling out other staples I always have on hand: onions, carrots, broth, canned tomatoes and coconut oil. 

Coconut milk is commonly used in curries, but my fave Siggi’s whole milk skyr worked perfectly since I didn’t have any coconut milk. This recipe comes together in less than 45 minutes and uses just one pot! This makes for a super simple cleanup but more importantly, it helps all of the flavors meld together really nicely.  

This chickpea curry will be a staple in my meal prep, especially because it makes a big batch and we can enjoy it throughout the week. If you don’t want leftovers, be sure to cut the recipe in half! Read on for the full recipe, pin it for later and don’t miss the link at the bottom to get the spring cleaning recipes from other Recipe Reduxers!

One Pot Chickpea Curry and Rice
Serves 6
A vegetarian recipe for chickpea curry and rice using ingredients you likely already have in your pantry!


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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
25 min

Total Time
35 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
25 min

Total Time
35 min

Ingredients
  1. 2 TBSP coconut oil
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  4. 1 onion, chopped
  5. 2 TBSP curry
  6. 1 teaspoon cumin
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  8. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  9. 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  10. 1 teaspoon salt
  11. 3 cups vegetable broth
  12. 1 1/2 cups canned diced tomato
  13. 1 1/2 cups quick cook brown rice (white rice works too!)
  14. 1 15oz can chickpeas, drained
  15. 1/2 cup whole Greek yogurt (I used Siggi’s)
Instructions
  1. Heat coconut oil in a large pot or pan over medium heat.
  2. Stir in garlic, onion, carrots and spices and cook for 5-8 minutes, until carrots are tender and onions are softened.
  3. Add vegetable broth, diced tomato, brown rice and chickpeas, stirring.
  4. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until rice is cooked.
  5. Stir in Greek yogurt until creamy consistency is achieved.
  6. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for later (should last about a week).
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