Vanilla Chia Pudding

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One of my absolute favorite things is rice pudding. I love the taste, the texture, everything. My dad and I used to always get rice pudding at this cute little diner when I was growing up so I’m sure it’s partially nostalgic for me when I eat it. Not being fans of the sugar and other icky ingredients anymore, my dad and I have both switched to enjoying chia pudding now. I’m happy to report that you can get the same rice pudding taste with this recipe. I eat this topped with fruit for breakfast or as a treat after lunch. Just love it. You can use white chia seeds for a prettier pudding but I usually have brown on hand so I almost always use those. I make mine in individual sized mason jars for an easy to grab treat that’s easy to bring to work.

Vanilla Chia Pudding 

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 cup full fat coconut or almond milk (unsweetened is best)

3-4 tbsp pure maple syrup

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup vanilla greek yogurt

1/2 cup fresh fruit of choice, I like peaches and berries best.

Mix your milk with 2 tbsp of the maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add in chia seeds. Pour the mixture into a large mason jar, or a few smaller sized mason jars with lids and let sit overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, mix in your yogurt (make sure you divide the yogurt evenly if using smaller mason jars). Put your peaches and berries in a bowl and mix with the remaining 2 tbsp of maple syrup. Top your pudding with the fruit, a dash of cinnamon and enjoy!


Veggie Packed Meatloaf

My oldest is a fantastic eater. She has a better palette than most adults and does’t bat an eye at beets or kale, brussels sprouts or squash. I used to think this was the result of my brilliant parenting. However, with the arrival of pickiest child ever, Tommy, I realized that I had, in fact, just lucked out the first time around. With Mr. Picky able to sniff out green pieces, garlic, and any other food item he’s decided to hate, I’m always trying to find ways to pack hidden vegetables into our food. This is especially true with dinner recipes since breakfast and lunch are usually more rushed because we always seem to be on the go.

One of my favorite meals that’s loaded with nutrients and that everyone loves is my meatloaf. Make no mistake. This ain’t your grandma’s meatloaf. I pack my meatloaf so full of veggies it’s ridiculous. This recipe is also extremely versatile in terms of the veggies used so I make this at the end of the week and clean out my fridge with any remaining, random vegetables for the meatloaf. I’ve used everything from diced squash and sweet potatoes to tomatoes and mushrooms in this recipe. Waste not want not!

Another plus, you can make this in the morning and keep it wrapped in the fridge and then have the nanny put it in the oven 45 minutes before you get home from work and you feel like super mom when you walk in the door to aromas of a just-about-cooked dinner ready to set on the table. Little victories, people.

Veggie Packed Meatloaf


1 1/2- 2 lb grassfed, organic ground beef

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 carrots, finely chopped (the smaller the chop the more sneakily they hide from children!)

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

1/2 red or yellow pepper, finely chopped

1 small/medium yellow onion, finely chopped

2-3 cloves garlic

1 large handful spinach or kale, finely chopped

1 piece of Ezekial bread crumbled into crumbs (I use a food processor)

1/2 cup milk

2 pastured eggs

Salt, pepper, and any herbs of choice (I like a little thyme and oregano)



Preheat oven to 375

Put your breadcrumbs in a small bowl with the milk. Let sit so that the bread crumbs absorb all of the milk.

Meanwhile, in a cast iron skillet melt your coconut oil. Add in carrots, onion, pepper, and celery. Cook until lightly browned and fragrant. About 5-7 minutes. Add in garlic and your greens. Cook for another minute or two. Season with salt and pepper and any herbs you’re using. Set aside and let cool

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In a large bowl add the meat, eggs, cooked veggies, breadcrumb mixture, and 2 tbsp of the ketchup.
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Mix well and add in a pinch of salt and pepper.

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Scoop the mixture into a loaf pan and add a quarter cup of water on top. Top with ketchup.

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Bake in the oven for 45-55 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes. Enjoy with mashed leeks and potatoes!