| in the kitchen // chia pudding |

  

I am always looking for a healthy morning option to get my day started on the right foot. What you put in your body can affect your energy, your mood and how your body functions through out the day. For the most part I have fairly healthy options to get me through lunch and dinner but for breakfast I need fast and easy, which makes me overwhelmed when looking at the fridge with sleepy eyes. Enter chia…

Yes Ch-ch-ch-chia, for those of you from the 90s you may understand why I was little looking at this like “really?!” This simple combination fills you for the day, and starts your day with Omega-3 and high fiber! What’s great about this pudding is you can really add whatever tricks your fancy, here’s the combo I have been utilizing…

Ingredients //

2 cups unsweetened coconut milk 

*try chocolate almond milk for a dessert fix

1/2 cup chia seeds

1 tsp of Vanilla

Pinch of salt

Chopped up fruit (summer berries are my favorite right now)

Combine chia seeds with milk and stir in large bowl. Add in additives (Vanilla and salt) Cover and place on fridge overnight. In the AM give one more big stir. Place desired amount in small bowl and add desired toppings!

Enjoy a new mix in your morning routine!

| in the kitchen // fall harvest salad |

 

Once it gets chilly out my recipe rotation gets a fall and winter makeover. Of everything I make during these cold months my favorite isn’t;  a soup, not a pasta or roast, but a salad. We call this the Thanksgiving salad in my house, mostly for the fact that the first time I ever made it was for our first Thanksgiving as husband and wife. Initially this was taken from Kinfolk Table, but after each time I prepare this the recipe shifts just a little. That’s just my style, it’s also why I am the world’s worst baker.
Here is what the salad currently consists of…

// What to get //

makes 4 servings as a side or two dinner portions

1 medium to large sweet potato 

1 large in season apple with red skin

1/2 red onion

1 large lemon

1/2 cup of white cheddar – cubed 

1/2 cup of pecans

1 clove of garlic

1 tablespoon of local honey

3 tablespoon of olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Choice leafy green lettuce (kale, arugula, spring mix, even romaine all work well)
// What to do //

Preheat oven to 350, while you wait peel sweet potato, chop into 1″ pieces and dice red onion. Toss in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast vegetables for 35 minutes. Once complete take out to cool for 5-10 minutes. Take a moment to enjoy the delicious aromkS filling your house.

While your yummy vegetables cool, wash and prep your choice leafy green in your desired portion and beautiful bowl. Now to prepare the dressing. 

Squeeze the juice from one lemon into a small bowl and add honey, oil and minced garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste and whisk together. 

Combine vegetables, apples, cheese and pecans and add a hefty portion to the top of your greens. Drizzle with dressing and enjoy!!

Serve with crusty bread, or your favorite protein. 

Hope you enjoy my family’s favorite meal!

  

| in the kitchen // vitamin-C boost |

     

All this week we have been watching people drop like flys, scratchy throats, fevers and coughs…ugh it must be cold season. I hate being sick, and I know that it is no one’s idea of a good time, but I turn into a hopeless shell of a human. This year I am not having it.

We have been lucky enough to have in-home care for Harper, helping eliminating the frequency of germs, and she is very fond of “washy” (washing her hands) so we have luckily not had a sick babe in her whole 16 months. To help giver her, and me, a little boost we have been keeping a steady flow of vitamin C, and other goodness, in this house. Here is mommy’s little helper…

Vitamin C Smoothie

(for one mama and one babe)

What you need:

1 generous handful of frozen mango chunks

Juice from 1 large orange

1 cup of coconut milk

A few ice cubes

1/3 cup of cold water 

1 tsp of local honey

Throw all these lovely ingredients in a blender, we love our Ninja for their individual smoothie cups, and blend until smooth. Cuddle with you little one while you wait, smiling makes your soul healthy. 

There you have it! A yummy and immune boosting smoothie that also gives you a extra jolt of Vitamin A, B Vitamins, fiber and potassium!! I use frozen mangoes because realistically I am a working mother who rarely has time to spend hacking a mango to shreds, it’s just easier. Whole Foods 365 has a great, and in-expensive option!