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My New Obsession-Coconut Berry Chia Pudding

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I am obsessed chia pudding and this Berry Coconut version is not only packed with healthy berries and omega 3’s, it’s absolutely delicious! This chia pudding can be made in advance, stores easily in the refrigerator, and makes a wonderful breakfast, snack, or dessert.

So how did this obsession begin? Well I had been reading about the health benefits of chia seeds for months. I had even purchased a small package to use as egg substitutes in muffins and to put in my smoothies. I had read several recipes for chia pudding, but I just couldn’t bring myself to make it. I don’t know why? I love pudding and I make several versions of creamy panna cotta, yogurt parfaits, and mousses all the time, but I just never tried it.

Well Mr. Teacher and I traveled to Vermont over Christmas break where Mr. Teacher’s Mom gave me the task of using up the 5 pound bag of chia seeds that she had purchased. I wanted to make something yummy that we could all enjoy as a dessert or breakfast. It was negative 23 outside and I wasn’t about to travel to the store, so I looked through the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry and decided it was time to get inventive. Coconut Berry Chia Pudding was born.

 


I was so excited that it set up in less than an hour. I hesitantly tried my concoction, and boy was I shocked. It was so yummy! The texture reminded me of panna cotta. The coconut flavor mixed with the berries was divine. I was left wondering why I had waited so long to try this simple pudding. I was in love and my obsession began.

Mr. Teacher’s Mom sent me home with several cups of chia seeds. In the last few weeks, I have played around with different versions of my original creation and I have perfected it. Give my Coconut Berry Chia Pudding a try. Let me know what you think too!

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Fresh Beet Salad with Oranges and Gorganzola

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This salad is a burst of freshness in the darkness of winter. Here in Florida it’s citrus season and I love to try to use all the delicious fresh oranges I can get. Naval oranges, tangerines, Valencia oranges all work, but I love to add the color and sweetness of blood oranges too. You can usually find them this time of year. Give them a try, I know you will not be disappointed!

Fresh Beet Salad with Oranges and Gorgonzola is beautiful and tasty. The colorful beets meld perfectly with the juicy oranges, crunchy walnuts, and the creamy earthy Gorgonzola. When you put everything over the bright mixed greens the colors pop.

Not only is this salad gorgeous, it is also easy and healthy. Beets are really good for you! They contain folic acid, iron, and calcium. Oranges have a ton of vitamin C which may help prevent colds and flu.

So give this salad a try and don’t be shy, let me know what  you think in the comments below.

 

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A Classic Winter Breakfast

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I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on a large farm. It would start snowing before Halloween and the snow wouldn’t stop sometimes until April. Needless to say, I was always freezing. Mr. Teacher is always teasing me because I love the sun now. I soak it up like a lizard. I like to say it’s because I never warmed up and that is why I now live in Southern Florida.

Anyway, as a child my dad would make us breakfast on the weekends. Our favorite thing was always Old School Chipped Beef Gravy  served with 2 slices of toasted white bread that was broken into chunks in a big bowl with lots of freshly cracked black pepper. We would eat it in the living room while watching cartoons together.

To this day it brings back memories of being a little girl and the frigid winters up north. While it doesn’t always get cold down here in the sunshine state, I still make this breakfast a few times a year. I think you will enjoy it too.  When you want a hearty, filling, tasty, quick breakfast that will feed several people without spending a fortune, make Old School Chipped Beef Gravy.

 

 


 

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