This receipe comes from Giada De Laurentiis’ most recent cookbook. This cook (and book) has grown on me over time. Because each time I’ve made something of Giada’s, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Her Californian flare has expanded my palate towards the more “yin” of West Coast cooking, and I like it.
Now, chia seeds….I’ll only say this: they are an acquired texture. But I personally really like the poppy, almost gelatin feel of the puffed-up and nutritious little guys. This is the perfect thing to make for an easy snack if I’m stocked with almond milk, chia seeds, and yogurt. Chia Seed Pudding (slightly adapted from Giada’s Feel Good Food)
1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk
1 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
2 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup chia seeds
In a large bowl, whisk the almond milk, yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt together until combined. Then whisk in chia seeds and set aside for 30 minutes. Before refrigerating, pour unto individual sized cups or ramekins. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Add sliced strawberries, a dash of maple syrup, and you have yourself a yummy, all-around-good-for-you breakfast.
I grew a fondness for breakfast during my college years. Not only was it the cheapest meal to go out for but sometimes 6:30 a.m. was the only time of day we could all get together to celebrate a birthday or a friend passing through on a visit. I know. But those are some of my fondest memories.
These days I try to have something light and simple but yummy whether I’m headed to work or around the house. Often, I’ll have any one of the following adjusting ingredients and quantity accordingly (note: I’ve excluded the
christmas cookie breakfast).
SWEET QUINOA BOWL
Quinoa / maple syrup / almond milk / almonds (any nut) / berries (optional)
ALMOND AND KALE SMOOTHIE (sounds like a bummer, but it’s not)
1 cup kale / 1 cup unsweetened almond milk / 1 tablespoon almond butter / 2 dates / 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Blitz in a blender until smooth (adapted from GP’s Its All Good)
GREEK YOGURT WITH BERRIES
Greek yogurt (any flavor) / frozen berries (warmed in the microwave but not hot) / honey
BERRIES WITH MINT
Frozen berries (thawed) / honey / mint
And of course, some comfort breakfasts for the weekend company or tea with girlfriends.
Anna’s GF Almond Cake
Jenny’s Cranberry Scones
Ree’s Breakfast Potatoes
Deb’s Cinnamon Swirls