Italian Greens and Grains Bombs + Empty the Fridge Salad

Congratulations, Alex + Claire – you’ve won 4 boxes of gluten-free granola bars! I’ll send you an email in a few!

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I know that’s not a bowl of chia pudding above, and chia has absolutely nothing to do with the recipe I’m planning to share with you, but enlighten me…

Has anyone had chia pudding?

I’m sure many of you have been doing the chia pudding thing for years. I’ve just accepted that I stay relatively behind the times when it comes to foodie trends. Anyone else want to celebrate pi day with me in July? Missed that boat entirely!

I’ve been putting soaked chia in my cereal for as long as I can remember, but the thought of slimy chia gooeyness going down my throat, just scares the heck out of me.

That was until I read Lisa’s post on chia pudding. It was then, on the evening of June 14th, that I decided I would fear chia pudding no more.

To make the pudding, I combined:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 tablespoon chia
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch stevia

and let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes while I had a shower. I queued up a movie, grabbed my pudding, and sat in fear at the mass in front of me. Thankfully, the first bite was delicious. Oh, and so was the second, and the third, and, well you get the idea.

I’ve had chia pudding on the 14th, 15th, and 16th and I’m darn well happy about it! The trick: add things you can chew, like raisins, seeds, and nuts!

Something else that makes me happy? These grains muffins, aka BOMBS! [Kevin made up the name, I think it fits, don't you?]

Italian Greens and Grains Bombs

Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

These dinner “muffins” couldn’t be simpler to whip up, or more convenient. They’re pretty fun to eat too!

Yield: 8 bombs

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown basmati rice
  • 2.5 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 medium yellow onion, diced [yield 1/2 cup]
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 6 basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon herbamare or Himalayan rock salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions

Place water, rice and oil in a medium saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 30-40 minutes until fully cooked. Remove from heat and set aside with the lid off.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375F and line a muffin pan with liners or a dab of oil. Heat olive oil in a medium frying pan on medium-high heat. Add onions, zucchini, herbamare, and pepper. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring halfway through. Add all remaining ingredients but eggs and cook for an additional 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Once rice is complete, drop it into a large bowl with cooked zucchini mixture, and eggs. Drop mixture into prepared muffin pan and pile it as high as possible before [carefully] placing the muffin tin in the middle rack of the oven.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until egg is fully cooked.

After taking pictures of these delicious morsels, I poured pasta sauce on a couple of my bombs and it was delicious! I bet it’d be really fun if you made miniature bombs too. They make for such a quick and healthy dinner on the run.

Empty the Fridge Salad

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

Our Thursday nights have a theme: empty the produce bins in the fridge so Leanne can go shopping on Friday. I’ve started looking forward to Thursdays and the ginormous salad preparation that ensues!

Our empty the fridge salad included:

Salad

  • 2 tablespoon sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 red pepper
  • sunflower seeds

Dressing

  • 1 teaspoon sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon Herbamare
  • Pinch of white powdered stevia

Shave carrots with a peeler [they're funner to eat that way] and drop them in a medium sized bowl with the rest of the veggies. Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and pour over top of the veggie mix. Enjoy!

Since we’re running with the theme of things that make me happy

We got cable TV last night. Yes, you read that right. I now have 50 channels on my television!

I know you’re probably thinking – Leanne, it’s the 21st century, everyone has cable!

Not I my friends, not I… until the local provider offered us cable for 6 months for $1/month! Best summer present ever.

Excuse me while I go watch Breakfast Television [my favorite morning show growing up] before I head to the gym.

Happy Friday :)

Do you have cable?

What’s made you happy today?

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  1. I love chia pudding! I may be weird, but I love the texture of the little balls….reminds me of this drink my mom use to by me and my sister when we were being babysat (my sister and I weren’t the best at saying bye bye to our parents :P )…the drink was super sugary probably, but the chia seed reminds me of those days :D

    And, yeah, I have cable, but I really wish I didn’t. It is for the rest of the family really. I would be just fine without a tv!

  2. We’ve had empty the fridge days all week — we’re going out of town and I didn’t want to have to throw anything out!

    Yes we have cable — mostly because we have a package deal from the cable company with cable + internet. If we canceled the cable we’d actually end up paying MORE for internet. Doesn’t make sense to me but I’m ok with having the extra channels. I love Bravo, Food Network, HGTV, History channel and A&E.

  3. These look great I always depend on stir frys to empty my fridge. I have cable only because I live with 2 other girls so I dont really have a choice I could definitely live with just internet I watch TV maybe once a month!

  4. Empty the Fridge Salad looks PERFECT! Love the colors and the salad dressing, sunflower oil, ACV, stevia? Oh yeah. That sounds sooo good!

    Cable. Yes I have it b/c although I watch less than a half hour per day of recorded tv on my DVR, those 20 mins better be mindless, i.e. Bravo Real Housewives or Millionaire Matchmaker or E Channel Kardashians, Kendra, and those types of really mindless, but strangely entertaining (to me at least) shows…so yea, cable is key.

    :)

  5. I just found your blog yesterday and am very excited to try out some of your recipes! And to learn more about your health journey as I am also interested in holistic nutrition.

    As for cable…I live in an area where we can only get satellite cable, which obviously costs lots more! My honey and I have been living without it for two years now and couldn’t be happier!

  6. I make chia pudding like it’s my J-O-B. It’s so good with fruit mashed in it!

    Those muffins are gorgeous. So customizable, too!

    I still don’t have cable… it’s probably for the best. :)

    • Oh… I like the idea of mashing fruit and sticking it in there! Must try :)

  7. Mm, I like that salad! I always need clean out the fridge dishes :)
    We actually don’t have cable or satellite. My hubby goes through phases where he wants it(and I’ll admit it would be nice sometimes), but I know it wont be worth the money for us, and plus I don’t like the kids watching that much TV since we’re home all day. We usually just watch movies anyways.

  8. I don’t have cable…I wouldn’t mind it, but its just not a sensible part of my budget right now. If I got a $1/month offer, though, I’d be all over that for sure!

  9. Leanne! I am honored to have inspired you to rekindle your relationship with chia seeds :) I’m so glad it ended up working out. I completely agree that it tastes best with nuts, seeds, fruit, etc.

    Those muffins are amazing. Never made muffins with brown rice before.

    Today it made me happy to read your blog post!! xx ♥

  10. We do have cable. We have every single channel that is possibly available, plus all the trial channels before they hit the mainstream… my husband works for Shaw :D
    Today makes me happy because it’s Friday!!!

    • Lucky ducky! I would get lost with all of those channels. Happy Friday :)

  11. We had a dish and now we live with my in-laws for a little bit and they have cable. I don’t watch much tv, but I do understand loving the ease of watching tv when you can. Everything looks and sounds amazing on here! I need to get some chia seeds. I’ve never tried them, but they sound right up my alley!

  12. I have cable, yet I still watch most of my shows on Hulu. Haha! One of my favorite things is catching up on shows while eating my oats in the morning.

    Love “empty fridge” meals! Just toss all your leftovers in a bowl and go to town before you restock!

  13. Mmm, the muffin bombs sound great! I love a savory muffin.

    we DO have cable… again. we went without for a while, both to rid ourselves of the mind numbness and also the (ridiculous!) cost… we recently “planted” a dish in our yard and have a zillion channels. I often turn on the television for background noise, but I can never just sit and watch something without doing something else also. :)

    • Oh gosh, I know. I usually turn the TV on when I’m folding laundry, or catching up on my blog reading, creating new recipes… I can’t just sit there and watch TV. I’d go crazy! It’s all about the background noise :)

  14. I LOVE the idea of these!! How awesome is that!? These would be perfect to pack in lunches! :)

    thanks for the awesome idea! :)

    I didn’t have cable for 9 years, and I didn’t miss it one bit. Then we got cable and my life turned into a couch potatoe now we have basic cable, and I PVR the shows I want to watch and watch them when I’m having a tv moment!

  15. What a great post! I particularly like the practicality of the Empty the Fridge Salad! I have had something similar to chia pudding but will give your recipe a try – sounds very yummy… thanks.

  16. dropped the cable about a year ago- we got an antenna- we get the 12 channels we otherwise would have to pay $15 a month for free.

    jenetta

  17. I have just found chia pudding (and chia itself) in the last week myself….. and am in love with it as well! :-) I’m a bit behind in the food times too i think. What makes me happy is reading your blog and recipes….. such inspiration to eat good food done well! :-)

  18. We have no cable at my house :( which I guess is kind of a good thing. I grew up without it anyways.
    And coming home from camp and getting to eat some REAL food after a week made me happy today!

  19. I tried chia pudding not too long ago and didn’t really like it that much. Maybe I should try your version to see what I think. We don’t have cable because we don’t watch tv that much. I would like to have cable just so I could watch the food network!

  20. Ive had Chia Pudding a few times, but i havent really loved it! But your tips about adding something you can chew is great! Im going to give it another try now! Chewiness was ea\xactelly the thing I missed when I ate it!
    Happy weekend Leanne:)

  21. Girl! I’m pretty sure you deserve some sort of prize for this recipe. Those savory muffins sound so fantastic! I think I may go out and purchase fresh herbs for the occasion. I had never seen a muffin recipe like that one, you’re so stinkin’ genius! Hope you have a fabulous weekend, thank you for all the inspiration you give and your amazing touch of healthy love in the kitchen. Wonderful all-around!!

  22. Could you make the bombs without eggs? Not sure if egg replacer would do the trick in this case :) they look delicious.

    I tried making chia pudding last week and put some cacao and maple syrup in it – super yummy. Thanks for the recipe!! I will have to try it out as well.

    • That’s a tricky one. I really don’t know if it would work. Eggs were the only thing holding these babies together, but I’d say it can’t hurt! If you give it a go, let me know :)

  23. Glad you discovered the deliciousness that is chia seed pudding!
    I do not have cable, don’t wish I had it, and Netflix made me happy today so I could watch multiple episodes of The Office… :)

  24. Those bombs DO look delicious!!! I am in desperate need of a clean your fridge out salad, too. It’s that time!

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