Cook: MM Chia-Pomegranate Pudding

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Today’s Meatless Monday recipe is a bit different as I promised a dear friend, Zelinda, that I would share this yummy Chia-Pomegranate Pudding recipe that’s fabulous to start your day or as a treat throughout! My daughter is allergic to almonds so almond milk was not an option for us so I used Vanilla Coconut milk and it was delightful! If you are in a rush and don’t want to make your own almond milk, I am sure the store bought variety would work nearly as well.

Chia-Pomegranate Pudding

Yield: 2 servings

Cook Time: 5 minutes (plus 1 hour for the almond milk to steep and overnight refrigeration for the pudding to set)

INGREDIENTS

2/3  cup slivered almonds

1 1/2 cups whole milk

1 1/2 cups skim milk

Pinch sea salt

2 tablespoons maple syrup, plus more for serving

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

DIRECTIONS

1. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, add the almonds and toast, shaking the pan often, until fragrant but not browned, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add both kinds of milk and the salt and bring just to a boil. Turn off the heat and set aside for 1 hour.

2. Transfer the almond-milk mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and pour into a large jar or bowl. Whisk in 2 tablespoons maple syrup and chia seeds and cover. Place in the refrigerator overnight, stirring occasionally.

3. Remove the pudding from the refrigerator. Top with the pomegranate seeds, drizzle with additional maple syrup and serve. Calories per Serving: 483; Sodium: 281mg; Total Carbohydrate: 50g; Fiber: 10g; Fat: 25g

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Listen/Depart DC: Alma Desnuda @IOTA (3/24, 8PM)

 Grandma’s Day…filmed on the one of a kind streets of New Orleans!

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Over the summer my best friend, Kara, whom I’ve mentioned before, surprised me with a trip to Napa and San Francisco! (Do I have the best BFF EVER or what?!?) While there we came across a band, Alma Desnuda, a feel-good, get-up-and-dance-while-inspired-to-make-positive-changes-in-the-world band! Unfortunately, we missed their live show by 2 days. Bummer, I know!
I liked what I saw/heard online so I signed up for their email list and hoped that they would make it to the east coast at some point. Crazily, one of the band members, Chris, sent out an email asking if anyone living on the east coast might be able to help them book a show as they were going to be in the DC area in a couple weeks. I was totally psyched and more than willing to help them book a show for selfish reasons as well as altruistic ones!
I was able to book them at MacDowell Brew Kitchen in Leesburg. You are probably wondering what happened since you know I would have ensured some of my most favorite people would have been there dancing along side me! Hurricane Sandy descended upon us and their flight east was cancelled:(
Alma Desnuda is trying once again and have procured a spot in a pretty cool line up of bands this Sunday night at IOTA in Arlington! I hope to make it but since it’s a school nite, well it may be tough. For those of you that are able to make it, the show is going to be one for the memory books and for those that aren’t lucky enough to be there…here’s hoping a hurricane doesn’t stop them from coming to the east coast again!