Jan 022013


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I was in the break room at work when my friend Heather walked in.  I asked her what she was eating and she said chili – she and her partner have cut out meat from their diets so she said they substitute extra tomatoes and love the texture.

Slow Cooker Tempeh Chili

Slow Cooker Tempeh Chili

Hmmm…chili sounds REALLY good right now.

Easy Tempeh Slow Cooker Chili

Easy Tempeh Slow Cooker Chili

I confess – I don’t do much with my slow cooker so I was really excited about taking it out when I decided to do this high protein, low fat tempeh version.  Probably the main reason I don’t use it is because many recipes tell me to pre-cook many of the ingredients, so I end up dirtying not only the slow cooker but a pan anyway. No thanks!

With this method you just throw the ingredients in, set it and forget it.

I do use an immersion blender at the end to give this recipe a creamier texture – but it is not necessary if you like it chunky.   I left the Cayenne out so my 4 year old would be ok with eating it and she loved it – especially when topped with a little Daiya to make it cheesy.  Additionally, this is another great way to get in your Mila for my Mila lovers out there.

One cup goes a long way because this dish is so filling.  It is perfect for football games, a busy weeknight or any time you don’t want to turn on the stove or oven but want a hot meal.

Easy Tempeh Slow Cooker Chili

Easy Tempeh Slow Cooker Chili

Cheesy Vegan Tempeh Slow Cooker Chili

Serves 6 1-cup servings
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe


1 onion, chopped
2 cups cooked black beans
2 14.5 oz cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp tamari
2 cups vegetable broth – salt free
1 8oz package tempeh

2 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried minced onion
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Cajun seasoning mixture (with salt)

12 Tbsp non-dairy shredded cheese, such as Daiya**
Fresh chopped cilantro (optional)


1. Spray a slow cooker with cooking spray; add the onion through broth; chop the tempeh well and stir mixture.

2. Mix seasoning mixture in a small bowl; stir into slow cooker; cook on low for 6 hours.

3. Using an immersion blender, blend chili mixture until creamy texture is achieved. (This can also be done in batches in a standard blender.)

4. Top each serving with 2 Tbsp shredded cheese and some fresh chopped cilantro.

Nutrition Facts
6 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 231.2
Total Fat 7.9 g
Saturated Fat 2.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 611.2 mg
Potassium 617.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 27.0 g
Dietary Fiber 7.5 g
Sugars 2.8 g
Protein 14.3 g

Vitamin A 23.3 %
Vitamin B-12 0.5 %
Vitamin B-6 12.4 %
Vitamin C 20.8 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.2 %
Calcium 8.7 %
Copper 21.1 %
Folate 24.9 %
Iron 16.2 %
Magnesium 19.7 %
Manganese 42.2 %
Niacin 8.2 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.7 %
Phosphorus 19.9 %
Riboflavin 11.6 %
Selenium 1.6 %
Thiamin 12.6 %
Zinc 8.0 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dec 242012

Mint and chocolate are one of my most favorite flavor combinations.  I love that aromatic freshness with the rich chocolate.  When I noticed that the chocolate mint coconut milk was on sale at Native Sun I just had to give it a try…..but what to do with it other than put it in coffee or drink it straight….somehow the oatmeal idea popped into my head and I thought that sounded like a fun option. If you like chocolate and mint I think you’ll like this too!

Creamy Choco-Minty Oatmeal

 If you are looking to save calories you can simply make the oatmeal with water and then pour a bit of the chocolate mint milk on top – but if you can splurge on this creamy version it is well worth it.

This recipe is not overly sweet so feel free to add some additional agave or honey if desired and for Mila lovers – this is a perfect recipe to stir a Tbsp into.

I know what I’ll be making for breakfast on Christmas morning!

Creamy Choco-Minty Oatmeal

 Creamy Choco-Minty Oatmeal

Serves 1
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe
**Items on sale now at Native Sun Natural Food Market, Dec 7 through Jan 6 2013


1/2 cup rolled oats** (for gluten free diet be sure to use gluten free oats)
1/2 cup vanilla un-sweet non-dairy milk
1/2 cup chocolate mint coconut milk (plus extra for topping at finish)**
1/2 tbsp agave (or local honey for non-vegan)
Dash of coarse sea salt
Dash of cinnamon
5 vegan chocolate chips (or regular semi-sweet for non vegan**)


1. Mix oats through cinnamon in a small sauce pot. Bring to a boil over medium high heat – reduce heat and cook about 5 to 6 minutes or until desired thickness.

2. Spoon into a bowl and top with extra chocolate mint coconut milk and chocolate chips.

Nutrition Facts
1 Serving
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 286.9
Total Fat 9.5 g
Saturated Fat 3.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 328.0 mg
Potassium 100.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate 48.2 g
Dietary Fiber 6.0 g 

Sugars 19.1 g
Protein 5.5 g
Vitamin D 12.5 %
Vitamin E 25.0 %
Calcium 15.1 %
Iron 12.3 %
Magnesium 2.1 %
iboflavin 2.2 %
Thiamin 10.0 % 

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dec 072012

Brought to you by popular demand…..

 Looking for the perfect dessert to bring to a party this holiday season?  Try these decadent brownie Mila Rum balls!  If you are short on time, these are just perfect!


What is Mila?

Mila is an organically grown, non-genetically modified blend of chia seed that is cold pressed and sliced to make it more bio-available.

It is RAW, GLUTEN FREE, AND VEGAN, perfect for cooking and baking.

It is super high in OMEGA 3s – equal to  fish oil pills per serving.

A single serving also has FIVE GRAMS OF FIBER, more antioxidants than blueberries, more iron than spinach and many more benefits.

This little seed has anti-inflammatory properties, is excellent for brain function, energy, elimination, sleep and the best part?  It’s a FOOD! AND there is an awesome business it revolves around.


By using a boxed brownie mix, these can be thrown together in less than ten minutes before baking!  Rolling them into balls does add a bit of time but it’s kind of fun to get into the spirit of the holiday season.

And the best thing about these is they are vegan because the Mila acts as the egg in this recipe and by using applesauce they are actually light – low in calories, fat and NO cholesterol.

Have a HEALTHY and happy holiday season!

Decadent Brownie Mila Rum Balls

Decadent Brownie Mila Rum Balls

Inspired by this recipe
Serves 24
Printable Recipe 


1 box brownie mix of choice (Organic, GMO free version)
1/3 cup organic applesauce
1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp Mila + 1/3 cup water
3 Tbsp Malibu Rum
1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans 


1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Mix brownie mix, applesauce, water and 1/4 cup of the Mila mixture (drink the rest!) in a large bowl; spoon into an 8×8 baking pan sprayed with cooking spray; bake to package directions.

2. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack; crumble into food processor; add rum and process into a ball.  Using a teaspoon, scoop a rounded tsp and roll into a ball; roll into chopped pecans until well coated.

Nutrition Facts (Estimated – exact brownie mix was not in database)
24 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 106.6
Total Fat 3.6 g
Saturated Fat 0.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 57.7 mg
Potassium 11.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 16.4 g
Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
Sugars 10.4 g
Protein 1.2 g
Vitamin A 0.0 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 0.2 %
Vitamin C 0.5 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.3 %
Calcium 0.1 %
Copper 1.0 %
Folate 0.1 %
Iron 3.6 %
Magnesium 0.9 %
Manganese 3.5 %
Niacin 0.1 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.1 %
Phosphorus 0.9 %
Riboflavin 0.2 %
Selenium 0.1 %
Thiamin 0.7 %
Zinc 0.5 % 

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Nov 212012


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Here are my top 10 reasons why Mila is the best gift for the people on your list.



2. Fiber aids in WEIGHT LOSS and BALANCES BLOOD SUGAR:  How many people are struggling with weight loss and never feel full? Mila absorbs ten times its weight in liquids so it expands in your stomach.  Many times I will drink Mila with juice before eating a meal and it will cause me to eat less without even trying.

Need a weight loss program? Try the Aztec diet.

See the snapshot below of 1 serving of Mila, then 1 serving of Mila mixed with 1 cup water.

3. Can heal CONSTIPATION ISSUES: Soluble fiber ensures hydration and insoluble fiber gently moves through the system, cleansing and carrying food along.

4. Omega 3’s can help DEPRESSION:  Google Omega 3 and medical studies and you will see many studies on how Omega 3s can help.  Here is just one example from the University of Maryland. The best thing about Mila is there is 3000 mg of plant based Omega 3s – so we don’t have to worry about mercury contamination like we do in fish.  This is a FOOD. Our bodies will naturally recognize it faster than a supplement.

5. Omega 3s and HEARTH HEALTH go hand in hand: High blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease are all covered in this same University of Maryland medical study on Omega 3s.

6. NUTRITION AND ENERGY: Vitamins and Nutrients can give us Energy. The Standard American Diet (or SAD diet) is severely lacking in nutrient content. We try to counteract that by taking vitamin and mineral supplements.  But think about it, our bodies recognize food faster than a supplement.  It will recognize the vitamin C in an orange faster and more efficiently than a pill form of vitamin C. And our bodies simply need the nutrition.  We can’t produce Omega 3s so we must obtain it from food sources.


8. Great BRAIN FOOD FOR KIDS- Check out this pediatric study.

9. Is there a pet lover on your list?  Mila is PERFECT FOR PETS.

10. FUELS WORKOUTS and keeps us hydrated! See how it absorbs all the liquids in the photo above? That is what keeps us hydrated longer.  Loose the GU!


WHY is Mila different from organic or regular bulk bin chia?  See this study from the North Carolina Research Campus. 

Hear you can eat chia whole?  Watch this study done on the absorption and bio-availability difference of milled chia.


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Try the recipe below and these other delicious Mila recipes.

Chocolate Peppermint Mila Popcorn

Chocolate and Peppermint Mila Popcorn

Party Size
Printable Recipe


1 bag natural popcorn, such as Newman’s Own
1 cup chocolate of choice – I used the Bakers Dipping chocolate
1 scoop Mila
Coarse sea salt, to taste
1 candy cane, crushed 


1.  Cook popcorn to package directions and remove any un-popped kernels; sprinkle Mila over warm popcorn.

2. Heat chocolate to package directions; pour evenly over popcorn; sprinkle sea salt and candy cane over heated chocolate.

3. Place in refrigerator to cool; break into pieces and place in a bowl or in decorative canisters for gifts.

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Sep 272012

My mom is an amazing woman.  We talk every morning and she is my coach, friend and therapist all rolled into one.  Never have I met a more positive, loving and gentle soul. She devotes herself to helping others and listening to their problems, at the same time battling a degenerative disease – Multiple Sclerosis.

MS is a disease that degrades the myelin sheaths around the nerves in the brain and spinal cord.  When this sheathing is lost the nerves have trouble conducting signals.  This means that mom gets tired….VERY tired.  She tells me it is sort of like a cup of energy and when you use it all up, that is it for the day.  There is no pushing through it or ignoring it and moving on.  During times of change or extreme stress she sometimes has an exacerbation where the MS flares up and she is complete incapacitated for a period of time.  The last time was when my daughter was born.  She is her only granddaughter, but she could barely get to the hospital or hold my daughter – it was horrible and I know my mom was so sad to not be present every minute in the beginning.

My mom’s affliction is one of the main reasons I am so passionate about Mila.  It came into my life through her visits to the neurologist where she would return and tell me about her amazing neurology nurse practitioner, Megan.  Of course, my mom, being her friendly self, started telling Megan all about what I’m up to and how I write a food blog.  Little did I know that Megan is also very interested in treating disease and illness with whole foods as much as possible.  She contacted me to see if I had heard of Mila – I said no and asked her a few questions; she sent me a sample and the rest is history! After several weeks of eating it I was so impressed with the nutrition of the food that I decided to start up my own business helping people with this amazing food.

I asked Megan to share a little information about MS and her findings on Mila and this is what she said….

“Mila is a whole, raw, plant-based superfood source of omega 3 fatty acids…and this superfood may be helpful for many health conditions, including Multiple Sclerosis.  While studies using omega 3 fish oil in MS have had conflicting results about benefit to modifying disease progression and decreasing fatigue, anecdotally, many people find Mila to be helpful in managing symptoms of MS.  Some of the more common symptoms of MS that may be helped by Mila include fatigue, pain, and depression.  Suggested diets for MS, like the Swank Diet and the Gold Coast Cure, are heavily plant-based, and recommend omega 3 supplementation.  I support Mila because the addition of this superfood to the Standard American Diet (appropriately nicknamed SAD) will add health benefits to anyone living with (or without) a chronic disease!  People with MS are more prone to other medical conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, etc. because of the potential for a sedentary lifestyle.  By adding Mila into your diet, you are using food to increase your health!  It’s kind of a no-brainer…food IS medicine!  It is important to understand that Mila should not take the place of a disease modifying therapy, and that it’s use should be discussed with your health care provider, just like any supplement.  The National MS Society has a nice overview about omega 3 supplementation in MS, but this review is based on fish oil.  The benefits of Mila in the form of protein, fiber, and other minerals, are profoundly different than those of fish oil.  The link for the MS Society review is as follows:


Many thanks to Megan for taking time out of her busy day in Neurology to share some information with us!

Do you know anyone in your life that suffers from a neurological disorder?  Mila may be able to help them just like it helped my mom!

This dip is a fabulous way to get Mila into your diet – especially if you love garlic! For those that aren’t as fond, feel free to cut back to one clove.  The hearty black beans and Mila soak up all those delicious spices and make for a satisfying appetizer.  Try it as a sandwich spread or as a snack with dip fresh veggies or pita chips.

Garlicky Black Bean Mila Dip

Garlicky Black Bean Mila Dip

Serves 10
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe


2 Tbsp Mila
1 (14.5oz/411 grams) can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp EVOO
3/4 tsp coarse sea salt
Fresh ground pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground paprika
1/4 tsp dried thyme
Pinch of cayenne
1/2 cup water


1. Blend all ingredients well in a food processor, blender or magic bullet.

Nutrition Facts
8 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 84.0
Total Fat 7.9 g
Saturated Fat 0.9 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 147.1 mg
Potassium 48.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 2.4 g
Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
Sugars 0.1 g
Protein 1.0 g 

Vitamin A 1.7 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 1.8 %
Vitamin C 1.6 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 4.2 %
Calcium 3.4 %
Copper 2.0 %
Folate 0.3 %
Iron 5.4 %
Magnesium 2.4 %
Manganese 6.6 %
Niacin 1.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.2 %
Phosphorus 3.5 %
Riboflavin 0.5 %
Selenium 1.2 %
Thiamin 1.9 %
Zinc 0.9 % 

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Sep 022012
My life has been a whirlwind lately!  It’s amazing how things start to change when you focus on the positive.
I have no doubts that the next two years of my life are going to be very different than the last twelve.
I currently work a day job with a great company and some amazing people.  At the same time, I have some long term goals that include health coaching, children’s programs, writing a book, a cookbook, more recipe development and motivational speaking.

So why am I so sure things are going to be different?  Because my mom’s nurse practitioner at her neurologist sent me a bag of Mila, and after three weeks of eating it, I decided to create my own side business.  Through this new change I found the motivation to start listening to motivational CD’s, read inspirational books, and watch moving documentaries.  In just the few short months I have been doing this I have met many new friends that all have the same interests I do and I have now found the way I can reach my long term goals.  My mission is to help people – with their health and their lives, and this is my springboard.
Since starting up my business,  I appeared on First Coast News talking about CSA and KYV Farm, and I have achieved a little dream of mine – to collaborate with  Native Sun and do recipe development for them – Native Sun is a local natural food store that was instrumental in helping me with my daughter’s food allergies.  I am the most proud about this recent achievement! I hope you will visit their website and stores a lot if you are in the First Coast area.  Here is the launch post! http://nativesunjax.com/blog/featured-recipe-pineapple-tomato-chimichurri-over-teriyaki-tofu/.
Me, Dawn Hutchins, on First Coast News with Phil Amato
Last week was another Mila event – we enjoyed the view, drank a few cocktails and socialized, ate food made with Mila, talked nutrition and the importance of Omega 3s and fiber in your diet (as well as your parents, kids and even pets).
Here some of the pics of the event!
Tell me – What are your dreams?  What are the steps you’re taking to reach them?
I love hearing what people’s dreams and goals are, and who knows, maybe writing them here will help you lay them out and start on your path to achieving them!
Penthouse of the Peninsula Landmark Building, downtown Jacksonville, Florida
Delicious food made with Mila
Getting ready for the event
View of the Jags stadium
View of downtown Jacksonville, Florida
Mila, the little seed that’s making a big impact
Me, Dawn Hutchins, and Rachel Garcia
Jodi McLeod and her cute mom
The Lifemax/Mila event
Rachel discussing omega 3s and fiber
A great mix of people interested in nutrition
Theresa and her hubby enjoying the view
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Aug 242012
Eggplant Leek Soup recipe at the bottom!


There were a few things about growing up in Massachusetts that I wouldn’t trade the world for.
Cape Cod
I got to bring my baby there back in 2009.  Yikes – my hair was not at its best that day, but my daughter sure looked psyched.
I think I was about 8 lbs heavier then than I am now
(thank you to my plant based diet and Mila!).
 The marsh – Sandwich Cape Cod that I used to jump off this bridge at high tide in the summers.
 My mom’s best friend Martha.
Mom, My daughter and Martha
After having tons of pregnancy problems prior to having my daughter, including a loss at 8 months pregnant with my first baby and two miscarriages, I made a “Vision Board”.  I pasted a photo of a healthy baby girl and a picture of a baby in Cape Cod.  I dreamed of bringing her back home to Cape Cod to visit.
Both came true!
 Martha got to meet her in 2009!
We flew up to visit when my daughter was 10 months old and stayed at her cottage on the Cape where she lives in the summer and in Louisiana in the winter.
Each morning while visiting I would push my daughter in her stroller on the short walk to the ocean in the cool morning air.  I love the weathered shingles, hydrangea and smell of the salty sea.


I’m so thankful for my best friend Jenny; she is the one of the only friends I keep in touch with, other than on facebook, from my childhood.
You  have already met her in this post, remember?  She came down for a visit in July.
 The house I grew up in. It looks WAY different.  Someone came in and bought it and made major renovations adding the front entryway there and the whole addition above the garage and we had a glorious garden off to the right.
It used to be “the white house with yellow shutters”.
Number 9……
The house I grew up in.
 ……and Jenny’s house was number 4, so we could run to each other’s house to play.
 I’ll admit I don’t miss the long, cold winters, but there were many memories I treasure and experiences I’m so thankful for.
It was Jenny that told me about this recipe. Martha makes it in huge batches and freezes it.
I can see why it’s Jenny’s favorite soup…..eggplant, garlic, onion, leeks and red wine give this soup a hearty texture and flavor but it’s actually super light!
I guestimated at the serving size but this makes a lot.
For those of you Mila lovers out there, this is PERFECT to stir Mila into. Simply stir 2 Tbsp into your bowl of warm soup.
What is Mila?
Mila is an organically grown, non-genetically modified blend of chia seed that is cold pressed and sliced to make it more bio-available. 
It is RAW, GLUTEN FREE, AND VEGAN, perfect for cooking and baking.
It is super high in OMEGA 3s – equal to 6 to 10 fish oil pills per serving.  
A single serving also has FIVE GRAMS OF FIBER, more antioxidants than blueberries, more iron than spinach and many more benefits.
This little seed has anti-inflammatory properties, is excellent for brain function, energy, elimination, sleep and the best part?  It’s a FOOD!
Eggplant Leek Soup
Inspired by my mom’s best friend Martha
Serves 8 – 10
Vegan, Gluten Free


2 Tbsp avocado oil, or oil of choice
1 large leek, chopped
1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 onions sliced
2 lg. for 4 small eggplants diced, skin on
1Tbsp chopped garlic, (about 4 lg cloves)
1 can whole tomatoes, undrained
1 bay leaf
1/2 Tbsp salt, or to taste
1 dash red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp Earth Balance Butter
3/4 cup red wine
3 cans vegetable broth
1Tbsp fresh thyme or 2 tsp dried
Fresh ground pepper to taste
1 T cocoa power
Juice of 1 lemon

2 Tbsp Mila per serving


1. Preheat a pan over medium high heat.  Add 2 Tbsp oil; sauté leeks, onions, eggplants and bell pepper until softened, about 7 minutes; add garlic, saute an additional 2 minutes; add all ingredients except cocoa powder, Earth Balance butter and lemon juice; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes to 1 hour. Add butter and cocoa powder; cook an additional 5 to 10 minutes; stir in lemon juice; purée until smooth.

Nutrition Facts
8 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 162.4
Total Fat 6.8 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 862.8 mg
Potassium 542.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate 21.6 g
Dietary Fiber 5.5 g
Sugars 3.4 g
Protein 3.0 g

Vitamin A 19.0 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 16.5 %
Vitamin C 44.7 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 3.0 %
Calcium 5.4 %
Copper 10.2 %
Folate 15.4 %
Iron 10.6 %
Magnesium 11.0 %
Manganese 31.5 %
Niacin 6.6 %
Pantothenic Acid 5.1 %
Phosphorus 7.3 %
Riboflavin 5.4 %
Selenium 2.0 %
Thiamin 9.0 %
Zinc 3.0 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

With 2 Tbsp Mila
Calories 232
Fat 10g
Chol 0.0mg
Sodium 862.8mg
Fiber 10.5g
Protein 6g

Aug 192012

Easy Mexican Mila Tortilla Bake

Easy Mexican Mila Tortilla Bake


Friday night was my second wine and Mila soirée.
We laughed, we talked nutrition, we drank and we ate dishes made with Mila.

All is quiet after work – waiting for my friends to arrive!
What is Mila?
(Those of you that follow me regularly already know but for those of you that are new, here is the info.)
Mila is an organically grown, non-genetically modified blend of chia seed that is cold pressed and sliced to make it more bio-available. 
It is RAW, GLUTEN FREE, AND VEGAN, perfect for cooking and baking.
It is super high in OMEGA 3s – equal to 6 to 10 fish oil pills per serving.  
A single serving also has FIVE GRAMS OF FIBER, more antioxidants than blueberries, more iron than spinach and many more benefits.
This little seed has anti-inflammatory properties, is excellent for brain function, energy, elimination, sleep and the best part?  It’s a FOOD!
My friend Jodi and my mom Diane.
We discussed the fact that Mila is a FOOD, not a pill, supplement, shake, powder or bar. It does more than just anti-aging or help you lose weight – it offers so much more! The nutrition of this food is amazing; it has 3000mg Omega 3s, antioxidants, 5 grams of fiber and only 70 calories. It will absorb many times its weight in liquid to help you feel full as well as offer tons of plant based vitamins and phytonutrients. Many shakes and pill supplements state that they have more nutrients than ten oranges, three pounds of kale, a whole salmon – blah, blah, blah.  When it comes down to it, your body is going to recognize the nutrients in an actual food much faster than a man made pill, shake or smoothie.
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. — Hippocrates, father of medicine, 431 B.C.
Da Food

I also love the fact that Mila can be used as an egg replacer for baked goods – which is awesome because my daughter is allergic to eggs.  Instead of using a powdered egg substitute, this is a great way to both bind and add all the benefits I listed above.

Lots o’ Glorious Wine

I made my world famous seven layer dip – with Mila mixed into the black beans.

Vegan 7 Layer Dip with Mila and Cashew Sour Cream

These cookies were baked with Mila – super soft and chewy.

Oatmeal, Raisin and Almond Cookies made with Mila

My mom brought a strawberry spinach salad with a red wine and Mila vinaigrette.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Red Wine and  Mila Vinaigrette

Jodi contributed a cheesy rice with Mila.

Cheesy Rice with Mila

A great time was had by all! A special thanks to my mentor Rachel, Megan who shared the first bag of Mila with me, my fabulous team members, Diane, Jodi, Suzanne, Chris and a long distance hug to Cara, thanks to those who stopped by and congratulations to my friend Jen who is the newest member of the team!!

Some of the fabulous ladies.
Mom enjoying her glass of wine.
Finally, the grand finale, my Mexican style tortilla bake – a super easy version of a lasagna. This versatile dish can be made vegan and gluten free or made with any regular tortillas you like, and any shredded cheese you have on hand.  This was an AWESOME way to slip Mila into my family’s diet.  Both my hubby and daughter polished off their serving and asked for more – little did they know they got half their day’s supply of Mila!

Instead of beef, I added a can of Amy’s Chili; it added tons of flavor and heartiness without the meat.  The tomatoes created a rich sauce and the black beans and fajita seasoning tie the whole dish together with a Mexican flair.  This one is definitely going under the favorites.  It is one of those casseroles that get even better the next day.

Want to try Mila for yourself?  Click HERE!

Easy Mexican Tortilla Bake with Mila

Easy Mexican Tortilla Bake with Mila

Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves 4


1 can (14.5oz) chili, I used Amy’s Medium Vegan Chili
1 can (14.5oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
2-4 scoops Mila
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes of choice (I used Muir Glen Fire Roasted, diced tomatoes with chilies), drained
2 Tbsp adobo or fajita seasoning (be sure to use a from scratch version or check the label for gluten free)
1 pkg (10oz) rice tortillas (or for non-gluten free use any you like)
1 cup shredded Daiya cheese (or any shredded cheese of choice)


1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Mix chili, beans, Mila, diced tomatoes and fajita seasoning in a medium bowl.

2. Spray a 9×13 with cooking spray.  Cut the tortillas in strips and layer on layer on the bottom of the baking pan.  Top with 1/2 the bean/Mila mixture, spreading with spatula, repeat.  Top with cheese, cover and bake 25 minutes or until heated through.

**This also freezes well!  Simply use two 8×8 pans and do not add the cheese to the half you are freezing.  Wrap tightly after layering and freeze for up to 1 month.  When ready to heat, bring to room temp, top with cheese and bake at 350F for 25 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts (with Mila)
8 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 296.5
Total Fat 8.7 g
Saturated Fat 1.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 664.1 mg
Potassium 197.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 42.1 g
Dietary Fiber 10.3 g
Sugars 4.5 g
Protein 11.3 g

Vitamin A 11.4 %
Vitamin B-6 6.5 %
Vitamin C 32.9 %
Calcium 8.2 %
Copper 6.5 %
Folate 16.0 %
Iron 18.1 %
Magnesium 12.5 %
Manganese 15.0 %
Niacin 6.1 %
Pantothenic Acid 4.0 %
Phosphorus 16.5 %
Riboflavin 1.5 %
Selenium 0.7 %
Thiamin 12.0 %
Zinc 5.2 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Jul 262012
Tropical Mila Crumble

I haven’t done a dessert in a while and this one is right up my alley (and if you follow my blog I know you will love it too). It utilizes all the fresh tropical fruits that are in the grocery right now and some shredded coconut with that signature sweet-nutty taste and bit of texture. On top is a toasted crumble that is the perfect balance of sweet, crunchy and salty.

Healthy Dessert

This versatile dessert is not too sweet so it’s perfect for breakfast and snack as well! The two scoops of Mila give it lots of fiber and Omega 3s the oat groats have a great crunch. I do believe this is my new summer favorite for both dessert and breakfast.

As for my new favorite food, Mila takes the cake. It’s a premium blend of Salvia Hispanica, or chia seed, that has been cold pressed and sliced.  From what I’ve learned there are two kinds of people – those of us that are selective about what we put in our bodies and those that want a bargain.  And you know, it’s all good.  Everyone has to do the right thing for their own body.  As for me, I am the first person in line at a thrift shop but when it comes to food, you guys know I don’t compromise.

Super Fast Dessert!

I will say that I had been eating organic chia AND ground flax every day but never noticed any difference – I just ate it because I knew it was good for me. When I got a sample of Mila, I was given no info other than the basics – that it’s a whole, raw, super-food.  I ate it for three weeks and noticed better energy and digestion and contacted my friend Megan (who also happens to be my mom’s nurse practitioner at her neurologist and a PhD) to get more.

Of course, I had to ask all about where it is grown, the conditions, and farming practices.  Each crop is cleaned and tested for the highest fiber content and Omega3s and then it is cold pressed and opened by slicing it to make it more bio available.  Mila has 3000 mg Omega3s per scoop! You can eat regular chia whole – but slicing it open preserves the oils and helps your body absorb the nutrients. 
If you want to try some just click HERE and try it out.  Please let me know what you think!

Tropical Crumble
Tropical Mila Crumble
Inspired by Grains of Paradise
Serves 6
Vegan and Gluten Free
1 mango, peeled and seeded
1 orange, peeled
1/2 banana
1 cup cubed fresh pineapple
1/4 cup shredded unsweet coconut
1 tsp vanilla extract
Dash of salt
4 Medjool dates, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup oat groats (you can use oatmeal but it won’t be as crunchy)
2 scoops Mila (4 Tbsp)
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
Dash of salt
1. Preheat broiler to high.  Blend mango through vanilla in a Magic Bullet or food processor.  Pour into 9×9 baking dish that has been prepared with cooking spray (I used coconut).
2. Pulse the crumble ingredients together and pour evenly top of the fruit mixture.  Broil 2 to 3 minutes or until browned and crunchy.

p.s. Here are some photos I had to throw in.  My 3 year old daughter took these.  Not bad!

Nutrition Facts 
6 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 181.8
Total Fat 7.2 g
Saturated Fat 5.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 54.5 mg
Potassium 202.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 28.2 g
Dietary Fiber 4.8 g
Sugars 14.3 g
Protein 2.8 g

Vitamin A 6.2 % 
Vitamin B-6 7.2 %
Vitamin C 38.3 %
Vitamin E 2.4 %
Calcium 3.4 %
Copper 4.8 %
Folate 3.8 %
Iron 5.0 %
Magnesium 3.4 %
Manganese 25.3 %
Niacin 2.4 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.9 %
Phosphorus 3.2 %
Riboflavin 2.9 %
Selenium 1.0 %
Thiamin 4.3 %
Zinc 0.5 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nutrition Facts
Info on 4 servings in case you’re hungry!
Amount Per Serving

Calories 272.7
Total Fat 10.9 g
Saturated Fat 7.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 81.8 mg
Potassium 303.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 42.4 g
Dietary Fiber 7.2 g
Sugars 21.5 g
Protein 4.2 g

Vitamin A 9.3 %
Vitamin B-6 10.8 %
Vitamin C 57.4 %
Vitamin E 3.7 %
Calcium 5.2 %
Copper 7.2 %
Folate 5.8 %
Iron 7.5 %
Magnesium 5.1 %
Manganese 37.9 %
Niacin 3.6 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.9 %
Phosphorus 4.7 %
Riboflavin 4.3 %
Selenium 1.5 %
Thiamin 6.5 %
Zinc 0.8 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Jul 132012
I promise to get back to some recipes soon but first I want to thank all that attended the Wine and Mila tasting last night.  Candles, music, wine and amazing food – I think we all had a great time! My only regret is that I didn’t get more photos.
I made some cookies with Mila instead of eggs and my seven layer dip was a big hit.  No one could believe that the sour cream was actually made with cashews and Mila was mixed in with the black bean layer.
Lots of wine (and notice my Vegan 7 layer dip in the background)
Great mix of friends!

Michele, Larissa, Dan and my mom

Strawberry Salad with Mila See Dressing
I can not wait until my next wine and Mila tasting!  What a perfect excuse to have a get-together.  :)

What is Mila?
Mila is an organically grown, non-genetically modified blend of chia seed that is cold pressed and sliced to make it more bio-available. 
It is RAW, GLUTEN FREE, AND VEGAN, perfect for cooking and baking
It is super high in OMEGA 3s – equal to 6 to 10 fish oil pills per serving.  
A single serving also has FIVE GRAMS OF FIBER, more antioxidants than blueberries, more iron than spinach and many more benefits.
This little seed has anti-inflammatory properties, is excellent for brain function, energy, elimination, sleep and the best part?  It’s a FOOD!
Try some for yourself!  (Click here)
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