• Springtime! What pictures come to your mind? Flowers, sunny days, green lawns, longer evenings for long walks perhaps? Yes, I envision those too but the reality is, sometimes there are storms and rain and dreary days. Then, of course, there are all the pollens and other lovely flying things in the air that create havoc for those of us who suffer from airborne allergies. On days like those, I gravitate to comfort food.

    What could be more comforting (other than a big hug from Mom) than meatloaf? My mom made meatloaf. I am betting that your mom did too. Many moms did. Some tended to make them really bland, some very tomato-ey, while others ended up smothering them in gravy.

    Though I found the original recipe years ago, I had to tinker with it! It came from a “low fat cookbook” that, by today’s standards, is not cool. This version eliminates the oatmeal filler and replaces it with — wait for it — Chia seeds! Did you know that chia seeds contain so much fiber that they can soak up 10-12 times their weight in water? When I learned that, I had to try it out as an alternative to oatmeal or Panko.

    So, bundle up in your favourite flannel ‘jammies and fuzzy slippers, grab your pillow, blankey, and box of tissues, and enjoy this comforting delight.

    Fiesta Meatloaf


    • ½ lb. lean ground beef
    • ½ lb. ground pork
    • ¼ c. chia seeds
    • 1 egg (beaten)
    • ½ c. salsa (divided)
    • ¼ c. diced onion
    • ½ c. diced sweet peppers (I use red, yellow, and orange)
    • 1-2 tbsp. chili powder (depending on your preference – I use 2)
    • ½ tsp. Mrs. Dash ®
    • Shredded Cheddar Cheese (or your favourite cheese)


    • In a bowl, combine beef, pork, chia seeds, egg, ¼ c. salsa, peppers, onion, chili powder, and salt substitute. This is where my playing  “let’s make mudpies” as a child has come in handy. The best way to mix this all together is with your hands. You can feel when the texture is right and all the ingredients are well incorporated.
    • When it feels right, form into a loaf shape and place it in a loaf pan. (8 x 4 x 3)
    • Top with the remaining salsa. Add more if you think it needs it.
    • Top that with a generous sprinkling of cheese.
    • Pop into a preheated oven of 350 degrees F. for 55 minutes.
    • Let it rest for 5 -10 minutes before slicing.

    Enjoy with your favourite salad or sides of veggies.

    IMG_9428-624-pixels-fiesta-meatloafSpecial Note:

    Due to their high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds can act as a blood thinner.

    MMMMMmmm. Even better than mom used to make (sorry Mom!)

    Why, yes, I will take two slices please.

    Sending you hugs till next time.

    Kitchenette Lorene