Welcome to A Mind “Full” Mom! Kristen here!
I am a mom, Cystic Fibrosis warrior, and a bit obsessed with FOOD.
This is a place where I share my recipes, tips, and trick with you so that you too can get easy meals on the table–without slaving away in the kitchen for hours on end.
I am Kristen Chidsey and am so thrilled you stopped by to get to know me better! I wish we could gab over a latte and muffin, but in the meantime, let me tell you a bit about myself and why I am A Mind “Full” Mom.
About A Mind “Full” Mom
A Mind “Full” Mom started as a way to fill YOUR mind with easy, whole food, family-approved recipes. My mind was just “full” of ideas I wanted to share with you–hence the play on the word mindful.
A Mind “Full” Mom has evolved over time, but the focus is still the same–Real foods for real families on real budgets.
I share simple, wholesome recipes that are not made with fancy ingredients or make your kids run for the hills. These are tried and true recipes that please my kids and my VERY picky husband.
A lot of the recipes you will find here are classic recipes given a face-lift with more wholesome ingredients–no high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, food colorings, or msg. I do opt for whole grains over white flour and natural sugars over granulated sugar, but I do believe they have their time and place in moderation–like Cut Out Sugar Cookies.
Hi! I am Kristen! I love sharing my recipes and stories with you–the good, the bad, the embarrassing!
I am married to a man who grew up on processed foods and the mom of two picky-kids. Meaning my recipes have to go through a lot of criticism before they hit the blog–which is a good thing for you and your picky palates.
But I love my family dearly and they are my biggest cheerleaders and the sweetest taste-testers EVER.
Another thing you should know about me is that I have Cystic Fibrosis. And shortly after my late in life diagnosis, both my kids were diagnosed with a form of cystic fibrosis as well.
Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients. This plays a huge role in our lives and in our diets. I view it as I never know what my body will choose to absorb, so I want to be sure that what I consume is as wholesome as it can be to help nourish my body the best way I can.
We are warriors in this house. We get up and are intentional about what we eat and how we take care of ourselves. We also are sure to smile and give lots of hugs–and cherish every moment that God gives us.
I am going to be REAL with you! If you want someone polished and dressed to the nines–look elsewhere! If you want a girlfriend that has your back, will cheer you on, bring you pizza in the middle of the night (YES, I eat pizza), cry with you, be honest with you about the hot mess I can be, then THIS is the place to be.
I want to make living a healthy and intentional life EASY for you!
My Taste-Testers and Sous-Chefs
My husband is the pickiest eater of us all! He grew up eating meat and potatoes and processed foods. He now loves homemade meals, but he is the hardest to please in our house. So rest assured, my recipes are tried and true!
Tate is my go-to critical taste-tester. He doesn’t mince words. Ever watched The Big Bang-Theory? Yeah, he is a bit like Sheldon at times!
Layla is my go-to Sous Chef and you will find her by my side in some of my cooking videos.
A Mind “Full” Mom’s Most Popular Recipes
- Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
- Instant Pot Chicken Breasts
- Creamy Cheesy Chicken and Rice–pinned over 2 million times!!!
- Ham and Potato Casserole
- 10 Meals to Cook When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking–because we have ALL been there!
- Sweet Potato Nachos with Cilantro Cream
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Gluten-Free Muffins
Kristen’s Favorite Recipes
My Family’s Favorite Recipes
You can hear more of my story, struggles, and triumphs here. This shares my background of why I am so intentional to live a healthy life!
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