A few weeks ago, I was invited to an event at Isis Parenting (a parenting center) in downtown Boston. The place is pretty spectacular. You enter the parenting center through a spacious store stocked with newborn to toddler essentials. Isis also offers families support from maternity through the first three years of parenting and child development. In fact, Isis has helped more than 35,000 families since they first opened in 2003.
Today Isis continues to grow. They run four centers in Arlington, Boston, Brookline, Needham and plan to open another location in the Boston-area as well as moving into another market in the coming year. Each center provides access to experienced parenting professionals, including childbirth educators, lactation consultants, child development specialists, massage therapists, and fitness expects.
We toured the store, met Johanna Myers McChesney, President and CEO of Isis along with some of the parenting specialists, and watched Ken Oringer cook Kid-Friendly Turkey Meatloaf. The whole event made me wish I lived closer to the city. I think my two-year-old would enjoy the Lightning Bugs developmental playgroup as well as the Isis Art Studio, Jelly Jam Tots (music and movement class), and Spanish Time!.
For those in the Boston area, I highly recommend you check out Isis Parenting’s prenatal, breastfeeding support, early parenting, and child development classes. They also offer prenatal yoga, fitness, and massage for soon to be moms.
I’m currently working on a chickpea vegetable loaf version of Ken Oringer’s turkey meatloaf, but in the meantime, I thought you might like to try out his recipe, which was a hit.
1/2 bag frozen spinach (about 8 ounces)
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic
2 carrots (chopped)
1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon paprika
sea salt and black pepper, to taste
2 pounds ground turkey
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup ketchup
Puree the spinach, onion, garlic, and carrots in a food processor. Then saute in olive oil with paprika, salt, and pepper for about 20 minutes. Put vegetable mixture on a tray to cool. Mix turkey, eggs, bread crumbs, and ketchup in a bowl. Add cooled vegetable mixture and mix until completely combined. Form into a loaf in a pan. Bake in a 350 F pre-heated oven for 1 hour. Serve hot or cold.
Disclosure: Isis Parenting provided a bag of product samples to try. Thanks Isis!