Knowing how healthy these seeds are, you will only wish to add them to all your daily meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even the snacks and drinks that come in between. Chia seeds have the ability to make the best healthy puddings out there and they could also make healthy water for those who want to change the ordinary. But in addition to that, they could be added into different recipes for dessert as well as different cooking recipes. Being beneficial for adults and kids, all those cooking gurus out there should think about this addition which will change almost nothing about the taste of their food but which will at the same time deliver some important nutrient, minerals, and antioxidants for their bodies.
Recipes for Chia Seeds
There are different ways that people could follow if they want to make chia seeds part of their meals. There are those who stopped at the point of just sprinkling the seeds over their breakfast oatmeal, fruits, and cereals; there are those who moved a little bit further and started sprinkling them on their soups, salads, and sometimes on their pasta dishes; and there is a third different type of people who decided to add chia to their smoothies, and yes it is actually possible.
The best thing about chia seeds is that they could be used whole or ground, unlike flax seeds which should always be ground because when eaten in their whole form, they will pass directly through the digestive system without leaving any traces of their benefits behind, but chia seeds are not the same because they deliver the same benefits whether consumed as powder or as a seed. Adding them to the flour while baking some goodies or sprinkling them on the smoothies and juices for a more healthy drink will never make a difference in what you get out of it, but in addition to desserts and drinks, you could also use these seeds while cooking.
There are different chia breakfast recipes to do, such as:
- Greek Yogurt Parfait with Chia Seed
Breakfast meals are always simple and easy to be done, and they should always be light on the stomach, just like the Greek yogurt. Instead of eating it without any additions, you could make Greek yogurt parfait with an addition of chia seed blackberry sauce.
Ingredients for the parfait:
- 1 cup of Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons granola
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of the chia seed blackberry sauce that you will prepare
- Add ½ cup of the Greek yogurt to a mason jar or a container
- Layer 1 to 2 tablespoons of blackberry chia seed sauce or as much as you prefer
- Add one layer of fresh fruits (upon your request) followed by seeds, coconut, dried berries and granola
- Chill until it is ready for use, this jar will serve only one person and will last in the fridge for one week only
The ingredient needed for this blackberry chia seed sauce, are:
- 1 pint blackberries (and you could also use any other berry preferred by you)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon sweetener (or to taste); it could be honey or maple syrup
- And water
Directions for the sauce:
- Add 1 pint of the blackberries to a blender, adding a teaspoon of water at a time as needed in order to make a smooth consistency.
- Add ½ teaspoon of the sweetener to taste.
- Add one tablespoon of chia seeds and blend until just incorporated.
- Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours or until the sauce starts to turn more into a jam.
- This could be stored up to a week and could serve in making about 5 or 6 jams of parfait.
This breakfast recipe is considered helpful for those who always have no time when they wake up to the extent that they don’t get a chance to have a proper breakfast, so they could take these jars along with them.
- Vegan Waffle
From the other breakfast recipes using chia seeds is the vegan waffle. Not all those addicted to waffle know that the vegan ones could be actually done with chia seeds, and they might not even imagine a waffle that is not done in the ordinary sweet calories-filled taste. For any good and professional baker out there, eggs are considered a must-use ingredient which they could not live without nor get rid of, but with the vegan waffles, the actually could.
- 2 cups of pureed pumpkin
- 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup of chia seed pudding
- 3 tablespoons flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 2 cups almond milk
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup oats
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- Cooking spray
- Pomegranate seeds
- First of all, you have to prepare the chia seed pudding one hour before doing the waffles and better if prepared the night before. The chia pudding is done by mixing ½ cup of chia seeds with almond milk.
- Now turn on the waffle maker and spray it with the cooking spray then let it warm up.
- Combine the pumpkin, applesauce, oats, almond milk, cinnamon, coconut oil, vanilla, baking powder, and protein powder (this could be optional), together in a large mixing bowl and mix them until smooth.
- Gradually start adding the flax seeds, flour, and the chia seed pudding; mix thoroughly between every new addition.
- Leave the mixture that you have done sit down for 10 or 20 minutes to let the chia absorb it and become better binding agents then add water or almond milk if the mixture appeared to be too thick, or flour if it turns out to be too thin.
- Now it is the time to start pouring spoonful of the batter in the waffle maker and leave it for 3 to 5 minutes and continue to mix your batter until you finish it all.
- You can decorate your waffles according to the things that you prefer the most, cocoa powder, pomegranate seeds, berries, cinnamon, and other things as well.
The vegan waffle is a good choice of breakfast because it gets both, the kids as well as the adults, excited about their breakfast, but you will also feel satisfied because you are giving them something healthy but sweet.
Chia Recipes for Lunch and Dinner
Breakfast might be easier when prepared than lunch or dinner, but it is still important to get excited about adding some chia seeds to these meals of the day if you did not manage to include them in your breakfast. There are different easy chia seeds recipes done while cooking, because they will most probably be used over the finished meal or else sprinkled on it before being cooked as a spice addition. From the most loved cooking recipes with chia seeds:
- Grilled Halibut with Chia Pesto
Fish is always a good healthy choice, and when added to some chia seeds then it means you have made one of the best decisions in your whole day for lunch or dinner. Grilled halibut with chia pesto is a good recipe to try one time instead of ordering fast food for a change.
- 1 tablespoon black or white chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons purified water
- ½ cup walnuts
- ¼ cup pine nuts or almonds
- 2 large peeled and smashed cloves garlic
- 1 bunch of fresh basil, leaves only
- 1 ¼ teaspoons sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¾ extra virgin olive oil
- 2 halibut fillets, about 1 inch thick
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- To prepare the pesto, you have to whisk together the chia seeds and water and let them stand for about 20 minutes in order to make a thick chia gel.
- Now place the walnuts, pine nuts, garlic, chia gel, basil, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and the pepper in a food processer and coarsely chop them. Keep the processor on while you drizzle the olive oil in a steady stream until incorporated.
- It is all your choice; whether to prepare an indoor or an outdoor grill for the halibut. First, brush the fish with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and place the skin side up on the grill. Close the lid and grill the fish on medium-high heat for about 4 minutes. Turn the fish over, and cook again for about 6 more minutes until it is just opaque.
- Sprinkle the fish with salt when it is transported to your plate and cover it with aluminum foil for about 5 minutes to finish the process of cooking.
- Now the halibut fish is ready for you to indulge, but first add the pesto sauce that you have prepared over it then serve.
Adding chia to your dinner does not always have to be in the chicken, meat, or fish being used, it could also go with the sauce that you are using.
- Tuscan White Beans and Baby Kale
This chia recipe works fine with those who want to prepare something easily and without taking much time. The Tuscan white beans and baby kale recipe could be served as a main dish on its own and it could be used as a side dish when you are preparing other things as well.
The ingredients needed are:
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 2 large peeled and minced cloves garlic
- 5 cups packed fresh baby kale
- ¾ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 ½ cups low sodium vegetable broth
- ¼ cup of black or white chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice or white balsamic vinegar
- ½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary or thyme
- 1 can cannellini beans, drained
- ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- To start, you have to heat the oil in a non-stick Dutch oven or large deep skillet on a medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened for about 5 minutes. Now add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, for about 30 seconds.
- Now stir in the kale, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, broth, chia seeds, lemon juice, and rosemary, and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Reduce the heat to medium and cook the ingredients together uncovered while stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes until the kale becomes tender.
- Add the beans to the mixture and cook while also stirring occasionally until the beans become fully heated, and this will be for about 3 minutes.
- Stir in the parsley, adjust the seasonings, and then you could serve and eat.
This is considered one of the easy chia seed recipes that you could prepare whenever you want and serve in less than 20 minutes.
The best thing about chia seeds when it comes to cooking is that they could be used the way they are without any preparations needed to be done, except for those who will need to use chia gel which is always better prepared overnight for a more gelatinous mixture. Chia seeds are healthy for the bones, for fighting diseases in the body, and for giving the body some energy as well.