To add some nutrition into your stir fry, try putting Chia seeds! Its a incredibly simple way to make virtually any meal healthier for you. Chia seeds need a little time to soften and expand. Contrary to regular stir fry sauce that requires some kind of thickener such as corn flour, the Chia seeds thicken the sauce naturally. They are able to take in up to twelve times their mass. I would recommend making the sauce and allowing the Chia seeds to absorb in it just before cooking the remainder of the stir fry. An appropriate guideline is to use 1 Tbsp of Chia seeds per 1/2 cup of liquid. It’s simple to shift the thickness of your sauce, you might just try adding more liquid or seeds based on the consistency you want. You can always put Chia seeds to a purchased stir fry sauce, but those are typically already pretty dense so you would probably need to add some additional water since the Chia seeds will cause the sauce to thicken additionally. If you want to have a crunchy topping, you can also apply Chia seeds on top of the completed stir fry. Here are two of my choice Stir Fry Chia Seed recipes.
Chia Seeds Lemon Stir Fry Sauce
You will need: ¼ cup of lemon juice ¼ cup of chicken stock 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 Tablespoon of soy sauce 2 Tablespoons of honey, sugar or a sweetener of your choice 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds, black or white Directions:
In a container, blend together all of the ingredients and let set for 10 minutes so the sauce can thicken. The sauce is now ready to be put into the stir fried meat and vegetables. You may use chicken, fish, fresh vegetables, or whatever you want in this stir fry.
Basic Asian Chia Seed Stir Fry Sauce Recipe Directions:
It will require: ¼ cup of soy sauce 1 or 2 minced garlic cloves 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar 1 Tablespoon of ketchup 1 or 2 teaspoons of fresh minced ginger 1 teaspoon of dark sesame oil 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds, white or black Instructions:
In a container, mix together all of the ingredients and let it rest for 10 mins so the sauce can become thick. You may then pour the sauce in with the stir fry. You may use any kind of stir fry mixture of meat and vegetables in this sauce. You can decide to make it vegan and not use anything but vegetables and fruits.
CHIA SOY GLAZED SALMON
To give your Soy Glazed Salmon a healthy and flavorful touch, simply sprinkle Chia Seeds on your fish! The seeds will give extra nutritional benefits, flavor, and texture and consistency! Some people use sesame seeds to garnish their salmon dishes, although if you exchange sesame seeds for Chia seeds, you will be receiving a much more nutritious entree. The Asian style Soy Glazed Salmon is one tasty platter that is crammed with vitamins and minerals.
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Chia Seed Soy Glazed Salmon Recipe Directions:
1 lb. salmon fillet 3 Tablespoons of brown sugar 2 Tablespoons of reduced sodium soy sauce 1 teaspoon of rice wine vinegar 1 teaspoon of chia seeds Directions:
In a little bowl, blend together the brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, and the soy sauce. Put the salmon fillet into a plastic zip lock bag or freezer bag. Empty the contents of the bowl into the bag with the fish and seal the bag. Let the salmon lie in the marinade for roughly 15 minutes. Turn your oven to broil. Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Cover the foil with cooking oil so the salmon doesn’t stick. Shortly after marinating, remove fish from bag and place on the foiled cookie sheet. Then broil the fish for around 10-15 minutes or until the fish is thoroughly cooked and ends up being flaky when a fork is taken to it. Lastly, apply Chia seeds across the top of the salmon. Your dish is now ready to serve.
CUCUMBER CHIA SEED SALAD
For a delicious,lite and nourishing entree, consider a Chia seed cucumber salad. Cold salads on a warm summer day are a extremely refreshing meal. Incorporating Chia seeds to the top of a salad will provide healthy bonuses along with a satisfying taste and different textures. Chia seeds are loaded with nutrients and will help you be full quicker. Use the seeds on any kind of salad. Chia seeds have a particularly mild, somewhat nutty flavour. Here are a couple of different Chia seed recipes for mouth watering salads.
Cucumber Chia Seed Salad Recipe Directions:
It takes: 1 large thinly sliced cucumber ½ of a sliced sweet onion 4 ½ Tablespoon of rice vinegar ½ Tablespoon of sweetener of your choice Salt to taste ½ Tablespoon of chia seeds Instructions:
Mix all ingredients, aside from the Chia Seeds, into a bowl and let it sit for one hour. Prior to serving, apply the Chia seeds over the top of the salad. Makes 2 helpings.
Green Chia Seed Salad Recipe Directions:
You will need: Romaine lettuce Several grape tomatoes, whole or halves 1 Cucumber 1 Tablespoon of Chia seeds Dressing of your choice, suggested: Annie’s Goddess dressing-a creamy tahini and lemon dressing with chives and parsley. Optional: sliced mushrooms and a sliced avocado. Directions:
Set lettuce in a bowl, chop up the cucumber and tomatoes to desired size and add to bowl. Drizzle salad with dressing and sprinkle the Chia seeds on top of the salad. Serve and enjoy.
Pumpkin-Chia Seed Muffins
Discover this tasty recipe for Pumpkin Chia Seed Muffins! They are easy to make and have incredible taste. These muffins are also crammed with nutrients and minerals that are super nutritious for you. The essence of pumpkin is especially great during the holiday seasons but also can be made and eaten all year long. Pumpkin is made up of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that your body needs. . It provides your body with vitamin A, and studies have discovered that beta-carotene helps reduce the risk of developing some cancer and shield from heart disease. Mix this with Chia seeds and you have a very healthy meal. Chia seeds are stuffed with fiber, protein, calcium, omega-3, and many more nutritional vitamins and minerals. The muffins can be eaten directly from the oven, reheated in the microwave, or at room temperature.
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Pumpkin Chia Seed Muffin Recipe Direction
- 1 Tablespoon of ground chia seeds (use a coffee or spice grinder) • 1 cup of whole wheat or whole grain flour • ½ cup of white unbleached flour • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg • 2 teaspoons of baking soda • ½ teaspoon of salt • 1 can (16 ounces) of all-natural pumpkin (be sure there is just pumpkin listed in the ingredients) • 2 eggs • ¼ cup of high-quality extra-virgin olive oil • 1 cup of pure maple syrup or ½ cup of agave nectar or a mix of the two • 1 Tablespoon of vanilla • Optional to add ½ cup of chopped walnuts or pecans • Salt and pepper to taste Instructions:
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. In 2 individual bowls, combine all the wet ingredients up and all the dry ingredients together. Now that you have the wet and dry ingredients put together individually, take the wet ingredients and carefully mix them into the dry ingredients. If you happen to be using the voluntary nuts, add them in at the same time. After you combine the 2 ingredients, scoop with a spoon or comparable utensil and put the batter in a greased muffin tin, you may also try paper muffin liners in lieu of greasing the muffin tin. Cook for 25-30 minutes. To check, pierce a toothpick in the center of the muffin, if it slides out clean it is ready. Let muffins cool, and enjoy. If you would prefer to keep the muffins for a future time, set them in a sealable plastic bag to help you keep their quality. You might also freeze them in the bag if you want.
CHIA SEED SMOOTHIES
Want to find a simple way to add Chia seeds to your household goods? Try adding them in smoothies! You can mix them into any flavour smoothie you choose. They have a unbelievably mild, somewhat nutty taste to them. Considering that there is only a little added to the smoothies the taste doesn’t really change. You can elect to soak the Chia seeds in juice or water to soften them before you apply them to your smoothie or if you prefer the tiny seeds to be solid you can combine them in as is. Something to keep in mind is that Chia seeds can soak up twelve times their own weight in liquid, so if you have chosen not to soak them first, add additional liquid or drink your smoothie promptly so it does not become too thick. To keep a sensible proportion of Chia seeds to liquid you should use one Tablespoon of seeds per eight ounces of fluid. Beneath are two great Smoothie Chia Seed recipes.
Chia Seed Berry Smoothie Recipe Directions:
You need: 1 ½ cups of apple juice 1 cup of mixed berries (frozen or fresh) 1 tablespoon of chia seeds Optional 2 tablespoons of yogurt or a half of a banana. Orange Mango Cream Smoothie You will need: 1 ½ cups of orange juice ½ cup of mangos (fresh or frozen) ½ a banana 2 Tablespoons of plain yogurt 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds
For each smoothie, you might choose to soak the Chia seeds in the juice for roughly around 10 minutes for them to absorb and become cushy, or you can just place all the ingredients into a blender and blend them until it has the necessary thickness.