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It’d Be Hard Not To Love Chia Seeds After Reading This.

It’d Be Hard Not To Love Chia Seeds After Reading This.

Chia seeds are incredibly popular at the moment. This is unsurprising if you take into account the amazing health benefits they have and the fact that they’re super delicious. So whether you’re new to the world of chia (the food, not the pets) or are already die hard fan, check out some of these must-eat recipes. They’re sure to be instant favourites.

1. Chia Flapjacks with Strawberry Salsa

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    Who said flapjacks cant be healthy? Of course, you can increase the health aspect by removing, or at least decreasing, the sugar content, as well using wholemeal or almond flour.

    2. Endurance Crackers

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      If you’re hankering for something crunchy, this will definitely do the trick. They’ll also be a big hit with any seed fans, because they contain four different types!

      3. Raspberry Coconut Chia Pudding Pops

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        Now there’s a mouthful.

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        Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to feel guilty about having a icy treat. These popsicles are ridiculously healthy, as well as vegan friendly!

        4. Chia Seed Vegan Parfait

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          Yeah, I’m rocking two desserts in a row, because that’s just how I roll. I only have this to say in my defense:

          You know what ELSE everybody likes? Parfaits! Have you ever met a person, you say, “Let’s get some parfait,” they say, “Hell no, I don’t like no parfait?” Parfaits are delicious!

          5. Avocado Fruit Salad with Chia Yogurt Dressing


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            This is a fantastic recipe for people like me who enjoy the idea of having a simple fruit salad for a meal, but know it won’t fill them up enough. Chia seeds expand when exposed to moisture, which means they’ll help you feel satisfied for longer.

            6. Cornmeal and Chia Seed Crusted Tilapia

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              This not only showcases how versatile chia seeds can be, but also proves that crumbed fish can indeed be healthy. Feel free to choose any variety of fish that you like for this recipe.

              7. Blueberry Chia Blast Smoothie

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                I have smoothies with chia seeds in them for breakfast every morning, so I can’t recommend this enough. As previously mentioned, the seeds help you feel fuller for longer. You can of course mix and match any fruits that may take your fancy, and sub in ordinary milk if you so choose. Personally, I’m a fan of blueberries and banana with chocolate protein powder and chia seeds. Seriously, it’s delicious.

                8. Strawberry Chia Seed Spread


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                  A wonderful alternative to ordinary sugar-soaked jam. I recommend it on multigrain or dark rye toast

                  9. Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

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                    Here’s a recipe that’s perfect for lunch boxes, a party or even just as an afternoon treat. Personally I prefer less sugar and would substitute ordinary flour for wholemeal. You can also skip the sugar altogether and use honey or maple syrup instead.

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                    10. Maple, Cinnamon and Almond Butter with Hemp, Flax and Chia Seeds

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                      Another fantastic option for fans of toast such as myself.

                      11. Watermelon Strawberry Cooler

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                        Another soon to be summertime favorite that’s incredibly refreshing.

                        12. Cashew-Cardamom Chia Pudding

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                          Don’t let the word ‘pudding’ trick you; this dish is just as good for breakfast as it is for dessert. It’s also super healthy and vegan.

                          13. Chia Breakfast Porridge

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                            I have English blood pumping through my veins, so I’m obligated to include porridge. Seriously though, it’s the best start to the day.

                            14. Raw Hemp and Chia Seed Bars

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                              Obviously these don’t have that kind of effect.

                              What these are good for though are energy levels and therefore make the perfect afternoon snack.

                              15. Egg Substitute

                                This isn’t so much a full blown recipe as it is a nifty little trick of the trade. If you have an egg allergy or are vegan, chia seeds make quite an effective substitute when it comes to baking. Simple take a tablespoon of finely ground seeds and three tablespoons of water per ‘egg’ required. Mix them together and let them sit for at least fifteen minutes. It will create a kind of binding paste that you can then use as your substitute.

                                 

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                                Last Updated on June 24, 2019

                                15 Easy-to-Make Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Nights

                                15 Easy-to-Make Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Nights

                                You work all day, and you come home exhausted and hungry. Naturally, the last thing you want to do is to spend hours in the kitchen cooking dinner. If you love cooking, but your busy schedule doesn’t allow you to cook every night, you can simplify your life by making crockpot freezer meals. These meals will allow you to still eat homemade, healthy, filling dinners without the countless hours and enormous effort spent in the kitchen. You can store the simple ingredients in freezer bags and put them in the crockpot when it is time for dinner, or you can cook over the weekend and stock your freezer with delicious ready meals that will make your life easier. Here are 15 easy-to-make recipes to make delicious dinners for busy nights!

                                1. Cheesy Tortellini With Ground Beef

                                Cheesy tortellini with ground beef

                                  This is a perfect crockpot freezer meal that even your kids will love. The best thing of all is that it’s incredibly easy to prepare. All you have to do is crumble some ground beef and combine all the recipe’s ingredients in your crockpot. The other ingredients needed for this super delicious meal include tomatoes, herbs, and onions. Tortellini is one of the most commonly ordered meals when eating out, but this way you will get to eat a homemade, healthier version of the popular dish. Find the recipe here.

                                  2. Cranberry Pork Roast

                                  Cranberry pork roast

                                    Cranberry pork roast is a gluten-free meal that everyone can make, regardless of their culinary skills. The dish requires only these few ingredients: onion, cranberry sauce, bone-in pork shoulder, and honey. To prepare this mouthwatering dish, simply combine all the ingredients together in the crockpot and let them cook. If you don’t like pork or if you prefer not to eat it, you can easily use beef as a substitute without impacting the flavor. Click here to see the recipe.

                                    3. Greens and Beans

                                    Greens and beans

                                      Greens and beans are the ideal dishes if you want a dish that is both delicious and nutrient-dense. Combine vegetable broth with beans, garlic, kale, escalore, and Parmesan, and let cook. The result will be a dish with a soup-like consistency that will fill you up and provide you with a lot of vitamins and minerals.

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                                      As a bonus, if you or someone else in your family suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or some other common types of arthritis, greens and beans can reduce the inflammation. That’s because kale and other veggies rich in Vitamin K are anti-inflammatory and are known for relieving arthritis. Click here and start cooking!

                                      4. Chicken Curry

                                      Chicken curry

                                        That is yet another gluten-free recipe that you’ll love to make. Chicken curry requires basic ingredients such as tomato paste, coconut milk, honey, onions, and garlic, in addition to chicken and curry of course.The result is a sweet and spicy dish where different flavors are perfectly balanced. Find the recipe here.

                                        5. Honey Sesame Chicken

                                        Honey sesame chicken

                                          Honey sesame chicken is a simple and effortless dish that delivers an amazing taste. To make this wonderful recipe, you have to combine all the ingredients except for the sesame seeds and green onions and let them cook. Use the sesame seeds and green onions for garnish when serving. Click here for the full recipe.

                                          6. Mushroom Spinach Stroganoff

                                          Mushroom spinach stroganoff

                                            In this warm weather, many people opt to eat lighter food that is easy on the stomach. Mushroom spinach stroganoff fits the bill being a vegetable version of a famous comfort food that you and your family will love. The dish requires simple ingredients such as sour cream, onion, garlic, ketchup, vegetables, and mushrooms. This dish is very simple to make, and thanks to your crockpot, you won’t have much work to do. Find the recipe here.

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                                            7. Stuffed Peppers

                                            Stuffed peppers

                                              If you’re looking for a healthy, simple, and delicious recipe, you’ll love this one! These crockpot stuffed peppers are easy to make, and they require only a few ingredients such as ground turkey or beef, onion, garlic, bell peppers, and pasta sauce. This meal will remind you of grandma’s kitchen. You can find the recipe here.

                                              8. Cilantro and Lime Chicken

                                              Cilantro and lime chicken

                                                Summer is the perfect season to experiment with more exotic flavors, and this meal can help you do just that. To make cilantro and lime chicken, you will need to combine some simple ingredients such as lime, jalapeno peppers, fresh cilantro, and salsa. The result is chicken that is super tender and that you’ll want to make over and over again, so get the recipe here.

                                                9. Beef Fajitas

                                                Beef fajitas

                                                  This is an excellent meal for busy weeknights. The best thing about this recipe is that the required ingredients are probably already there in your kitchen. The recipe is also quite simple — combine all the items in a crockpot, cover, and let cook.

                                                  The result will be beef and peppers that melt in your mouth. You can easily pair this beef fajita with rice and tortillas and get a meal that the entire family will love. You can find the recipe for this delicious beef fajita here.

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                                                  10. Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

                                                  Asian chicken lettuce wraps

                                                    Asian chicken lettuce wraps are sweet, slightly salty and very easy to make. All you need to do is add the chicken, red bell pepper, carrots, soy sauce, honey, garlic and the other ingredients to your crockpot and let them cook. You can also replace the chicken with beef or turkey if you like. The presence of different flavors gives this meal a summer flavor you are sure to love. Learn how to make this meal here.

                                                    11. Hawaiian Chicken

                                                    Hawaiian chicken

                                                      This dish enjoys phenomenal exotic tones due to pineapple and lemon flavors. To make this yummy crockpot freezer meal, you need skinless chicken breasts, peppers, ginger and corn starch, in addition to the iconic pineapple and lemon. Learn how to make this perfect summer dinner here.

                                                      12. Beef and Barley Stew

                                                      Beef and barley stewd

                                                        Beef and barley stew is as healthy as it is delicious. Not to mention it’s incredibly easy to make. Besides the beef and barley, you’ll also need carrots, peppers, herbs and beef broth. The result will be a mouthwatering stew that you can serve alone or over white rice. Get the recipe here.

                                                        13. Meatball Soup

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                                                        Meatball soup

                                                          This soup is very delicious, easy to make and quite versatile. You will be able to swap ingredients and experiment to find your perfect combination. To make this meatball soup, you will need to combine meatballs with pasta sauce, chicken broth, carrots, beans, zucchini, and onion. You can view the recipe here.

                                                          14. Turkey Black Bean Chili

                                                          Turkey black bean chili

                                                            Everybody loves chili and for good reason — it’s very delicious, and it’s a perfect combination of different flavors that balance each other out. To make this chili, you’ll need ground turkey, tomato sauce, black beans, paprika, frozen corns, and a few other ingredients. You can get the full recipe here and have this delicious dish ready when you come back from work on those busy nights.

                                                            15. Ham and Pinto Bean Soup

                                                            Ham and pinto bean soup

                                                              What makes soups special is the fact they’re tasty, healthy and filling at the same time. This soup is no exception. The best quality of this ham and pinto bean soup, however, is its simplicity; it requires only five ingredients: ham, beans, ketchup, salt, and water. Learn how to make this soup here.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              With a demanding work week and a busy schedule, it’s normal to have a low energy level by the time you get home. If you don’t feel like standing in the kitchen and cooking dinner due to this, you don’t have to resort to junk food. These freezer crockpot meals offer you the perfect solution for healthy meals that require minimal preparation. You can either combine each recipe’s ingredients in a freezer bag to be thawed and cooked in a few minutes, or you can cook your meal and freeze it to be used later, it’s up to you.

                                                              This article showed you 15 easy and simple recipes that you can make using your crockpot. All of these recipes contain anti-inflammatory foods whether it is in the form of vegetable, herbs or spices to improve your overall health and wellbeing.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Google via bettycrocker.com

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