In case you haven’t seen, I’ve been on somewhat little bit of a chia kick these days. I put these loopy little seeds on and in nearly all the things. Did you understand that Aztec warriors ate chia seeds earlier than battle? If they’ll gas warriors in battle, absolutely they’ll gas me whereas I stand round within the kitchen doing the robotic whereas ready for onions to caramelize. (Onions take a very long time to caramelize!)
My favourite method to make use of chia seeds is to throw them in a smoothie or juice, however you are able to do so many different issues with them too. Use them as an egg substitute! Put them in home made granola bars! Make chia pudding! Stir them into oatmeal for breakfast! And in addition they make a pleasant crunchy topping to this Roasted Chia Cauliflower.
I make roasted cauliflower on a regular basis, so once I noticed this recipe from Health Warrior, I knew it was kismet. Chia and cauliflower? Together? This recipe was made for me. Cauliflower is wholesome, however chia seeds add an additional increase of diet. As a vegetarian, I don’t eat fish, so I’ve to get my Omega-Three fatty acids from non-fishy sources; I used to make use of flax seeds, and whereas I nonetheless like these, I’ve switched nearly completely to chia seeds as a result of, not like flax, chia doesn’t should be floor to be able to get the dietary advantages from it. Chia additionally has protein, fiber, and magnesium. All good issues!
Before roasting the cauliflower, you make a chili-infused oil by heating olive oil with a pinch or two of pink pepper flakes. This offers the cauliflower somewhat little bit of a kick. After tossing the florets within the oil, you sprinkle them with chia seeds. Don’t simply dump them on there or they received’t stick! The seeds get crispy as they roast within the oven. Roasted cauliflower was at all times considered one of my go-to facet dishes, however now I’m going to be including chia to it at any time when I make it. I served these with some home made peanut sauce on the facet. Delicious!
If you’re nonetheless not prepared to leap onto the throwing-chia-seeds-in-everything-you-make practice, Health Warrior makes tasty little 100 calorie Chia Bars too. (And you possibly can win some on the Marketplace this month!) Remember just a few years in the past when 100 calorie snacks have been all the craze? But you’d eat them and it could be utterly unsatisfying as a result of they have been simply sugar and synthetic flavors and preservatives? Um yeah, these are usually not that sort of 100 calorie snack. They’re made with actual, complete meals substances, together with four grams of protein and fiber. We introduced them within the automotive with us on our street journey to Atlanta and as a substitute of stopping for junk meals, we ate Chia Bars. (I wager Aztec warriors ate Chia Bars on their street journeys too.)
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Roasted Chia Cauliflower
Chia seeds add somewhat little bit of crunch to this roasted cauliflower recipe. Slightly tailored from Health Warrior.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: four servings
1 tbsp. olive oil
a pinch of pink pepper flakes
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 head cauliflower, damaged into florets
salt + pepper, to style
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
Heat olive oil and pepper flakes in a small saucepan over medium warmth for about Three minutes to infuse the flavour of the pepper into the oil. Set apart.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Transfer cauliflower to the baking sheet and drizzle with infused olive oil. Toss with tongs to coat. Sprinkle chia seeds over the cauliflower and add salt and pepper to style.
Bake cauliflower for 20-30 minutes, or till softened and simply starting to brown.
Disclosure: Health Warrior compensated me for my time making and photographing this recipe. I’m thrilled to work with them as a result of I used to be already a fan of their merchandise. (You know, the entire chia kick I’m on proper now.)
Kiersten is the founder and editor of Oh My Veggies.