Just a few months ago I had no idea that chia seeds could be used on anything other than a Chia Pet. But since I’ve found this omega-3 and protein rich seed, I’ve been looking for every opportunity to use it in food. I’ve been sprinkling chia seeds on everything from salads to pastas to even baby food.
So when I needed to come up with a quick lunch idea that upped the ante on omegas and protein, I knew I could count on good-ol’ chia seeds.
- 2-4 organic tortillas (I love Trader Joe’s)
- 1-2 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 avocado, diced
- 1/4 cup of corn (drain water if from a can, I prefer frozen or fresh)
- 1/4 cup of black beans (drain water if from a can)
- Spicy jack cheese, shredded
- Hot sauce (Tepatio or Cholula are my favorites), optional, to taste
- Butter or oil
- Put a little butter or oil in pan on medium heat.
- Once it’s melted, add a tortilla. Then assemble your quesadilla: layer with cheese, black beans, corn, chia seeds, then top with another layer of cheese.
- Add the other tortilla on top, and turn over to cook the other side.
- Cook until browned on both sides. Repeat if making another quesadilla.
- Remove from heat. Cut into quarters and top with avocado and your favorite Mexican spicy sauce.
New to chia seeds? Check out these great resources for ways to incorporate chia seeds into your diet – from smoothies to main dishes to desserts and backed good.
- 10 Uses for Chia Seeds (such as an egg substitute or to thicken up gravy) by Wellness Mama
- 10 Delicious Chia Seed Recipes by Care2
- Raw Vegan Sugar-Free Raspberry Jam in 5 Minutes from Healthy Blender Recipes
- Health Benefits of Chia Seeds and Recipes from One Green Planet