Hey guys! Today, I want to introduce you to another Meatless Monday Blogger, Heather, who hosts a weekly cooking challenge Meatless Mondays from A-Z. Heather is sharing one of her awesome vegetarian recipes with you … enjoy!
Hey The Wellness Scientist readers! I’m Heather from Better With Veggies, a Colorado girl with a love for food, fitness, and an adventurous life. I’m crashing Karen’s blog today to share a weekly cooking challenge that I host called Meatless Mondays from A-Z (also known as #MMAZ)!
I love challenges as a way to help motivate me to step out of my comfort zone. You can see that in my life as I love the challenge of long running and triathlon races. Or my latest challenge of training for a NPC Bikini competition. But what about cooking? When I realized I was cooking with many of the same ingredients over and over, I wanted a way to motivate myself to step out of that box. From that idea, the concept of MMAZ was born.
Every two weeks on MMAZ, we have a different featured ingredient (working through the alphabet from A-Z). The first week’s challenge is to create a meatless recipe with that week’s ingredient. The second week’s challenge is to cook a meatless recipe with the key ingredient (bonus points if it’s one that was submitted the week before). So if you’re someone who likes to create recipes or just likes to cook, there’s a way for you to join in!
When we got to “J” this round, the ingredient chosen was Jelly. ignoring the differences between jam & jelly, I decided it was time to create a chia jelly!
I’ve been seeing chia jelly recipes for quite some time now, but it’s not something I paid much attention to. It almost seemed too easy, which can get lost in the shuffle of recipes I want to try. After enjoying a fresh Colorado peach on a Saturday night, I knew it was finally time to give this a try.
My husband often helps me in the kitchen and he created this fresh jelly with local (Colorado) fruits. I knew that Peach & Blackberries would be delicious together, but he suggested the lime that really made the flavors pop.
I was pleasantly surprised by how well the chia jelly sets up, although it’s better described as a fruit spread versus a traditional jelly. Sweetened with just a little stevia, instead of the sugar that you find in most store varieties. And with the added superpowers of chia (omega 3, calcium, fiber, and protein are just a few), it’s gotta be good for you!
Blackberry-Peach Chia Jelly
by Kirk Blackmon
Keywords: blender raw breakfast dessert gluten-free nut-free soy-free vegan vegetarian chia summer
- 1 peach
- 10 blackberries
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 2 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 10 drops vanilla stevia (or more, to taste)
In a food processor or blender, liquify the peach and blackberries. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in lime juice & chia seeds. Finally, add 10 drops of stevia (more if you want a sweeter result) and stir well.
Cover bowl and allow to setup in the refrigerator for at least 60 minutes. Spread on toast, use as a topping of your favorite breakfast or dessert bowls, or just enjoy by the spoonful!
So don’t be like me and wait months to try chia jelly for yourself ‚make it this week! You can easily mix up the fruits to find what’s available in your area.
And now that you see how #MMAZ works, I hope you’ll take the challenge next week! Or just stop by Better With Veggies for more Meatless Mondays from A-Z recipes, fitness tips, and random life ramblings!
Questions for you:
- What is your favorite Meatless Monday meal?
- Do you enjoy creating new recipes?
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