Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia

Ok, so who used to make Chia heads as a kid? Even if you didn’t I am sure you know that “Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia” tune. But today’s post is not about growing a Chia head—instead it’s about eating Chia seeds! Yes, eating them. I never thought I would be eating Chia seeds until Diane from Greens Plus so graciously offered to send me some. I was still a little unsure about eating them, but once I read about all the health benefits, I just couldn’t refuse.

Health benefits of Chia seeds:

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  • Chia seeds have thousands of years of safe historical human consumption
  • Chia seeds enhance energy levels and extend endurance
  • Chia seeds are 100% cholesterol free, and trans fat free
  • Omega3 Chia is NOT genetically modified (GMO)
  • Chia seeds contain significant amounts or Quercetin antioxidants that aid in reducing inflammation
  • Omega3 Chia is one of the highest overall antioxidant containing foods (ORAC i680 pr 22g) – more than blueberries and prunes
  • Omega3 Chia is gluten free, and can be eaten by people suffering from celiac disease.
  • Chia seeds aid in increasing nutrient absorption and utilization
  • Omega3 Chia is a complete, whole and natural food, not a supplement.
  • Omega3 Chia is a perfect digestive aid, creating better assimilation of food and excess stomach acids
  • Omega3 Chia is a dieters dream, fat replacement, food extender and creates a full satiated feeling.
  • Chia seeds encourage healthy and gentle bowel elimination
  • Omega3 Chia is certified Kosher
  • Chia seeds prevent dehydration and aids in Electrolyte Balance

Still not convinced to give em’ a try? They are virtually tasteless, so at least consider!

So today’s recipe does include Chia seeds, but it is equally delicious and doable without them. Chicken pot pies used to be one of my favorite comfort foods as a kid, and they’re so cheap and you just pop em’ in the oven. But once I got a little older and more concerned with nutrition, I realized how unhealthy store-bought pot pies can be. Check out the stats on this one!

Pepperidge Farm Chicken Pot Pie

Pepperidge Farm Original Flaky Crust Roasted Chicken Pot Pie has 510 calories, 32 grams of total fat, 9 grams saturated fat, AND 870 mg cholesterol in HALF OF A PIE.  Multiply everything by 2 and you're getting 1020 calories, almost 100% of daily recommendations for total and saturated fats at 64 grams of fat and 18 grams saturated fat AND 1740 mg of sodium from one meal, which is more than 50% of the recommended daily amount. [Source here]

In other words..I think it’s worth a little time and effort to make your own. This recipe definitely qualifies for my Recipe Redo on a Budget.

Quick and Easy Chicken Pot Pie

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Serves: 5

Budget Breakdown

  • 5 oz can chicken=$2.55
  • 10.5 oz 98% FF Condensed Cream of Celery Soup=$1.95
  • Box of Bisquik all-purpose baking mix=$2.85 divided in half, since you don’t use the whole box.
  • 9 oz bag of frozen mixed veggies=$1.31
  • Freebies: Milk, egg, and seasonings assuming you have these on hand.

Total per pot pie= approximately $1.45 per serving

Yes, you can buy them cheaper, but you may have to sacrifice your health then.

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  • 5 oz can of chicken cubes
  • 1-10.5 oz can of condensed 98% FF cream of celery soup
  • 2 cups of mixed frozen veggies
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. all-purpose baking mix
  • 1 Tbsp Chia seeds (optional)

Directions:

  • Heat the oven to 400°F.
  • Stir the soup, vegetables and chicken in a 9-inch pie plate, or if you prefer to make individual pies like I did, you can use 5 mini tin loaf pans.

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  • Stir the milk, egg and baking mix in a small bowl. Spread the batter over the chicken mixture. Bake for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. [If your making 5 individual pies, it’s about 1/2 C filling per pie.

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Comfort food at its’ finest!

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9 comments:

Jenny said...

I used to want a Garfield Chia more than anything when I was little.. I still kind of do in fact :)

'nummy pot pie!

Lexi said...

I've heard a lot of good things about chia seeds and keep seeing them on the KERF blog. Will try them out soon :)

That pot pie looks to die for! MmmmMmm!

Kim said...

I haven't heard about he chia seeds before, but I am interested. Did they give a flavor to your pot pies? I love that you made potpies at home and also a healthier version. They look great and they are very cute in their little mini pans:)

burpandslurp said...

I would gladly take that chicken pot pie. But not so convinced abt the chia seeds...Not sure why you'll want to eat them if it is tasteless...I can get the nutrients elsewhere more tasty, right?

Am I missing the point here? Just not understanding why chia seeds are so popular, besides for the fact that they are good for you...>.<

Krista said...

The stats on that pie are ridiculous!!! Who eats like that anymore??? Loving your version and the fact that you incorporated chia seeds. Brilliant!

Geri Allen said...

Hi Cassie,

I work in the Communications Department at Pepperidge Farm and wanted to let you know that we discontinued our pot pies more than a year ago.

Thanks,
Geri Allen

joyofood said...

I love chicken pie, this looks so good.

Taylor

Kelly said...

I have to say I think I'm with burp and slurp on the chia seeds. Much of it comes down to though 1) how much I would actually have to eat in order to get said benefits, 2) whether I was deficient in those nutrients or already getting enough and 3) how the cost compared to other items offering the same nutritional benefits. That's why I'm always skeptical of those food powders that you throw into smoothies. I would rather get the benefits from whole foods, especially if they are cheaper. What do they taste like when you eat them plain?

Healthy Beach Bum said...

I used to have a Shrek head chia pet lollll. Kinda crazy to admit! Those potpies look amazinggggggg <3