Adding chia seeds to soup is a very easy way to add the goodness of chia seeds into your diet. Many people like to have a cup of instant soup as part of a quick lunch or pick-me-up, especially if they are busy.
While I don’t like instant soups ( as a rule they have very little nutrition to them, and they often consist of mainly additives and chemicals) adding one tablespoon of chia seeds to an instant soup adds good nutrition and more energy to something that is very low in nutritional value.
Above is a collection of instant soups fortified with chia seeds. The recipe is simple. Just stir in one tablespoon of chia seeds to the dry mix and add hot water – stir to mix all ingredients together, and let the soup mix stand for a moment to thicken.
The chia seeds will soften and swell as well. For those people who regularly eat instant soup this is an excellent way to add good nutrition. The soups shown here are spicy pumpkin, a thai chicken soup and a tomato soup. Each one has a tablespoon of chia seeds added before the hot water is added to the soup mix. Such a quick and easy recipe!
However, it is not hard to make your own soup . You will be getting superior nutrition and by adding a tablespoon of chia seeds per serve of soup, you end up with a more satisfying, hearty and nourishing meal. Although the recipes below are for one person it is easy to double, treble or quadruple the mixture if necessary-however many people you want to serve.
Easy Vegetable Soup with chia for one person
One cup of chopped, mixed vegetables (I used a selection of green vegetables, carrots and onion I found in a packet of stir fry vegetables I had in the fridge)
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
pinch of tarragon powder
pinch of dried coriander
sea salt to taste – about quarter of a teaspoon
black pepper to taste
The easiest method is to put everything in a saucepan.
Cook on the stove top for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Blend and enjoy.
However I like to cook my vegetables, give them one or two pulses of the blender if needed (depending how big the vegetable pieces are) and add the chia seeds whole a few minutes before serving. It looks nicer and I like to think it has better nutrition because the chia seeds are not cooked.
Potato corn chowder with chia seeds (for one)
1 small potato diced
quarter of an onion chopped finely
half a cup of water
half a cup of milk or milk equivalent – I often use oat milk
one teaspoon of turmeric
pinch of sea salt
pinch of nutmeg
quarter of a cup of corn kernels
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
Cook potato, onion and spices in the liquid for 10 to 15 minutes.
Add corn and chia seeds
Reheat if necessary
Allow to stand for a couple of minutes to let the chia seeds absorb liquid and soften.
The above soups are ideal to take to work and reheat for a quick, nourishing, filling and low calorie meal.