It’s the most wonderful time of the year! When your friends and family descend on your home expecting to be entertained, and most importantly – FED!! Where do you begin?
Thankfully, we’ve got the answers for your Festive food needs, with our delicious Chia Bia inspired canapes thanks to renowned blogger Nessa Robbins. There are plenty of variations to suit all tastes, as well as giving a healthy option for your guests, they’ll keep the adults, the kids, and even your fussy old auntie, happy…they might even come back to visit again! (Lock the door, quick!!) Of course, these recipes are pretty delicious, so you don’t have to share if you don’t want to!
Chia-Crusted Chicken Goujons with Sweet Potato Chips
These chia-crusted goujons are a hit with adults and children alike. The crunchy crust perfectly encases the succulent chicken. When served alone, the goujons make for great finger food, but when paired with these delicious sweet potato chips, and a salad on the side, you have the makings of a deliciously nutritious family meal.
Chia & Cod Fishcakes with a Tomato Salsa
You could make these fishcakes into bite sized pieces for perfect canapes – they are ever so easy to make, once the fish and potatoes are cooked, it is simply a matter of combining the ingredients together, before adding the cakes to the pan. The chia seeds not only add some additional heart-healthy omega 3, fibre and minerals to the fishcakes, but they also help with the binding of the raw ingredients. A fresh and simple tomato salsa makes a light accompaniment to these tasty fishcakes.
Roasted Red Pepper & Chia Seed Hummus & Crudités
Hummus is a great addition to a lunchbox, especially when you need to beat the 3 o’clock slump. Chickpeas are rich in protein, which helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer. The addition of the chia to the hummus will help to thicken the hummus, but they also give an additional nutritional boost as they are packed full of omega 3, fibre, antioxidants and minerals. The roasted red pepper, along with the sprinkling of a little sugar, adds a sweetness, which perfectly balances the bitter lemon. Some crudités made from carrots, radishes, red pepper, tomatoes or kale, transported in a little zip-lock bag, works very nicely as a healthy accompaniment to the hummus.
Sausage Chia Rolls
Buttery pastry encasing a good-quality sausage will always result in something tasty, and who doesn’t love a good sausage roll? To ensure the sausages are cooked thoroughly, I always first boil them before rolling in the pastry. Chia seeds added to the pastry make these rolls a little more nutritious, and makes them look even more irresistible. These sausage chia rolls are suitable for any occasion, but to make a picnic extra special wrap them in parchment and add them to your picnic basket.
All these delicious recipes can be found here – so now that you’ve got your party menu sorted, all you need to worry about is who to invite!