It’s recipe redux time and if I haven’t explained the redux challenge in a while, let me explain again. Recipe redux is a social platform founded by registered dietitians as a way to share healthy recipes. You MUST be a healthy food blogger to share recipes. That is what makes it so incredibly awesome.
Each month we have a different challenge to develop a new recipe based on specific criteria. This month’s challenge is great, because this is something I excel at.
“Cook with at least 3 ingredients that are actually in your refrigerator or pantry right now. Try not to go to the store to buy anything new. Give tips on how to make a healthy dish out of whatever you have on-hand”
Oh, this is my jam – literally. I am constantly working to use up food in my fridge that is a little past its prime. Take a look at these beauties that were lost behind some grapes in my fridge…
My usual go-to for “past their prime” fruit is a smoothie, but i didn’t want to go there – smoothies are not challenge worthy. However, I have been itching to make some chia jam – that’s it.
I also found some blackberries that I bought last Wednesday that were on their last leg and a tiny bit of frozen raspberries in the freezer that I couldn’t bring myself to throw out, but there also weren’t enough to do anything with – until now.
I measured out the raspberries first and I got 1/2 cup, I measured 1/2 cup of strawberries (and snacked on the rest), and measured 1/2 cup of blackberries.
I ground up my chia, because I don’t like the gelliness of whole chia seeds and grabbed a Halo that came in my pack of 4,000 – not really, but dang you get so many of them at one time.
Mix it all together, let it sit for a few hours in the fridge and voila, you have jam. Delicious and sweet, with no added sugar – the best part.
- 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 2 Tablespoons chia seeds, ground
- Juice and zest of 1 clementine orange – about 1.5 Tablespoons juice
- In a food processor or high powered blender, blend all berries together, leaving it as chunky or smooth as you like
- Transfer to a small bowl and add chia seeds, orange juice, and zest
- Transfer to a sealable container and put in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours