What to do with that bag of chia seeds languishing in your pantry? Add them to dinner! Chia seeds add protein and crunch to this simple rice pilaf, which gets a boost of flavor from prepared pesto. Serve with roasted chicken, seared steak, or poached salmon; really, the possibilities are endless. Just adding a tablespoon of seeds to the pot goes a long way since chia seeds expand in volume as they absorb liquid.

Anna Theoktisto

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Credit: Alison Miksch

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
10 mins
total:
40 mins
Yield:
Serves 4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium-high. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened and beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring often, 2 minutes. Stir in broth and chia seeds. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer, 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let steam, 10 minutes. Add pesto and fluff with a fork.

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