Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sauteed Swiss Chard with olives and pine nuts, or sneaky veggie burgers

We are lucky enough to have a little vegetable garden and a few months ago, I went and bought seeds that my husband planted. We pretty quickly had a few leaves of swiss chard pop up, but over the last few weeks, it has exploded and we can't keep up with our swiss chard. The good thing is that we love it, and we eat it both cooked and raw (stay tuned for a greens smoothie recipe coming soon). 

Yesterday was a busy day hosting a birthday party for my son and making this beautiful cake:

 So last night, after a wonderful but exhausting day, I needed a simple dinner. And there is something about just walking outside and picking something fresh out of your garden that makes me feel very alive.

So Here is the recipe:

A big bunch of swiss chard, washed and chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1/3 cup kalamata olives, sliced
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Heat up the olive oil in your frying pan or wok on low to medium heat. Add crushed garlic and let it fry for  a minute, without it getting brown. Then add the chards and mix until the leaves soften. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix and continue cooking for 2-4 minutes.

Serve over rice or quinoa for a complete meal

En francais:
Une grande poignee de cotes de bettes, lavees et coupees
1 cs d'huile d'olive
4 gousses d'ail pressees
1/2 tasse d'olives kalamata, coupees en rondelles
1/4 tasse de pignons
1/3 tasse de persil
sel et poivre selon gout

chauffer l'huile dans la poelle, ajouter l'ail presse et laisser fremir sans laisser brunir. Ajouter les cotes de bette et melanger jusqu'a ce qu'elles se ramolissent. Ajouter le reste des ingredients et melanger en laissant sur la plaque pendant 2-4 minutes.

Servir sur du riz ou de la quinoa pour un repas complet

Now of course, my picky eaters will never just eat sauteed swiss chard. So I have had to come up with creative solutions when it comes to eating greens and I often have to blend them in soups or turn them into a veggie burger. So here is what I did last night:

For a kid friendly meal, mix in the blender:
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup swiss chard dish
1 egg
a pinch of salt

Form into patties and fry in the frying pan with a little bit of olive or coconut oil until it's solid enough to look like a burger.

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