This blog post could easily have been in my “Recipes” section, but I couldn’t help share what I had to eat tonight and how it made me feel! I had organic Swiss chard in the fridge that I needed to use. Looking around, I saw a fresh, organic Fuji apple. Then I remembered some dried cherries sitting in the pantry. Here’s what I did…..
I washed 4 large chard leaves and then removed the middle ribs and the stems. I rolled the leaves and cut each roll into ribbons. I cut three-quarters of the apple into small cubes. ( I ate the other quarter of the apple while I was chopping:) ) I squeezed the juice from half an organic lemon onto the apple cubes. This kept the apple from browning and it also tamed the innate bitterness of the chard.
I put a low flame under my skillet, and after a few minutes I added 1 tablespoon of organic olive oil. I then sauteed the chard ribbons until they were wilted and bright green, adding a dash of sea salt at the end. I used two wooden spoons to toss the chard.
I threw in the apples and tossed and sauteed them for about 1 minute. Then I added in 1/4 cup of dried cherries. Dried cranberries would make a nice substitute. I tossed all of the ingredients a bit more to soften the cherries and blend all the flavors. My final addition was a spritz of balsamic vinegar….just a bit.
I ate the whole lot of it….yummy good:) Some of you may be thinking…..chard….greens….I don’t think so. Let me tell you, greens prepared in creative ways can turn you into a believer! Dark leafy greens have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They provide minerals that help alkalize our systems. Nuts added in (pine nuts or almonds) give the dish a protein and healthy fat boost. Call me a nutrition nerd, but I just feel good knowing I am giving my body something healthful! The bonus is that it tasted great! I have been adding leafy greens to my diet at least once a day. The other day I topped a bed of chard with a poached egg. I have noticed an increase in my energy level after a meal with greens.
Give it a try……experiment…..add ingredients that you enjoy…..fruit, nuts, seasonings…..let me know what you think!