What I had for dinner tonight….

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!

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