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Swiss chard, moms, and home cooked meals

22 Apr

There is nothing like having your mom come to visit! All week I have had an abundance of delicious healthy home cooked meals and a meticulously clean house.

Yesterday while I was working I asked her to get me a few things at the health food store. She stumbled on a food demo where the woman was preparing swiss chard to promote a new sauce. My mom had never seen swiss chard before and being the foodie that she is, was intrigued and bought a few bunches.

She did not know this, but the earthy-tasting Swiss chard is a powerhouse of nutrition, and with its rainbow assortment of stem colors, it’s as pleasing to look at on your plate as it is to your palate. This leafy green has many health benefits. Swiss chard is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber.

Still more health benefits of Swiss chard:

One cup of chopped Swiss chard has just 35 calories and provides more than 300% of the daily value for vitamin K.

Needless to say I came home to an incredible meal that was mouth- watering and super healthy and so I wanted to share her creation with you.

What you will need

3 bunches of scallions

2 cans of drained organic lentils (adds protein+fiber)

One organic lemon (limonene-zest in my favorite potent cancer prevention)

Garlic 4 cloves

2 bunches of collards

1 jalapeno or more to taste

Coat pan with extra virgin organic olive oil. Chop the scallions, garlic add to pan and lightly cook. Take your organic lemon and then add its zest and juice. Once the garlic and scallions are almost browned add the finely chopped chard, sauté for maybe 1-2 minutes then add your cans (BPA free of course) of drained and washed organic lentils.  Then add salt, pepper and jalapeno to taste, and voila! An Amazing meal.

Have a fabulous delicious day!

*One caveat for those who have a history of kidney stones is that this veggie contains oxalates, which decrease the body’s absorption of calcium and may increase your risk for producing calcium rich kidney stones

 

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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