Everyday Swiss Chard a la Easy
One of the secrets to making everyday healthy Easy
, is to be able to look at one ingredient and have several ideas come to mind for how to use. Right now, as part of my exploration to incorporate Spring liver loving foods into my everyday, I am experimenting with Swiss Chard. I have included Chard on my Produce Shopping List for Everyday Spring Westcoast Cuisine
Psst...I like to re-use the same shopping lists to make everyday healthy more convenient
Swiss Chard Adventure #1 ~ Everyday Smoothies
Last week I used Swiss Chard to make a suprisingly delicious apple ginger green smoothie
, with everyday pantry ingredients I usually have on hand. Having at least one delicious idea for Swiss Chard come to mind, makes buying this green veggie somewhat less daunting. Yet, to get really comfortable with this new ingredient, I am inspired to discover more everyday delicious uses.
Swiss Chard Adventure #2 ~ Everyday Salads
When I asked for your suggestions on Facebook, someone mentioned that Swiss Chard tastes good in salads if the leaves are finely chopped. So I put the tip to the test in a Spring version of my Everyday Salad.
The Ingredients for an Affordable Everyday Salad
I always see people making big salads with the most expensive organic produce like chopped tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers ~ I think because they do not know what else to use. Yet these ingredients will make your grocery bills add up. To save $$, make your Everyday Salads using affordable...
...carrots and beets! Not only are these colourful roots less expensive than their salad counterparts, they store a long time in the fridge. So if you do not get to using your veggies right away they will still be alive 1 or sometimes 2 weeks later :-)
Shredded Taste Better
In my books, grated carrots and beets, are the tastiest way to use these veg. I do not have time to grate them everyday so I shred a big batch using my food processor :-)
I shred enough to last 2 - 3 days by storing in an air tight glass container :-)
Let's Not Forget Our Favourite Everyday Affordable Superfood :-)
Remember these? The save-you-$$ everyday superfood.....dehydrated sunflower sprouts! In case you missed my previous blog post about their health benefits and how to make them, check out Superfoods Everyday a la Affordable and Easy
Making Bitter Delicious....
Not only am I being brave by adding Swiss Chard to my salad, I am also going to add bitter dandelion greens ~ one of the ultimate liver lovin' superfoods. Click here
to read about the benefits of including lots of bitter greens into your Spring-time cuisine. BTW - I have not tried this myself, but you can eat the leaves from the dandelion "weeds" that grow in your garden (just make sure no dogs have been nearby ;-) Now, you can't get much more affordable and local than that.
One of the secrets to making Everyday food delicious, is the addition of fresh herbs. One of my favourite choices is basil. Some people avoid buying fresh herbs because they use them once then go to waste. However...if you plan your weekly grocery list with flavours that compliment one another, fresh herbs can easily be used throughout the week. This is part of the learning the Art of Everyday Health. Yes it takes a bit of practice, but it is possible. My Produce Shopping List for Everyday Spring Westcoast Cuisine
, has been, in part designed so that the flavours of the vegetables and herbs compliment one another. If you follow the link, it is available to download for free :-)
Swiss Chard LOVES...Mint and Basil
In the end, I created a delicious Everyday Salad with a base of green lettuce, a few dandelion greens (not too many, otherwise they will overpower the taste of the salad), finely chopped Swiss Chard, fresh basil &Y fresh mint roughly chopped ~ all tossed together for healthy delicious. I topped my creation with affordable shredded carrots, beets, and superfood sunflower seed sprouts. The large pieces of fresh basil and mint LOVED the carrots, beets, and made the bitter dandelion and the swiss chard delicious-ee-o-sous.
Spring Greens LOVE....Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette
I paired the salad with a Lemon Thyme dressing. Thyme is one of the most versatile herbs. That is why I have included it as one of the five herb "must-haves" on my Everyday Pantry Shopping List.
Did I mention that thyme especially LOVES lemon ~ a fruit that is one of the more potent liver detoxifiers.
I was sure to make a large amount of dressing so that I could use it all week long to help me make everyday healthy quick
. The best par of making your own dressing (besides the fact that it is WAY healthier than the store bought stuff), is that as the week progresses, the flavours blend together, and the vinaigrette becomes more delicious.
So voila! Another example where healthy meets practical, meets affordable, meets delish! Enjoy.
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