Chard And Chickpeas Recipe


Chard And Chickpeas Recipe

Swiss chard with chickpeas

Regular readers may be well aware of my love affair with the mighty coconut. I use coconut oil in baking and sauteeing, coconut milk in desserts and in main dishes, I put coconut water in my smoothies, and I've even been known to make cream cheese and sour cream with just a can of coconut cream. It's no surprise then, when HarperCollins Canada asked if I'd like to review a cookbook called Coconut 24/7, I jumped at the chance.

This book was written by Pat Crocker, who also wrote The Juicing Bible, The Smoothies Bible, and The Vegan Cook's Bible. She is also a culinary herbalist who includes health tips along with her recipes. Coconut 24/7 is a very enjoyable cookbook with many delicious recipe ideas, as well as some DIY beauty treatments. I can't wait to make my own body scrub and face masques!

Some of the delectable recipes that I want to try are the Green Shiitake Stir-Fry, the Vegetable Rice Stacks, and the Hawaiian Antioxidant Punch. My husband really wants me to make the Coconut Curry Chicken for himit looks really easy and flavourful. So many coconut recipes, so little time!

I was allowed to excerpt a recipe for you, and I chose Chard and Chickpeas. I have always wanted to find a good recipe for Swiss chard, and this one is a definite winnerfilling enough for a main course, but also nice as a side. It's very flavourful and so wonderfully packed with energy. It was also incredibly easy and fast to throw together.


1 1/2 pounds Swiss chard
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped pistachio nuts
1 can (19 ounce) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  In a pot of salted boiling water, blanch Swiss chard for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Pat dry, coarsely chop, and set aside.
  In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Saute onion for 5 minutes. Add garlic and nuts and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  Turn heat off and add cooked Swiss chard, chickpeas, and lemon juice. Toss well to combine.
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Help! My Child Wants To Be A Vegetarian!


Help! My Child Wants To Be A Vegetarian!

Here's the situationyou are just about to slide a perfectly prepped roast beef into the oven when your child announces, "I don't want to eat meat anymore." You wonder how in the world you are going to make dinner in such a way that a) everyone is happy, b) everyone is receiving sufficient nutrition, and c) you are not going to turn into a short order cook.

It is possible to smoothly incorporate vegetarian options into a meat-eating household. I've been a vegetarian for many years, and I've been following a mainly vegan diet for the past two years. Neither my husband nor my children share my dietary philosophyin fact, there is nothing better that the three of them like than big, juicy steaks on their plates, preferably with a side of bacon. And yet, I cook only one dinner for everyone.

Here are my tips to ensure that meat-eaters and vegetarians eat together in perfect harmony:

  Open Your Mind. There are many countries in which meat does not figure significantly into day-to-day eating. Why not use this opportunity to explore new dishes and methods of cooking? Have your child help with the new meal preparationyou could both learn some new skills.

  Think “On The Side.” My favourite movie is When Harry Met Sally, and I identify with Sally Allbright. “On the side is a very big thing for you," says Harry, and it certainly applies to my life in the kitchen. I prepare all meat on the side, in separate pans, and then the meat-eaters can add it to their otherwise-vegetarian meals. Think sauteed chicken on the side of a stir fry or pasta dish, or spaghetti with meatballs on the side.

  Explore Protein Options. Dairy and eggs are excellent sources of protein, but don’t forget about beans, nuts, seeds, and legumes, which can be easily added to salads, pasta, stir fries, and other main dishes.

  Have a "Create Your Own Meal" Night. I do this a few times a week. Create your own mini pizza! Create your own tortilla wrap! I set out the ingredientssliced vegetables, meat, cheese, and beansand everyone assembles their own pizza or wrap. The bonus is that my own work in the kitchen is minimized!

  Include Vegetarian Options at Traditional Dinners. This is the tricky partplanning a meal, such as a turkey or roast beef dinner, in which the meat takes centre stage. In this case, I always prepare a few dishes that can be a complete vegetarian meal in and of themselves, but are also delicious sides for the meat-eaters.  

Above all, take this opportunity to discover and enjoy new food experiences, and who knows, maybe you'll be making your next Monday a meatless one!


High Five to High Fibre: Cranberry Blueberry Bran Muffins


High Five to High Fibre: Cranberry Blueberry Bran Muffins

It all started, many years ago, with an obsession with Tim Hortons' cranberry blueberry bran muffins. My soon-to-be husband and I were cross country skiing and we stopped in Canmore to refuel and get lunch; I looked at all the baskets of baked goods and chose a cranberry blueberry bran muffin, not knowing that one bite later I would be hopelessly hooked. I thought about that muffin for days, and after that I would go out of my way to obtain another. I would stop at nothing, it seemed, to get my muffin fix.

Vegan Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Fast forward a couple of years, and I found myself with two babies under 18 months. I could barely find my way to the mailbox — and I get door-to-door delivery — and so the likelihood of me packing the babies up to head out in the dead of winter just to get a muffin seemed frivolous somehow. Also impossibly daunting, given that my newborn was colicky and screamed whenever he was in a car seat. How, then, was I to manage with my muffin addiction?

In the face of adversity, one needs to be resilient. One needs to summon inner strength. In these trying times, one needs to grab the mixing bowls, preheat the oven, and make one's own muffins.

The Perfect Combo of Tart and Sweet: Sugared Cranberries

And so this recipe for cranberry blueberry bran muffins was born. It is easy to throw together — it can be in the oven inside fifteen minutes — and is tasty, healthy, and vegan. The muffins are best served warm, but also make a wonderful addition to school lunches. My nine year old son would like me to mention that these are his favourite muffins in the whole world, so apparently the addiction is hereditary.


2 tablespoons ground flax
6 tablespoons water
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
350 mL jar unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
4 cups bran flake cereal
2/3 cup frozen blueberries
1/3 cup frozen cranberries
  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  In a small bowl, whisk together ground flax and water; set in refrigerator.
  In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  In a large bowl, whisk together applesauce, sugar, oil, and flax/ water mixture. Add bran cereal and stir well.
  Add dry ingredients to the large bowl and stir until just combined. Gently fold in frozen berries.
  Divide batter among 18 greased or sprayed muffin cups. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the muffin tops are browned and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Yield: 18 muffins
Want more ideas for great recipes to start your day right? Try my Easy Tropical Green Smoothie or my Maple Coconut Granola. Need a little kick start after a crazy night on the town? Soothe your body with my Hangover Cure.
Adapted from Crazy Plates
Nutritional Information, per muffin (approximate): Calories 126, Total Carbohydrates 22 grams, Fibre 2.5 grams, Protein 2 grams, Fat 3 grams