Sautéed Swiss Chard with Garlic and Lemon

Swiss Chard with Garlic and Lemon

Swiss chard. What a great green vegetable. It can hold its own when tossed amongst pastas or chickpeas and bring out the flavor in a well prepared chicken or steak dish. Perhaps its best quality, in my humble opinion, is that it is an easy green vegetable to wash. Let’s face it–the reason I don’t make a green veggie every single time I cook is that I absolutely hate washing bits of dirt out of the myriad of places it has hidden itself amongst greens. Lettuces, leeks, and spinach are bad, but cilantro… Man, don’t even get me started on cilantro.

I made this lovely swiss chard dish last night as I felt our nutrient-less dinner of mac & cheese needed some serious boost of vitamins. It was well worth the washing time.

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Kimchi Fried Rice with Chicken

kimchee fried rice with chicken

When I was pregnant, I ate pounds upon pounds of kimchi. This dish was my way of being able to shovel even more of it down my throat.

Now it’s a great go-to dish when I’m craving something spicy that’s super easy to make (20 minutes tops). What’s even better is that this recipe makes a good 4 bowls of food; enough to get my husband and I through two meals.

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Creamless Cream of Zucchini Soup

CreamlessZucchiniSoup

I’ve been on a soup kick lately because it is super easy to make and gives me a giant dose of veggies. Plus, soup has been known to keep one satiated longer which is great because I’m finding that I have to choose between eating, sleeping, or catching up on some mundane house chore. Usually, catching up on the house chores wins out (quickly followed by a small creative project) and when I finally head to bed (around 2ish) I find I’m starving.

Giant bonus, Faye completely digs this soup. I let her try a bit from her own spoon and she went nuts for it.

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Booby Boosting Dark Chocolate and Cherry Oatmeal

Oatmeal with Dark Chocolate Chips, Cherries, Flax Seeds, and Pumpkin Seeds.

Dessert for Breakfast: Oatmeal with Dark Chocolate Chips, Cherries, Flax Seeds, and Pumpkin Seeds.

Let me put this out there early on in this blog: I hate breakfast. I dislike most “breakfasty” type foods. If I can wait until lunchtime to eat, I do. If it’s anywhere close to noon, I will hem and haw until a feasible lunch time rolls around.

There are those times when it’s 8 or 9 am, I’m starving, and there is nothing in the house for me to eat, so I must look to a breakfast food. A breakfast food that is quick and easy to assemble as well as easy for me to get down without gagging.

Last week, after one such day, I stumbled upon this beauty. Not only is this oatmeal quick and easy, but it is absolutely delicious!!!! I find myself looking forward to breakfast when I awake.

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Pineapple, Mango & Jicama Salsa

PineappleMangoJicamaSalsa

Originally purchased in a minuscule container at Whole Foods for a whopping $7, I decided to make this myself the next time I served Jamaican Jerk Chicken Tacos. It literally took me 5 minutes to put together, and for the same amount of money, I made six times the amount of salsa which was happily scarfed down by my in-laws.

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