Alright! I'm ready to start rolling out the large number of recipes I prepared last weekend when I was in extreme clean out the fridge mode!
Many of these recipes are smaller plate/side dish-ish sort of items. However, when you throw them all together in a bowl (which is what I did!) they become a savory flavor explosion! Just add some protein and you have yourself a good meal. That being said, they make for good side dishes too.
Eating healthy really doesn't have to be complicated or hard, and every single thing you eat doesn't have to be made from a refined, composed recipe. Sometimes its easier (and more fun!) when you make little things that you can mix and match throughout the week.
Today I'm going to start with my Coconut Swiss Chard. This was inspired by the Coconut Sauteed Spinach from Teasim, a super cool restaurant I have encountered here in D.C. If you couldn't tell by the name, they also make a mean cup of tea! They are super plant-based-friendly, avoid GM ingredients, although the safety of GM foods is still debated, and include whole grains on their menu which is sometimes hard to come by! Their food is kind of Asian-fusion-y and I have enjoyed trying new things!
Their Coconut Sauteed Spinach is sooo good but it is also drowning in coconut oil. It makes for a nice, rich dish, but not something that would be good to have every day. Enter: Coconut Sauteed Swiss Chard (although you could equally use spinach here or another green instead)!
Without further ado, here's the recipe!
Coconut Sauteed Swiss Chard
Serves 2 (easily multiplied)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
1 tsp. coconut oil
1.5 c. Swiss Chard, cut into ribbons (you can include the stems or not; I did)
1 tbsp. coconut flakes
salt and pepper to taste
- Add the coconut oil to a pan heating on the stove. When the coconut oil has melted, spread it evenly around the bottom.
- Add the Swiss chard, coconut flakes, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until the greens are wilted and the pan is fragrant.
- Serve on its own as a side dish, or add to a bowl or salad with other veggies!
Check back for my next small plate/side item to build the perfect main meal bowl!