Friday, December 7, 2012

Roasted Chard with Feta

If you have been too wary to try chard, do I have the recipe for you!  This is my current obsession.  I LOVE this side dish!  It is not only easy, it is so delicious.  The leaves have a bit of a crunch on the edges (think kale chips), the onions are sweet, and the feta is rich and creamy.  The combination of flavors is great!  Roasting vegetables is such an easy way to incorporate them into your meals since there is so little hands-on time.  The oven does the work for you!  This dish will turn anyone into a fan of chard.  Try it and let me know what you think!


1 bunch Swiss chard, leaves and stems separated and chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
salt and pepper to taste
4-5 oz feta cheese, crumbled

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a jelly roll pan, combine the onions and chard stems (the leaves will be added later).  Drizzle 1 Tbsp of olive oil over them and toss to combine.  Spread out into an even layer.  Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast for about 15 minutes, or until the stems are soft and the onions start to brown around the edges.  
  4. Toss the chard leaves in the remaining olive oil until evenly coated.  Layer the leaves over the stems and onions.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle the feta over the leaves.  Roast an additional 20 minutes until the edges of the leaves begin to crisp.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy!

Adapted from Xandismom

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hearty Vegetarian Chili

Chili is my absolute favorite winter meal.  Comfort in a bowl.  I LOVE IT!  This particular chili has been a house favorite for years.  It is filled with black and pinto beans, tomatoes, onions, and faux ground beef (it would be AMAZING with real beef too!).  I cook my own beans ahead of time to cut out the need for canned beans (loaded with extra salt).  Serve it with some cornbread and honey butter for the perfect meal.  This recipe is so easy and so delicious you will wonder how you ever survived a winter without it!


2 Tbsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
12 oz veggie ground beef (or about 1 pound ground beef)
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp oregano
15 oz black beans and their juices
15 oz pinto beans and their juices
28 oz diced tomatoes and their juices
1 tsp salt
pepper and crushed red pepper to taste
freshly grated cheddar cheese, sour cream, and green onions to garnish


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add onion and cook for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional 1 minute.  Add veggie ground beef and and break it up with a spoon.  
  2. Add cumin, chili powder, and oregano.  Stir frequently until veggie crumbles are broken up and heated through.  
  3. Add black beans, pinto bean, and tomatoes, with their liquids, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer stirring occasionally for about 45 minutes.
  4. Add salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.  Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.  Serve hot with the toppings of your choice!

Adapted from Food to Live By

Monday, December 3, 2012

Weekly Menu

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I really hit pay dirt at the farm this week!  There were so many delicious choices, I could barely control myself.  We are really into winter now (well, as winter as it gets in southern California), so I am really into making my comfort foods.  Warm, hearty, eat-by-the-fire-under-a-blanket sort of foods.  Luckily, the veggies available this week are perfect!  I selected some chard, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, romaine, kale, and tomatoes.  I also have some cabbage left over from last week.  With that, I will be cooking the following:

  • Spinach, Mushroom, and Feta Quiche and Roasted Chard with Feta
    • using the spinach and chard

  • I will be having Kaleslaw for lunches
    • using the kale