Guadalajaran Swiss Chard Quesadillas

I’m trying to include chard into our regular diet, my husband loves it and I was afraid to cook with it. Fear no more, thanks to this quesadilla.

What a pleasant surprise. The filling seems really light compared to the regular chicken, cheese and vegetable quesadillas I make, but turned out to be very filling and flavourful. The recipe says this will make four quesadillas, I only made 2 and used all the filling. Here is the recipe…or click HERE for a printable version from Vegetarian Times. Enjoy!

2 T vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped (3/4 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 t)
1 jalapeño or serrano chile, minced
1/4 t cumin seeds
1/8 t Mexican oregano
1/4 C tequila (I used Aloe Vera Juice)
12 oz. Swiss chard, trimmed
8 6-inch corn tortillas
1 cup grated reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

1. Heat oil in pot over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté 5 minutes, or until golden. Stir in garlic, chile, cumin and oregano, and sauté 2 minutes. Add tequila, and simmer 1 minute, or until liquid has evaporated. Stir in chard. Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and steam 5 minutes, or until chard wilts. Uncover, and cook 3 minutes, or until liquid has evaporated.

2. Place 1 tortilla in skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Top with 1/4 chard mixture and second tortilla. Cook 2 minutes per side, or until browned. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Slice into wedges; serve.

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Jamie Oliver :: TED Talks

Sticking with a food theme for March, Jamie Oliver was awarded the 2010 TED Prize Winner, earlier this month. There’s so much about him that I like; his cookbooks are fabulously designed, I love my Jamie Oliver pots and pans, and watch him on the telly when I can. His passion for kids and food is inspiring. In the past few years he has really brought to light the problem with the food industry and school food programs and that’s what he address in his talk.

One of my favourite Jamie recipes is Tray baked chicken Maryland. It’s chicken breast stuffed with banana, wrapped in pancetta and baked in cream and corn. It may sound odd but it’s delicious.  CLICK HERE for the recipe. (I’m sorry, I didn’t take a picture after it was cooked.)

March is Nutrition month

Spring is nearing and I’m finding my cravings are changing with the weather. It’s going from stew and pastas to stir-fries and salads. In support of nutrition month and to get ourselves thinking healthy for the warmer seasons ahead, I’ve posted a few links to look at to get us on a new track. I hope it sparks something new for you, enjoy!

– With great tips, healthy recipes and all the information you need on good food. Dietitians of Canada

– A must see movie about the food we eat.  Food Inc.

I want to inspire you to get in the kitchen and cook meals for yourself and your family from scratch, whether you’re a complete beginner or a good cook who likes simplicity. A great ambassador of the home grown meals movement, Jamie Oliver. Visit his site to see what he’s up to and get your hands on delicious recipes.
Jamie Oliver

– When thinking of nutrition don’t forget what flowers, leaves and plants can do for our health. Alternative Remedies that Work

– And if you are up for the challenge… A Year Without Junk Food

Top five Healthiest Nuts

brain_food_nutsKeeping with a list theme, I’m going to post a list each day, this week. Today’s is nuts. I love nuts, and try to incorporate them into my diet daily. Click here to view the list.

Graphic from the GHC website.