Sunday, March 11, 2012

Skinny and Clean-Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Fresh Tomatoes

My latest goal in life, as they change quite often is to eat cleaner. I am having a lot of fun with it, doing the HCG diet for now, but soon I will be transitioning into a Weight Watchers frame of mind, being very conscious in what and how much I am eating. The Clean Eating Diet is interesting to me, so I am gonna throw a little of that in to the mix as well. The goal is to lose a little weight and eat as healthy as possible. 

Recently, I blogged about Front Porch Pickings and this new service in our household has increased my goals to use all the organic awesomeness they sent me and not to waste anything. This week, I received strawberries as big as my head, cabbage, apples, tomatoes on the vine, and brussel sprouts as part of my basket-but what was interesting to me was the Swiss Chard. As an Italian, I am all about the Escarole, love Rappini, obsessed over kale and kale chips but have never tried Swiss Chard. 

I found a new recipe that I wanted to share. It was easy, quick and even though my boyfriend doesn't like beans...he gave it a thumbs up. I think I am stretching the HCG envelope sneaking in a little bit of northern beans but it was well worth it. Enjoy! 



Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Fresh Tomatoes  

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 shallot, chopped-I actually used a regular onion in place of shallot and green onions
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup garbanzo beans, drained
salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch red Swiss chard, rinsed and chopped
1 tomato, sliced
1/2 lemon, juiced

Directions

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Stir in shallot and green onions; cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes, or until soft and fragrant. Stir in garbanzo beans, and season with salt and pepper; heat through. Place chard in pan, and cook until wilted. Add tomato slices, squeeze lemon juice over greens, and heat through. Plate, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Nutritional Information  

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 122 | Total Fat: 7.3g | Cholesterol: 0mg


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