Rainbow Chard & Leek Saute with….

by Gavan on November 6, 2009

Chard & Leeks


I’m really diggin’ our CSA box delivery service. So far the produce has been great and in order to use it all we’ve had to use our noggins and think outside the box a bit, so to speak! Who said you can’t have looks and brains?

This week our box contained organic Fuji apples, spinach, leeks, rainbow chard, broccoli, Valencia oranges & mixed peppers. This week's CSA delivery I turned to old faithfuls for some of these—I used the oranges for Jerk sauce and the mixed peppers went into a pot o’ chili.

Each week when our box arrives there’s a newsletter inside from the farm talking about what’s in season and giving tips and such about the fruit n’ veg. They also give a recipe highlighting one of the veggies. I was intrigued by this particular chard recipe not only because I really like leafy greens but also because it used the entire bunch of chard, stems & all. Usually one would remove the stems and either put them in the stock pot as I do or into the compost heap. Either way they’re getting used but I’d much prefer to eat them. They have a lovely peppery flavour and they add brilliant colour to the sauteed chard. I can’t take any credit for this but it did turn out great and I combined it with a rice recipe (below) which uses up some of the apples. Usin’ my noggin!

CHARD & LEEK SAUTE

RECIPE
Serves 4

2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cup sliced leeks – white part only, washed & drained
2 minced garlic cloves
1/4 cup low sodium chicken or veg broth
1 bunch rainbow chard – stalks separated from leaves, washed
S&P to taste

DIRECTIONS:
Holding the stalk with one hand using your thumb and fore finger from your other hand tear the leaf from the stalk until they come apart. Repeat with all the leaves. Laying all the stalks together on your cutting board finely chop. Rinse the leaves and chopped stalks separately. Drain.

Rainbow Chard

Preheat large skillet on medium heat for 1 minute. Add 1 tbsp olive oil. Saute leeks for 3 minutes approx, stirring.
Add garlic and chard stems to leeks and saute for additional 3-4 minutes until softened. Add broth and chard leaves and saute for 4-5 minutes until tender and stock reduced.
Taste and season with S&P.

Rainbow Chard & Catfish

RICE WITH LEEKS & FUJI APPLE:

RECIPE:
Serves 6-8

2 cups uncooked Brown & Red Rice Mix (I like the Texmati Royal Blend)
2 cups Fuji apple – small dice
1 cup leek – white only – chopped
2 cloves garlic – minced
3 cups low-sodium chicken/veg  broth
2 cups water
1 tsp fresh thyme – chopped
1/3 cup walnuts -toasted & chopped
3/4 chopped walnuts – toasted
1 tsp olive oil
S&P to taste

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat large saute for 30 seconds on medium heat. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive and saute diced apples for 6-7 minutes until soft. Once softened, remove from pan and add another tbsp olive oil. Saute leeks for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add garlic and continue cooking for another 30 seconds. Add broth, water, thyme and rice.  Stir and cover with lid. Bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes approx or until rice is cooked through.

NOTE: If additional liquid is needed add 1/2 cup at a time.

Once cooked, drain any excess liquid and return rice to pan. Fold in apple and walnuts.
Taste and season with S&P.

SERVING SUGGESTION:
Cajun Catfish or Grilled Organic Chicken Breast
I was able to purchase pre-seasoned cajun catfish at Whole Foods and it was damn tasty! (Even herself enjoyed it.) Definitely a meal worth trying!

Chard Leeks

All recipes are made with the finest quality farmers’ market whole foods, natural and non-processed ingredients.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

JacquelineChurch November 8, 2009 at 10:11 am

Just discovered your blog through a Google alert – ! I am finishing my round up of sustainable seafood recipes (annual event on my blog) today…doyou have a recipe and photo you’d like to share? I will link to your blog of course. Take a look at my Teach a Man to Fish Round up from last year which you can find at JacquelineChurch

Jacqueline
AKA the Leather District Gourmet

Gavan Murphy aka the H.I. November 17, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Thanks Jackie, Please help yourself to a recipe. I love the ‘Teach a man……….’ idea. Lots of great recipes out there.

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