Friday, June 6, 2008

Benefits of Fresh Veggies

Week 3 Peaceful Belly Produce Pick-Up

Ever used Chard in your kitchen before? Here’s a simple yet delicious way to use up some of the Chard from this week’s pick up at Peaceful Belly. Creamy Swiss Chard recipe:

While chard is a great source of Thiamin (also known as B1) plays a major role in converting carbohydrates and fat into energy. Chard is also a great source of Folate, Zinc, Vitamin’s A, C, E, K and B6. When eating Chard, you also receive the benefit of Calcium, Iron, and Dietary Fiber to name a few of the good – the only drawback that I could find was the high Sodium content found in Chard.

Green Onion:
(I don’t particularly care for the onion – of any sort, so you’re on your own with this one…)

Like Chard, Spinach is very high in Sodium and contains Zinc, Vitamin’s A, C, B6, E, K and Thiamin. Spinach is low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol…

Recipe: Spinach Egg & Mushroom Scramble (made it up as I went along)


  • Eggs – 3, scrambled
  • Milk – splash (for eggs)
  • A handful of spinach leaves.
  • Mushrooms – 3 button mushrooms, sliced
  • Garlic – 2 or 3 small cloves, crushed.
  • Oil or butter for sauté
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Scramble eggs and milk and set aside.

  1. In a non-stick skillet, warm oil or butter and once warm, add garlic – lightly brown
  2. Slightly increase temperature and add mushrooms
  3. Add the spinach leaves and continue to sauté
  4. Once the mushrooms and spinach leaves appear to be cooked through – add the eggs
  5. Allow the eggs to cook in layers – turning only after the bottom layer has cooked (this creates a fluffier scramble)
  6. Continue until the eggs are completely cooked
  7. Serve at once with fresh fruit, toast and juice.

With its distinctive peppery flavor, Arugula is also known as “rocket, roquett, rugula, and rucola.” Try Arugula with other leafy greens as a tossed salad – or add some Arugula, pine nuts, olive oil and Parmesan cheese to create a wonderful version of pesto sauce for pasta tonight.

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