I love buying local produce! On a recent trip to a market, I picked up a whole bunch of vegetables, including some wonderful Swiss Chard. Over the past year or so, I have really increased my use of/eating of greens – Chard, Kale, Spinach, all of that good stuff. I really enjoy them now, plus they are so good for you!
I remember when I was a kid and we would have Sunday Dinner, affectionately know as ‘cooked dinner’ in Newfoundland. Like you would have it any other way, right? The pressure cooker would be used to cook salt beef and then veg would be cooked on the side in the salt beef broth – potatoes, turnip, carrot, parsnip & greens. The broth would infuse the veg with delicious salty goodness. Oh, what flavours! Everything would be piled up on the plate, maybe with some gravy or some mustard pickles and beets. One thing, though, I would not eat. You guessed it – greens! I would secretly try to stick them under my plate. Oh, man, I could not stand them. I would suffer to get those down. No problem now!
These days, I love cooking greens in all different recipes, including my Lentil & Kale Soup; I try to have them in the house at all times and use them whenever I can. Typically, they are used in a healthy main dish, but sometimes I want something a little more on the snack side, so I made this delicious Chard, Sun-dried Tomato & Artichoke Dip. It’s hearty, super easy to make and packs quite a punch in the flavour department. If you like, you can easily substitute with another green, such as kale.
Chard, Sun-dried Tomato & Artichoke Dip
- 1 onion minced
- 2 red thai chili peppers minced (optional)
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 bunch Swiss Chard
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg -or dried (reserve half of this for garnish)
- 1/2 block cream cheese
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp hot sauce -your favourite
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes -roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup marinated artichokes -roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup feta cheese -crumbled
- 1 tsbp parmesan cheese