Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rustic Mashed Potato with Swiss Chard.


This dish has taken a little turn from what i had imagined ...
Inspired from the new hip vegetable 'kale' which everyone seems to be consuming, as i cant seem to get my little hands around it at my local organic stall. :(
So, yesterday i decided it was time to give up and reach for some 'Swiss Chard'



I honestly could not remember the last time i used this beautiful veiny green vegetable and whats not to love ...
Swiss Chard ranks second to spinach in being the most nutritious veg around. 
Just one cup of chard contains over 300% of your daily requirements of Vitamin K which allows your blood to clot normally preventing from osteoporosis & cell damage. Chard is a unique source of Phytonutrients called Betalains.  Many of the betalain pigments in chard have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support
So, move over Kale & say hello to 'Swiss Chard' the new green superfood.
A beautiful vegetable makes a beautiful mind & body.
  
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- Please note i have used a vegan friendly recipe - feel free to use butter over almond milk -

INGREDIANTS

3 dutch potatoes (large)
2 carrots (medium)
1/2 bunch swiss chard
3 garlic cloves
1 shallot
3 stems fresh Rosemary  
1/2 cup almond milk 
2 tbls olive oil


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Preheat oven 220
Wash and roughly chop your potatoes & carrot, set aside.
In a medium sized saucepan heat 4 cups of water until boiling point., add the potatoes. 
Put your carrots into a colander and place on top of the saucepan with the lid on. Let your veges boil until soft but not mushy. In a large bowl, pour in your potato, carrot & crushed garlic. 
Using a potato masher, roughly crush into a chunky texture.
I like to add some almond milk to cream up the potato & add a nutty flavour.  
Chop up some rosemary and mix through. Scoop out ingrediants into an oven safe dish, & place in the middle of the oven. Cook until the top layer is golden & crispy. 
Meanwhile, wash the swiss chard and cut finely. 
Heat oil in a saucepan & fry off your shallots until crisp. 
Once the potato & carrots look crispy, place on a cooling rack. Scoop into a serving bowl, add your desired amount of raw swiss chard, mix through, sprinkle fried shallots & add a little more rosemary. 
Cooking time - 20mins

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Hearty, comfort food without the calories.

xOx