Rainbow Chard + Toasted Walnut Pasta

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I recently entered some of my work in a local food photography contest.  In fact, the submission deadline was yesterday!  I wanted to enter some photos that I could take outside with our beautiful green grass and trees in the background.  When I was shopping around the grocery store for some inspiration, I saw a bunch of rainbow chard that was so beautiful it made me weak and I said to it, “You BELONG on camera”.

This recipe is pretty simple and easy to make, but it looks and tastes pretty damn sophisticated! Sauteed chard with ginger + garlic, toasted walnuts, some fresh grated parmesan cheese.  Boom.  Just add a (big) glass of wine and you’re good to go.

2011-07-29 11.31.40 You might be asking… what is Rainbow Chard?  WELL chard is this amazing, green, leafy vegetable that technically belongs to the beet family but you can use it pretty much anywhere that you would use spinach or kale or other leafy things.  It is SO nutritious – great source of Vitamin A, C and K and other vitamins that are important for optimal cellular metabolic functions.  It’s also rich in minerals like iron (important for cellular oxidation and red blood cell formation In other words, eat up.  And add some nuts. 2011-07-29 11.42.54 Another thing I like about pasta dishes like this is that you can serve them warm, cold or room temperature.

What will you need?  (makes 2 big servings)

1 bunch rainbow or swiss chard 1/2 cup toasted walnuts 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/4 cup water 2 tbsp sesame or olive oil 2 tbsp soy sauce 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced Salt, pepper 2 cups cooked, whole wheat pasta

How do you make it?

Wash and dry your bunch of chard and coarsely chop it up. 2011-07-29 11.36.58 In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil and soy sauce and start sauteeing your garlic and ginger.  Stir quickly so it doesn’t burn!  Add 1/4 cup water, reduce to a low simmer, and throw in the greens. 2011-07-29 11.40.00 Sautee for about 5 minutes, until the greens are wilted and the sauce has thickened a bit.  When it looks like it does in the picture below remove from the heat and set on the side. 2011-07-29 11.58.58 Meanwhile, you should probs start cooking your pasta so that is ready soon.  Toast some walnuts while you’re at it! When everything is ready, pick a pretty bowl and fill it with about a cup of pasta. 2011-07-29 12.51.28 Add your sauteed greens, toasted walnuts and grated parmesan cheese on top… maybe a little salt and pepper, too. 2011-07-29 12.52.30 2011-07-29 12.54.45 Eat this outdoors, preferably with a nice, frosty glass of wine. 2011-07-29 13.05.09 Wish me luck in the photo competition!!!!!!!!!!!!! 308342_10200221788008862_1977866080_n

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