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Rainbow Chard aka Bright Lights in a new summer recipe!

on June 20, 2012

Good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, Fiber and Calcium, yumm!

Sometimes I just make stuff up in the kitchen and it usually turns out pretty good but I really liked this dish so I’m sharing! It cost me less than $3/serving.

Chard is a great vegetable to pair with brown rice, whole wheat pasta or to make a salad. It’s very healthy and it changes things up. Notice the pretty colored stalks in the picture 🙂






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Wheat Pasta with “SAWWWWCE” 

(this is what Rio is calling it, call it whatever you like… for normalcy!)

Serves: 8

Prep Time: 10 min

Total Cook Time: 45min to an hour


  • 1 box of whole wheat pasta, try Ezekiel sprouted grain pasta
  • 1 bunch of rainbow chard, cleaned well and sliced into ribbons
  • 1 lb. of chicken breast, fat trimmed and cut into 1-in cubes
  • 2/3 Cup of dried lima beans
  • 1 Tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1/2 Cup of low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cans of Diced Tomatoes
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced or smashed
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese


About 4-6 hours in advance, place lima beans in 6 cups of cold water and leave to soak. If this is too tedious, most stores have cans of lima beans that you don’t have to prepare. Bring a large pot of water to boiling for the noodles, but don’t cook yet. In a large skillet, on medium heat, add chicken broth, coconut oil, lima beans, both cans of tomatoes, and the garlic. Simmer over lower heat and cook for 30-40 min, checking doneness of the lima beans towards the end of the cooking time. Add the chicken cubes into the tomato mixture and cook for 8 minutes. While the chicken is cooking cook the pasta per the directions on the box. When the chicken is cooked through add the entire bunch of chard, that has been sliced into ribbons, to the tomato mixture and steam. Plate the pasta. Incorporate all the ingredients in the tomato sauce and arrange on top of the pasta. Freshly grate 1 Tbsp of parmesan on top of each serving. Mangia!

Nutrition Facts

Fat 5g

Sat. Fat 3g

Cholesterol 5mg

Sodium 631mg

Carbs 41g

Fiber 9g

Sugar 5g

Protein 31g


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