We have a wonderful outside market here called Tony’s. Unfortunately in the summer when most of the Americans and Canadians go north Tony’s suffers. It is also unfortunate that he doesn’t have all the wonderful
fresh produce that he does in the fall, winter and spring. So, I needed some fresh whole foods and headed for Tony’s as I usually do, and much to my dismay Tony had very little in the way of produce with which to fill up my refrigerator.
So, I headed for a new local market by the name of Santa Fe Market (actually Mercado.) It was Monday and it must be the day that shelves and veggies are restocked! All kinds of wonderful very fresh goodies like fresh chard, bean sprouts, tomatoes, squash etc. were displayed.
Chard is such a wonderful vegetable with it’s dark green color. I was delighted to find some. It’s not something that one can find here often. Chard has an abundance of phytonutrients and helps promote health and prevent
disease. Chard is rich in Vitamin C, K, A, and B Complex along with minerals such as iron, manganese, copper, sodium potassium and phosphorus. These minerals and vitamins help prevent osteoporosis, iron deficiency anemia and Vitamin A deficiency. Chard protects the body from cardiovascular disease, colon cancer and prostate cancer.
Here’s a very quick and easy recipe:
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 or 3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 large bunch chard
1 large tomato, chopped
1 tablespoon capers
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 container cubed tofu (or firm tofu that you cube yourself.)
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more if you like more hot spice.)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon no-salt organic seasoning (Kirkland from Costco is great.)
In a large frying pan saute the onion and garlic in 3 tablespoons of water until onion is translucent. Add the chard and cook until chard is wilted. Add the tomato, capers and almonds. Cook another 5 minutes and add the lemon juice.
Add the cubed tofu, the red pepper flakes, pepper and no-salt seasoning. Cook another 5 or 6 minutes until everything is heated nicely.