Thursday, February 25, 2010

Supercharge Me Smoothie & GF Swiss Chard Pasta

I know some people like coffee to get them going in the morning.  Don't get me wrong, I have a cup or two in the morning myself but just  because I like the taste.  But you know what really gets me going is a Super charged up green smoothie.
Okay so it doesn't look so green but purple.  This smoothie contains, fresh spinach, mixed berries, mango, banana, flax, powdered greens, rice milk and organic cranberry.  You really can't taste the spinach or greens due to the fruit.  Every morning before Dave goes to work I make him a smoothie as well and I've been adding some greens or powdered greens and he hasn't said anything.  So unless he reads this he doesn't know!  So we'll just be quiet about this.

  You know that cute crate from a previous post that said Muir Glen on it, that my girlfriend gave me.  Well I opened it up and look at what I found!  There are 4 cans, one was a diced tomato, one is a newer item with adobe sauce(would be great in a chilli) and two cans were of two different types of RESERVE tomatoes.  Look how pretty the can is is and the photo.  It's like a bottle of expensive wine!  It came with a booklet describing the two varieties, Brigade and Yolo tomatoes.  Muir Glen reserved some land to grow a small crop of these two different varieties of tomatoes and it went so well they are going to use more land for 2010. 
I actually opened up the Brigade can of tomatoes, it was a hard decision cuz like I said the can is too beautiful.  On the other hand I couldn't wait to taste these tomatoes and see if they were truly as good as was described.  You know these tomatoes tasted wonderful!  You know how some tomatoes from a can are kind of acidic?  Non of that, these were kind of sweet but light at the same time.  Delish!   So anyways last night I used them in a sauce poured over GF pasta. 

Swiss Chard Sauce

1 medium onion, finely diced
4 garlic cloves, minced(or more if you like)
4 sage leaves, chopped
1 14.5 oz can tomatoes, tomatoes only(save the juice)
1 bunch swiss chard leaves, chopped
1/2 -3/4 C. White wine
olive oil
salt to taste
chopped walnuts for topping(optional)

Boil pot of water for pasta and cook according to directions.

 Meanwhile heat up a saucepan and add about 3 Tbs. olive oil and add onion, garlic,sage and dash of salt (the salt sweats the onion and you can use less oil this way).  Saute until onions are soft.  Next add in 1/2 c. white wine and let it reduce down.  Next add in tomatoes and cook through then add the rest of the white wine.  Next add in swiss chard and let it cook through.  Take of heat and I added more olive oil but you don't have to.  I topped off ours with chopped walnuts.



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  2. ah ha ha! i love that you sneak in those good for you green awesomenesses into his smoothies. (i sneak mustard, dan's most unfavorite thing ever, into a lot of things i cook because i look forward to telling dan he regularly eats mustard and enjoys it. ah ha ha!) a green smoothie = one rock'n way to start the day. dan loves coffee, and i do, but only in almond milk latte form - it's a good thing we don't have one of those fancy latte makers or i'd have one every day. but i need to get back to a green smoothie in the mornings. they're so yummy and oh-so good for you!

    the tomato cans look beautiful! wow! so awesome on more than one type in the box. oooh, yay! very cool on the tomatoes not having that acidic taste that the canned ones often have - gotta love that! your swiss chard pasta sounds so delicious, JoLynn (and it looks downright yummers!). more greens = the best! i love the addition of walnuts as well. happy almost-friday!

  3. i hate when canned tomatoes have that acidic taste, so these "reserve" ones sound great! yummy creations :) i've never had a green smoothie!

  4. Pasta looks delish! I love smoothies in the morning too... great way to "hide" greens :)

  5. I love that you sneak in the greens Jo! I'll bring you some swiss chard from the garden when it's ready. I think the sauce sounds awesome. I want to make some for dinner. The tomatoes are delish... I have two more crates of them... if your really nice maybe I'll share. I used the adobe tomatoes in tortilla soup. :)
    Hope you have a great weekend.