A few weeks ago I came home from catering for the Body Mind Life retreat with 4 bunches of silverbeet we didn’t use and all I craved to eat that week was with silverbeet so I was a very happy camper. I am sharing two of the recipes I made that week with you now.
Silverbeet is also known as chard and you can get Rainbow Chard too. As a child it was the only form of leafy greens that I ate as it was the only type that grew up in the Northern Territory. We called it spinach and thrived on it. It was a big treat when mum came home with a bunch of silverbeet. We ate the white stalks and all!
Silverbeet contains a rich source of magnesium, calcium, vitamin k, iron, potassium, vitamin A and folic acid, zinc, copper, vitamin E and C as well as dietary fibre. So it is an all round goodie to eat. No wonder my body craves it so often.
To take things further and look at a different perspective Anthony Williams who has written Life Changing Foods suggests cruciferous veggies like Silverbeet/ Swiss chard is great for when the mind feels confused. So I think I will eat it even more often knowing this.
Hope you enjoy these silverbeet recipes. If you are on a low fod map diet I have a variation for you at the end of each recipe.
Silverbeet and Tofu Paneer Curry (Palak Tofu)
2 bunches silverbeet roughly chopped (stalks removed)
1 onion chopped roughly
3 tomatoes roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves chopped roughly
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
chilli if you like
2 tsp garam masala
1 cup cashews or sunflower seeds (optional and soaked for 6 hours))
1 block of tofu cut into cubes
up to ½ cup nutritional yeast
avocado oil or unrefined sunflower oil for frying
Place the silverbeet, onions, tomatoes, garlic, turmeric, cumin, salt, chilli if using and coriander in a saucepan with 1 to 2 cups of water. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer until everything is cooked through.
Use a hand held blender to blend everything until it is sort of smooth. You don’t need to have it completely smooth. Add the garam masala and cook for a further 10 minutes. Add more water and salt if you find it too thick.
If using the cashews or sunflower seeds place them in a blender with 1 cup of water and blitz until smooth. Add these to the pan with the silverbeet.
For the tofu paneer heat up a small amount of oil and fry the tofu until it browns. Then add the nutritional yeast to the pan and mix into the tofu and fry for a further few minutes.
Serve the palak (silverbeet curry) into bowl and add the tofu on top of each bowl.
* for a low FOD map version use garlic infused olive oil instead of garlic and the green parts of spring onions instead of the onion. You can omit the chilli if it aggravates you. Use the sunflower seeds and not the cashew.
Silverbeet with Tahini and Chickpeas
1 bunch silverbeet washed well and shredded finely – you can use the stalks too
200g cooked chickpeas
1 onion diced
splash of avocado oil
2 tbsp pine nuts
¼ cup tahini
¼ to ½ cup water
lemon to taste
salt to taste
Make the tahini dressing by mixing the tahini, water, some salt and lemon juice to your required taste in a bowl. When it is well combined and resembles a dressing rather than a paste it is ready.
Place the pine nuts in a frying pan and brown. This will only take a couple of minutes. Shake them from time to time and don’t leave them as they tend to burn easily.
Heat up the oil in a frying pan and cook the onion until quite soft.
Add the silverbeet and cook until it is soft. Add the chickpeas to warm them up and mix through the tahini dressing.
Serve with the toasted pine nuts.
* For a low FOD map meal omit the onion (its lovely without) and you can add garlic infused oil if you wish. Omit the chickpeas and double up the pine nuts.
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Have a great week everyone and enjoy cooking in this lovely autumnal weather.