Frozen vegetables save me time during the hurried times of the year. I used to add raw spinach or chard to soups and stews until I realized its takes almost 2 pounds of raw greens to equal 6 cups of frozen greens. One of my new favorites is Earthbound Farms Organic Swiss chard (they even have frozen kale and collard greens!). It’s convenient for soups, stews or a quick stir fry.
Lentils, like all legumes, need to soak overnight to reduce the phytic acid. I soaked these lentils for 24 hours and then combined them with homemade chicken stock, aromatics, sausage and chard. It makes quite a bit, so why not prepare it when family and friends are in town? Add a side of grain-free “white” dinner rolls for the perfect accompaniment.
Also, let’s celebrate the holidays by giving away my favorite crock pot! The Kitchen Aid 6 quart crock pot is a constant on my counter during the winter months. The ceramic bowl can be removed for easy cleaning. Please see the widget below to enter. Good luck!