Chard Crossed Lovers

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 22, 2010

We meet again Swiss Chard, we meet again.


You know, being a lover of all things green, it really pains me that Swiss Chard and I didn’t really hit it off.

Sure, I consider myself a happy person most of the time, but this defeat lingers in my mind. It haunts me in my sleep.


Perhaps, the Swiss Chard’s arrival in this week’s CSA is a sign. Perhaps, the battle has been fought, but the war is not over.


Eric took one look at the Chard last night and he said, ‘Well, I guess your lips WILL be touching chard again.’ and he broke into a laughter so evil, I get chills just thinking about it. I took a piece of chard and hit him with it.


For those of you who don’t know me very well, I am a Taurus and I am as stubborn as we are described. I do not accept defeat and I am starting to think that Swiss Chard is a Taurus as well. We are butt heads.

I knew that I couldn’t let Swiss Chard out of my life just yet. It’s bright green, crinkly, and radiant  leaves call out to me for some unfinished business.

So, I did what any girl looking for a Swiss Chard recipe would do and I headed over to Choosing Raw. If you have not visited this website, you really should. Gena is not only a dear friend of mine, but she is a fabulous writer, super helpful, and she whips up some amazing recipes, including Banana Soft Serve. I rest my case.


Raw & Vegan Tuna Salad

Adapted from Gena’s Raw, Vegan Tuna Salad.


  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked 2 hours
  • 2 pickles, chopped (I didn’t have any)
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, chopped (or celery)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tbsp maple syrup OR 1 tbsp pickle juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Herbamare sea salt
  • Freshly Ground Black pepper, to taste
  • Paprika, to garnish


Directions: Place all ingredients into food processor except paprika and cucumber. Pulse until just combined (you want to leave it a tiny bit chunky). Remove from processor and stir in chopped cucumber or celery. Sprinkle with Paprika and another small dusting of Herbamare. Serve in a wrap, on a salad, or with crackers. Serves 4-6.

My mother-in-law got me hooked on this Herbamare a couple years ago and it seriously changed my life.


I had to make some modifications to Gena’s recipe based on what ingredients I had, so it didn’t come out tasting like tuna overly so, but it was still really delicious! Addicting I might say.


I didn’t have pickles or pickle juice, but I tried my best to make a pickle juice by using apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and onion powder. It gave the salad a bit of a bite. I would still recommend using pickles + pickle juice if you can though. I also didn’t have miso.

This raw + vegan tuna salad would be excellent on crackers or on toast. I can’t wait to try it out with different things!


Tonight, I made it into a Swiss Chard wrap.

For help with the wrapping part, I used Gena’s instructions on folding a collard wrap. After washing and drying, I de-veined the stem. Or at least that’s what I told myself I was doing.

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Swiss Chard is a bit hard to wrap because the leaves crack very easily, but I managed even though it was a big mess (read: stubborn).


I made two wraps using about 1/4 cup of the tuna salad on each along with chopped veggies.



I actually was really surprised because the Swiss Chard didn’t taste that bad to me this time. It was actually really mild tasting. Perhaps, I like it better raw when the smell doesn’t over power me as much?


I have experimented on and off with raw food recipes over the past year and I have enjoyed most of them. I find that summer is a great time to experiment with raw food because you don’t have to turn on the stove and the meals are often refreshing and energizing. I tend to crave more uncooked meals in the summer, which is why you have seen lots of those on the blog lately.

Some of my favourite raw & no-bake recipes:


Tonight’s question- Have you ever experimented with raw food recipes or would you try some out? Did you come across any that you love in particular? Do share! We could all use a little less oven in this heat…or should I say a little less heat in our oven!

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I’m now trying to motivate myself to go on a run after discovering my Shuffle (mp3 player) is broken. It is a sad day. I’m hoping for a miracle.  See you tomorrow morning for a fun Friday surprise.

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Sarah L. July 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Mmmm, this looks delicious! I have always loved the idea of collard wraps but it’s great to hear it works with swiss chard as well. What else came in the CSA this week? I just bought a half share from Plan B so I get my first deliver next week… I’m so excited!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm

stay tuned tomorrow!


Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Bahaha, I’ve put chard in my smoothies before and actually loved it.

Raw food recipes are also something I like during the summer. :) I made a batch of raw macaroons recently but still need to tweak the recipe a bit–they were a little too sweet.


tanyasdaily July 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm

I haven ‘t tried chard yet…your meal looks so good!


Tina July 22, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I have never experimented with raw recipes but there are certain ones that I could certainly see myself trying. Speaking of which, swiss chard is something I need to try.


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Chard is often used instead of grape leaves when making stuffed grape leaves. You can even make it vegan.


Jessica @ How Sweet July 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm

I have made lettuce wraps with chard before (I know! A veggie hater like myself!) and I actually LOVED them! Very delish.


Julia July 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm

My shuffle just flaked out on me recently too — then came back on three days later. It flaked out again, and returned again in another couple of days. The problem? Moisture. I guess my sweat + my shuffle are not good for each other. A good trick is to store the shuffle in dry rice to suck up the moisture – maybe that’ll get it working again?


Mo July 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm

You might not love to eat it, but you are very good at photographing Swiss Chard. Beautiful!


[email protected] the Road to Recovery July 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I’m surprised to discover someone who doesn’t actually like chard! I love the strong flavor of it – to me, it has more “personality” than romaine or spinach. Great idea turning raw leaves into a wrap! If the chard in my garden ever decides to reach maturity, I might have to try that myself!


Ricki July 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Yes, Gena is amazing. :D

I LOVE eating raw foods as much as I can–I even have an entire “RAW” category in my blog recipe index! I thnk I have too many favorites to name, but raw sushi, raw berry sorbet, LaRaw Bars (my version of Lara Bars), raw beet salad. . . and so much more! The latest thing I made is a Crazy Simple Kale Salad–raw, of course. I’m just like you–I adore raw kale, collard and chard, but am less impressed when cooked (with chard, anyway–still like kale and collards). Your wraps look beautiful! :)


Whitney July 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm


I have to share my favorite swiss chard recipe with you! I make this quite frequently, it is sooo tasty! The recipe makes quite a lot so I usually pack it into individual servings and freeze half.


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010 at 11:06 am

YUM this looks so good, right up my alley


Callie July 22, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I’ve never tried Swiss Chard. Looks like something I should try.


Maya July 22, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I’m glad you and chard are getting along! Sometimes it isn’t love at first sight, but maybe you will have a more enduring love with chard. I love it, as well as any kind of green. You should try chard wraps with veggies inside and peanut dipping sauce. So good!


Jessica @ Rawtumn July 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm

The chard looks beautiful! The recipe looks delicious as well. I try to stay at least 75% raw every day but I don’t really venture much out of simple whole fruits, veggies, and green smoothies except for raw sweet treats. I’ve had a few main-dish failures in the past but I’ve been trying to find new exciting things to try out for sure! Just need to find ones that work for me, previous attempts used lots of different oils and vinegars and I’ve realized those aren’t really my thing.


Gail July 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I can’t stand the taste of any of the greens – too bitter. But, I did try the following recipe with swiss chard and it came out surprisingly good – not bitter at all

1/2 bunch of swiss chard, cut the stem out. If you want cut the stem into about 1 inch pieces. Slice the leaves
handful of pine nuts or cashews
handful of raisins
1 garlic clove minced
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Toast the pine nuts over medium heat. Remove from pan. Heat some olive oil in the skillet (it should be pretty hot by this point) and cook the garlic for about 30 seconds. Add the stem with a little bit of water (about 1/2 cup) (I add water, otherwise everything sticks to the bottom of my pan) and cover and cook for 2 minutes. Add the leaves of the chard, cover and cook for 2 minutes. Add the pine nuts and raisins, cover and cook for 2 minutes. Add the vinegar, cover and cook for 1-2 minutes. That’s it, it’s very simple, most of the bitterness cooks out and the raisins make it sweet. That’s the only way I can eat chard or kale.

If you don’t like the stems, just omit that step. I cook the stem since most of the nutrients are there, and they’re so brightly colored (on the rainbow one of course!). I got this recipe from Alicia Silverstone’s book.


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010 at 11:06 am

thanks for sharing this :)


Gail July 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm

No problem. I have never liked greens and when I got her cookbook and saw the recipe I decided to give it a try and I’m glad that I did. I have a thyroid problem, and uncooked dark leafy greens can inhibit thyroid function (so I don’t juice them), but I know that they’re so loaded with so many nutrients (Superfood – yeah!) that I wanted to incorporate them in my diet. My mom used to make kale when I was young, and all I can say is yuck! I tried cooking them when I became an adult, and still yuck! When I tried this recipe, I was so surprised that I barely tasted any of the bitterness, and the raisins bring in enough sweet to make it really yummy. The recipe in the cookbook calls for collards, but I’ve used kale and swiss chard and it comes out really yummy either way. I just have to add about 1/2-3/4 cup of water to the pan when I start cooking the greens, or everything burns on the bottom of the pan.


Krystina July 22, 2010 at 7:11 pm

HOLY YUM! I need to try this.


Gena July 22, 2010 at 7:16 pm

HOORAY! Thank you, my sweet friend, for trying my recipe and for the good words. You know that I feel just the same.

And next time, try stuffing the leaves with my “middle eastern rice” recipe! I make that with chard always, and I love it. You can DEF steam the chard if you want to.


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010 at 11:06 am

thanks I will have to try that recipe!


Michal July 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Hahaha. I’m sorry, but I look at that and all I can think of is Passover when we wrap haroset (SO yum) or horseradish (my Dad grates it himself – with his face all wrapped up in bandanas like an old time bandit) in romaine lettuce for part of the Seder. We all watch my Dad’s face turn bright red as he stoically chews on, then gulps down an entire glass of water. A few years ago his grandson said “I’m the man!” and his granddaughter retorted “Saba [grandpa] is the MAN!”


avryan July 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I love using swiss chard as a wrap. Usually de-vein mine and then steam it to make it more pliable. One of my favorite ways to enjoy it is filled with raw grated carrots and beets and cooked quinoa. I fold them like little burritos/spring rolls then dip them into a homemade peanut sauce (peanut butter, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger, garlic, chili flakes, sesame oil, a touch of honey/agave). Delicious : )


Lauren @ Eater not a runner July 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm

That looks good! I actually love chard just sauteed with olive oil and garlic :-)


Kari July 22, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Here is my new favorite recipe for Raw Spring Rolls- inspired from Natalia Rose’s Raw Food Detox Diet
¼ c. 100% Pure Maple Syrup
¼ c. Nama Shoyu or Tamari
½ tsp fresh ginger root – pressed or minced
1 med. garlic clove – pressed or minced
Drizzle of toasted sesame oil

Basic Filling:
1 Cup of shredded carrots & broccoli slaw (comes in a bag)
Small handful of fresh basil leaves, whole

Wraps: Cabbage Leaves (large bib Lettuce leaves would also work – or chard! Haha)

Stir together the sauce and add it to your filling – mix well. Spoon on to cabbage leaves, roll up and devour.

Additional ingredient ideas for filling – optional:
Zucchini, julienned
Cucumber noodles (made with a spiralizer)
Mint leaves
Bell pepper, cut in to thin strips


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010 at 11:05 am

thank you this recipe sounds amazing :)


Hannah July 22, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Oh I have a ton of swiss chard out in my families garden, we could make this for one of our vegetarian nights!!!


Amy @, a.musing July 22, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Hahaha! Thanks for the laugh!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 22, 2010 at 7:49 pm

What a unique way to use the leaves – BRILLIANT I SAY!


Alysia July 22, 2010 at 7:55 pm

YOU MUST TRY THIS CHARD RECIPE!!! I modified a recipe from Clean Eating magazine and the entire family devours it–even my 3 & 7 year old. Mince one shallot and set aside. In a small bowl, mix 2 tbsp organic cider vinegar, 2 tbsp organic honey, 1 tbsp tomato paste (I know you love that!) and crushed red pepper to taste. Heat a large skillet (I use my wok) over medium-high heat and melt 1 tsp coconut oil. Briefly saute shallots until just golden, add chopped chard and saute for 2-3 minutes. Pu vinger/honey mixture in with chard, stir and cover. Cook for about 25 minutes stirring occasionally. I swear, YOU WILL LOVE, LOVE, LOVE CHARD!!


Kari July 23, 2010 at 4:07 pm

This doesn’t seem like it would make very much food – is it a side dish or main course? Also how much chard do you use? I would like to make it, sounds yummy but I’m confused about the recipe :)

TIA, Kari =)


Alysia July 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Sorry for the confusion! I use about 2 – 3 lbs (stems & leaves). I really does make a lot. However, I have it as a side dish. If I was just cooking for myself (like tonight) I will stir fry it with some tofu, mushrooms, and red peppers. Endless add-in possibilities!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010 at 11:04 am

thanks sounds awesome!


holly @ July 22, 2010 at 7:58 pm

My mp3 player stopped at mile 4 of my marathon in June!!! Talk about being bummed. But you know what? It felt good to run without music. I got to hear the people cheering, the birds chirping, dogs barking, kids screaming, the wind in my hair, my breathing and my feet hitting the ground. It felt exhilerating!

Your photos are so beautiful–did you decide to put some of them on Etsy? Sorry if I missed you announcing that.


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010 at 11:04 am

I am putting them on SmugMug..they will be coming soon! I am just working on the shop :)


Rachel July 22, 2010 at 8:02 pm

This is my favourite chard recipe (not MY recipe, just one I love!). So awesome. Just in case you have more chard to use. :)


Molly July 22, 2010 at 8:04 pm

I’m all about the vegan banana soft serve!


Lisa July 22, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I’ve been experimenting with raw foods now since March and absolutely love it. I was always a great vegetarian “cook”, but I couldn’t bake to save my life. Since I’ve been “raw un-baking” some delicious dessert treats, I can’t seem to get enough (even my husband asks for them all the time now!) My most recent success was using our own blueberries and making a Raw, Vegan Blueberry Cobbler from Jennifer Cornbleet’s recipe in her book “Raw Foods for 1 or 2 people”. Needless to say, I’m glad I doubled the recipe by my husband, my mother, and my father are begging for more :)

I agree that it is easier to eat raw in the summer. :) I’ve been eating mostly raw since June, but I’m sure come October, I’ll be ready for some warm vegan comforts :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010 at 11:03 am

wow raw caobbler sounds incredible!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010 at 11:04 am

oops cobbler I meant ;p


Heather (Heather's Dish) July 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm

it seems like this bunch of chard LOOKED a lot more mild…the rainbow chard is what scares me!


christina cadden July 22, 2010 at 8:56 pm

That looks so good!


Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 22, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Maybe you had a bitter bit the last time around, and yes, cooking does make it smell strong. I personally like it raw best when it’s still small and tender. It’s much more mild!


Miranda @ MirandasJeans July 22, 2010 at 9:46 pm

My hubby made ‘actual’ tuna salad for his lunch today. I thought hmmm that is something I haven’t had in a while, but it can be so unhealthy. I love your sunflower seed tuna salad. I might have to give that a try over the weekend. Thanks :-D

Keeping my fingers crossed on HLS ticket. I really should have secured a ticket earlier in the game, instead of chancing it.


Camille @ Raw Candy July 22, 2010 at 9:48 pm

I eat mostly raw year-round, but I especially love eating raw in the summer! First, because there’s so much amazing seasonal produce, and second, because it’s a lot more fun to whip up food when the oven and stove aren’t increasing the sweltering factor of my kitchen :)

One of my favourite raw dessert recipe books is by Ani Phyo – Ani’s Raw Food Desserts. Most of the recipes are super simple, and more importantly, super delicious. And my all-time favourite non-dessert raw recipe is a simple avocado-kale salad. Yum!


Pure2raw Twins July 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Swiss chard is one of my favorite greens. I am glad you gave it another try ;) Gena is great and has many great recipes. Wrap looks great!


Michelle July 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever had swiss chard! What is wrong with me? *runs to grocery*


Crystal @ West Coast Peach July 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Good for you on giving that veg a second chance! I’m not a big fan of chard personally because I find it so bitter. The same goes with Kale. I am getting a blender this Friday so hopefully I can make some green monsters with those greens!


Jenna @ Healthy. Happy. Well. July 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Your wraps look so good! Swiss chard is so incredibly phytonutrient rich. It’s such a dark green. Lovely pictures.


Alexis @ Mission: Ambition July 22, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I haven’t tried many raw food recipes or anything, but it definitely intrigues me! I’m a wuss when it comes to greens and have yet to really expand beyond romaine and spinach.

BTW, I think you have some of the most beautiful food pictures of any blog!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010 at 11:02 am

thank you :)


Mandiee July 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Girl, when you said you were a taurus, I knew EXACTLY where you were coming from. I can very much relate to the stubborness we are known for. Anywho, I’m not a huge fan of swiss chard, either, but maybe that’s because I tried it cooked, too. It seems like most greens are more mild raw. Where do you get your Hermamare? I really want some but it’s almost $10 at the one store I found it at. Any tips?

Have a lovely day!

P.S. Gena’s sunshine burgers are out of this world amazing. If you can, I would recommend trying them as your next raw (or Choosing raw) adventure (she has both raw and cooked versions.)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010 at 11:02 am

thanks for the tip!

Costco has the seasoning I think!


[email protected] July 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm

HOLY WOW!!!! OMG I am definitely making that soon!!!


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Haha you are and Eric crack me up.

I always ask for chard at the veggie juice bar. Not sure why…I just like saying shaaaaaard. I don’t mind the flavor but I think I’m just a lover of all veggie flavors. I’ve been putting kale in my smoothies this week and I love it.


Erin July 22, 2010 at 11:42 pm

The chard wraps look delicious! I bought the cookbook Raw Food Revolution back in March to try some new recipes for a cleanse, and I really love the Liquid Gold Dressing recipe. It’s an odd flavor combo at first glance, but so good.


Pam July 22, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Cute post about your relationship with chard.

I’ve found chard to be one of the mildest raw greens to put in smoothies, especially with cacao. I’m not a fan of cooked greens, though.

I love mock tuna! I have a recipe on my blog when I did a Gabriel Cousens trial, and it was strangely addicting! I wrapped it in nori sheets. I definitely want to try Gena’s version! I’m craving it all over again. I’m glad you decided to try it because it got me interested in it again.


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010 at 11:01 am

im going to put chard in my GM tomorrow!


Stacy (Little Blue Hen) July 23, 2010 at 12:11 am

It’s better with lacinato kale, but works with chard, too. Remove thick stems, roll leaves tightly into a cigar shape and slice into thin ribbons. Toss with the zest and juice of one lemon (or two small ones) and drizzle with olive oil. Cover and let stand at room temperature for an hour. Serve topped with grated pecorino romano cheese, nutritional yeast, or even sesame seeds. So good!


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 23, 2010 at 12:59 am

Usually the raw foods that are supposed to taste like something else…like cheese sauce or something else usually don’t taste that great. But I love a good raw salad.


Jodye July 23, 2010 at 1:12 am

I was definitely not a fan of chard the first time I tried it, either, but it did grow on me. This looks like a great way to use chard, and the tuna salad looks especially delicious! Have you ever tried a garbanzo bean based tuna salad?


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010 at 11:01 am

No I havent but that sounds interesting!


Amelia July 23, 2010 at 6:33 am

Swiss chard is one of my favorite vegetables ever! You can do so much with it. I wish I had recipes to share in my blog, but by the time I started, chard season had come and gone. Did you get all green/white chard or did you happen to get any rainbow chard as well? A few ways I enjoy chard: thinly sliced in ribbons as a base for salad (instead of lettuce), finely shredded and sauteed down alongside caramelized onions and roasted garlic on a pizza (SO GOOD!), used as a wrap for all kinds of veggies, tofu, tacos, etc. Enjoy your CSA!


vegetablevalhalla July 23, 2010 at 7:06 am

I too find I like chard better raw. One day I was desperate and hungry and wrapped a piece of tofu in some nori, then in a chard leaf and dipped it in a sauce made of Bragg’s, tahini and grated ginger. It was amazing! I was shocked.


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 23, 2010 at 7:38 am

I’ve never had chard before, but those wraps look so good I may have to give it a try. Usually I’ll use romaine when I do a lettuce wrap.


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 23, 2010 at 8:26 am

I really awnt to try out a raw food dish! I think I want to try it out at a restaurant first though because I’d most likely butcher the recipe on my first try. ;)


Beth July 23, 2010 at 8:44 am

I entered! I hope I win! :-D

I am actually running the Chicago Half Marathon on 9-12-10 for the American Cancer Society. If you’d like, check out my page!

My donations aren’t nearly as impressive as yours, but I still hope to make a difference!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010 at 11:00 am

Every amount helps! Goodluck!


Therese July 23, 2010 at 8:53 am

So glad you’re getting to like swiss chard, I admit to LOVING swiss chard. I saute it up with a bit of lemon juice, garlic and salt and could eat a whole bunch of it if I could!

I’ve recently been starting to experiment with raw food and my boyfriend just bought me a dehydrator for my birthday so I’m PSYCHED (yes, psyched) to start using it for some more raw recipes!


Liz July 23, 2010 at 9:13 am

Hi Angela!

I love Gina’s raw food site and read it pretty much every day for inspiration. I’m not on a raw diet, but I have treid a few meals and find I always feel extra “springy” after indulging in one of her recipes! Instead of feeling like settling into the couch, raw dinner makes me feel like running another lap!!!
There is one recipe on her website for “raw middle eastern rice” made with cauliflower. You also wrap this “rice” in chard leaves. It is AWESOME. As a side note – The raisins in the rice are what **makes** it!
As for wrapping, I find it’s much easier to take the largest leaves and cut out the vein altogether, cutting the “soft” part of the leaf into palm sized sections (Say, divinding each side of a large leaf into two peices). Then I serve it up with the “rice” (or other filling) in a bowl and the torn up leaves on a plate to the side. I use the leaves sort of like injera when you are eating Ethiopian food – As a utensil to scoop up smaller spoonfuls of the filling. Easier than trying to create a burrito style wrap!!!


Jennifer July 23, 2010 at 9:13 am

I’ve been experimenting with raw recipes for the past few months. I really love the ones that Ani Phyo creates.
Two favorites are
Pad Thai Noodles in Almond Kaffir Sauce from her book Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen
Tomato Chili with Taco Nut Meat from her new book Ani’s Raw Food Essentials
Here’s a YouTube video of it:


Fanta July 23, 2010 at 9:35 am

I’ll be right over to eat! ha ha Your food always looks so amazing :)


Steph (@ mediterraneanmiss) July 23, 2010 at 10:25 am

Congrats on her mix-a-lot!! What a great name, and what a velvetty GM! I can’t wait to see what you do with her <3
As far as the green beans go, I love to steam them, then toss them with sweet onion in a white balsamic vin. dressing with EVOO for light summer bite. It's sososo good:


Kristin July 23, 2010 at 10:37 am

Hi Angela,
Earlier this spring at my local grocery store they were handing out samples of this recipe using swiss chard. It was REALLY good but I have yet to replicate it!

Swiss Chard and Quina Pilaf
1/2 T olive oil
1/2 small onion diced
1 t minced garlic
1 C uncooked quinoa rinsed
1/2 C cooked lentils
1 C chopped fresh mushrooms
2 C vegetable broth
3 C chopped swiss chard greens
6 oz bag of dried cranberries
1/2 C poppy seed dressing (I’m guessing this was store bought)

Heat oil in a large pot over med. heat. Stir in onion and garlic, saute for 5 min. until onion is tender. Mix in quinoa, lentils, mushrooms, and broth. Cover and simmer 20 min; remove from heat. Gently mix chard into pot; cover and let stand 5 min or until chard is wilted. Stir in cranberries and dressing. Chill at least one hour to allow flavors to blend.


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010 at 10:59 am

thanks for the recipe!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 23, 2010 at 10:51 am

Oooooh your new baby is GORGEOUS!!!! I’m happy to see someone that loves kitchen gadgets as much as I do. (Although I can’t say that I have many in the Vitamix price range!!) I see many delicious green monsters and other blended goods in your future!

As far as recipe experiments go, most of the recipes on my blog were experiments! It sounds nerdy, but for fun I like to find recipes, ‘clean’ them up, then test em out. I’m proud to report there haven’t been too many disasters so far!


Catiboo July 23, 2010 at 10:53 am

Ok I love raw food. I don’t have a dehydrator so I can’t make anything dehydrated. *Tear*. Anyways, I can’t wait to try the tune wrap. Yummy. But here is my favorite raw recipe by Ani Phyo, enjoy!

3 cup tomatoes, chop
1 cup red bell pepper, chop
1/4 cup celery, chop
1/4 cup yellow onion, chop
1/3 cup mushroom, chop
1/3 c corn kernels
1 teaspoon garlic, mince
1 – 2 teaspoon chili powder, to taste
1 teaspoon cumin, powder
3/4 teaspoon oregano, fresh or dry
1/4 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl, toss to mix well.

Place half of your mixture into your food processor or blender and puree. Scoop back into bowl with mixture and toss to mix well.


1 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon cumin, powder
2 teaspoons coriander, powder
1 teaspoon bragg’s or nama shoyu, or 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
Place all ingredients into your food processor, and process into small pieces.

To serve, scoop raw Tomato Chili into bowls. Top with Taco Nut Meat. Enjoy.

Tomato Chili will keep for 1-2 days in fridge. Taco Nut Meat will keep for a week or more.


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2010 at 10:59 am

thank you!


Amber K July 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I have tried collard green wraps at a raw food restaurant and they were AMAZING! I tried to make it at home and it was the bitterest thing I ever put into my mouth. I have no clue what I did wrong, but I’d love to try it again sometime.


rachel July 23, 2010 at 2:17 pm

that looks fantastic! must try it sometime


Katie July 28, 2010 at 9:29 am

That looks amazing! Definitely will be trying this soon!


Janine November 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Here’s another chard recipe for you…
I’m usually not the biggest fan of it myself, but I planted way too much this past summer so I’ve tried lots of recipes. This soup is one of my favourites for sure!


Vegan Radhika Sarohia January 19, 2013 at 2:04 am

These wraps look amazing, I have to make these!
And I love chard too! I love all the greens–haven’t met a leafy green I dislike yet, I even like the totally bitter ones
I make a version of those Green Monster shakes with them (sort of) and I also make enormous salads out of them, topped with vegan dressing, vegan parmesan and vegan feta (I buy vegan parm/feta from Whole Foods, haven’t made my own yet]


Emily - It comes naturally June 10, 2013 at 6:13 am

I found this recipe when I was looking for chard-inspiration. I didn’t use chard leaves, but I did use it for inspiration making mock tuna – yummy. Check it out here


Jana December 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm

My box had some red chard in it today. I made this using pickle relish (that’s what I had). It was tasty. Thanks!


Craig Dane April 14, 2016 at 7:34 am

Is there tuna in this tuna salad?


Silvia June 9, 2016 at 8:57 am

Hi Angela, just thought I would mention that Gena’s website is now called “The Full Helping”. Since I recently started reading her blog and receiving her emails (love her!), I know that it’s a name change that was/is quite meaningful to her so I thought you might want to know about it (since you reference “Choosing Raw” in your text here).


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