that's 'PEANUT BUTTER' BTW! 

I have done a very similar version of the stuffed swiss chard before...
this time the ingredients were...
1/2 onion, small dice
2 cloves garlic, minced
the stems of the chard leaves, small dice
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper - about 10 turns
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup cooked lentils
3oz feta, crumbled - i used Mediterranean seasoned
1 tsp minced rosemary
1/2 cup veggie stock

saute onion, garlic, and chard stems in oil for about 8 minutes.  allow to come to room temp, then combine it with everything else, except stock, and mix thoroughly, gently.


so, as you can see, the filling is very similar to the previous recipe.  you can really add whatever veggies, grains, or legumes YOU like!


i placed the smaller leaves on the bottom of a lightly oiled rectangular baking dish.  i had 12 big leaves to stuff this time.  if there is any fibrous stem left, cut it off, so only the delicate, pliable part of the leaf remains.  this will make it easier to roll up into a nice compact bundle.  place a big scoop of the filling onto each leaf and tightly roll up, making sure the sides are tucked in, and place in baking dish seam side down.


pour stock over top, cover with foil, and bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. 



Monday night, I did a version of my peanut butter chicken and veggies.  no chicken this time, different veggies, and i tossed it with brown rice spaghetti.  i used the leftover shredded carrots i had from my Spicy Carrot Cake muffins i made over the weekend, and i cut up some broccoli greens that i got at the farmers' market.  i also had some steamed edamame on the side.  saute the veggies first in some oil (canola, olive, or coconut) for about 5 minutes, combine all the ingredients for the sauce, pour the sauce over the cooked veggies, and let it reduce on medium-low heat and become thick and rich, for about 8-10 minutes.  i used light coconut milk this time, and i used about 1/2 cup instead of 1/4 cup...if you have regular coconut milk, i suggest adding a little water to it so you have more sauce to coat the pasta.  cook your pasta to al dente and add to the veggies and sauce, mix to coat every noodle!   i used about 6oz dry pasta for 2 servings.


someone at the gym today asked me "what do you do when you crave something sweet?"  my answer.....
"I eat something sweet!"  remember....I AM NOT AN ALIEN!
a more thorough explanation to this answer...  since i have grown accustomed to eating veggies a lot, that is typically what i crave!  i do eat dark chocolate almost every night after dinner, about 1/2oz.  yes, sometimes all i want is ice cream...and you know what, i usually go get it!    once you start really enjoying food more, your cravings for super sweet things will decrease and your cravings for super nutrient dense things will increase...I SWEAR!   you just gotta put in the work, the time, and the patience!