Meatless Monday: Swiss Chard & Chickpeas with Brown Rice

Sorry for the lack of posts over the past week, folks. I’ve been rather busy! I ended up returning to my old summer job for a couple of weeks to help coordinate a charity golf tournament (all went extremely well – I think we raised over $150,000 for medical student bursaries!). I’ve also been running around attending a few job interviews, so keep your fingers crossed in the hopes that I receive some positive news soon :)

This week’s Meatless Monday recipe was inspired by something I found on one of my healthy recipe apps. We had a HUGE bunch of rainbow chard in the fridge from Mama Earth that was patiently waiting to be used. After spending a majority of my weekend consuming copious amounts of candy (my friend had a 90s-themed birthday party, which was complete with loot bags containing all the classic favourites – candy necklaces, Ring Pops, Air Heads, Popeye candy cigarettes, and more), my body was desperate to load up on something a little more healthy. Swiss chard was just what I needed – it’s packed full of vitamins A, K and C!

Swiss Chard & Chickpeas with Brown Rice


1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 cup chopped tomato

2 cups chickpeas, rinsed and drained

4 cups chopped chard (keep stems and leaves separate)

1 tsp dried chili flakes (optional)

Pinch of pepper


1. Prepare 1-2 cups of brown rice according to the instructions (quinoa or whole wheat pasta would also work).

2. Saute the onion, garlic and chard stems in the sesame oil over medium heat until softened. Add tomatoes, chickpeas, chili flakes and pepper. Let simmer for about 5 minutes.

3. Add the chard leaves, cover, and let simmer for 3-4 minutes or until the leaves have wilted – stir occasionally. Serve over brown rice, quinoa, or whole wheat pasta.

Happy Meatless Monday!

Be Well xo




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