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5 Minute Chard & Kale Saute with Raisins and Pine Nuts (and Some Happy Thoughts)

Swiss Chard and Kale Saute

A simple post for you all today…

Below you will find my go-to lunch on a fairly regular basis – 5 Minute Swiss Chard and Kale Saute with Golden Raisins and Optional Pine Nuts.

But first…

I thought I would share some fun inspirational words that I am hanging around my house these days (and posting all over our vision boards as well).


Because…I am always thinking about how I am going to help my children to grow up to be the most confident, happy, joyful individuals/leaders that they can possibly be (and aren’t we all trying to do that these days?).

My husband and I try to focus our parenting on doing what we can to foster this, but I thought that keeping some of these simple words out in plain sight as reminders for us on a daily basis would also be fun.

So who knew you would come to my food blog today and gain a few happy reminders of what we should be focusing on each day…

Just note that I did not come up with the quotes written in rainbow colors – they are simply ones that I have collected over time. I am sorry, but I do not know who said them first.

My Path of Good Thoughts to take my children (and you) throughout the day…

“Wake up every morning with the thought that something Wonderful is about to happen. “


because when you look at each day this way, you will be able to…

 “Start Each Day With A Grateful Heart.”

 for that grateful heart will help you to…

 “Be so Happy that when others look at you they become happy too.” 

 then, hopefully, all of that happiness will give you the confidence to understand that when you…

 Believe that you can, you are already halfway there.”

 and then once you get this you will…

 “Never lose your Sense of Wonder.”

 and with all of that wonder you will be able to…

 “Shine Your Light so that the Whole World can see it.”

 because that light will help you, most importantly, and above all…

 “Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you. Because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl

And as you find the hidden secrets in those unlikely places,

“Look up at the stars and truly believe who you are. Then BE PROUD, BE CONFIDENT, and most of all, BE HAPPY!”


Because, after all, THAT is the most important thing.

 Oh. And when all else fails….

Just Breathe

Now, with all of this great perspective for your mind and soul to get you through your day, you must be aching to nourish your insides as well. So here is a great way to do that…

Swiss Chard and Kale Saute with Golden Raisins and Optional Pine Nuts (note that the pine nuts are totally optional and easily traded out or omitted).

This recipe is the easiest thing to whip up and it is a great way to put to use all of the greens that are piled high in the stores right now and, incidentally, growing rampant in my vegetable garden.

And yes. Please do not hate me. Here in Scottsdale, Arizona our winter weather is gentle enough to keep the fall gardens growing straight into spring (as long as you are diligent about covering them with frost cloths on many nights).

Benefits of Kale

be so happy

BUT, if it makes you feel any better, we melt in the summer here. I think we have 100+ DAYS (yes, days) of 100+ degree Temps! Not much is growing here in our gardens then as all of yours are probably flourishing during your more moderate summer temperatures.

Benefits of Kale

5 minute Swiss Chard and Kale Saute with Raisins and Optional Pine NutsIngredients:

  • 4 Cups of Kale and Swiss Chard leaves (OR any greens), de-stemmed and torn into bite-sized piece
  • 3 Tbsp Grapeseed OR Olive Oil (OR leftover Bacon Drippings)
  • 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar OR Champagne Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt, or more to taste
  • 1/3 Cup Golden Raisins
  • 1/4 Cup Pine Nuts OR Sunflower Seeds OR Pepitas


1. Heat the Oil (or Bacon Drippings) in large saute pan. Once heated, add Greens and cook for about 2 minutes.

2. Once greens start to shrink down and soften, add your Vinegar and Sea Salt. Cook for another 2 minutes.

3.  Add Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts (or Seeds), unless omitting. Cook for 1 more minute. Then serve warm.

Do you have any “happy thoughts” that you like to share with your children, or remind yourself of, on a daily basis?

This post is being shared with Superfood Sunday over at Pain free Pregnancy

  1. On March 1, 2012 glutenfreeforgood said


    This is my kind of post on every level. The quotes, the sentiments, the enthusiasm, the gratefulness, the kids, and the recipe. This recipe looks like the breakfast I just had!

    I raised my kids to be confident, adventurous, and a bit daring. It’s funny, when they were little, I always said I wanted to raise adventurous kids. Then when they grew up and were living and traveling all over the world (seriously, all over the world doing amazing things), I started saying, “I wanted to raise adventurous kids, until I actually DID raise adventurous kids!” It’s one of those “be careful what you wish for” things. =)

    Anyway, this is a perfect post Kim and such a good reminder of what is important in life. Yes, turn on your brights and shine big!


    • On March 6, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Oh, Melissa, how I love you so! I should have known this would be exactly your kind of post! 😉 I absolutely love that you have raised such amazing, adventurous, confident kids! I have to laugh at how you say “be careful what you wish for”. I have definitely had those thoughts about how adventurous I really want them to be. LOL

      Thanks so much for the support and the amazingly sweet words! You are awesome and such an inspiration!!


  2. On March 1, 2012 Ricki said

    So great! But really, when you’ve already got chard AND kale, do you even need more happy thoughts?? Love them all!

    • On March 6, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      So true, Ricki! Who needs anything else when you have great greens!! 🙂 Thanks so much!! xo

  3. On March 1, 2012 Alta said

    Love the quotes, and this recipe! I feel you on the weather. We’ve had a really mild winter (not that our winters are typically bad) so my kale thrived all the way through! We don’t have as many 100+ degree days as you do in Arizona, but it’s a whole lot of hot+muggy around here! I love this simple combination of ingredients. Yum.

    • On March 6, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks so much, Alta! I can imagine that your summers are probably similar to ours, considering the mugginess there. I actually do not mind them too much, for the most part, as long as we spend a lot of time in the pool! 🙂

  4. On March 1, 2012 Alisa said

    You are a walking inspiration Kim … these quotes are simply the icing on the cake! Love them.

    • On March 6, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Alisa, you crack me up! So glad that I can inspire you (and that I get to be the icing on the cake, too)!! LOL

  5. On March 1, 2012 Maggie said

    Kim I’m smiling from ear-to-ear with happy tears in my eyes. Such beautiful sentiments. I love it. Thank you for sharing this – Pete and I are trying to teach our kids the same things. And the recipe! I love this quick recipe for greens. I am envious of your garden right now. Why don’t you come to Canada for a summer visit 🙂 The temps will be perfect and the boys will have lots of fun! xo

    • On March 6, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Maggie, I think you and I are very similar in our parenting styles. So glad you liked the post!
      And I would LOVE to come to Canada for a summer visit! 😉 The temps would be dreamy for us, considering what we are normally used to in the summertime! LOL

  6. On March 1, 2012 Sarena said

    I completely love this post. Sometimes taking a second to really focus on the happiness and good in your life really does make things brighter. I love this one “Be so Happy that when others look at you they become happy too.” I really try to live by this one.

    Your greens look amazing too! Thanks for sharing this! You just brightened my day!

    • On March 6, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Sarena, you are too kind. I can totally see that you live by that quote about being so happy that others become happy too. I absolutely love being around people like that! And I am so thrilled that I was able to brighten your day! 🙂

  7. On March 1, 2012 Carol said

    Great post Kim! And since the garden you inspired me to grow is loaded with Kale right now, this is a perfect recipe!

    • On March 6, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Haha! Carol, one of these days you are going to thank me for that awesome garden of yours. LOL And I love that you are loaded with kale right now!! 🙂

  8. On March 1, 2012 Cara said

    Love this recipe and love your words! I have often done spinach with raisins and pine nuts but it would be oh so heartier with these awesome greens.

    • On March 6, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Cara, I make this with spinach too, but I love the saltiness of the chard mixed with the greens (and I especially love it when I make it in bacon drippings 😉 )!

  9. On March 1, 2012 Jeannie Wilson said

    Sweetheart, I so Love your words of inspiration. Every time I think of you and always when we talk, my heart is filled with just joy. You bring so much inspiration to everyone you touch. Little Momma

    • On March 6, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks for the support, Mom! Of course I know you know I get all of my “inspiration” from you. 😉

  10. On March 1, 2012 margaret said

    WOW! …I don’t usually comment on blogs much –except for my art teacher’s blog 😀 , but this one is STELLAR! Thank you sooooo much for exuding joy and happiness. The world NEEDS it! …BTW, the recipe looks awesome! The world needs more greens, too!

    • On March 6, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Margaret! Well, even though you do not comment often on blogs, I am touched that you took the time to comment on mine. Your kind words meant a lot to me. Thank you so much. 🙂 I hope you are having a fabulous day and I hope I get to see you around here more often! 🙂

  11. On March 1, 2012 Shirley @ gfe said

    Kim–Have I told you lately that I love you? Seriously. What a phenomenal post! I will be coming here and reading this often and I’m already “grown up,” as is Son, but I think these words can inspire us all.

    Your garden is fabulous as it was when I saw it last in person. 🙂 What a great “go to” lunch!

    Last, I’d move to be your neighbor except for that summer heat. 😉 xoxo,

    • On March 6, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Aww…Shirley, you are too sweet. Thanks for the post kudos. I love all of those quotes above, and if you remember from seeing my Vision Board, that a lot of them are on it! 🙂

      Oh, and we do not hang out here too much in the summer either. You can only take that heat for so long. LOL


  12. On March 6, 2012 InTolerant Chef said

    Happy thoughts spring to mind automatically when I’m eating something fried in bacon fat! 🙂

  13. On March 6, 2012 Tania@APerfectPantry said

    I’m growing kale at the moment, and this recipe looks so divine… I’m going to give it a go.

    • On March 7, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Tania!! Isn’t it fun to just walk outside and pick your meal straight from the garden? I hope you enjoy the greens!! 🙂

  14. On March 9, 2012 Cynthia said

    Love this simple elegant kale recipe… I live on Vancouver Island Canada and we too actually have kale throughout the winter (but not chard)– what a blessing is that rugged green! Looking forward to trying this rendition!

    • On March 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Cynthia! Isn’t it fun to be able to just go pick a few greens and turn them into a meal? 🙂 Hope you enjoy the recipe!

      PS I love Vancouver Island!

  15. On March 12, 2012 Becky @ PureVitality said

    What a delicious looking recipe! I will have to try it.

    I love the inspirational quotes. What an awesome thing to instill into children, who are getting so much negativity from the rest of the world. It is amazing how our thoughts directly influence our behavior. You are setting your children up to succeed in life! Keep up the good work!

    • On March 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Becky! Thanks so much for the kind words! I so agree with you on how scary it is that our children are being exposed to so much negativity today. All we can do, as parents, is try and give them the tools to rise above all of that! 🙂

  16. On March 20, 2012 Trish said

    ooh this sounds so delicious! I love greens! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  17. On March 21, 2012 Diane Eblin-thewhole said

    This looks so amazing. I’m having this for breakfast tomorrow and will probably add in a little of the bacon drippings. I love the idea of adding in the golden raisins. I’ll have to grab some of those. I do have some apricots. I wonder if I could use those. I’m going to raid your garden one night. It’s amazing. 🙂

  18. On April 5, 2012 Melanie Flinn said

    Yes, very jealous of your garden! I love swiss chard and kale. In fact I just washed some kale for tomato kale soup, but will have to make this next time I buy some. Yum!

  19. On January 19, 2013 younglee said

    That’s one of the things I like about the Internet, you search for a chard and kale recipe and not only do you find one (which I’m trying out tonight), but also there is some lovely words that remind us that the only way to teach our kids should be the positive one!

  20. On August 29, 2014 Eddie said

    I like the combo of the swiss chard and kale. Combining these cuts the saltiness of the chard. Very tasty and super healthy.

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