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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

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