Spanish Chard with Beans, Raisins, Sunflower Seeds and Garlic, plus a cookbook giveaway

Have you ever found a recipe for silverbeet/Swiss chard that you just want to constantly cook?  My dolmathes recipe from High Protein Vegan is one of those, but as much as I like it, it takes too much hands-on time for me to want to make it frequently these days.  The recipe I’m sharing today (also from my second book), takes minimal time and effort, and people that don’t usually appreciate leafy green veggies enjoy this one.

Silverbeet/Swiss chard is really easy to grow in the garden – I didn’t appreciate it much until I started growing it because it seems a lot more dependable where I live (compared to kale which gets eaten by aphids here).  In colder climates chard dies in the winter, but here it grows right through winter, and bursts into leaf in spring, providing a lot of leafy greens for very little effort.


Giveaway time:

Before I share the recipe I would like to offer a copy of High Protein Vegan as a giveaway prize – in celebration of it being released one year ago.  This is the first ever cookbook to focus on high protein vegan recipes and it’s had some great reviews so far.

To participate in the giveaway, sign up on the right hand side of this blog for the Triumph of the Lentil blog mailing list, ‘like’ my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter and leave a comment on this post – then on the 1st of December I’ll use a random number generator to pick a comment.  If you’ve already signed up to follow this blog by email, facebook or twitter you’re also welcome to enter the giveaway.

The giveaway is now closed.  The winning comment is:

random number

About the recipe:

This is an incredibly tasty way to eat a lot of greens in one meal with a little sweetness from the raisins, crunch from the chard stems and umami flavours from the smoked paprika and miso.

I like to serve this with brown rice or other cooked wholegrains (use quinoa for a really fast meal) but bread or roasted veggies are also good choices.

Gluten-Free Option*, Soy-Free Option*, Grain-Free Option**, Nightshade-Free Option, Nut-Free, Under 45 MInutes
Serves 2


1/2 cup water, for soaking raisins
4 tablespoons raisins or sultanas
4 tablespoons sunflower seeds
1 bunch swiss chard or silverbeet (around 500g/1.1lb)
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
3 large cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups cooked azduki, borlotti or pinto beans
1-2 teaspoons miso, tamari or coconut aminos
optional salt, to taste
optional smoked paprika, to taste


Bring the water to the boil, take off the heat and soak the raisins in it while you prepare the rest of the dish.
Toast the sunflower seeds in a dry frying pan over medium heat, stirring frequently until golden.  Set aside.

Cut the chard, including the stalks into one inch (2.5cm) pieces.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and sauté the garlic until golden.  Add the chard and sauté for one minute.  Stir through the beans until the chard is wilted and the beans are hot.  Drain the raisins and add these, along with the sunflower seeds.  Adjust the seasonings with miso and smoked paprika.  Serve right away.

*be sure to choose a soy-free and/or gluten-free miso, or use coconut aminos instead

**use coconut aminos instead of miso

This post is a part of Wellness Weekend, Pennywise Platter, Healthy Vegan Fridays and Waste Not Want Not Wednesday

Posted on November 1, 2013, in cooking, recipes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

  1. I subscribe to your blog via e-mail!


  2. I already subscribe to your posts via RSS

  3. Thanks for offering up a copy of this book, it’s on my list!

  4. I’ve subscribed to your blog

  5. I liked your page on Facebook

  6. I followed on Twitter (at)Jenny_Vegan

  7. The recipe looks delicious…I can understand why it would be a frequent favorite! Many thanks!
    I subscribe via email.

  8. Ooh i would like to enter. Thank you!

  9. I’ve recently become gluten and soy intolerant after two years of happy vegan junkfoodarianism so discovering this is a godsend! If I don’t win your book I’ll definitely buy it! I’ve liked you on Facebook and am so thrilled to have found you. You have NO idea.

  10. Email/FB. I’m glad I came across your blog, I’m always after high protein vegan meals :o)

  11. looks like a great cookbook! fingers crossed 🙂

  12. This is a wonderful site, thank you so much.

  13. I already like you on facebook, love your first book!

  14. Have liked your facebook page & already subscribe! Thanks for the fab recipes 🙂

  15. Subscribed and liked on FB 🙂

  16. Hmmm that looks delish!! I actually have some chard in the garden needing to be used…

  17. Thanks for the opportunity, love the recipe.

  18. Wow that looks yum! Really look forward to reading your books!

  19. I am always excited by your recipes! Thank you for this one. 🙂

  20. Your book looks great! My partner is training to be a Personal Trainer so he likes to get alot of protein, it’d be great to have more vegan protein rich recipes to make for him and help incourage him to a vegan diet! Thanks for making this book! 🙂

  21. Yay! I just signed up and liked you on facebook. So excited!!! 😀

  22. I am a liker of your facebook page! Would love to win!

  23. Likin’ you on FB and excited for this opportunity – thanks!

  24. Cool giveaway!
    I’m a fan on Facebook and tried to sign up for the mailing list but it kept timing out… Not sure what happened there. I don’t do Twitter so I can’t follow there.

  25. Your book looks really good, I am always looking for high protein vegan meals to feed my children.

  26. Who won? 🙂

    • Strengthandsunshine won, comment #4

      Thank you for entering the competition, there will be another giveaway soon (on a different blog) which I’ll be sharing on Twitter and Facebook if I find out about it in time (I don’t have much net access at the moment).

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