Chard Roll -ups
With Summer coming in hot, and my winter bod still hanging around, it’s time to get down to business. The last week was filled with carnival goodies, and summer treats but, after a week of eating greasy delights, I’m ready for a change! This month I am going to be focusing on healthy food that not only fills you up, but also doesn’t make you guilty for having that second piece. And like the Fugees’ once said “Ready or not here I come, you can’t hide. Going to find you and make you want me.” And you are definitely going to want these Chard Roll-Ups.
1/2 Small Onion
1 Garlic Clove
5 Small leaves of Basil
4 Large Leaves of Chard
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. Pepper
3/4 Part Skim Milk Ricotta Cheese
Pinch of Salt
1/2 c. Shredded Mozzarella
Begin by chopping and sautéing the onion, and garlic. Once the onions are translucent remove them from the heat and place in a medium mixing bowl. Chop the Basil and add it to the onion mixture. Next, add Ricotta Cheese, garlic powder, pepper, salt, and mozzarella to the mixture and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating, rinse the Chard leaves and pat them dry. Cut each leaf’s stem away and coat each leaf half with a little bit of olive oil.
Now, it’s time to begin stuffing the leaves and rolling them up. Using the Cheese mixture, that was set aside, spread an equal amount on every leaf and roll them up like a sleeping bag.
Place on a baking pan that has been coated with olive oil and allow to bake for fifteen minutes.
These make great snacks, or apps for parties without all the guilt. Enjoy!