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#NSNGlife | Andouille Chicken Sausage and Rainbow Chard with Butter Beans

I fell in love with swiss chard after daring myself to try a new leafy green from a wall full of greens at my local Whole Foods Market. I have experimented with a range of different pairings of sausages and greens, I prefer the flavor of the Andouille sausage when pairing with rainbow chard. I admit, I chose rainbow chard because I was fascinated by the range of color, but have easily used green or red chard in its place. For this recipe I get extra smokiness by using Ol’ Smoktea by Sipology.

Andouille Chicken Sausage and Rainbow Chard with Butter Beans

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Spice Level: ★★★☆☆

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches of rainbow chard
  • 1 pack of 12oz Andouille chicken sausage, sliced
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) of butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of avocado or olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of fresh cracked black pepper
  • For Even More Flavor:
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Sipology Ol’ Smoktea Seasoning

Directions

  1. In a deep saute pan (preferably 6qt), heat up oil and brown the Andouille chicken sausage until cooked through. Add garlic and shallots to lightly brown and add salt and pepper.
  2. Cut or tear chard into 1 1/2 inch sections and cut stem down into 1 inch sections. Add and blend into chicken mixture and reduce to a medium-low heat)
  3. Add the rinsed butter beans, mix again and cover. Let the chard and beans saute for about 10 minutes to get beans and leaves to a desired texture. Remove from heat once reaching desired texture to prevent overcooking chard.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 355 calories; 21.6 g fat; 2 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein;50 g cholesterol; 193 mg sodium

Exploring Natural Remedies for a Brutal Cold Season

This season has seen its share of raging viruses and unbearable infections, attacking even the most impenetrable immune systems.  Many I know who haven’t seen a cold in years felt it this year.  As I navigate my second head cold of the year I want to take a moment to navigate an array of different natural treatments of my common cold symptoms.

One of my favorite food remedies for any kind of sickness is chicken soup, something I cannot live without when I am feeling unwell.  I realized how essential chicken soup was for healing during my last head cold. I had already subjected myself to decongestants and cough syrup, however I finally caved and ate fresh chicken soup, and the relief was immediate. I’ll share my favorite recipe later but I must now remember and promise myself that freshly made chicken soup will always be my starting point.

Hot liquids in general have always soothed me during upper respiratory battles.  Since I am also a big fan of tea I have discovered a few different types of tea to me to help with cough, congestion and boosting immunity. I never thought to try a citrus black tea but I have had the most relief from it! One of my new under-the-weather soothing teas is Limoncello black tea from Sipology by Steeped Tea.

Growing up in a Hispanic household I was also treated to a host of unusual remedies with the goal of ridding us of coughs, stomach bugs, lethargy etc. One of my favorite remedies growing up was recommended to me in high school by a classmate that swore mixing honey and liquefied spoonful of raw onion twice a day would help even the worst bouts of congestion. I particularly felt relief from this, and no matter how gross it seems, the combination seemed to help.

My business neighbor, Anel, who runs a pressed juice/smoothie and natural health goods shop (which is a blessing during such a turbulent cold season) recommended that I try to crush clove of garlic into fresh squeezed lemon juice with a drop or two of honey. She advised that this would help me get rid of my sinus infection (because it is a viral infection it means there are no medicines like antibiotics to speed up the healing). So far I must say that today is the first day I feel somewhat normal, I feel like things are loosening and I don’t feel pressure pain, so I am adding this to my list of go-to remedies!

I would love to chat about your favorite remedies and try a few out! Post in the comments below your tried and true natural remedies!