Spaghetti with Swiss Chards and Shiitake

By: Esther Vasa

Swiss Chards like Kale, Collard Greens and Spinach is a leafy vegetable packed with what is needed for bodies fighting MS. It is rich in Vitamins K (both K1 and K2), C and E. It is especially good for bones and prevents or slows mental disability. Shiitake Mushrooms are wild mushrooms that have been found to contain a good amount of L-ergothioneine, an antioxidant. Wild mushrooms like Shiitake help promote body's immune system and aid in fighting inflammation. Well, having understood what these two could do for us, let us see one way to enjoy them.

Brown Rice Spaghetti or any Gluten Free Pasta - 1 pkt
Swiss Chards - a bunch (stems and center ribs chopped finely and the leaves coarsely chopped)
Shiitake Mushrooms - 8 (de-stemmed and chopped finely)
Sundried Tomatoes - 1/4th cup (diced)
Marinara Sauce - 1 cup (or more depending on your liking)
Balsamic Vinegar - 1/4th cup
Garlic - 3 cloves (minced)
Olive oil - 1 tbsp (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook the spaghetti per package instructions (al dente). Bring balsamic vinegar to a boil and add shiitake mushrooms. Let them cook for a couple minutes. Then, add the swiss chards and allow these to cook for about five minutes or so. Add salt and pepper to taste. Turn off the heat. After about 15 minutes add the diced sundried tomatoes and garlic. Mix in the marinara sauce and olive oil if you are using (Remember, we are avoiding heating oil). Set this aside. Add the cooked spaghetti and toss to combine well. Enjoy!

Serves: 8 or more