This Beloved French Christmas Dessert Is Made With…Chard?

Head to any local purveyor of Niçoise specialties (from the chickpea flatbread known as socca to tuna-stuffed pan bagnat), and the dessert on offer will likely be a rectangular tourte de blettes: two slabs of buttery pastry, covered in confectioners’ s…

Head to any local purveyor of Niçoise specialties (from the chickpea flatbread known as socca to tuna-stuffed pan bagnat), and the dessert on offer will likely be a rectangular tourte de blettes: two slabs of buttery pastry, covered in confectioners' sugar, sandwiching a deep emerald filling made with pine nuts, apples, raisins, and Swiss chard.

No, that’s no typo. A sweet Swiss chard pie might seem like an oddity at first, but locals are as besotted with this veggie-based sweet as the Japanese are with adzuki bean mochi or Americans with carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.

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Easy Chickpea Pot Pie

It is ridiculously embarrassing for me to admit this, but one of my favorite childhood meals was chicken pot pie. From a box. In my defense, I think I was more into the idea of the pot pie rather than the pot pie itself. I loved that I got a whole pie …

It is ridiculously embarrassing for me to admit this, but one of my favorite childhood meals was chicken pot pie. From a box. In my defense, I think I was more into the idea of the pot pie rather than the pot pie itself. I loved that I got a whole pie (!!) to myself, I loved that it was super creamy in a so-bad-it’s-good kind of way, and I loved how all that sauce soaked itself into the buttery crust so that it was both crisp and soggy all at the same time. It was a fairly short-lived love affair, however, as my mom eventually realized that one pie contained five days’ worth of sodium and enough calories to fuel us through three marathons, and immediately removed all traces of them from our freezer. I haven’t had one of those in years, and while I can’t say that I really miss them, pot pie will always have a special place in my heart. One of my favorite challenges as a vegetarian is figuring out how to remake some of my favorite childhood comfort foods without the meat and with a major veggie overhaul. An added bonus is that I often feel […]