Cook's Hideout: Spicy Greens with Sunflower Seeds (Thanksgiving Side)

November 09, 2014

Spicy Greens with Sunflower Seeds (Thanksgiving Side)

Here's another easy Thanksgiving side dish that is also quick and simple to make. Recipe is from Vegetarian Time magazine. Sunflower seeds are roasted or cooked with spicy jerk or barbecue seasoning and then tossed with wilted spinach or swiss chard leaves.
Spicy Greens with Sunflower Seeds
I didn't have the suggested jerk or barbecue seasoning, so I used some homemade Tandoori masala giving the sunflower seeds a spicy Indian twist. These roasted sunflower seeds can be eaten just as is -- they are that good.

Roasted Sunflower Seeds
It takes about 25~30 minutes for the whole dish to come together. I think cleaning and chopping the greens is probably the most time consuming part of this dish. If you prep the greens and roast the sunflower seeds before hand, then it is take just minutes to put together on the big day.
Swiss Chard
Ingredients: Serves 4
Swiss Chard or Spinach - 1lb.
Raw sunflower seeds - ¼cup
Jerk seasoning or Tandoori masala or barbecue seasoning (or any of your favorite spicy seasoning) - 1tbsp, divided use
Apple cider Vinegar - ½tsp
Salt & Pepper - to taste

  • In a small bowl, stir together sunflower seeds, 1tsp olive oil and 1tsp of the spicy seasoning along with pinch of salt. These seeds can be baked in a 350°F preheated oven for 5~7 minutes or until lightly browned. But I chose to gently cook on the stove, stirring frequently, until light brown. Set them aside.
  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the remaining 2tsp seasoning and cook for 30 seconds. Add the chard or spinach leaves in 2~3 batches, turning with tongs to wilt them evenly. Cook for 1~2 minutes, then remove from heat, stir in vinegar and season with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle with sunflower seeds just before serving.
Spicy Greens with Sunflower Seeds

Linking this to Valli's 'Cooking from Cookbook Challenge: November -- Week 2'.



  1. my fav seed in fav form.. so yummy! addictive too

  2. So fresh and tells me lots of healthy stories site itself

  3. Very healthy side dish Pavani..your swiss chard looks so fresh and bright!..and tossing the seeds in tandoori masala must have added a twist!


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