Swiss chard is in season once again and readily available at local farmer’s markets as well as in many grocery stores. Swiss chard looks similar to collards, but has bright red veins and stems and the flavor is a little different.
We learned that it’s quite nutritious, and also readily available year-round, not just in the spring. We also did some research and found out that Swiss chard is one of the most nutritious vegetables, ranking second only to spinach in total nutrient richness.
Here’s a simple recipe we tried for sauteed chard with onions and garlic.
-1 bag of Swiss chard (14-16 oz.)
-1 medium onion (any type)
-2-3 cloves garlic
-2-tbsp. olive oil
-1/8-tsp. red pepper (optional)
-Salt and pepper to taste
Mince garlic and dice onions. Remove stems from chard and chop stems into 2-inch pieces. Roll leaves and cut every 1-2 inches.
How to Cook:
Add oil to heated saute or fry pan. Add onions and garlic and saute until soft and lightly browned. Add chard stems to pan, and cook for about 10 minutes until tender. Then add chopped chard leaves, cooking one panful for about 2-3 minutes before adding more leaves to the pan. When all leaves are cooked, add salt, black pepper and red pepper to taste. Serve warm.