Introducing a New Vegetable: Chard [Video]

Posted on February 4, 2014 by Amy Krasner

You are probably familiar with greens such as spinach, kale, mixed greens, romaine lettuce, arugula and butter lettuce. One dark leafy green that you may not be as familiar with is the popular Mediterranean vegetable- Swiss Chard. 

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Swiss Chard is one of my new favorite vegetables. The best way to describe chard is “a more hearty version of spinach.” You can eat chard raw but it usually has a bitter taste. To get rid of the bitter flavor, I recommend to lightly steam or sauté chard. This dark leafy green is high in anti-oxidants, flavonoids, and minerals.

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There are some beautiful varieties of chard available at your local health food store or your local farmers market. You will find different colored stalks (white, green, orange, red) or a combination of these colors which is called “rainbow chard.”

I grew some chard in my garden last year. It tastes amazing when it is fresh from the garden.

Here is my recommendation for preparing chard. I always recommend to keep things simple for weeknight meals. This sautéed chard recipe is as easy as it gets. Be sure to watch my Youtube video for more details.

Sauted Chard Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 large bunch chard, rinsed and dried
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon

Directions

  1.  Cut off the stems of the chard. Then stack chard leaves on top of each other, roll and “chiffonade.” Then cut down the center again. (See video for example)
  2. Melt coconut oil over medium heat in a medium saute pan.
  3. Add chard and sea salt to the pan and sauté for 3-4 minutes or until it is wilted.
  4. Add lemon juice, stir and serve hot.

Note: you can make extra, refrigerate it (for up to 3 days) and then re-heat it.

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For different variations add spices- I like to add a pinch of cayenne pepper and 1/4 tsp cumin.

 

 

I hope that this post & video give you the support that you need to step out of your comfort zone and to try something new.