I have a confession to make. Earlier this week was the first time I have ever cooked or eaten Swiss chard. Ever.
I'm not really sure why I haven't. Maybe it's because it wasn't something I grew up eating, or that its just not a very common green where we live. Turnips or collards, even mustard greens - we know those! But, Swiss chard - not so much.
When I ordered some cool weather crops last winter, I decided I wanted to give it a try. I just love the colorful stalks these bright greens produce.
As the temperatures began to climb this spring, the spinach shot up its seed stalks. The lettuce seemed to become noticeably taller each day, preparing to go to seed as well. But, I was pleasantly surprised to find that neither the kale nor Swiss chard was following suit.
When the plants got tall and bushy, it seemed like it was time to give it a try.
First I diced up some onions and sautéed them in a bit of olive oil. Next, I washed and trimmed the chard, then chopped up the colorful stems and added them to the onions.
While the onions and stems were browning, I cut the leaves.
Finally, I tossed them in the skillet with a few dashes of salt and pepper and stirred until they wilted. I wasn't prepared for how quickly they wilted though - super fast.
I'm not declaring chard a "girly" food, but only the females around here even gave it a try! We both thought it was great, and I was happy to learn that it a nutritional powerhouse, practically loaded with vitamins and minerals. I'll certainly continue to grow it each year and look for new ways to serve it.
So how do you enjoy Swiss chard? Do you have any recipes to share?
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