Why don’t people eat more Swiss Chard? Probably because not everyone realizes how awesome it really is! It is loaded with vitamins and nutrients, has almost no calories and is really simple to prepare. What more do we want? Well, it tastes yummy too! So, there’s that. Swiss chard makes a perfect side dish for any meal, and once you have tried it this way, you will definitely be putting more Swiss chard in your grocery cart! I should mention that Swiss chard comes in several varieties….the leaves are always green, but the stems can be anything from white, to light green, pale yellow, orange…or even a deep, bold red. (My favorite when I can find it!) They all taste the same, but the colorful ones look extra special in your recipes. For this recipe, I am using the white kind because it is what my market usually carries.
The first thing we are gonna do is remove the leaves from the stems. Just tear them off…you don’t have to be too careful here. Then, chop the leaves coarsely and set them aside. Next, chop the stems into small slices or pieces.
After the chard is cut up, it is time to slice the onion. Peel it first, trim the ends, and then slice into thin half-moon shapes. Next, mince the garlic.
After all the chopping and slicing is done, you are basically gonna add 2 tsp of olive oil to a large pan, and toss in the garlic, onions and chard stems. Cook them for about 3-4 minutes, stirring often.
Now, it is time to throw in the chard leaves. Toss them into the pan, and stir to mix. Continue stirring until the leaves are wilted, about 1-2 minutes.
Remove pan from the heat, and add in 2 Tbs of grated parmesan cheese and 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes (Or 1/2 tsp if you like it hot like I do!)
Stir again to mix in the cheese and pepper flakes, and serve warm.
This side dish goes amazingly well with our Perfect Pork Chops…or any other meal as well! Give it a try! Hope you enjoy it!
FACT – Swiss Chard is being grown in space! It is among the first crops being grown in planetary space stations for astronauts and was chosen because of its nutritional content, as well as its ease of harvest. Pretty impressive!
“We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” – Anna Thomas
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- 8 oz Swiss Chard
- 1 small red onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 Tbs grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Remove chard leaves from stems and set stems aside
- Chop chard leaves coarsely
- Slice chard stems into small slices or pieces
- Peel onion and cut in half, then slice halves thinly
- Mince garlic
- Add 2 tsp olive oil to large pan over medium high-heat
- Add sliced onion, garlic and chard stems to pan
- Cook, stirring often until partially tender, about 3-4 minutes
- Add chard leaves and continue cooking until wilted, about 1-2 minutes
- Remove pan from heat
- Add 2 Tbs grated Parmesan cheese and ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (to taste)
- Toss to combine ingredients
- Serve warm