Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Swiss Chard

Disclaimer:  I have no medical training. 

Top 10 reasons I'm trying to learn how to cook Swiss Chard:

1.  swiss chardIt tastes better than Kale.

2.  Husband says its "fine."  That's not what he says about Kale.

3.  It's cheap.

4.  1 cup of it supplies over 14% of the daily
 requirement for fiber.

5.  It's got vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, vitamin E, and dietary fiber. Swiss chard a good source of copper, calcium, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, protein, phosphorous, vitamin B1, zinc, folate, biotin, niacin and pantothenic acid.  And no, I don't know what all of those things are.  Do you?

6.  It's good for your immune system.  It's got like antioxidants and stuff.
    7.  It's pretty.  Don't you think?
    8.  It is fat and cholesterol free  and low calorie, unless you put bacon on it, which wouldn't be a half-bad idea, would it?
9.  I'm thinking I could grow it in the raised beds.  That could be a good thing.

10.  The second link below says you should not eat swiss chard if you are trying to gain weight.  Really?

How we are eating Swiss chard:

One of these pretty purple shallots.  Finely Chopped.
To the chopped onion, add 1/4 t. salt, 1/4 t. sugar, 1 T. Rice vinegar.  Stir to combine and set aside.

Not to confuse anyone, but this is half a bunch.  We'll use half the onion mixture tonight and the other 1/2 bunch and the other half bunch tomorrow night.

Now prepare the greens.  These things are grown in sand.  It's like cleaning leeks, so take the time to rinse them really good.

My mom didn't do this.  I don't really know how.  But I've been slicing it one way.  Then, I turn the board and slicing the other way. I think the stems are tasty and take off just the end. 

After cooking if part of the stem is still a little, well, you know, just pick the sucker out of there and down the garbage disposal. Who's going to know?


A good few squirts of olive oil into the pan and get it hot enough that there is a big sizzle when anything goes in - like medium hot.  Add the greens and a couple T of lemon juice.  Then medium heat.

Keep cooking as the greens and stems soften.  

And remember that you always have my permission to pick out anything that you don't want to eat before it goes to the table. 

A hand full of feta and the lid on while you finish up everything else.  And -  

Remember it's good for you.



  1. I love swiss chard, and yes it does grow easily in raised beds. I also like to grow it in my flower beds to add some variety. Depending on the winters here in Pennsylvania, I've had at least one swiss chard plant overwinter.

  2. Sounds delicious. And I LOVE kale, by the way. So this must be divine!! ;)

  3. I love Swiss chard. It is very hardy and keeps producing new leaves through out our cold snowy winters. Thanks for sharing this with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

    BTW, I am your newest subscriber.

  4. Alea, thank you. I'm seriously looking into growing the stuff.