Swiss Chard bright lights is a green leafy vegetable that tastes similar to spinach. Both leaf and stalk can be cooked as a delicious side dish for your Mediterranean recipes. Swiss chard is tasteful when served with beef; fowl, fish and game or it can be added to pasta sauces, rice, eggs, salad and soups.
Swiss chard has many healing properties and if you eat ½ cup of fresh chard your overall health will improve. The dark green leaves of the chard are rich in the antioxidants which will boost your immune system and will help to prevent many health conditions including colon cancer, degenerative eye diseases, and chard helps to regulate blood sugar. If you want to improve your health then it is wise to add Swiss chard to your diet.
For sautéed chard I use fresh bight light leaves that are harvested from my garden. You can also purchase from a farmers market or from the produce section at your local grocery.
Rinse the chard leaves many times with cold water as the dirt likes to hide in the grooves of the leaves. When the leaves are clean you would then lay them flat on a cutting board. Roll the leaf from the top to the bottom, and then slice the leaf with a sharp knife. Cut it into bite sized pieces. When the leaf is cut set it in a medium sized mixing bowl. For 4 servings fill the medium sized bowl with the chopped chard (4 cups). Like spinach chard reduces in size when it is cooked.
In a separate bowl chop two cloves of fresh garlic, one bunch of scallions, and add ½ red, yellow or green peppers. You can add other vegetables, such as squash, vine ripe tomatoes or carrots if you like.
Set your stove heat at medium high.
Add one ounce of extra virgin olive oil to the sauté pan and heat the oil.
When the oil is hot add your garlic, scallions and peppers. Sauté the mixed vegetables in the extra virgin olive oil for 1 minute before adding the chard to the pan. Next add the 4 cups of Swiss chard. Mix all of the ingredients and cook until the leaves have wilted. Remove the chard from the heat and season with sea salt and black pepper to taste.
Image of Swiss chard sauteed with tomatoes and roasted garlic. Served with ribs and herb potato salad. Eat one serving of chard daily and enrich your body with the healing nutrients; Vitamin A, C, E, and K, magnesium, biotin, and calcium.
Enhance the flavor of this recipe by adding sliced mushrooms. You can also garnish the Swiss chard before serving with freshly grated Romano cheese.