Thursday, March 01, 2007

Swiss Chard

This is the vegetable of the day. I should make it a point to highlight a certain vegetable weekly in this blog, but there are not many vegetables that excite me that much. I love vegetables, don't get me wrong. When prepared the right way, there are not many vegetables that I won't eat. It's just that I don't dream about them. Swiss chard, however, excites me enough to blog about it. I love this stuff. It's very good for you, a lot like spinach, but doesn't leave your mouth as chalky as spinach does. When we had that spinach scare, I used swiss chard as a substitute for most things requiring spinach. It's really pretty to look at too with those colorful stalks. I like to cook it this way:

A little olive oil to a heated pan
A clove of garlic, chopped
Chop up the stems and add to oil first. Saute a bit, then add the chopped up leaves. Saute until wilted sufficiently. Add salt and pepper. Yum-o! You can also add some balsamic vinegar to the pan to add a little zing.


Denise said...

My parent's were into swiss chard big time when I was a kid. It's also good steamed slightly and then served with a little vinegar and salt. We even grew it in the garden. It's more mild tasting than spinach and I love it!

Naner said...

Bring on the veggie ideas!!

Lindsey said...

This is something I've never tried. I'm going to have to. Fred loves any kind of leafy green. Thanks for the recipe!

love.boxes said...

What a beautiful picture too!