Rainbow Chard Recipe
This rainbow chard recipe is one of my favorite ways to prepare chard.
It’s simple, delicious, and pairs well with many types of main courses and side dishes.
WHAT IS RAINBOW CHARD:
Chard is a relative of the beet plant. It has a nice, earthy flavor one would expect from a dark green. It has a slightly bitter flavor that pairs well with spices like garlic and onions. It’s a hearty green that wilts, but does not wilt as much as spinach does during cooking.
You can enjoy chard raw in salads, cooked in soups or sautéed like the recipe below.
HOW TO BUY RAINBOW CHARD:
There are a few varieties of chard. In stores, you will mainly see the type that is all green, or the type that has a variety of color in its stalks (the leaves are still green). Both types have the same flavor and cook the same. Some stalks are all red. Rainbow chard has multicolored stems.
Look for fresh, sturdy leaves that don’t have any wilting, slime or damage to them. They should look fresh, not dried out or droopy.
All types of chard can also be called Swiss chard. But contrary to its name, it does not originate from Sweden.
Cook chard within a day or two after bringing it home.
NUTRITION BENEFITS OF CHARD:
- Lots of fiber!
- A good source of vitamins A and K.
- A good source of iron.
- Tons of phytochemicals! (Those little goodies that help fight against heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
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CLEAN EATING CRANBERRY RAINBOW CHARD:
A deliciously simple side dish packed with good-for-you nutrition!
- 6 cups chopped rainbow chard
- 1/2 cup juice sweetened, dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
- 2 tsp. oil (I used coconut oil)
Wash your chard and cut off the ends of the stalks.
Tear chard into strips. You may have to slice the stalks.
Place the oil in the pan and turn on the burner. Medium to high heat will work fine. Adjust as needed.
Place chard in pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to wilt.
When chard has wilted, add the other ingredients and cook for 2-3 minutes more.
Allow to cool slightly and serve.
Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.