Swiss Chard With Onions And Garlic

Swiss Chard with Onions and Garlic is a quick, easy and HEALTHY side dish I made last night with our grilled chicken dinner.I stir-fried Swiss Chard with onions and garlic, and boy, was it good!Swiss Chard With Onions And Garlic / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I had never eaten Swiss Chard until a year ago, when I decided to add it to my raised bed garden and give it a shot. That was a great idea (if I say so myself)!  I planted seeds for Rainbow Chard last Spring (Rainbow Chard just means there are different color stems on the plants). We are STILL enjoying some of the chard I planted last year from seed…isn’t that crazy?! I planted chard seeds from a .99 cent packet …My chard plants survived the winter rain and snow and we had some for dinner last night in MAY! Talk about a good investment…yeehaw! My husband and I loved this side dish! Chard is crazy good for you, too. It is low-fat, full of fiber, iron and potassium, to name just a few reasons why you should give this veggie a try. Simple, “good for you”, and full of flavor!

Here’s where the unsuspecting chard in the skillet was yesterday morning (my garden – the tall plants in this photo).

Swiss Chard With Onions And Garlic / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Here’s where some of that chard was yesterday afternoon (my kitchen) and what it looked like after washing the leaves and stems:

Swiss Chard With Onions And Garlic / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Swiss Chard With Onions And Garlic / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Not too many ingredients for this quick stir fry…

Swiss Chard With Onions And Garlic / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Garlic is added as the chard is cooking down a bit in the heat…

Swiss Chard With Onions And Garlic / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

See how much the chard cooks down by the time it’s done?

  Swiss Chard With Onions And Garlic / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source (My head…this is how I cook kale, also…ridiculously easy!)

Swiss Chard With Onions And Garlic
 
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A flavorable and easy to prepare side dish featuring Swiss Chard from the garden, paired with onions and garlic.
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Recipe type: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 1 large bunch of Swiss Chard (it LOOKS like a lot, but it will really cook down- trust me!)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ⅓ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon bacon "drippings" (this is completely optional, but does lend a nice flavor)
Directions
  1. Wash the chard very well. Shake chard to dry it slightly, but leave a bit of the water on the leaves.
  2. Chop the stem and leaves into 2 inch pieces.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium heat.
  4. Add the chopped onions and saute for a minute or two.
  5. Add the chard stalks; cook for a couple of minutes, then add the leaves and the garlic. If the leaves don't all fit in the pan, don't panic...just let them cook for a minute (as they cook it will "shrink" substantially), then add the rest.
  6. Continue to saute the chard until the leaves begin to wilt (a couple minutes. You will be surprised how much the chard reduces in size. That's IT!!!
  7. Serve the sauteed chard warm. Enjoy this healthy side dish!!!

 

 

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