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 rainbow colored chard with onions and garlic, and boy, was it good!
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).
Here’s where some of that chard was yesterday afternoon (my kitchen) and what it looked like after washing the leaves and stems:
Recipe Source (My head…this is how I cook kale, also…ridiculously easy!)
- 1 large bunch of Swiss Chard (it LOOKS like a lot, but it will really cook down- trust me!)
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves of garlic , minced
- 1/2 teaspoon bacon "drippings" (this is completely optional, but does lend a nice flavor)
- Wash the chard very well. Shake chard to dry it slightly, but leave a bit of the water on the leaves.
- Chop the stem and leaves into 2 inch pieces.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium heat.
- Add the chopped onions and saute for a minute or two.
- 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.
- 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!!!
- Serve the sauteed chard warm. Enjoy this healthy side dish!!!