Monday, August 15, 2011

This week's harvest: Swiss chard

Swiss chard in the garden, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

Have you tried Swiss chard? It is really easy to grow from seeds or small seedlings and is delicious! It is similar to spinach and can be used to replace spinach in many recipes. It is also very high in fiber, low in calories, and high in antioxidants. Certainly one full grown plant will provide several servings of your vegetables. The easiest preparation is to steam it. The stems take more time than the ribs, which take more time than the leaves so layer your cooking accordingly

Here is the recipe for sauteed chard with balsalmic vinegar and topped with pancetta:

Swiss chard, 4-6 large stems, producing about 2 cups of stems and ribs
pancetta, 4 oz, diced and cooked
olive oil, 4Tbs or more
balsalmic vinegar, 1-2 Tbs
nutmeg, 1/2 tsp

1 comment:

Marjorie said...

I'm not a fan of Swiss Chard But the Pancetta looks delicious. I'm happy to see you enjoying the bounty from your garden. You worked hard for it!