Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard is in the beet/spinach family and is packed with nutrients and antioxidants and in ancient times it was used to treat allergies, general pain and digestion issues. Some recipes call for using just the leafy green portion while others use the stalk as well (typically added to the recipe at different points). Stems vary from white/yellow/green to the gorgeous Rainbow Chard pictured above.

BAKED ORZO WITH CHARD, FETA AND DILL
Swiss chard and dill pair up with feta in this quick weeknight pasta dish.

GIGANTE BEANS WITH FETA AND BITTER GREENS
Gigante beans are just fun (if you can’t find them, substitute butter beans). This hearty vegetarian meal highlights them in a tasty one pot dish packed with dill and feta cheese. This is also a great way to use up tomatoes so I keep this on stand-by for when the tomato crops are booming.

HERBY PESTO PASTA SALAD WITH CHARD
I love having a meal that I can make earlier in the day that will be ready whenever my family gets hungry enough to come in from playing outside to eat it. This one is super versatile so you can toss in whatever herbs you have on hand. If you have enough basil, make your own pesto and skip the store bought they list here. I wouldn’t bother steaming the chard in a separate pan – I would just toss it in the pasta water for the last few minutes of cooking time or cook it first in the pasta water and remove with a slotted spoon and then cook your pasta.

HOT SAUSAGE AND CRISPY CHARD PIZZA
This one surprised me with how yummy it was! The crispy chard is amazing.

FRITTATA BITES WITH CHARD AND FETA
Like a frittata only more fun! The recipe calls for sausage but I’ve made them without, for a vegetarian crowd, and they’re just as delicious. These are great to bring to a brunch or party because they’re bite sized, can be a finger food and are still great at room temperature.

ONE SKILLET POLENTA WITH GREENS & BEANS
This one is a family favorite!

4 Tbsp olive oil
1 tube polenta cut in 15 slices
1 can black beans
Few Tbsp Romano
1 lb greens (kale, chard, broccoli, spinach)
1 jar pasta sauce (such as Rao’s marinara)
8 oz sliced havarti
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp basil

Drizzle olive oil in large skillet. Slice polenta in 1/2″ rounds and lay in skillet. Rinse beans and pour over polenta. Sprinkle with Romano. Rinse and shake greens. Chop coarsely and spread over beans. Top with sauce and cheese and sprinkle with herbs. Put lid on and simmer 5 min. Or make in 9×13 and bake, covered @ 350 for 45 min. Uncover and cook 15 min more.

PENNE WITH CHARD AND SAUSAGE
Swiss Chard pairs perfectly with Italian sausage and pasta in this quick weeknight dish. This recipe is very forgiving and will accept more or less chard depending on what you have on hand. Swap out sweet Italian sausage if you’re not into spicy.

SWISS CHARD AND CHIPOTLE TACOS
Swiss chard, kale and other hearty greens are all great sautéed with garlic as a side dish or baked into pasta dishes, but I have a hard time getting excited about casseroles in the hot summer months. These tacos are the perfect way to use up your greens AND fresh onions.

SWISS CHARD PANCAKES
Can’t get your kids to eat swiss chard? Try hiding it in these delicious savory pancakes!

SWISS CHARD-TAHINI DIP
If you like hummus don’t miss this dip. Pair it up with some warm pita bread or carrot sticks and you’ve got a delicious snack on your hands.

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