Unlike my previous Try it Tuesday posts, this one is not so exotic.
Instead, I’m highlighting one of my favorite vegetables that just doesn’t get the attention it deserves. I even made an easy Chard, Mushroom & Goat Cheese Frittata recipe and rounded up several other recipes for you to test it out. Today is all about chard!
When is chard in season?
Chard is in season and tastes best during the warmer months. So unlike some of the other greens, it’s best right now. Look for it fresh at your supermarket or farmer’s market as Swiss chard, rainbow chard or red chard.
Is chard healthy?
Chard is chock full of vitamins A and K, calcium, magnesium and potassium making it a heart healthy choice. Because it is a tender green, chard is perfect raw – tossed into smoothies, salads and sauces.
You can use chard in a variety of recipes, much the same way you’d use spinach.
Healthy chard recipes to try
I rounded up a few chard recipes from some of my favorite RD food bloggers to give you plenty of ways to try it out.
Stuff chard leaves just like you would cabbage or collard greens. Stuff chard leaves with quinoa, brown rice, vegetables and beans for a delicious wrap. It makes a particularly tasty stuffing in squash like this Chard Stuffed Acorn Squash with Za’atar and Tahini.
Braise it and serve it over your favorite grain as in this Braised Swiss Chard with Dried Cherries over Polenta! I am a big fan of braising it in coconut milk like my Coconut Braised Chard!
Try a tasty, fun and portable way to enjoy chard with eggs in these Veggie Quiche Patties from Liz’s Healthy Table.
Slice it thin and eat it raw in a slaw or salad.
How to make basic chard?
Don’t have all of these ingredients? Keep it super simple. Sauté the chard with a little lemon, garlic and olive oil for a simple side dish.
Chances are you’ve eaten spinach, cabbage, kale and maybe even collard greens from time to time.But are you meeting the 1½ cups of leafy greens per week recommendation? That’s the minimum by the way. If you’re not meeting the mark (and even if you are!), give chard a chance.
Bottom Line: This one is obvious. You gotta try it. Available in supermarkets year round and even pre washed these days, chard is an easy and nutritious add to your diet.
Let me know what you think!