Try it Tuesday: Chard. Chard often blends in and takes a backseat to more popular greens like kale and spinach. But there are many reasons why you should give this humble green a try.
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!
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.
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.
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.
- It’s an easy add to a smoothie as EA Stewart, the Spicy RD, did in her super secret ingredient Pretty in Pink Veggie Smoothie.
- 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 from Rachael at Avocado a Day Nutrition.
- Braise it and serve it over your favorite grain like Deanna from Teaspoon of Spice does in her Braised Swiss Chard with Dried Cherries over Polenta!
- Try the Meal Makeover Mom’s tasty, fun and portable way to enjoy chard with eggs in their Veggie Quiche Patties.
- Slice it thin and eat it raw as I did in my Crunchy Chard Slaw with Toasted Pepitas over on the KitchenAid blog.
- 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!