Monday, June 20, 2011

Swiss Chard Recipes

Last week my friend said that our Swiss Chard is ready to pick from the garden we planted! So now I am on a hunt for great recipes using Swiss Chard. But I want to make sure that they are healthy recipes, not ones that are sauted in tons of butter, or fried, etc. I want to find recipes that enhance the fresh flavor of homegrown Swiss Chard. So here are some that I found. Still on the hunt, so if anyone has great, healthy, recipes using this great veggie, please post them for all of us to enjoy! As I try these recipes, I will make sure to post my thoughts and any changes I make to them. :)

Barley & Lentil Soup with Swiss Chard

Recipe from: Epicurious

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
1 1/2 cups chopped peeled carrots
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
10 cups (or more) low-salt chicken or vegetable broth
2/3 cup pearl barley
1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
2/3 cup dried lentils
4 cups (packed) coarsely chopped Swiss chard (about 1/2 large bunch)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Heat oil in heavy large nonreactive pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and carrots; sauté until onions are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and stir 1 minute. Mix in cumin; stir 30 seconds. Add 10 cups broth and barley; bring to boil. Reduce heat; partially cover and simmer 25 minutes. Stir in tomatoes with juice and lentils; cover and simmer until barley and lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.

Add chard to soup; cover and simmer until chard is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in dill. Season soup with salt and pepper. Thin with more broth, if desired.


Swiss Chard Slaw

Recipe from: Farmgirl Fare

4 cups thinly sliced Swiss chard leaves
1 cup chopped Swiss chard stems
2 cups shredded green cabbage
1 cup shredded purple cabbage
1 or 2 large handfuls peeled & chopped broccoli stems
7 or 8 large chopped scallions (green onions)
1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
1 16-ounce carton cottage cheese (I use lowfat)
1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon onion powder or granulated onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder or granulated garlic
Salt & pepper to taste

More chopped scallions for garnish

Combine Swiss chard leaves, Swiss chard stems, green and purple cabbage, scallions, and garbanzo beans in a large bowl. Add cottage cheese and mix well.

Add vinegar and stir to combine. Sprinkle with onion and garlic powders and mix well. Salt & pepper to taste, adding a little more vinegar if desired. Garnish with chopped scallions and serve.

Guadalajaran Swiss Chard Quesadillas

Recipe from: Vegetarian Times 

2 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped (3/4 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tsp.)
1 jalapeño or serrano chile, minced    
1/4 tsp. cumin seeds
1/8 tsp. Mexican oregano
1/4 cup tequila
12 oz. Swiss chard, trimmed 
8 6-inch corn tortillas
1 cup grated reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese

Heat oil in pot over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté 5 minutes, or until golden. Stir in garlic, chile, cumin and oregano, and sauté 2 minutes. Add tequila, and simmer 1 minute, or until liquid has evaporated. Stir in chard. Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and steam 5 minutes, or until chard wilts. Uncover, and cook 3 minutes, or until liquid has evaporated.

Place 1 tortilla in skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Top with 1/4 chard mixture and second tortilla. Cook 2 minutes per side, or until browned. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Slice into wedges; serve.

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