According to whfoods.org, it ranks second only to spinach in terms of nutrient-richness and is a unique source of a family of phytonutrients called betalains which have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support. So yup, it's healthy stuff!
In a throw-together meal, my husband whipped up a super-simple side using the chard which ended up being surprisingly delicious, so I knew I had to blog it. This week we received red chard in our basket once again, so I picked hubby's brain to make sure I had the details right, and got to work!
Tangy, aromatic and flavourful, this dish would match well with Mediterranean fare such as broiled white fish and roasted potatoes.
Sautéed Red Swiss Chard with Lemon & Coriander
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
Yield: 3-4 servings
- 1 bunch red swiss chard (about 7-8 stalks)
- 1 medium onion
- 1 tbsp virgin olive oil
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander seed
Remove the stems from the swiss chard and rough chop the leaves.
Chop the onion into thin slices.
On medium heat, sauté the onion in the olive oil until cooked and beginning to brown, about 5-6 minutes. (Note - I used a dutch oven but a sauté pan or skillet would work fine as well.) Add the chard, lemon juice and coriander, and reduce the heat to medium-low.
Continue to sauté, stirring frequently, until the chard is wilted and tender - about another 5-6 minutes.
Remove from heat, serve and enjoy!
Do you enjoy eating swiss chard, or red swiss chard? What are your favourite recipes using leafy greens?