Cooking with Swiss Chard

Swiss chard may be new to you, and growing it in your garden is a great way to get to know this very nutritious food. It is full of vitamins A and C and protein, and is a super nutritious alternative to spinach, kale, and collards. It is best cooked, added to casseroles, pasta, and quiche or sautéed with onions and garlic. Here are some recipes for cooking the good-for-you green, Swiss chard.

Creamy Swiss Chard Pasta

 

1 lb swiss chard
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1/4 cup onion, chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup fat free sour cream or 1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
8 ounces fettuccine pasta, cooked according to package

1. Wash Swiss chard, cut into small pieces.

2. Heat oil in large 2 quart saucepan over medium high heat, 1 to 2 minutes.

3. Add swiss chard, garlic and onion; cooking 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Add tomatoes, sour cream, milk, parmesan cheese, cooked fettuccine, salt and pepper to taste; stir well.

5. Serve warm.

 

Crustless Chard and Bacon Quiche
Serve this crustless quiche for brunch or breakfast, or with a sandwich or salad for an extra-special lunch. Prep Time: 12 minutes, Cook Time: 30 minutes

1 cup chopped purple onion
3 cups chopped Swiss chard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 to 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 cups sharp Cheddar cheese
5 large eggs, beaten

1. Grease a 9-inch pie plate or spray with nonstick baking spray. Heat oven to 350°.

2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Cook the onion until just tender. Add chopped chard and continue cooking, stirring, until the chard is wilted. Toss with the salt and pepper and crumbled bacon. Stir in the cheese and beaten eggs.

3. Pour into the prepared pie plate. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the quiche is firm and lightly browned around the edges.

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