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Enchanting Chard Recipes

Rainbow Chard

By Alex from Ithaca, NY (Swiss Chard Rainbow) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


When I worked at the farmers market this past summer in my hometown one of the kids favorite things to pick up was rainbow chard, it has beautiful colors that can make kids excited to eat vegetables! On the flip side chard is an interesting taste as a part of the beet family it tastes earthy with a spinach like texture. Chard is nutritious but does have oxalic acid which can inhibit iron intake and should be avoided by people who have kidney or gallbladder problems. To learn more about chard click here.

For people who like the earthy taste of chard it can be eaten raw in salads, however my favorite way to eat chard is sauteed with plenty of butter and garlic. I'm not super picky so I often use chard the same way I would use kale in cooking, with the stem removed, sauteed with pasta or cooked down with garlic, salt, pepper and lemon for a side dish. Chard can be tough to know what to do with so here are some great chard recipes:

Swiss Chard and Carmelized Onion Pasta

Pasta with Chard, Onion and Bread Crumbs

This is a quick and super tasty pasta recipe perfect for week night dinners or date night!

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

For a more seasonal variation on this recipe use butternut squash instead of pumpkin. Squash mac and cheese is super easy to make, way easier than making normal mac and cheese from scratch because you don't have to make a special cheese sauce first! You can simply melt cheese into the mashed squash.

Chard and onion tacos


Another great thing to do with chard is to saute it with garlic and lemon you could also saute the chard and use it to fill tacos by combining with onions or sweet corn for a yummy vegetarian taco.

Finally for the adventurous eater you can use chard leaves instead of basil to make a chard pesto.

Happy Chard Cooking!

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