A few weeks ago, one of my friends at the gym approached me with a recipe that she said I just had to try. According to her, the recipe produced a meal that was "easy, colorful, delicious and nutritious...a winner in every sense." Which sounded absolutely perfect to me. The main ingredient? Swiss chard. I can't say that I've ever had it, but I took her word for it and headed to the grocery store. Unfortunately, I had no idea what Swiss chard looked like, but I found the little price sign placed above a vast selection of greens and knew that I was hot (as in, the hot/cold game). But I still had to ask a random guy for help, after which I felt stupid because...well, this is what I ended up putting in my basket:
But I digress. Since I wanted to know exactly what I would soon be eating, I hit the Internet for some info when I got home. Turns out, Swiss chard is a rather healthy little treat filled with phytonutrients. Filled with what?! Things like antioxidants, or vitamins...even fiber and calcium. Potassium, too. Really, it's just chock full of good things. Much like spinach and kale. You can even eat the stems, which truly remind me of rhubarb. Not according to flavor, just looks. And let's face it, Swiss chard is a very pretty green, is it not? Look at this leaf:
Aren't those colors gorgeous? It almost looks fake. (It isn't.) But how does it taste? Delicious, especially when sauteed with a little bit of Parmesan cheese. And some other things, too.
Sauteed Swiss Chard with Parmesan
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1/2 small red onion, diced
1 bunch Swiss chard
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, finely grated
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Prep the chard by cutting off the stems and removing the leaves from the center rib. Chop stems and ribs first, then coarsely chop the leaves. Set aside. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion, then cook until the mixture becomes fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add the chard stems and wine, them simmer until the stems start to soften (about five minutes). Add the chard leaves, then stir until they begin to wilt. Stir in the lemon juice and the Parmesan cheese. Top with freshly ground pepper. And then...serve it up!
I made this shortly after the Super Bowl, which means I still had some fresh salsa on hand. Along with a few tortilla chips, it rounded out my lunch quite nicely because it was supremely tasty. Literally, every bite was delicious. Even this one:
With that, I leave you. It's Sunday, and as it turns out, I'm having another "me" day. The husband headed to Chicago for the Auto Show. What will I do with my time? For starters, I'm headed to a coffee shop for lunch. And some bloggin'. After that...it remains to be seen.
Be sure to come back tomorrow. I'm launching another giveaway! (A refreshing one, at that.)
Question: Have you tried any new good-for-you foods lately?