Swiss Chard {Recipe}

In my first produce box, I received a bunch of swiss chard.  Never had swiss chard before.  I'm not even sure if I pronounce it correctly.  I mean, does the "ch" say "sh" as in "Sherry" or is it a hard "ch" sound as in "Cheerios"?  That in itself tells you how much I'm familiar with this leafy green veggie.

I set out to find out more about this vegetable and find a suitable recipe.  In the end, I decided to try this simple recipe from the Martha Stewart website:  Sauteed Swiss Chard with Orange.  All I had to purchase was the orange.  In the end, I made a couple of modifications because I wasn't prepared for the slight bitterness of the swiss chard and the fact that I like my greens a little more done than most modern recipes say.

So this is what I did:

Removed stalks and sliced swiss chard in 1" strips.
Washed greens.
Heated olive oil in pan.  Added zest of orange and sauteed greens.
Added juice of orange, seasoned with salt, pepper, and a dash of sugar.  Covered.  Steamed until done.
My mom and I combined forces.  She experimented with two new recipes:  Broiled Hot Pepper Wings (Claire Robinson of 5 Ingredient Fix) and Sauteed Kale (Bobby Flay).  She also made brown rice.

Smaller portions.  This is on a luncheon-sized plate.  :-)

I really enjoyed this meal!

Benefits of Swiss Chard
  • antioxidant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • regulates blood sugar levels
  • helps pancreatic cells regenerate
  • supports bone health
  • excellent source of Vitamins A, K, E, calcium, and magnesium


  1. My aunt used to grow Swiss chard. She cooked it with turnip greens. Looks like you had a healthy and delicious meal.

  2. Lunch looks like it turned out great! I've not had Swiss Chard in ages. I might have to try it again soon.

  3. I grew Swiss chard in my garden a few years ago and I have to say I was not a fan. We tried cooking it do many different ways but I felt like every time it tasted like dirt lol. I hope you enjoyed it more than I did ;)

  4. I'll take the chicken and you can have ALL the chard you want - deal???

  5. That looks so good! I wish I could just reach in and snatch that plate out of my screen. I've only had Swiss Chard a couple of times. That orange zest flavor sounds really good. I'm going to give it a try. I like that you shared the health benefits as that is a major consideration when I make my food choices.

  6. Mmmm... it looks so good, Libby! I don't think I have ever had Swiss Chard. . . I'll have to look into it. Thanks for sharing, my friend. Hugs to you!


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