Swiss Chard: Never Heard. Always Healthy!
Leafy green vegetables are some of the most nutritious veggies there are. These include, spinach, kale, collard greens, romaine lettuce and of course Swiss chard. Swiss chard has always been one of the most overlooked veggies. But it definitely shouldn’t be! In this post we will learn how to prepare Swiss chard. And for good reason too!
It tastes great, is easy to make and is packed with tons of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin K, Vitamin A, and all sorts of B Vitamins like folate and niacin. If that were not enough, it contains copper, potassium, and iron…just to name a few! In order to start incorporating this super food into your diet, here is a little helpful how-to guide on how to prepare Swiss chard!
Divide the stems from the leaves
First things first, make sure to wash your Swiss chard thoroughly! Then, in order to prepare your Swiss chard properly the leaves and stem need to be separated. The stems are much tougher than the leaves and require a longer cooking time. This is a really simple task.
On your cutting board, take a knife and run it down the stem of the Swiss chard to remove the leaves as seen in the picture above. Repeat with the whole bunch of Swiss chard until you have separated all the leaves and stems.
Time to Slice and Dice!
The stems can now be easily chopped. They look a lot like red celery and you can chop them up in the same way. Just stack the Swiss chard stems and chop as thick or thin as you like.
The leaves can be chopped in much the same way. Take a bunch of the leaves and roll or hold them tightly together then run your knife through to coarsely chop.
Cook and Enjoy!
Your Swiss chard is now ready to be cooked up into whatever tasty dish you’d like. To saute, add the stems to a skillet (I prefer a nice cast iron skillet.) with a bit of oil and cook for about 10 minutes. Then, add in the leaves and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Congratulations! Now that you know how to prepare Swiss chard, try to incorporate it into some of your meals to give it a good healthy kick!
If you do, comment below! I’d love to hear how you used it.