Mediterranean Flair Chard
If you are looking to add more greens to your plate, give this recipe from Carilion's Dining and Nutrition Services team a try—Mediterranean Flair Chard.
In terms of tenderness, Swiss chard falls in between spinach and kale, making it perfect for sautées. It is also one of the most nutritious veggies available.
It is packed with iron, calcium and magnesium, plus it is a wonderful source of vitamin K, omega-3 fats, vitamin A and flavonoid antioxidants such as beta carotene, alpha carotene and lutein.
It also provides B-vitamins such as folate, niacin, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and thiamin.
So, add some flair to your side dish and create a magnificent dinner.
2 pounds Swiss chard, stemmed and chopped
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 ounces raisins
2 ounces pine nuts
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and pour in enough water to reach just below the bottom of the insert.
Bring the water to a boil.
Add the chard and steam until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
Drain and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Cook the raisins and pine nuts in the hot oil until the pine nuts turn golden, about 5 minutes.
Add the chard, season with salt and pepper.
Continue cooking while stirring constantly until the chard is hot, about 2 minutes.