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Swiss chard is one of those underrepresented veggies, and this simple Garlicky Swiss Chard recipe does it justice. If you’re not familiar with swiss chard, it’s a big, leafy green. They are available with wide, greenish-white stems, or a fun hybrid of red, yellow, and white stems. This dish comes in at 3 net carbs, making it a great addition to any meal
Swiss chard is crazy easy to grow. I’ve grown it in everything from a traditional raised garden bed to buckets filled with dirt and put in a sunny spot. And, it’ll keep growing from spring into the fall, and when I lived in Texas, I had fresh swiss chard until the frost got to it (in January!) Versatile and hardy, I LOVE love love having fresh chard at my fingertips. If you can’t grow it, look for fresh, vibrant leaves with stems that are still firm. You’ll find it in the produce section of your supermarket, or look for it at a local farmers market.
It’s usually sold bundled up, a lot like collard greens, and always needs a good washing. Run each leaf under running water, running your finger down the stem groove to dislodge any dirt. A second washing won’t hurt – there’s nothing worse than gritty swiss chard.
Making Garlicky Swiss Chard
Once washed, it’s important to separate the stems from the leaves, unless you’re using super-tender baby swiss chard. I usually just pile up a dozen leaves and chop the stems off all at once. The stems I cut into 1.5-inch pieces, and I’ll roughly chop the leaves.
Swiss chard cooks down like spinach, so you don’t need to fuss overly about chopping the leaves, but the stems need cooking first. Sautee the stems in some avocado oil, butter, or bacon fat for a few minutes first, until they are starting to soften.
Then, add the garlic to the pan and add the leaves. Lower the heat and move the chard around until the leaves have all wilted. Cook for another 2-3 minutes to soften up the fibers in the leaves, season with salt, and dig in! Serve this dish with your favorite meats, or add even more veggies to a feast that includes these Lemon-Oregano Chicken Kabobs.
Full of fiber and tons of nutrition, Garlicky Swiss Chard is an easy side dish to any meal.
- 1 pound swiss chard
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- Wash the swiss chard thoroughly. Remove the stems and chop into 1.5-inch pieces. Set aside. Roughly chop the leaves. Set aside.
- Add the swiss chard stems, garlic, and oil to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes until the stems have softened. Add the washed leaves (with water clinging to them) to the pan and continue cooking over medium heat for another 4-5 minutes until the leaves have wilted and softened.
- Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 38Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 4gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g