Inspiration can come in all forms: a piece of vintage fabric, the wildflowers in a field, or in this case, a bunch of swiss chard. Aside from the multitude of health benefits and depth of flavor, swiss chard has to be one of the most beautiful vegetables at the farmer's market. Its hard to say no to its ever changing rainbow of colors. The leaves have such a striking texture, I wanted to get some up close shots to showcase their beauty.
If these photos don't inspire you to try your hand at cooking up this yummy vegetable, then maybe my simple recipe will do the trick!
Sauteed Swiss Chard with Walnuts and Brown Rice
- 1 bunch swiss chard, stems removed from leaves and set aside in separate piles
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup white wine [I like using a sauvignon blanc, but chicken broth works well too]
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted [optional, but they add a nice crunch!]
- 1.5 cups of brown rice, cooked [to make this quick, I use the microwavable bags, which gets this meal done in under 30 minutes!]
- salt and pepper, to taste
Cut stems into thin strips, about an inch long. Roughly chop the leaves. Heat olive oil, butter and garlic over medium heat until fragrant and add stems. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add white wine and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Add the leaves and cook until wilted. Fold in the walnuts, brown rice and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Makes a perfect side with roasted salmon, or grilled chicken.