Swiss chard ranks up there with miso and chicken soup as a healing food. Even before I knew how much Vitamin A, K and C it had (one cup contains 214%,716%, and 53%, respectively), it was high on my list of foods to eat when I was feeling under the weather.
At the supermarket this week, they had some beautiful rainbow chard calling my name. The weather is cold and gloomy here in New Jersey now, and I've been sniffling for weeks. I picked up two bunches and prepared it really simply, sauteed in olive oil with some onions and garlic, with just a little bit of wine. I ate almost the entire bowl myself.
|A leaf of rainbow chard|
|The finished dish, courtesy of Sagegreen|
Simple Sauteed Swiss Chard
2 bunches swiss chard, rainbow if possible
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 onion, sliced in rings
2 cloves garlic, chopped coarse
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 cup dry sherry wine
Clean the chard well. Make sure it's free of any sand and dirt particles. (I fill a large basin with water and wash it in three changes of water.) Don't spin the leaves dry - leave some water clinging to them. You'll need the moisture for cooking.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a heavy pot over a medium flame. Sautee the onions for about ten minutes, until they're golden yellow. Add the garlic and sautee for another minute or two, stirring.
Add the chard to the pot. Pour in the salt and wine. Cover the pot and cook, stirring every couple of minutes for about ten minutes. You want the chard nicely warmed through and softened, but still bright.