Maybe you’ve browsed the stands at a farmers market, only to get overwhelmed by the selection of unknown produce.
Maybe you’ve opened a veggie box from a CSA group, only to groan at the presence of turnips and mysterious greens.
Or maybe you’re just looking to eat seasonally and locally or expand your veggie repetoire!
Well, I have a new series for you. 🙂
I present…The “How Do I Cook This Stuff?” Farmers Market Series!
Every month (or so) I’ll be highlighting a new vegetable that’s in-season. I’ll let you know why you should care about this veggie and how to prepare it for your family.
I hope this series encourages you to branch out a little, try some of these nutrient-dense foods, and support local farmers!
Let’s get started with CHARD (also known as Swiss Chard)!
Chard is a fun vegetable because the stems come in all sorts of colors (yes, I consider that “fun”). I buy whatever chard is available, but I *especially* love buying red or rainbow chard because of the vibrant pinks, reds, oranges, and yellows of the stems.
Why Should You Eat It?
A real food diet is not just about removing inflammatory, processed foods – it’s also about ADDING nutritious foods for optimal health. Chard is a great example of a super nutritious real food, and it’s not difficult to incorporate into your meals!
Chard is a very nutrient-dense veggie (as are most leafy greens). It is abundant in vitamins A, C, and K, along with minerals magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, and potassium. It’s also high in antioxidants!
What To Do With It
There are all sorts of ways to prepare chard. Here are a few options:
- You could go with a simple chard sauté, like this Chard with Lemon and Garlic (great as a side with dinner!)
- Or you could add it to a hash with other veggies, like in this Rainbow Chard & Carrot Hash
- You can even eat chard for breakfast with this Paleo Swiss Chard Frittata (yum!)
- If you’d rather eat your leafies raw, you could try this amazing, flavorful Swiss Chard Salad with Toasted Walnuts
- I think this idea is brilliant: why not turn your chard into a yummy sauce? I love this Swiss Chard Pesto recipe by Lindsey at Lou Lou Biscuit.
- And lastly, if you want to get really crazy (or if you like the idea of less food waste and more probiotic foods), you should try this Spicy Pickled Swiss Chard Stems recipe!
Do you have a favorite way to use chard? Is there a veggie that you would like featured in an upcoming post? Leave a comment below. 🙂
PS! The “idea credit” for this goes to my dear friend Alexia at The Picture Runner, who told me that I needed to write this series. 😉 If you’re a runner, you should definitely check out her blog.