Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wilted Chard with Pickled Red Onions

I always feel sorry for Chard. This gorgeous, green, leafy vegetable is so often ignored.  I watch people walk right by it in the produce section of my local market. Others will pick up a bunch, inspect it for a moment or two, and toss right back into the pile.  This is such a shame because chard is one classy act.

Here are a few reasons why you should fall in love with chard and add it to your diet:

Chard is a nutritional power house. It is packed with vitamins C, E, and K, carotene, chlorophyll, and fiber.  It is also an excellent source of several minerals including potassium, magnesium, iron, and manganese.  Chard also contains other nutrients including vitamin B6, protein, calcium, thiamine,selenium, zinc, niacin, and folic acid.

Chard is one of the best anti-cancer foods you can eat because of its combination of traditional nutrients; phytochemicals, chlorophyll, other plant pigments, and soluble fiber. The generous amount of vitamin K that is contained in chard, is especially beneficial in the maintenance of bone health.

If all that doesn't turn you on to chard; how about this? One cup has about 32 calories and it is naturally fat free. It's perfect for weight loss. Buy it. Cook it. Eat it!

I am always tempted to just toss bunches of chard into the carts of unsuspecting shoppers. Along with my business card, of course. Honestly, that might not be such a bad idea........

So now that you know all about chard, what the heck do you with it?

I have a recipe for you. This is easy, delicious, and healthy. I add raw brown sugar to this recipe instead of the regular white processed kind. A little pinch of sugar makes the pickled onions so much sweeter and helps to balance the strong taste of the chard.  If you are totally adverse to using sugar; go ahead and omit it. Or try a tiny dash of maple syrup instead.

Here's the recipe:
Wilted Chard with Pickled Red Onions


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