Think Fresh: Swiss Chard

I know that green stuff is good for us. And thankfully I like green stuff! But I do find that I get tired of eating the same few salads I make. I’m forever trying to get more green stuff into my body, without having to eat giant bowls of cold salad. So I thought I’d put a little effort into my favorite green of the season: Chard! It was also one of the ingredients I had some requests for recipes for.

Chard is a dark leafy green, that comes in a variety of colors. It is extremely high in almost all vitamins and minerals(as are all dark leafy greens). A one cup serving is a whopping 7 calories, and 375% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin K. Vitamin K is important for many reasons. It has shown to have anti-cancer properties, and to prevent the hardening of arteries. It is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis because it helps your body absorb calcium. It is also a key blood clotting agent. If you get a cut, Vitamin K is used by your body to stop excessive bleeding.

I got a giant bag of Swiss Chard from the Farmers Market last week. Like a really big bag that I hadn’t even made a dent in. So yesterday I made this for dinner. It was so good that I made it again today for lunch. Comfort food at its absolute best, yet ¬†between yesterday and today, I’m sure I’ve eaten about 6 cups of chard! Utterly delicious, total comfort food, major health benefits of leafy greens and garlic, 20 minutes including boiling pasta! Give it a try!

Linguine with Swiss Chard and Garlic

In a sauce pan, sautee 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, minced and sea salt. When garlic softens and starts to brown, add 1/2 cup of white wine, and 6-8 cups of chopped chard(stems removed). Saute until they are softening, about 5 minutes, add in 1/4 cup of pine nuts. Pour on top of fresh linguine, and garnish with parmesan cheese.

Linguine with Swiss Chard and Garlic