Bonus: We have a delicious curry Swiss chard recipe you must try!
Kale may hold the spotlight in the category of ‘leafy greens’ but that doesn’t mean it’s the only superstar in that category.
Swiss chard is another nutrient-dense, versatile green worth adding to your grocery list. Related to beets and spinach, Swiss chard has an earthy flavor and is an excellent source of vitamins K, A and C, as well as a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron and dietary fiber.
When selecting it, you may find varieties with colorful stems, known as rainbow chard. These colors do not affect the flavor of the vegetable but definitely brighten up the dinner table. When you’re shopping for chard, look for crisp, vibrant leaves that are free from any yellow or brown spots.
As a quick side dish, Swiss chard can be sautéed with olive oil and garlic, until tender. It can also be added to your favorite vegetable soup recipe for additional vitamins and fiber — simply add some chopped chard during the last 10 minutes of cooking and let it simmer until softened.
Swiss chard also makes a great addition to this flavorful chicken curry dish, whose warm flavors are perfect for cold winter evenings.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 chicken breasts, cubed
- 2 shallots or ½ of a small onion, chopped
- 3 tablespoons green curry paste (located in the International food aisle at your grocery store)
- 2 tablespoons chili paste (adjust for flavor and heat)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 14 ounces coconut milk
- 2 cups water
- 14 ounces chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 bunch Swiss chard, thinly sliced with thick stems removed
- Heat oil in a large pot.
- Add chicken and cook over medium heat until almost fully cooked, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Add shallots/onions and continue cooking until they are softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
- Add curry paste, chili paste, salt, ginger, coconut milk and 1 cup of water.
- Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
- Add remaining 1 cup of water and bring back up to a boil.
- Add chickpeas and simmer for 20 minutes, uncovered.
- Add the chopped Swiss chard and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Adjust for flavor and desired heat.