Swiss chard is one of those veggies that some people are a little hesitant to use. I don't know why. It isn't that difficult to cook and lends itself to many dishes quite easily. Plus, who can resist the rainbow of colors each Swiss chard's stem has? It is actually quite easy to use. You can use the leaves in place of spinach or kale in recipes and the stems can be sliced like celery and added to a variety of dishes.
If you happen to grow Swiss Chard or you got it on sale because it is in season, you may be wondering what to do with it and how best to preserve it. Here are some tips on how to preserve it as well as 10 amazing Swiss chard recipes to create.
How to Freeze Swiss Chard Leaves
To freeze Swiss chard for easy use later on, you must blanch it. First, cut the stems off and set them aside. They can be used in one of the recipes below or you can freeze them separately to use in smoothies. Blanch the leaves for 2-3 minutes in hot water and quickly submerge it into ice cold water. Squeeze out the water and place it into dish sized-servings on a baking sheet in your freezer. This will act like a flash freezer. When they are solid, place them in bags and put back into the freezer
10 Amazing Swiss Chard Recipes
Vegan Swiss Chard rolls from Miratel are the perfect meal to have on meatless Monday.
If you like things hot, try this recipe for Spicy Asian Swiss Chard Stir-Fry from Kayln's Kitchen.
Use those stems of your Swiss chard to make these Spicy Pickled Swiss Chard Stems from HeartBeet Kitchen.
For a savory dinner recipe, try this Spaghetti Squash, Swiss Chard and dried Cranberry recipe from Cookin' Canuck.
Whole Foods Market has a recipe for a great side dish. Check out this Swiss Chard Gratin.
This crust-less Swiss Chard and Tomato Quiche from Real Food Real Deals looks like a great way to start your day or enjoy a light lunch.
Make snack time a bit healthier with this Swiss Chard Salsa from Closet Cooking. What a great mesh of flavors on that!
Another great lunchtime meal would be these Sesame Ginger Asian Wraps with Swiss Chard from Kris Carr.
This Kale and Chard Green Power salad with Maple Vinaigrette from Aggies's Kitchen looks so delicious!
If you love Latin inspired dishes, you will love this Skinny Tortilla-less Chicken and Pablono Enchiladas recipe from ifoodreal. Guess what the ‘tortillas' are?
What is your favorite way to enjoy Swiss chard? Let me know in the comments!