Hearty Swiss Chard

My husband and I planted the leafy green veggie Swiss chard in our modest garden this summer.  When the leaves looked mature, I cut them off….leaving about 2 inches of the stalk on the plant.  A few weeks later……more chard leaves!  I have harvested that plant 6 times, providing myself and my neighbor Vera with plenty of chard.  What (you say) do you actually do with Swiss chard…..and why do you want to eat it?? Swiss chard can be sauted in a bit of olive oil with garlic….then embellished with lemon juice, dried cranberries, and pine nuts….and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or dressing.  It can be used raw as a great “wrap” for hummus or chicken salad.  Swiss chard leaves can get mighty big, so they can hold a lot.  Last week, Vera made some darn-good corn chowder.  We added chives, sour cream, and pretty green chard ribbons on top.  It was not only delicious and nutritious, but lovely to behold!  Listed below are some health benefits you can reap from the hearty Swiss chard………

*excellent source of vitamins K, A, C & E

*excellent source of magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron & fiber

*contains phytonutrients (plant nutrients) that provide antioxidant protection

*excellent source of calcium (dairy is not the only way to go!)

*magnesium & potassium to regulate healthy blood pressure

*vitamin A and beta-carotene to nourish the eyes

Swiss chard packs a nutrition wallop……boasting only 35 calories per cup…..and all these wonderful benefits!!

Source: The World’s Healthiest Foods by George Mateljan

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