What are you making for dinner tonight? How does this sound? A Portobello mushroom burger, coconut mango rice, and sautéed rainbow chard, uh-huh, that sounds yummy. I made these exact things for dinner last night and there wasn’t a crumb left on anyone’s plate.
This dinner was all about flavors, textures, and color, especially when it came down to the chard. It was like someone sprinkled confetti on our plates. It looked like a party and it tasted like one too. The stems were crunchy and the leaves were chewy, there was a slight bitterness (the good kind) balanced with the acidity of lemon juice, and the salt and pepper gave it a little punch. Unfortunately one bunch wasn’t enough for three people. I mean, it was, but we all wanted more, oinkers that we are. No offense to pigs, I love pigs.
Anyway, back to the chard. I could have eaten the entire pan by myself, but I had to share it with my husband and son. And, of course, I gave them both a bigger serving because I’m the mom, and that’s what I do. Next time, I will buy two, or maybe three bunches so that I can eat as much as I want.
Here are some facts about how awesome chard is:
One cup is only 7 calories! Whaaat?!?!? Of course sautéing it adds a few calories to that number, but come on now, let’s hear it for chard. Whoo-hoo!
One cup contains 44% of the daily recommended allowance of Vitamin A, and 18% of Vitamin C, and, get ready for it, it has 374% of Vitamin K. That’s what I’m talking about!
This super food contains 13 different polyphenol antioxidants. Bazinga! That’s a potent leaf folks.
You can eat it in salads, sauté it, add it to pasta dishes, or add it to soups. Actually, you can pretty much use chard anyway that you’d use spinach or kale. Just remember that it can be bitter, so if you’re not incorporating it into a recipe with other flavors, adding a little lemon or vinegar always makes it better.
It’s 80° in Chicago today, is it warm where you live? If it is, fire up the grill and make some mushroom burgers, and add a side of chard and coconut mango rice. If it’s not warm, make some anyway, it will brighten your mood. I promise.