My organic basket from last week also had swiss chard. I remember hating it as a child (or even as an adult) and I waited a whole week until I finally decided to cook it. I didn’t even invite anyone else for dinner that night because I was sure no one in the world was crazy enough to like swiss chard.
I looked up online an easy recipe and came upon something called a 3-minute swiss chard. Patience is not a virtue I possess so this recipe sounded great. It even had a little blurb about how this vegetable is a super food like spinach, rich in nutrients like vitamins and antioxidants, and blah, blah, blah… I’m sure I’ll hate it anyway.
Besides waiting for the water the boil, this recipe was pretty simple and used ingredients I always have at home. Actually, of course, I didn’t have everything: no olives or feta cheese that day, but then I just added what I had in the fridge – onion and parmesan cheese. Wow, I’m starting to make my own recipes now!
Surprise, surprise: this dish was one of the tastiest things I had in a while! So glad I hadn’t invited anyone over. I ate the whole thing in one seating.
5-minute Swiss Chard with Parmesan Cheese
- 1 bunch of swiss chard (chopped, but without thick parts of the stem)
- 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
- ½ medium red onion (chopped)
- Juice of ½ lime
- 3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Boil lots of water in a pot. Once it’s at a rapid boil, add the swiss chard. Do not cover. After 3 minutes, drain the water with a colander.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the onion for about a minute until it’s translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 30 more seconds. Add the boiled swiss chard and sauté everything for a minute.
Stir in lime juice and parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Calories: 400, but this recipe should serve 2 people.