Friday, April 20, 2012

Simple Swiss Chard Saute by Mary C.

Simple Swiss Chard Saute by Mary C.

A simple dinner that I make when I don’t have anything planned is to sauté some greens. Our local supermarket carries bags of greens such as Swiss chard mix, collard greens, and beet greens. I have become fond of cooking the Swiss chard mix which is a mix of Swiss chard and kale. 

What’s great about these Epic Roots Ready to Cook greens are exactly that…..that they’re already cut-up and ready to cook. And they’re a great source of Vitamin A and C……they contribute calcium, iron, and fiber to our diet, and they’re low in calories and sodium. In fact, 1 ½ cups of the Swiss chard mix is only 40 calories! Bring it on!

Although the Swiss chard mix is fine to sauté alone in some basting oil, I usually add some veggies, such as chopped carrots, onions, and halved grape tomatoes. The carrots give it even more crunch and the more colorful veggies the better for nutrition and beauty.  

Also, for some protein and more flavor, I add chopped Canadian bacon. This can be a satisfying meal with the addition of the bacon or it can be a side dish. I usually just eyeball the amount of veggies and bacon that are put in, but below is a recipe using a whole bag, 16 oz, of greens.

               ---Mary C.

Simple Swiss Chard Saute

Epic Roots Ready to Cook Chard Mix, 16 oz, or 7 ½ cups
Baby-cup carrots, chopped into small bits, 1 cup
Onions, chopped, ½ cup
Cherry tomatoes, 10-15 halved
Basting oil with garlic and herbs
Garlic, minced, 1 t. (optional)
Canadian bacon round slices, 4-5 or whole pkg. if you like bacon

Select the largest frying pan that you have for a whole package of greens. I add the greens progressively because they cook down a lot when sautéing/wilting. Use about 1 ½ T. of basting oil in the pan.

Saute the onions, carrots, optional garlic, and Canadian bacon for a few minutes until softened. Add the chard mix and stir. It will cook down quickly…..continue to add the rest of the chard.

When almost ready to serve, add the halved cherry tomatoes, so they become softened as well. And that is it!

I accompany this entrée or side dish with a whole wheat bun. So you have a very healthy and satisfying meal that’s ready in minutes.

    ---Mary C.

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