Because I currently have an abundance of amazing fresh veggies from our garden, I’ve been making various side dishes and experimenting with different ways to prepare the same veggies. My new favourite side dish is sauteed chard. It’s super quick and works well with anything. I’ve had it with zucchini and corn fritters, fish, and combined it with spinach and chopped up green beans (also fresh from the garden. Yes, I’m bragging). Note: chard can be quite bitter. Obviously not everyone can walk to the back yard and pull out a hunk, but if you can, this will taste even better. The best thing is that this all takes about 10-15 minutes to make, including prep time and has three ingredients.
- Large bunch of fresh Swiss Chard (it cooks down a LOT, so if you’re making this for a lot of people, you’re going to need a LOT of chard)
- 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 -2 tsp butter
1. Chop off the stalks of the chard and cut these up into small pieces. Cut up the rest of the chard into about 3cm pieces, keeping this separate from the stalks.
2. Heat the butter in a frying pan and add the garlic and the stalks. Fry these for about 5 minutes.
3. Add the chard leaves and cook until wilted (about 5 minutes).
- Cut up green beans and fry these with the stalks and garlic.
- Substitute spinach for chard or make a combination.
- Add fresh basil.
- Go healthier (you weirdo) and fry in olive oil. It won’t be the same, but you’ll feel more virtuous.