Recipes for Swiss chard

Swiss chard and spinach

Recipes for Swiss chard are so simple and quick that they fit in perfectly with our slow food, made fast, philosophy; or is it spinach you have?

It is real Popeye food, filled with good nutrition.

This page was last updated by Bernard Preston on 23rd May, 2020.

Spinach has small leaves, with a tender stem, but your raw Swiss chard has a fairly tough leaf depending on their age. There are various options.

  1. Devein them and either discard the stems to the compost heap, or chop them finely and cook them first for a couple minutes before adding the leaves.
  2. Again devein your mature Swiss chard leaves, and then blanch them for two minutes.
  3. Blanch the whole young leaves briefly and enjoy them as a salad.

See the larger stem of the Swiss chard on the left, and spinach on the right?

It is Lent which means it is pancake season. They really are junk food, but add a spinach, onion and feta cheese filling, and you have a treat which you can enjoy without too much guilt.

Recipes for Swiss chard

Eggs Florentine

Eggs Florentine remains my favourite healthy choice breakfast.

Swiss chard eggs Florentine.
  • Lightly fry half an onion in a dab of butter and, if you like it hot, add a jalapeno slit in half.
  • Toss the roughly chopped swiss chard on the onions.
  • We have a glut of green peas at the moment; it's optional.
  • Add a couple tablespoons of water and steam on high heat for a few minutes.
  • Slice a clove of garlic.
  • Toss the garlic and eggs onto the steaming mass of Swiss chard.
  • Boil for another couple minutes, making sure there is enough liquid, or it'll burn. I actually like it sloshy so I add a big of extra water. 
Swiss chard eggs Florentine in a pot.
Swiss chard eggs Florentine on toast.

Meantime butter a slice of toasted low GI bread; ladle your Swiss chard and eggs mix onto the toast. Discard the jalapeno if it is too hot for you, but they are loaded with an anti inflammatory substance called capaicin; very good for your aches and pains.

It is all about getting your nine coloured foods per day in an easy and enjoyable way. Strong research shows that there's a 35 percent lower all cause of death.

Just in this recipe for Swiss chard you have three colours; four if you include the lime.

Start your day with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, or better still this four citrus fruits mixture. Now you have your eight coloured foods, and you still at breakfast.

OJ from a carton alas doesn't count. In fact it is a negative because of its higher glycemic index.

It took me just two minutes to slice and press this juice. It is worth the bother and, to top it off, the taste is heavenly.


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You see coloured food improves your eyesight; so there are less car accidents. Magnesium heart tells its own story.

Tomatoes reduce the prevalence of prostate cancer by fifty percent, and replacing some of your animal protein with chickpeas means less breast CA.

Beets mean far less anaemia, and apples have been shown to dramatically lower cholesterol.

Whichever way you look at it, coloured foods are tasty, relatively easy to prepare in the main.

Either choose healthy choice foods or accept poor health in short.

Citrus five fruits in a jug.

Swiss chard food

Swiss chard food is one of the simplest and most rewarding vegetables to grow in the backyard garden. Understand more about this most basic and why it's one of the most fundamentally healthy plants you can grow at home.

No garden should be without Swiss chard food and no kitchen without Swiss chard recipes; here the good wife has dunked lightly blanched leaves in a hot dressing and then smothered it with feta cheese and onion rings. 

Swiss chard salad.

At a separate blog, I'll do a Swiss chard salad. It too is so easy.

Indian Saag recipe

This Indian Saag recipe brings out the best in kale and Swiss chard and is so easy to make; by using cumin and coriander you have the wonderful flavours of the East without it being chili hot.

Magnesium heart

Magnesium heart is a central page in your ticker's health.

We could equally easily write on magnesium joint, the point being that certain anti inflammatory minerals are vital for organ function.

If you have a coronary condition, or it runs in the family, read this magnesium heart page. Including a couple of leaves of spinach, Swiss chard or kale in your daily regimen is so easy.

Add to that the lutein benefit and you'll understand why we are crazy about recipes for Swiss chard; are you needlessly going blind from macular degeneration? The WHO says that a small patch of green in every garden would prevent the vitamin A deficiency that causes eight million children to go blind every year.

Spreading knowledge about healthy choice foods is a the heart of the ten commandments of food security.

Choice foods

Choice foods are usually coloured like Swiss chard and beetroot, peaches and mulberries; but of course feta cheese and tofu are colourless.

Look to your colours if you want to live long in the land with all your marbles and joints intact; those carotenes reduce inflammation and our risk of suffering from a malignant tumour. The Swiss chard nutrition page will give you more specifics.

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