Kitchen Creation – Swiss Chard with Lime!

Just for fun, I’d like to share with you my most recent kitchen creation. This dish was inspired by the fact that I’ve gotten a big bunch of Swiss Chard each week from the CSA. It’s super fast (20 min tops), delicious, and super nutritious.

Now – if you are immediately turned off by the thought of leafy greens – don’t be discouraged! I was in your shoes in the not so recent past. I didn’t even really like them when I first tried them… they are an acquired taste… but if they are prepared well, their taste will grow on you! Plus they are super nutritious. I still don’t like mustard greens – too bitter, but Kale and Swiss Chard are milder.

Anyway… here is the recipe I’ve made 3 times in the past week. It’s great by for a side dish or served over rice:

Swiss Chard sauteed with lime

For 1 serving:
  • about 6-8 large leaves Swiss Chard
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 slice of lime
For 4-6 servings:
  • 1 bunch Swiss Chard
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 of a lime
Directions:
  1. Wash the chard
  2. Remove the stems from the leaves
  3. Chop the stems in small pieces
  4. Chop the leaves (I roll the leaves, chop into 1/2 inch strips then cut the strips in half)
  5. Heat some olive oil in a pan (just once or twice around the pan – less than you think you need)
  6. Add the stems, mix with the oil and cook for about a minute
  7. Add the leaves, mix with the stems
  8. Pour a little more olive oil over the leaves (they will still be fluffy) and mix
  9. When the leaves are almost wilted, but not quite – another 4 minutes or so – turn off the heat
  10. While the pan in still hot, add a sprinkling of salt (I don’t really use that much) and squeeze the lime over the leaves. Mix in to finish wilting the leaves
  11. Enjoy!