Market Watch: Rainbow Chard

My CSA box is erupting with gigantic bunches of this leafy green veggie. This variety of Swiss chard has fluffy, tender green leaves and edible stems bursting with color and flavor.
FN_Giada De Laurentiis Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Swiss Chard and Pecorino Cheese.tif

FN_Giada De Laurentiis Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Swiss Chard and Pecorino Cheese.tif

Food Network Giada De Laurentiis' Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Swiss Chard and Pecorino Cheese recipe.

©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

My CSA box is erupting with gigantic bunches of this leafy green veggie. This variety of Swiss chard has fluffy, tender green leaves and edible stems bursting with color and flavor.

Chard is low in calories and packed with nutrients like potassium, iron and vitamins C and K. Use it anywhere you would used cooked spinach—the flavor is similar, only chard is slightly bitter (in a good way).  And don’t forget those beautiful stems, they just need a few extra minutes of cooking—add them to the pan or pot a few minutes ahead of the leaves.

My top 5 favorite things to do with Swiss chard.

  1. Sauté with olive oil, garlic, and a splash of balsamic vinegar
  2. Use sautéed leftovers (see #1) for a pizza topping -- my hands-down favorite!
  3. Add to stir-fry
  4. Wilt into tomato sauce and serve over pasta
  5. Add to soup
Recipes to try:
Keep Reading

Next Up

Market Watch: Garlic Scapes

Chances are you won’t find garlic scapes anywhere but the farmers’ market. They’re often passed over because people may not be sure what they are. Take advantage of this local food delicacy, but act fast, these delicious curly green shoots are only available for a short time.

Market Watch: Summer Squash

I love summer squash sautéed or roasted – but what about raw? Check out these two squash recipes full of summer flavor and there’s no cooking required!

Market Watch: Celery Root

This root veggie might look a bit unusual, but don’t let that scare you away from giving it a chance. Celery root (a.k.a. celeriac) is a delicious early fall treat.

Market Watch: Sweet Corn

Our previous Summerfest write up on corn got my mouth watering for more of this warm weather veggie. Piles and piles can still be found at my local markets.

Market Watch: Dandelion Greens

First up: verdant and pleasingly bitter dandelion greens. Here's what they're like and how to use them today.

Market Watch: Seasonal Tomatoes

Because we’re celebrating tomatoes this week, I went to my farmers' market and bought every kind of tomato I could find. Here’s how I made out.