Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sautéed Rainbow Swiss Chard and Snap Peas

This week in my box i got Rainbow Swiss Chard! I was super excited! Last time I got it, I didn't know what to do with it and I let it go to waste, but this time I was determined to use it! It was so pretty, how could I not?? I also got Snap Peas! I absolutely love Snap Peas. While I was delivering everyone's boxes I kept my box on the seat by me so I could snack on them! They were so yummy!

Also, my husband bought me an awesome new book! Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison. 400 pages of information all about produce!

She writes a few paragraphs on each vegetable, then lists flavors that go with that vegetable, and a few recipes. My favorite thing about the book are the lists of flavors that go with each veggie! Now I can easily come up with great recipes based on this info! It's awesome! So of course I was really excited to put the book to use with this week's box!

8 Leaves of Rainbow Swiss Chard
about 1/2 lb of Snap Peas, cut in half
3 strips of Bacon, cut into 1/2 in pieces
2 heads of Green Garlic, chopped (If you don't have green garlic, just use 2 cloves of garlic chopped)
1 TBS fresh Cilantro, chopped
Toasted sesame seeds

Look how gorgeous all of these veggies are!!

I always recommend chopping everything BEFORE you start cooking. Everything will go much quicker and it will make cooking so much easier!

To chop the Rainbow Chard, cut the leaves from the stem. Chop the stem into 1 in pieces and the leaves into bigger pieces (they will shrink down a TON when you cook them).

I think Rainbow Chard might be my new favorite! The
stems are just beautiful!
Put a skillet on medium heat and get your bacon crispy!

Or, just make your husband do it while you take pictures and chop everything else...

Remove the bacon and set it on a paper towel and plate to the side. Keep the grease in the pan and add on the Rainbow Chard STEMS, and the Snap Peas. Since these are bigger chunkier pieces they will take longer to cook, so you want to cook those first. Cook those for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add on the Green Garlic (or regular garlic) and let that cook for a minute.

Once that has cooked add in the Leaves and the Cilantro, and cook for a few more minutes until the leaves are wilted.

After that place it on a plate to serve and top it off with some of the bacon pieces and toasted sesame seeds. I grilled chicken to serve with this, it was so yummy! And if you don't believe that all these weird greens can be good, my husband actually asked me to cook this again!

Give Rainbow Chard a chance! Enjoy!

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