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Friday, February 15, 2008

Swiss Chard w. Tomatoes

Swiss Chard is an extremely healthy vegetable which falls into the generic term of 'greens' just like collard green, mustard green and kale. It is tastes very bitter when eaten in the raw state but the flavors mellow out as you cook it. You can really substitute Swiss Chard with any spinach or greens recipe. Only thing you really should take not of is the ribs of the leaves need to be cooked longer than the leaves themselves. Some recipes I've read even instruct you to discard the ribs of leaves.

1 bunch Swiss Chard
1/2 cup canned chopped tomatoes
2 cloves garlic chopped
2 tblespns olive oil
drop of white wine
dash crushed red pepper(optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Wash the whole leaves thoroughly and dry. Separate the leaves from the ribs. Chop the ribs into bite size pieces and set aside. Chop the leaves in bite size pieces as well and put aside. Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the chopped garlic and saute for a minute or two. Add the tomato's, ribs red pepper if using and the wine. Stir everything together and cook for five minutes stirring occasionally. Add the chopped leaves and cook for an additional seven minutes stirring occasionally and serve.

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