The bf and I signed up for Washington’s Green Grocer and we received our first box! It was pretty fun to open it up and see all the fresh ingredients that I would get to work with. It was a little more challenging to find recipes that I wanted because a lot of my cookbooks tend to have recipes for meals so I needed to do some improv.
A new ingredient for me was Swiss Chard.
I have kind of just thought of this as a boring leafy vegetable that had to be annoying to cook, but it was in the box so I was going to eat it. Boy was I wrong. I did a little online research and found that most recipes included some sort of olive oil, garlic, lemon sauteed combination. I also found that the stem and the leaf are almost two different vegetables and need different amount of cooking so need to be separated.
What I did
Glug of olive oil
1 clove of garlic
1/3 chopped red onion
3 glugs of white wine
Bunch of Swiss Chard
First, I chopped the garlic and the onion. Then I removed the leaves from the Swiss chard stems and chopped several (not all). I poured olive oil into a pan then added the garlic, onion, and stems of the chard. I sauteed this for about 5 minutes.
Then I added the white wine and let this boil down until it was reduced by half.
I piled in the leaves of the chard and sprinkled them with pepper.
I let these wilt a little and then squeezed the half of lemon into the pan. I stirred while the the leaves continued to shrink for about 5 minutes and that was it. I topped the Swiss chard with Parmesan-breaded chicken breasts (a Julia recipe).
I’m so glad I tried the new ingredient and kind of made it up as I went. I had never tasted this pretty vegetable so had no idea what I was going for. I truely enjoyed it. Now when I look at recipes I understand the taste so have an idea whether I would like it or not. I wonder what will come in our next box.