Foodspotlight – Swiss Chard
Thanks to my Mother-in-law’s garden, we are receiving bunches of fresh produce this summer! One thing that her garden is full of is Swiss Chard. Swiss chard is a leaf-like lettuce that grows to be about 18 inches tall. The leaf is dark green and the stem can be red, orange, yellow, or white.
- Excellent source of Vitamin C which boosts immune system
- Excellent source of Vitamin K which promotes bone health
- Source for Omega-3
- Provides vitamin B-complex which promotes healthy cellular metabolic functions
- Full of minerals such as copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.
- Helps protect against colon and prostate cancers, osteoporosis, iron deficiency anemia
(Info found here.)
Eating raw swiss chard ensures your body receiving the most health benefits from this power-house veggie. Fresh swiss chard is best eaten raw in it’s young, tender stages. The bigger leaves are best saved for stir-fry’s and baking.
My family likes it best in my mother-in-law’s recipe Swiss Chard Meatloaf Rolls.
It’s so simple: Mix up your favorite Meatloaf recipe.
Roll up the meat mixture with the swiss chard leaves. Note: cut out stem and discard.
Place in 9×13 pan and pour a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce on top. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.
Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese! Yum!
Have you used swiss chard? What’s your favorite way to serve it?