Here’s what I did: I crisped 3 pieces of bacon and let them cool on paper towels. Meanwhile, I brought 2 1/2 cups of water to boil, added 2 chicken bouillon cubes, and 1 lb. of uncooked orzo. I turned it down to simmer for 10 minutes. (I had to add another 1/2 cup of water towards the end so it didn’t get too dry, but it turned out well.)
Then I trimmed the swiss chard, discarding the stems, and sauteed/steamed it in the bacon grease. It cooks down like spinach (and, quite frankly, it tasted a good bit like spinach to me). I added a drizzle of olive oil, 4 garlic cloves, 1 can of cannellini (white kidney) beans (the beans were an interesting addition), and heated everything through. I chopped up 1 roma tomato and crumbled the bacon to top our dinner.
Here's our dinner!
Bryan's - topped with crumbled bacon
Mine - with tomato and a little crumbled bacon - Yum!
I picked up some Swiss Chard at Saturday’s Market and it’s still fresh! I’ve used a little in a smoothie. It’s a new veggie for me, and it’s supposed to be really good for you, so I want to learn how to cook it. Tomorrow night is Thursday, which means cooking night (Monday/Wednesday are classes, and Tuesday is normally spent reading Nutrition all night). My Thursday assignments for nutrition aren’t technically due till Friday at midnight, so Thursday is kind of my free night.
Swiss Chard: in the beet family, use like spinach
So, I was looking at recipes for Swiss Chard and think I’ve figured out what we’re doing for dinner tomorrow night.
One recipe said to boil the chard in salt water, then drain, and mix with olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
Another recipe said to use less salt in the water, eliminate the red pepper flakes and use bacon instead of olive oil.
And yet another recipe said to cook the chard, add cannellini beans and diced tomatoes, then serve it over pasta cooked in the same water as the chard. This one recommends hand washing every swiss chard leaf and says it’s easy to grow in your garden, so I look forward to growing some next season.
So, tomorrow, I think I’ll cook up a couple pieces of bacon, then sautee the chard with garlic, salt, and pepper, stir in some cannellini beans till warm, and serve over pasta, maybe an orzo. I’ll serve chopped tomatoes on the side, since Bryan isn’t a huge fan. I’ll let you know how it goes and hopefully post a picture. Stay tuned…