Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Recipe: Every meal a miracle: Rhubarb Red Swiss Chard with lots of Garlic

Some nights I just can’t stand the though of making dinner.  Since I am a sucker for punishment (actually its that pesky soy intolerance) we don’t have any real instant options.

This is one of my favourite “instant” side dishes that really saves dinner. It must originally be from Jamie Oliver's Italy, now it's just in my head.

Tonight we served it with pizza (really a manchouer flat bread with cheese and garlic), it also goes really well with left over pizza as well as fish.

1 bunch of Swiss Chard (we used Rhubarb Red)
A hand full or two of spinach (optional, we are iron starved so we put spinach in everything)
Garlic to taste (we used 5 cloves)
A few glugs of olive oil
Either the juice of a whole lemon or 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
Salt and Pepper

Even the future compost looks good.
Wash the chard and spinach, paying special attention to get rid of any sand. 
Trim the ends off the chard.  
Blanche it for 2 minutes in boiling water.

While it’s boiling, pour 2 big glugs of olive oil into your wok or sauce pan. 
Turn it on to medium heat.  
Finely chop your garlic and toss it in the oil.  
Should be time to drain the greens.  
As soon as the garlic starts changing colour, toss in those greens.  
Add the lemon juice and salt and pepper. 

Mix it up every once and a while for about 5 minutes and volia! Italian greens! So fancy.  Looks like you have been slaving away over the stove all day, not that you could barely face the thought of making dinner.  

As my mother would say, “Every meal a miracle”.  Now call it a day.


  1. Gorgeous colors in your meal. Love it! :O)

  2. Looks yummy. I have a swiss chard obsession, but my 3 year old will only eat it if I cut it up very, very small and call it basil.

  3. Love the colors and it looks so good!

    I just received a copy of Jamie's Italy for my birthday...I'm so excited, it looks fantastic!!

  4. Thanks Ladies! @sweetkm, that is absolutely hilarious!

  5. yum in my tum! that's so inspiring!