All this talk about the kale shortage got us thinking about what we can eat instead. Kale is great and all. But if your objective is simply to add dark leafy green vegetables to your diet, and you find kale to be a little too bitter-tasting, you may want to give rainbow (or Swiss) chard a try.
It’s called rainbow chard because of its brightly colored stems, usually in vibrant purple, red, yellow and orange. But its stem can also be green, in which case it is called Swiss chard. Regardless of its stem color and nomenclature, all chard is an excellent source of iron, and WebMD adds that it is rich in vitamins K, A, and C, as well as magnesium, potassium and dietary fiber.
To help get you started on your mission to add some roughage to your diet, we’ve rounded up 17 different ways for you to prepare rainbow chard. Bon appétit!
The Chalkboard featured this recipe for "green ravioli" from nutritionist Joel Fuhrman's "Eat to Live Cookbook: 200 Delicious Nutrient-Rich Recipes for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Reversing Disease, and Lifelong Health." It ingeniously uses rainbow chard as a wrap, so you can save on calories you would have consumed had you used a flour tortilla, for example.
Nugget Markets' recipe for rainbow chard and carrot soup with chicken packs on the vitamins and nutrients, such as vitamin C, beta-carotene and potassium, and comes in at fewer than 180 calories per bowl.
In this recipe from Fuss Free Cooking, rainbow chard is complemented by quinoa, portobello mushrooms and kale (the latter of which you can leave it if that's just way too much dark leafy green for your palate) and topped with an egg.
This mac and cheese recipe from Rachel Cooks is fortified by finely chopped chard, turkey and made with gruyere cheese for sinfully savory results.
Kitchen Konfidence's recipe for rainbow chard soup is a gorgeous vibrant green that is almost too pretty to eat.
If you tried kale chips and, well, hated them, here's a recipe for rainbow chard chips from The Vegan Crew that you may like better.
Women’s Health serves up this awesome breakfast that includes chopped up rainbow chard. If you're on the fence about chard but really want to give it a try, this is probably the recipe for you. Mmm, eggy goodness.
The Kitchn's recipe for golden beet and barley salad with rainbow chard is an explosion of color and flavor. Bonus? And don’t throw out the stems; pickle them! This awesome blog, one of our favorites, shows you how.