Look for these brightly colored greens at your local farmers market or grocery store. When you're cooking with chard you can use their colorful stems, but cook them longer than the leaves. They taste great sautéed in oil and spices, with other vegetables or alone (see Sautéed Greens recipes below).
How to Select
Select chard with fresh green leaves.
How to Store
Store unwashed leaves in plastic bags with some air holes in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
How to Prepare
Separate leaves from stems. Rinse in cold water. Cook stems longer than leaves. Chard cooks down in volume, so use more raw greens than final dish calls for. Chop in salads, wraps, and sandwiches. Steam, microwave or boil in water or flavored broth. Sauté, stir-fry or braise in oil and spices, with other vegetables or alone. Add to casseroles, soups, sauces, pasta, and egg dishes.
Recipes with this vegetable
Oodles of Noodles
This delicious, nutritious recipe was developed by staff and students as part of a healthy school lunch challenge.