Chard has highly nutritious leaves and is considered to be one of the healthiest vegetables available. A member of the beet family, it is often called "Swiss Chard", which was used to distinguish it from French spinach varieties by 19th century seed catalog publishers. I'm told Chard is very popular among Mediterranean cooks and that the first varieties have been traced back to Sicily.
Purchase one pound of raw chard for four people. It will look like a lot but it cooks down considerably.
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pound chard (any color combination)
crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
salt (to taste)
To prepare the chard simply wash thoroughly and cut off the bottom, tough part of the stems (leaving the top more tender colorful stem pieces and the leaves.) Cut into 1-2 inch squares and spin or towel dry.
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