In Season: Rainbow Chard

By Wendy McMillan

A hybrid bred to produce colorful leaves and stems, rainbow chard also delivers a wide spectrum of nutrients. Topping the list are bone-building vitamin K and vision-enhancing vitamin A, magnesium, and vitamin C. A cup of chard also provides nearly 15 percent of your daily fiber needs. Here are three simple ways to prepare this good-for-you veggie:

Simple Sauté
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil, and sauté 1/2 cup diced onion, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice for two minutes. Add 1/4 cup white wine and 1 bunch roughly chopped chard, and stir until it wilts. Serve warm, sprinkled with shaved Romano cheese.

Smoked Salmon and Chard Frittata
Sauté 1 diced onion in olive oil. Add 1 bunch chopped chard leaves, ribs removed, and cook until it wilts. In a large bowl, mix with four beaten eggs, 3/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 3/4 cup shredded cheese, 1 cup fresh bread crumbs, and 1 cup chopped smoked salmon. Bake in a 9-inch pan at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until set.

Lentil and Chard Stew
In a large saucepan, combine 1 cup red lentils, 2 cups water, and 2 cans chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Add 1 cup chopped carrots, 1 cup diced onion, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, and a dash of salt and pepper. Simmer 30 minutes. Add a bunch of torn chard leaves, and simmer 10 more minutes. Top with a dollop of yogurt.