Sauteed Swiss Chard with Chick Peas

When I came home to my parents house for Thanksgiving, I walked out to the garden one morning to scope out what was left.  What I unsurprisingly found was a lifeless plot of land filled with nothing but chunky clumps of slightly frosted dirt.  That is, except for a small but thick row of swiss chard stretched across the garden and still standing strong.  I bundled up a huge bag to take back with me to good ol’ Philadelphia.  And this is what inspired me to create the following recipe.  A green-centered dish using up the last of the garden’s harvest.  That’s a combination you really can’t beat.  Enjoy.

Sauteed Swiss Chard with Chick Peas

-4 cloves garlic, minced
-1/2 large onion, diced
-2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
-4 cups swiss chard, leaves roughly chopped, stems diced
-1-15oz. can chick peas, drained
-Scant 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
-One large orange, juiced
-Salt, to taste

Heat oil in large skillet.  Saute garlic and onions until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add crushed red peppers, and saute another 2 minutes.  Stir in chick peas.  Add swiss chard, and salt to taste.  Cook 8-10 minutes until leaves are tender, stirring frequently.  Add orange juice.  Saute another 2 minutes, or until stems are tender.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Tes
    November 30, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Wow that just looks really colorful and sounds delicious. Count me in with anything chickpea 🙂

  • Reply
    Simply Life
    November 30, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Oh what a healthy combo! Looks great!

  • Reply
    Nicole
    November 30, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Mmm! So colorful and healthy! I bet the orange really makes the whole dish POP! 🙂

  • Reply
    The Candid RD
    December 2, 2010 at 7:01 am

    I don’t think I have ever had swiss chard. Can you believe it?! I am creating a pamphlet about how to use some unusual and uncommon veggies, and swiss chard is one of them. I may have to mention sauteeing it. It looks delicious!

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