Nash is growing lots of delicious Chard!
It's the "season of plenty" in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, and every week brings a new fruit or vegetable to our tables. This month, chard makes its grand entrance. A highly nutritious and gorgeously showy vegetable, chard has a lot to offer both for visual appeal and for our overall health. According to The World’s Healthiest Vegetables, chard ranks high in total nutrient richness, second only to spinach, being full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Here are a couple of ways, one easy, one a little more involved, to enjoy fresh summer chard from the Sequim-Dungeness Valley and Nash's Organic Produce Stand! 3- Minute Chard 1 lb. chard, chopped 1 medium clove chopped garlic 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil Salt and black pepper to taste Optional Additions: 6 kalamata olives 1/2 cup feta cheese 1 tsp soy sauce Chop garlic and let sit for 5 minutes. In a large pot, bring 3 qts. water to a rapid boil before adding chard. Cut off tough, bottom part of chard stems. Add the chopped leaves to the boiling water. Do not cover. Cook for 3 minutes; begin timing as soon as you drop the chard into the boiling water. Place in colander and press out excess water. Transfer to serving dish and toss with rest of ingredients while it is still hot. Using a knife and fork, cut chard into small pieces for better flavor. Recipe from: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=recipe&dbid=100 Stuffed Chard Leaves If your chard has gotten a little wilted, don’t throw it away. Use it in this wonderful recipe! 16 chard leaves ½ cup chopped green onions 2 ½ cups cooked brown rice 1 cup feta cheese ½ cup cottage cheese 1 egg, beaten ½ cup chopped fresh parsley ¾ cup raisins 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill ¼ teaspoon grated lemon zest Salt to taste ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons oil Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove the ribs from the chard leaves and set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together the green onions, rice, feta, cottage cheese, egg, parsley, raisins, dill, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Lay the chard leaves with the underside up and place 2 Tbsps of the filling of each leaf, one-third of the way up from the bottom of the leaf. Fold over the sides of the leaf and roll up into a “square” packet. Place seam side down in a greased casserole dish. Do the same for all the leaves and brush lightly with oil when all the square packets are in the casserole dish. Cover and bake for about 30 minutes. You can bake any extra leftover filling and serve as a side dish. Serves 4 to 6 people. Recipe from The City Gardener’s Cookbook, Recipes from Seattle’s P-Patches