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FEB 2010 – Swiss Chard With Shallots



Serve this quick and easy side dish with roasted meats or vegetables.


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot, finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 bunches Swiss chard, rinsed well
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt


Cut off and discard chard stems and any tough center ribs. Thinly slice leaves. Set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add shallot and pepper flakes and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add chard, vinegar and salt and continue cooking, tossing often, until wilted and softened, 3 to 4 minutes more.

Or, to cook in the microwave, place shallot, oil and pepper flakes in a very large microwavable bowl. Microwave on high until shallot is soft, about 1 minute. Add chard, vinegar and salt and toss. Microwave on high, stopping to stir every minute or so, until chard is wilted and soft, about 6 minutes. Pour off any excess liquid before serving.
Per serving (about 7oz/197g-wt.): 90 calories (60 from fat), 7g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 680mg sodium, 7g total carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 3g protein