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Wordless Wednesday | Swiss Chard

This year I am determined to have a beautiful garden. So far everything is growing pretty well. I will introduce you to the cast of characters every Wednesday and update you on my garden’s progress.

After living in California for a couple of years now I think I finally have an idea on how to garden here. I like the fact that you can plant as early as February/March out here. Back home in Wisconsin we always had to wait until Mother’s Day before planting the garden because sometimes we would get a late frost.

Last year the snails ate up my garden and I was pregnant and on bed rest so I couldn’t devote a lot of time to it. This year I am spending a couple of hours a day tending the garden. I have the weeds under control and my mother-in-law suggested that I put water softener salt around the perimeter to keep the snails out. So far the salt is working quite nicely.

Nutrition information for Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard contains a lot of vitamin A and it is naturally high in sodium. One cup contains 313 mg of sodium, which is very high for vegetables. Chard is also surprisingly high in other minerals as well, i.e., calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.

Nutrition Facts
(1 cup chopped)
Calories 35
Protein 3 grams
Carbohydrates 7 grams
Calcium 102 mg
Iron 4 mg
Magnesium 151 mg
Phosphorus 58 mg
Potassium 960 mg
Sodium 313 mg
Vitamin C 32 mg
Folate 15 mcg
Vitamin 5493 IU

Try this yummy recipe.

Herbed Lemony Swiss Chard

Ingrediants
2 pounds Swiss chard, washed
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon minced shallots
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, thinly sliced

Cooking Instructions
1. Slice the chard on the diagonal into 2″ pieces.

2. Heat the chicken stock and add the stems of the chard and shallots. Simmer for about 3 minutes and add the chard leaves. Continue to cook until the chicken stock is reduced and the chard is tender, about 5 more minutes.

3. Remove from the heat and toss the chard with the lemon juice and olive oil. Taste and add salt and pepper. Sprinkle with tarragon.

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Cascia Talbert

Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.

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19 Comments

  1. Still On The Verge May 5, 2010

    Isn't it just the best feeling when you can see your garden growing?

    Lydia

  2. Angie May 5, 2010

    I've been thinking about growing a garden. Hoping to start one this year! I always wondered what to do with Swiss Chard thanks for the info!

  3. sheila May 5, 2010

    I never knew what to do with it either, but now I might just plant some!

  4. Kristie May 5, 2010

    I don't know that I've had Swiss Chard before. It looks like it's growing well for you!! 🙂

  5. The Local Cook May 5, 2010

    That is beautiful! I LOVE Swiss Chard. We have to wait until Mid May to plant our gardens 🙁

  6. Run DMT May 5, 2010

    I had no idea Swiss Chard was so high in potassium and even offers so protein. Good to know! I'm going to have to give that recipe a whirl.

    Thanks for stopping by for WW and offering your support and kind words. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  7. I wish I had enough of a yard to grow a garden. Nothing beats fresh veggies.

  8. Secret Mom Thoughts May 5, 2010

    I'm jealous you can plant so early. We have to wait till Memorial day to plant.

  9. I grew up in Sweden and gardened in California. The planting season always sneaked up on me…This year in Texas I am more prepared, we got peppers growing pretty big and they are just now turning red. We already tasted a couple of our strawberries.

  10. I do not know if I have had swiss chard before! Looks like your garden is growing good though!!

  11. Stefany May 5, 2010

    Wow, great job! I always have such great intentions for a garden but never follow through. blah

  12. Brooke May 6, 2010

    I don't know every plant out there but I do have some knowledge and yet have never heard of Swiss Chad.. Or at least that I remember..
    Can't wait to see how your garden does…

  13. Whimsical Creations May 6, 2010

    I just started planting my garden here in WNY. LOVE growing my own veggies.

  14. Muthering Heights May 6, 2010

    It looks like it's really growing!!! 🙂

  15. Brandy May 6, 2010

    My Dad grows this .. never tried it before though. He has a farm stand in Vermont every year!

  16. Sue May 6, 2010

    Looking good. I've never had that before either. Let us know how it tastes when you make it.

    Happy WW♥

  17. LT May 6, 2010

    Oh I would love to do a little gardening this year! The Swiss Chard looks great!

  18. The Jacobsen Family! May 6, 2010

    I am not a fan of Swiss Chard but my husband LOVES it! We grew it in our garden and my MIL grows TONS of it. Only 2 of my kids like it, but I'm so glad they do! It's so good for you!

  19. Ooh, I wish I had an herb and vegetable garden. I'm so jealous! I can't wait to see what else you've got planted there.
    Thanks for stopping by and linking your WW post up at my place. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to make my way over. I'm still slowly making my way through the 70+ blogs who linked up. Thanks again. Have a great day!

    Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud
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