Rainbow Swiss chard with golden raisins and pepitas: easy, fast, highly nutritious side dish. You will love the combination of the leafy greens with the sweetness of the raisins and the crunch of the pepitas!
My biggest challenge is to slow my mind, my -impossible- project is to let it sit still. I try to “be in the moment”, but fail miserably when hundreds of thoughts, worries, questions, get tangled in my head. Yoga helps me tremendously, I practice vinyasa flow yoga, and during the poses it’s easier for me to be in the moment, enjoying the journey of getting there, but sometimes, in poses that you have to hold for a longer time, or when I’m in savasana (the corpse pose, laying down on my back, for those not familiar with yoga), I cannot really leg go and abandon, my mind rushing and thinking of what I have to do when I get home, what recipes we should make next, with flashbacks of memories mingling in and contributing to the chaos that it’s in there 🙂 .
I’m mostly projected in the future, planning, scheduling, organizing, and when I’m not in the future, you can find me in the past, lost in thoughts of what, where, and how has been. The present? Fleeting, flickering like a sparkling light. Loreto sometimes asks me where I am, when I seem to fade away, and tells me to come down on earth, and it’s true, I was some place up in the sky, I would need rocks in my pockets, or cement shoes, but he is my rock and he is the one who can appease my wandering mind.
In this adventure together as food bloggers we compliment each other and support, encourage, and help when needed, as needed. When I cook/bake, I’m there, but not fully, you can see me start multiple little tasks or sub tasks as I’m going. Each new task the product of how my mind works, constantly moving, changing, shifting, adding.
The strange thing is that the simpler the recipe the more it calms my mind. It seems that when recipes get really complicated my mind starts to race and every thought comes in, but when a recipe is simple I have less stress and I relax more. For the recipes I have done many times and that are in my repertoire, confidence sets in and that thought highway is brought out of rush hour traffic and more like a country drive. Funny phenomena. With all that being said this recipe for today is more like that Sunday country drive.
Greens have always been a favorite of mine and if you say verdure (greens) everyone in Italy will rave and rant on the benefits of these particular veggies. It was our Saturday visit to the downtown City Market 104th where we found some lovely vibrant colorful Swiss chard. Our usual way of preparing this green is to simply blanch the greens in boiling water, drain and into a pan with some good extra virgin olive oil, and garlic, some seasoning and it’s ready to eat. This time I found a very interesting recipe in a book titled “Pretty Delicious” by Candice Kumai. It seemed very intriguing and so our new Swiss chard dish is born. We give you Rainbow Swiss Chard with Golden Raisins and Pepitas.
Rainbow Swiss Chard with Golden Raisins and Pepitas, a new approach to using leafy greens.
This recipe is as simple as simple can be. The Swiss chard blanched then sautéed with some red onions, olive oil and seasoning. At just about the end of cooking the raisins go in, and when you plate it, add a splash of lemon juice, top with the pepitas (pumpkin seeds), and this dish is ready to be served.
The flavors are wonderful. The Swiss chard with its rich earthy flavor and velvety texture. The golden raisins teaming with the caramelized onions adding a touch of sweetness to the savory component of the dish. The pepitas roasted nicely giving us a last textural crunch which is most delightful in conjunction to the smooth soft textures of the greens, raisins and onions. Although the raisins stayed plump so there was a bit of pop in texture as the sweetness released itself with every bite in our mouths.
This Rainbow Swiss Chard with Golden Raisins and Pepitas, is a great side dish but could also be a dish on it’s own with bread, great for a light lunch. The flavors sophisticated in a simple sort of way, giving us a plethora of textures and a dichotomy of tastes, all well enjoyed as far as our family was concerned.
So next time you’re at you farmers market and you see that beautiful rainbow Swiss chard, think about this recipe, I am sure your family will enjoy also.
Song of the day: “Skyscraper”, Demi Lovato.
Recipe adapted from: "Pretty Delicious" by Candice Kumai.
- 1 bundle rainbow Swiss chard
- 2 Tbsp pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted
- 1 Tbsp cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Wash and trim the Swiss chard, then place it in a pot of boiling water. Blanche it for few minutes, drain and set aside.
- Toast the pepitas in a small skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan often, until fragrant, tasty brown and plump, about 3 minutes. Set aside.
- Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the red onion and cook, stirring often until it begins to soften, 3 minutes. Stir in the chard and cook for about 4-5 minutes.
- Stir in the golden raisins and turn off the heat.
- Turn the greens onto a serving platter, sprinkle with lemon juice and the pepitas over the top and serve.
We have another great dish using Swiss chard: