Looking for a super healthy dinner idea? Swiss Chard and Beans, could not be any healthier or tastier! My Dad uses what he calls pig weed when making this recipe. Lol. In proper English, it's known as lambs quarters, which is also a strange name. It grows wild like crazy in our garden in the late spring and early summer. That is when we pick it, young and tender before it turns to seed. Some people think it is just an annoying weed but it is delicious cooked or steamed and very high in nutrition. I use
I blanch and freeze large amounts of chard. It is almost like fresh when I go to use it in soups and stews and of course, Italian greens and Romano Beans. Since we have our own dried Romano Beans, and I have chard frozen, I can make this amazingly nutritious dish anytime throughout the year.
Note: Like I say about all my Romano bean recipes, if you do not have the dried beans, the large tin of canned Romano beans can be substituted. Or, you could use another dried bean of your choice such as pinto beans.
Note: Prep and cook time vary with this recipe depending if your beans are precooked or canned.
Health Benefits: Beans contain a variety of vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and folate. They are considered a vegetable, but contain the valuable protein that is often associated with meat.
Swiss Chard is a nutritional powerhouse! Contains many phytonutrients that have health promotional and disease prevention properties. Chard is rich in iron and vitamins C, K, and A. Vitamin K is used in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
Live Long and Mangia!