straight from my garden, i harvested baby young and tender Swiss chard this week. Swiss chard is one of the healthiest vegetables for any diet. this variety is called bright lights and grew very nicely in my garden. i decided to harvest this bunch that grew from seed, before my little baby garden bunny decided she needed another meal.
to prepare the Swiss chard: chop the larger leaves, and remove the toughest part of the stalk or stem of the chard. using about one tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet, add the chard and season with minced garlic to taste with a bit of red pepper. heat for about 5 minutes, and then add some water by tablespoons if needed. cook for another five minutes, and then add salt to taste. just prior to serving, finish with a tablespoon of margarine.
the freshest leaves are very high in vitamins A, K and C. this side dish complements every summer meal.