Raw, adjective: 1. uncooked, as articles of food: a raw carrot.
I've got a serious crush. On swiss chard.
It's often on my mind, mixed with currants and pine nuts. I get all nervous and fluttery thinking about all the things I can do with it. So vibrant, I blush. Can't sleep at night thinking about how excited I am to head down to the farmers' market to snag a bundle. I want to tell everyone about it. And it makes me feel good.
(Vegetable crushes are waaaaay better than dude crushes. For the record.)
There's a myriad of recipes out there right now for this stylish and seasonal veg. Trade in your usual spinach or kale for this green wunkerkind - it's related to beets and has many of the same vibrant colors, but an interesting bitter and slightly salty taste that goes well with a little olive oil and garlic.
Check out this recipe series in the Times - they've got a few good options, including the above-mentioned currants and pine nuts. And Vegetarian Times has a good little blurb called "1 Food 5 Ways." Finally, head over to trusty old World's Healthiest Foods for the lowdown on all the mad fiber, potassium and vitamin K involved in this king of greens.
Swiss Chard (Veg Times)
Swiss Chard (WH Foods)