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)


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