Spinach isn’t the only healthy green.
A worthy substitute: Swiss chard.
“If vegetables got grades for traditional nutrients alone, Swiss chard would be the vegetable valedictorian, “ reports whfoods.com, a nonprofit organization that provides scientific information on foods that promote health.
One cup of Swiss chard is loaded with vitamin K to promote bone health. It’s also an excellent source of vitamins A, C and E; iron; calcium; potassium; magnesium; manganese; and dietary fiber.
Wondering how to slip the family some chard?
Chop the leaves of chard, a member of the spinach family, and add them to the usual suspects, including pasta, omelets or lasagna. The tender greens can be prepared like spinach, while the crisp stalks should be chopped, steamed and cooked like asparagus.
Or try The Star’s recipe for Slow Cooker Risotto With Swiss Chard. It uses a time-saving appliance to make a labor-intensive Italian rice dish with chard, a green available in most supermarkets year round but at its peak in summer.
If you’ve made risotto from scratch, it is easy to understand why restaurants charge big bucks for a dish made from inexpensive ingredients. The constant stirring required for the grains of rice to absorb liquid is truly labor-intensive.
To get around the labor, dust off your slow cooker and let it cook the rice and greens together into a creamy, one-pot meal.