Swiss Chard with Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe- Vegan, Gluten Free, Easy

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Last week when I was in the farmer's market, I saw so many stalls selling beautiful swiss chard bunches. It is one of my favorite greens, and it's super healthy as well, so I decided to buy a bunch. It's been sitting in my fridge since then, in perfect condition, but I knew that very soon it would start wilting and be icky, and that would be a terrible waste of some perfectly good chard, so decided to cook it up for lunch today.

I had come across a recipe for Swiss chard spring rolls in a spicy peanut sauce and it sounded terrific, but I didn't want to make spring rolls- too much work- right now I'm in a very lazy mood when it comes to food prep, but I figured I'd just use the filling on its own as a side dish, with some changes to keep it more frugal.

Definitely delicious- I'll be making this one again!

Swiss Chard with Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe- Vegan, Gluten Free, Easy

1-2 tablespoons oil
1 large onion
1 bunch swiss chard
1/3 cup water
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey or sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1 teaspoon salt
Sprinkle red pepper flakes

1. Chop onions and saute in oil until becoming golden.

2. Chop up the stems of the Swiss chard and add them to the onions. Cook until the start to soften.

3. Chop up the leaves of the chard and add them to the pot. Cover (optional), and cook, mixing occasionally, until all wilted.

4. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well, and cook a few more minutes.


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Whats your favorite way to make Swiss chard? Does this look like a recipe you'd try out?

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  1. I've never made swiss chard before. Is this a good recipe for beginners?

  2. I'm not sure what a good recipe for beginners means. Do you mean is it easy to make? It is. Do you mean is it a good recipe for people who want to see what swiss chard tastes like? Because the sauce is very strong and is a little overpowering for the flavor of the chard, so... I dunno. Its not the best way to sample the taste of chard for the first time. But it's yummy.

  3. Well, of course you're feeling lazy about food prep at your don't have to answer these questions if they are too personal but as a mother of young children i am curious. When are you due? Are you planning for another homebirth? Are you still nursing your daughter?

    1. Thanks Sandy... Not writing specifically when I'm due. But I'm in my last trimester...
      I am planning another homebirth. And yes, I am still nursing my daughter. :-D

    2. Hey Penny,
      Do we know if baby is a boy or a girl?

  4. Chard is something I almost always have in the garden as it grows all year round, and as I love peanut butter, this will definitely be part of my repertoire from now on.

  5. How much does this recipe yield when cooked? Also, what did you serve it with?

  6. I made this tonight added chicken leftover and sprouts that were going bad. It was absolutely YUMMY! thx

  7. I made this tonight added chicken leftover and sprouts that were going bad. It was absolutely YUMMY! thx

  8. I just made this. Added a couple of carrots. The sauce is delicious! Next time I'm going to make a double batch because the yield wasn't enough for three vegan adults so I'm going to serve it with some rice and lentils. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe and thank you so much for sharing!

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