Rainbow chard with raisins and pine nuts recipe

  • Serves 4
  • 5 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook
  • 242 calories / serving
  • Healthy
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Rainbow chard is a leafy green that is easily identified by its beautiful, multicoloured stems. It has a slightly bitter flavour that's a little stronger than spinach and it works brilliantly cooked in a little butter for a simple side dish. This easy recipe uses both the colourful stems and crisp leaves, and pairs it with garlic, nutmeg, pine nuts and raisins for a vibrant side that's perfect with steamed fish.

  1. Blanch the chard stems in a pan of boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain, refresh in ice-cold water, then drain again. In a small, dry frying pan, toast the pine nuts for 1-2 minutes, until golden. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil and butter in a large pan with a pinch of salt. Add the onion; cook over a low heat for 10-12 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and nutmeg and cook for 1 minute. Add the raisins and chard stems with 3 tbsp water. Season well.
  3. Cook for about a minute, then add the chard leaves and cook until wilted. Serve immediately, scattered with the toasted pine nuts.

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  • Ingredients

  • 400g (13oz) rainbow chard, stems chopped into 3cm (1in) pieces, large leaves halved, smaller leaves left whole
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) golden raisins
  • Energy 1010kj 242kcal 12%
  • Fat 16g 23%
  • Saturates 3g 16%
  • Sugars 20g 22%
  • Salt 0.8g 14%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 22.8g Protein 4.2g Fibre 0.7g


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