Rainbow Chard with Hazelnuts

Sometimes I get stuck in a veggie-rut. Meaning I tend to grab the same carrots, cauliflower, kale and bell peppers every time I hit the store or market.  As I’ve said in the past, I recommend challenging yourself (and myself!) to pick a new veggie, something that you haven’t been in the habit of eating, once a week.  Last week it was rainbow chard and I’m super happy with that decision.

I went for a classic Italian-style greens approach for this. Garlic, freshly grated nutmeg (yes, NUTMEG) and a bit of chopped hazelnuts are exactly what rainbow chard want to be partnered with — trust me, we’re very close now.

Remember, I feed my kids all of this food. This recipe got requests for seconds by my nine-year-old and my three-year-old nibbled a couple of bites without protest — in my house, that’s a victory!

1 bunch rainbow chard
1 clove garlic, minced
1 TBSP ghee
1/4 tsp (a healthy pinch) of sea salt
a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg
a couple grinds of black pepper
1 TBSP chopped hazelnuts

Roughly slice or chop the leaves of one bunch of rainbow chard. Heat a pan to medium-high and melt a tablespoon of ghee.

Drop the roughly chopped chard in the melted ghee along with the minced garlic and a pinch sea salt.  Wilt the chard.

When the chard is nearly done, add a tablespoon of chopped hazelnuts, a couple grinds of fresh black pepper and a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg. Not too heavy on the nutmeg (but don’t be afraid of it either). Trust me, nutmeg and dark leafy greens are a match made in veggie heaven. Toss this together and let sauté for another 2-3 minutes (really just to bring all the flavors together and warm up the oils in the hazelnuts).

Serve warm!

Rainbow Chard with Hazelnuts | Popular Paleo

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  1. Sarah says

    I always grab the same veggies at the store too (kale, bell peppers, broccoli, and cucumber for me). Thanks for the great idea for mixing it up! Can’t wait to try this.

  2. Maria says

    Yum! I can’t wait to try this! I’ve always envied rainbow chard from afar. It’s time to give it a try during my Whole30 journey. It’s on my recipe list of favorites to make as I prepare to start on Ocotber 30th. Yay!

  3. says

    Wow! I am verrrrry curious about this chard and nutmeg combination. I’ve only recently started using nutmeg for savory recipes, but now that I’ve started I can’t stop. This stuff is not just for apple pie! It really is a great and earthy flavor. Thanks — I’ll have to give this a try soon!
    -Emily K.


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