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   Feb 10

Love Swiss Chard – It’s such a great keeper! Recipe for Tomato,Bean and Swiss Chard Soup.

Swiss Chard is tough, nutritious and also beautiful! The newer Bright Lights and Rainbow Chard look great growing in your flower beds! My favorite is the Rhubarb Chard.

It doesn’t grow as big as the regular chard and is very much like beet tops. I love using it in my green smoothies! Recipe at: http://gardening4foodsecurity.com/welcome-to-my-gardens/recipes/

Plant your swiss chard as soon as you can work the soil. You’ll soon be picking baby greens for salads, then the larger leaves to steam and serve with salt and butter.

Swiss Chard can take some frost so it has a very long growing season. It also keeps for a long time once picked if stored in the fridge.

I have a well house that keeps very cool where I store large tubs of chard and feed into a smaller tub in the fridge. Plus I can store some tubs in my root cellar.

I just used the last of my Swiss Chard I harvested in the Fall last week! I put it into this delicious Tomato,Bean and Swiss Chard Soup.

TOMATO,BEAN SWISS CHARD SOUP

2 Tbsp. olive oil

3 cloves garlic,mincednatural gardener with swiss chard

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1 med.onion,chopped

2 medium carrots,sliced

2 ribs of celery, chopped

1 small zucchini, sliced

1/2 tsp fresh rosemary

2 cups low sodium vegetable broth

2 15-oz cans diced tomatoes

1 15 oz can small white beans or cannellini beans,rinsed and drained

1/2 cupoil-packed sundried tomatoes,drained and chopped,plus 2 Tbs. oil from jar

1/2 bunch Swiss Chard ,chopped

1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme

1 cup torn fresh basil

DIRECTIONS:

1. heat oil in large suacepan over medium heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, and cook 1 min. or until garlic is fragrant. Stir in onion,carrot, celery, zucchini, and rosemary and cook 10 – 15 mins or until onions are soft.

2. Add broth,1 can tomatoes and beans. Scoop 1 cup mixture into food proccessor or blender and add remaining can of tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes and the oil saved from the tomatoes. |Purree until smooth, stir mixture into soup, and season with salt and pepper if desired. Simmer 10 min.

3. Add Swiss Chard and thyme, simmer 5 min. more or until chard is wilted. Remove pan from heat and stir in basil

 

 

 

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