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Pasta with Red Chard and Chickpeas

Pasta with Swiss Chard

Lately, I’ve been posting recipes highlighting green beans, peppers, eggplant, and lettuce from our garden.  But what I was craving was some greens, like swiss chard – specifically, red chard, because of its beautiful color – very visually appealing with its shiny green ribbed leaves in colorful contrast to the brilliant red stems, I remembered my mother including it in Japanese sukiyaki.

We grew swiss chard in our garden when I was growing up and it’s readily available in most markets here in California – some areas, not so much.  Swiss chard is similar to spinach and beet greens with a flavor that is bitter, pungent and slightly salty.  Swiss chard, along with kale, mustard greens and collard greens, is one of several leafy green vegetables often referred to as “greens”. It is a tall leafy green vegetable with a thick, crunchy stalk that comes in white, red or yellow with wide fan-like green leaves. WHFoods pronounces it a vegetable valedictorian and one of the world’s most nutritional foods because it contains loads of Vitamin K, A, and C and other nutrients – plus, one cooked cup of chard has only 35 calories!

Here I’ve included it in a quick easy pasta dish that’s perfect for Meatless Monday or any day where you desire a light, healthy meal packed with fresh flavor. The chickpeas add a little crunch along with a dash of tart lemon and tangy feta cheese.

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* Barilla Plus is a multigrain pasta that has 4 grams of fiber per 56g gram serving and is a good source of protein and Omega -3 from ground flaxseed. It’s appearance is similar to regular pasta, so may be more readily accepted by kids (and others) who may not find whole wheat or heartier brown pastas to their liking.

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6 Responses to “Pasta with Red Chard and Chickpeas”

  1. The Rowdy Chowgirl
    August 16 at 1:52 pm #

    I love chard…so easy to grow, so delicious! This looks awesome.

  2. Monet
    August 16 at 2:03 pm #

    Swiss chard is such a wonderful vegetable…a delicious and nutritious green! I love adding it to pasta, and I imagine it pairs wonderfully with the chickpeas and feta cheese.
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  3. rebecca
    August 16 at 7:36 pm #

    wow this is a fab pasta dish and love your blog thanks for stopping by mine I always meet new bloggers through guest posts love it Rebecca
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  4. May LIng Wu
    August 17 at 9:59 am #

    Great post! I was just at the farmer’s market and saw some beautiful chard wondering what there was to do with it.

  5. Pam @ Sticks Forks Fingers
    August 17 at 1:46 pm #

    This looks fabulous. Our chard is winding down, and this is an inspirational way to use it. Thanks!
    .-= Pam @ Sticks Forks Fingers´s last blog ..Weddings and Expansion =-.

  6. Magic of Spice
    August 18 at 12:47 pm #

    What a gorgeous dish… I have rainbow chard growing this year and need this king of inspiration :)
    .-= Magic of Spice´s last blog ..Make a Comment- Win Big! =-.

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