Among all the produces we purchased at the Farmers's market on Sunday (one of our weekly activities), I could not resist a nice-fresh-looking bunch of Swiss chard. And then I came home and thought: what I am going to do with them? It's not like I could just saute them and serve them as a sidedish to my children. This would be calling for disaster! Because let's be honest, my kids are good eaters but there are still limits to their (and my husband's, I am sure) willingness to chew on a sidedish of Swiss chard!!
Validated options in my répertoire: Swiss chard tart or a cold Swiss chard soup? Then, I looked at the clock and since it was already 7pm and I had two hungry creatures invading the kitchen, I decided that I was still going to try to serve sauteed Swiss chard but I was going to hide them among mushrooms and pasta. I used my little helpers to clean and cut the mushrooms while I was taking care of the Swiss chard and pasta. The results? "Comme une lettre à la Poste" : easy-breezy. So next time you go to the Farmers' market (because it's your routine or because you just happen to be passing by one), don't look down at the Swiss chard because you have young children (and a husband) to feed that evening! Bon Appétit!
- 1 bunch of Swiss chard, thoroughly rinsed and chopped in small pieces
- 5-6 white mushrooms (but Cremini would be OK too)
- Creme Fraiche or light cream
- Olive oil, salt and pepper to taste
My Personal Comments:
- Boil water for the pasta
- In a pan, saute the Swiss chard in olive oil
- Add the mushrooms and saute until the stem of Swiss chard is cooked. Reserve
- Cook the pasta
- Once cooked, mix in the vegetables. Add creme fraiche, salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve warm.
- I have added Pine nuts for added crunchiness (but I am sort of addicted to Pine nuts so this is really optional)
- It does not reheat well so this is best eaten on the same day.
- Wholewheat pasta is a plus... but if you are already trying to make your children eat Swiss chard, keep the wholewheat pasta for another day!