|Toasted Gluten-Free Baguette Slices Topped with Swiss Chard Garlic Scape Pesto and Fresh Tomatoes|
Although I joined a CSA this summer, my first box was a bit light due to poor weather conditions this spring and contained mostly lettuce greens, and no swiss chard or other dark leafy greens.
Swiss chard is one of my favorite vegetables, and since none were to be found in my CSA delivery, I made a stop at the farmer’s market. Last week, I made Pasta with Sauteed Swiss Chard, which my boys enjoyed for dinner one night. Swiss chard is one of the most nutritious vegetables, high in vitamin K, A, C, E, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, dietary fiber, copper and calcium. Swiss chard contains a wide variety of phytonutrients which provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. In addition, swiss chard has been shown to help regulate blood sugar, which may provide benefits in diets for people diagnosed with diabetes.
|Swiss Chard Is One Of The Most Nutritious Vegetables.|
As I was perusing the tables at the farmer’s market, I saw lots of garlic scapes, another early summer favorite. Garlic scapes are only available for a short period of time in the beginning of the season, so I was sure to pick up several bunches to make some Garlic Scape Pesto. Garlic Scape Pesto can be easily frozen, so I like to make a bigger batch and freeze it in smaller portions. During the cooler months, I stir a little Garlic Scape Pesto into soups or stir-fries.
|Garlic Scapes Have a Short Season, So Be Sure To Snatch Some Up.|
At one of the vendor tables, I saw a sign that suggested making Swiss Chard Pesto. I asked one of the guys at the market what Swiss Chard Pesto was, but he had no idea. I’ve made arugula pesto before, and it is a little bitter, so I was curious what swiss chard would taste like in a pesto form.
After picking up a bunch of swiss chard and some garlic scapes, I headed back home to a house of hungry boys. As I thought about how to make Swiss Chard Pesto, I wondered if blanching the swiss chard would eliminate the chalky taste swiss chard can have when eaten raw. Cooking swiss chard is also recommended to reduce the oxalic acid content, which can interfere with absorption of calcium from the body (spinach is also high in oxalic acid). Also, I decided to use just the leaves and save the stems for a stir-fry, as I thought the stems might make the pesto too watery.
The standard ingredients in a traditional pesto are basil, garlic, olive oil, parmesan cheese, pinenuts, salt and pepper. To keep this pesto allergy-friendly (dairy-free, nut-free), I left out the cheese and pinenuts. In place of the basil and garlic, I used blanched swiss chard leaves and garlic scapes.
The verdict? ”Yummy!” from my little guy, the ultimate judge. I served this Swiss Chard Garlic Scape Pesto bruschetta style, on toasted gluten-free bread, and topped it with some fresh tomatoes and cracked black pepper. After eating his fourth piece, my little guy said, “I don’t think you’re going to let me have another one, right? Those taste so good! Can I have a fifth one later?”
|Swiss Chard Garlic Scape Pesto Is A Versatile Sauce To Have In Your Recipe Box.|
Garlic Scape Pesto can be frozen into smaller portions in ice cube trays, then stirred into a pot of soup when needed. Try stirring a few spoonfuls of Swiss Chard Garlic Scape Pesto into a bowl of hot pasta with a little pasta cooking liquid. Sprinkle with some parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast (a dairy-free cheese substitute) and chopped tomatoes.
Garlic Scape Pesto
Add A Spoonful Of Garlic Scape Pesto To Soups and Stir-Fries.
Swiss Chard Garlic Scape Pesto
Swiss Chard Garlic Scape Pesto Would Be Delicious Stirred Into A Bowl Of Hot Pasta.
Garlic Scape Pesto can be frozen into smaller portions in ice cube trays, then stirred into a pot of soup when needed.
Try stirring a few spoonfuls of Swiss Chard Garlic Scape Pesto into a bowl of hot pasta with a little pasta cooking liquid. Sprinkle with some parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast (a dairy-free cheese substitute) and chopped tomatoes.