Roasted Swiss Chard Stems

Roasted Swiss Chard Stems PicHave you ever harvested Swiss chard, trimmed them for dinner, then felt bad about throwing the stems into the compost pile? I did and wondered just how I could cook those stems up and eat them rather than throwing them away. Well, I tried roasting them. OH, MY GOODNESS!! They were awesome! And so simple to make.

Roasted Swiss Chard Stems

  • Stems from Swiss chard or perpetual spinach (which is related to chard)
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Dried basil

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Cut chard stems into 3-4 inch pieces and lay on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with olive oil. Spray a little olive oil on the stems.

Chard stems ready for the oven

Chard stems ready for the oven

3. Sprinkle with sea salt and dried basil. (You can substitute or add any herb you wish.)

4. Bake until tender – about 20-30 minutes, depending on the thickness of your stems.

This makes a great appetizer for company or a snack for yourself. And what a great way to get all the nutrition in those stems.

Enjoy!

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