We love swiss chard in my house. I just saw recently on Barefoot by the Sea that she was not always the biggest fan of swiss chard and then she posted a delicious swiss chard saute recipe. But, like I said, we love it here. Yesterday I decided to do something different, because we tend to only steam our greens and add a little sea salt and butter. We had swiss chard and white beans. It turned out really good! I used the little baby navy beans. And since I hadn't soaked them the night before I had to do the quick soak method. Here is what I did:
1/2 lb of navy beans rinsed/soaked/cooked - reserve cooking liquid
1 large bunch of swiss chard with stems
Saute the onion in olive oil, I used a good drizzle. Add garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste, add the swiss chard and saute for a couple minutes until the stems start to soften and the leaves start to wilt. Add the beans and a little bit of the liquid to make a thick sauce, maybe two ladles. Add more salt unless you had seasoned your beans while cooking. I also put in some extra onion powder at this point. I am a big onion/garlic girl so do it to your own taste. Stir it around for a couple minutes and then you are done. Serve it up in a bowl with some crusty bread to soak up the juices.
My family was totally on board with this. I think the only additional thing I might do is add some red pepper flakes, because I love spice. I'm sorry the recipe isn't better, I am not a big recipe person, I kind of just go for it :-) I think that instead of garlic powder, fresh garlic would be great, and you could add more onion instead of onion powder I would imagine. It depends on your taste. The navy beans are pretty small and mild, so it was a good match. I also think I could have used a lot more swiss chard, but I used what I had.
What are you doing with the summer bounty in your area? Any new recipes you are trying?