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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Maple Shade, New Jersey, USA
Living In: Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA
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What does swiss chard taste like? Its a green right? I need for the incide recipe. If you needed to sub - would you sub spinach?

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Last updated: Jan. 25, 2013 1:08 pm
Posted: Jan. 25, 2013 9:48 am
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Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna

Submitted by: Janina 
This slow cooker lasagna recipe uses layers of noodles, Swiss chard, and mozzarella cheese with mixtures of seasoned tomatoes and ricotta cheese for an simple way to prepare an American classic. 
Recommended by: Heather
Jan. 25, 2013 9:48 am
Jan. 25, 2013 9:57 am
You could normally sub spinach for the chard, but in a slow cooker, I think chard would hold up better. It's a sturdier green. It has kind of an earthy taste. I like it.
Jan. 25, 2013 10:00 am
HI, Heather! Yes, a green, peppery tasing, sturdy large leaf. Kale would be a good sub, but I think that spinach would be fine. I suspect she uses the swiss chard because it's a slow cooker recipe, and that green will stand up better to the long cooking time. Your spinach may get a little "lost" in there.
Jan. 25, 2013 10:00 am
LOve swiss chard done any way,but agree with Dezzie.
Commented by: Cathy Myers
Jan. 25, 2013 10:00 am
Swiss chard and kale are fabulously nutritious hearty leafy greens. The leaves "ribs" are tough and fiberous so I cut them off. I like a florentine lasgna made with spinach but kale and swiss chard are quickly becoming my favorites. Take a stretch and enjoy a new experience, Heather!
Cathy Myers
Jan. 25, 2013 10:02 am
Sheesh! "...hardy" NOT "...hearty"! I must have Valentine's Day on the brain!
Jan. 25, 2013 10:03 am
It is stronger tasting than spinach. The leaf is sturdier and sort of puffy or almost quilted. The stem is usually red, but can be orange, yellow or white. Very nutritious. I steam it. Love it.
Holiday Baker
Jan. 25, 2013 10:14 am
I buy a bag that has mixed kale, swiss chard, and spinach from Trader Joes. I actually like the mix better than just spinach, but to be honest once cooked they all kind of taste somewhat similar. I think, you will be fine to sub them for each other.
Jan. 25, 2013 10:15 am
Thanks everyone! Off to find me some Swiss Chard!
Jan. 25, 2013 10:37 am
Good luck, Heather! @ BW, That mix from Joe's sounds like it would be great in this, good to know! I'm due for a Joe's road trip.
Holiday Baker
Jan. 25, 2013 1:08 pm
Yep, love Trader Joes! I buy lots of their produce now.
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Spanish-Style Swiss Chard with Raisins and Pine Nuts

Submitted by: Don 
Home Town: Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, U.K.
Living In: Marbella, Andalucia, Spain
A simple side dish with wilted Swiss chard stir-fried with pine nuts and raisins delivers a Spanish flair to your dinner table. 
Recommended by: Don
Jan. 25, 2013 11:33 am
Hi, try this re spinach. cheers.
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