Everybody's always trying to come up with ways to get greens into their diets, and we're no exception. Some people like just eating chard or other greens just straight up, but I generally can't convince myself to do that unless it's watercress or something really crisp and full of water. There's always gumbo, and that's awesome, but it's so time- and energy-intensive, even expensive, that I'm not going to make it all that often. So I've been wanting to try to make the following for quite some time, basically ever since I first tried it at Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club in Seattle.

green rice with chard

Here's the recipe.

Green Rice with Chard (Arroz verde con acelga)

Adapted from Saveur

1 small white onion, peeled and quartered
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 1/2 cups fresh swiss chard, chopped
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup long-grain white rice
2 tbsp. vegetable oil

1. Place onions, garlic, chard, and 1 cup stock in a food processor. Process to a fine paste. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Rinse and drain rice. Heat oil in a heavy pot over medium-low heat. Add rice and sauté, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add sauce and remaining 1 cup stock. Bring to a low boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove pot from heat, but keep covered, allowing rice to cook for another 10 minutes. Fluff and serve.

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3 comments on "Green Rice with Chard"

March 15th, 2009 at 2:22 am

I ended up on your blog because I wanted to see how the blog software looked, but by coincidence I have a bunch of leftover Chard, so I'm going to make rice tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe. Btw, do you have problems with spammers? I also use the number thing, but still get spam on my website.

Jon (http://jonhaupt.net/)
March 15th, 2009 at 10:09 am

Hi Maria! I did get spam until I started also using PmWiki's Blocklist. it works pretty well.

September 5th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

This is hilarious...I just googled "agua verde green rice recipe" and this page was number 2 :)))))

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