Paleo Swiss Chard Recipe (in 10 minutes)



My dear friend, Cat, is an excellent cook. In the midst of enjoying some of her own creations, she’ll sometimes text me entire recipes. She has told me about this amazing Paleo Swiss chard recipe several times, and each time I nod and smile at her outlandish claim that it is truly amazing. How delicious could chard be?

And then she made it for me. The fact that I’ve dedicated an entire post to this recipe speaks volumes about its flavor and satiety factor. It’s hard for me to feel full without meat. I like my meat and it belongs on my plate at almost every meal and snack, but when I ate this chard deliciousness, I was full and needed nothing else. Well, for at least an hour.

Health Benefits of Chard

Before I give you the recipe, though, why should you eat chard? It is a dark green, leafy vegetable, and that alone is enough to deduce that it contains a LOT of nutritional value. All of those colors that make up the dark greens, reds, pinks, and yellows in rainbow chard all signify different nutrients.

  • About three dozen antioxidant phytonutrients have been found in chard, including betalains and epoxyxanthophylls.
  • These antioxidants decrease inflammation, and therefore help keep us safe from atherosclerosis, diabetes, and cancer.
  • Besides that, chard is an excellent source of bone building vitamins and minerals like vitamin K and calcium.
  • Chard has a lot of fiber to help with blood sugar regulation.
  • It contains B vitamins that increase energy and help keep us happy.

Creamy Chard
(total prep/cook time: 10 min, serves 2 vegetable lovers)

1 bunch organic chard
1/3 can organic coconut milk (preferably Native Forest – it has no BPA’s in the can liner)
1 tbs organic coconut oil
1/2 organic lemon
salt to taste (5 shakes)
(optional protein – shrimp, scallops, chicken, salmon…)

1. Start melting the coconut oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat.
2. In the meantime, rinse the chard well and chop it roughly, stalk included (good fiber in there).
3. Drop the chard into the pan and cover it up. Let it cook for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Add coconut milk, lemon and salt and stir in evenly.
5. Let cook for a couple more minutes and serve.
6. Optionally, dice and cook protein beforehand and add to chard mix.

This dish will keep you warm, fill you up, and tantalize your taste buds. At least, that’s what it did for me.


  1. Delish! I’ve tried simply sautéing the Swiss chard with garlic and herbs but this was so much more enjoyable. I’ve been losing too much weight and love that this includes a healthy dose of good fat. This will definitely be on my rotation!

  2. This was delicious! I used a little extra lemon, but otherwise the same. I added shrimp and served it atop (gasp!) basmati rice :) I had a long run today and like the extra carbs/strach.

  3. This is so good! I hate chard. I eat it and have tried to like it because I always get tons of it in my CSA share, but no matter the recipe I tried, I’d have to force myself to suffer through it. This was honestly really tasty — and not just in comparison to my normal chard experiences! I used more coconut milk because I was afraid the chard taste would be overpowering, but I think it’d be just fine with less. A positive review from a longtime chard hater!

  4. This is the best Swiss Chard recipe I’ve ever used! It was easy and fast to prepare and absolutely delicious!! Thank you

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