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Creamed Swiss Chard

This Creamed Swiss Chard recipe is the perfect healthy comfort food! It’s super frugal, and easily adapts to vegetarian, vegan, Whole30 & Paleo diets. Plus, kids love it! Pairs perfectly with Almond Crusted Baked Chicken! 


  • 34 pieces bacon, cooked and diced (optional)
  • 2 lbs swiss chard (any variety)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp sage
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 1 cup milk (any variety)
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk


  1. If you choose to include the bacon, cook it in a skillet until crispy. Drain on a paper towel and reserve the bacon grease for future use. Dice the cooked bacon and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, fill a large pot of water with 2” of water, bring it to a boil, and prepare a steaming basket. (Alternatively, you can steam using an Instant Pot.)
  3. As the water comes to a boil, slice the swiss chard into strips. (See notes below for the easiest way to do this.)
  4. When the water is boiling, steam the sliced swiss chard until it’s wilted, but still bright green – about 2-4 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  5. In a separate medium pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and stir well, cooking the flour for one minute.
  6. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, sage, thyme, and paprika and stir until the garlic is fragrant, about one minute.
  7. Slowly add the milk, whisking with each addition until you’ve created a thick sauce.
  8. Add the entire can of coconut milk and whisk well.
  9. Turn the heat to low, add the swiss chard and stir gently to combine. Add the cooked bacon (if using) and serve warm.


How to Cut Swiss Chard:

  1. Wash the swiss chard and place the piece with the largest leaf on a towel.
  2. Place the rest of the swiss chard on top, aiming to put the larger pieces on the bottom and smaller pieces on top. (This doesn’t have to be perfect, and you can do this in multiple batches, if necessary.)
  3. Starting with one side of the swiss chard, roll it tightly into itself, like you’d be rolling a towel.
  4. Starting at the top of the swiss chard, cut the chard into slices all the way down through the stem.


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