How To Make Chard Rolls Using Ingredients From Your Garden (Fun and Easy!)

Did you know that you could make chard rolls using seasonal things from your garden?

All the ingredients in this blog come from our front garden in London, which I and my fiance, Iasmina (@lajatattoo) converted into a vegetable garden!

Most front yards in London are mostly decorated with lawns or concrete, but look at the abundance of food that you could produce with a bit of work. The chard that we used was 2 years old and keeps producing nonstop, so it’s great to find alternative ways to cook some tasty meals with it.

Alessandro Vitale aka Spicy Moustache holding chard rolls and chard leaves

How To Make Chard Rolls

Rolls Ingredients:

  • 6-7 pieces of Chard leaves
  • 1/2 cup of beans
  • 1/2 cup of Amaranth seeds
  • 1 Bunch of chives
  • 100g oyster mushrooms
  • 1 Bunch of Parsley

Sour Cream Ingredients:

  • 1 Oatly cream
  • 1-2 Cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil

Step-by-Step Procedure:

  1. Prepare the Chard Leaves: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Blanch the chard leaves for about 30 seconds until they become bright green and pliable. Immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Pat dry with paper towels and set aside.
  2. Make the filling: Boil amaranth seeds and beans until soft. Separate the chard stem from the leaves while boiling seeds and beans. Shred mushrooms and cut chives and parsley. In a big pan, add olive oil, bring all the ingredients to heat, and mix them together. Top with herbs at the end, then mix again.
  3. Assemble the Rolls: Lay a chard leaf flat on a clean surface. Place a spoonful of the filling mixture at the base of the leaf. Roll up tightly, tucking in the sides as you go. Repeat with the remaining leaves and filling.
  4. Cook the rolls: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the rolls, seam side down, in a baking dish. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 25–30 minutes, until heated through and the flavors have melded together.
  5. Serve and Enjoy: Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving. These chard rolls are delicious on their own or paired with a fresh garden salad. Your chard rolls will last for 2–3 days, as long as you put them inside an airtight container and store them inside the fridge.
Chard rolls final product

Why Chard?

Chard, often known by its leafy relatives like spinach and kale, is a nutritious and amazing plant. It has good effects on our bodies such as the following:

  1. Nutritional Benefits: Chard is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, essential for maintaining healthy vision, boosting your immune system, and ensuring proper blood clotting. It’s also a good source of magnesium, potassium, and iron, which are crucial for muscle function, heart health, and energy levels.
  1. Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Chard contains phytonutrients like beta-carotene and lutein, which have anti-inflammatory effects. These compounds help reduce inflammation in the body, potentially lowering the risk of chronic diseases.
  1. Antioxidants Galore: The vibrant colors of chard leaves are not just for show. They indicate a high level of antioxidants, which combat oxidative stress and protect your cells from damage.

Growing Chard in Your Garden

Chard is an excellent addition to any garden, whether you’re a beginner or an expert. It’s easy to grow, relatively pest-resistant, and thrives in both cool and warm climates. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Planting: Sow chard seeds directly in the ground or start them indoors about two weeks before the last frost. Space the seeds about 12 inches apart to give the plants room to grow.
  • Sunlight: Chard prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade, making it versatile for various garden setups.
  • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid waterlogging. Mulching around the plants can help retain moisture.
  • Harvesting: You can start harvesting chard leaves when they’re about 6 inches long. Pick the outer leaves first, allowing the inner leaves to continue growing for future harvests.

Chard rolls are not only visually appealing but also nutritious and delicious. Growing and cooking chard promotes a healthy lifestyle while also reaping the benefits of fresh, local produce. So, why not try chard in your garden this season?

Happy growing and cooking!

Chard Rolls cover