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Swiss Chard with Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Porkitos by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com
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Swiss Chard with Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Porkitos

This hearty Whole30 vegetable side dish is packed with flavor, textures, nutrition, and crispy pork! It's one of my favorite ways to serve Swiss chard!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: gluten-free, paleo, Primal, Whole30
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Michelle Tam


  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • pounds Swiss chard
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 3 Porkitos


  • Place the raisins in a small bowl and submerge in hot water for at least 10 minutes.
  • If you don’t have any Porkitos ready, now’s the time to bake ‘em. 
  • Wash the chard and flick off the excess water. You want the leaves damp, but not sopping wet. 
  • Cut out the stems and roughly chop the leaves into thick ribbons. If the stems are fresh and crisp, slice ’em up into ½-inch pieces and discard the ratty ends.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and toast the pine nuts until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the pine nuts to a plate to cool.
  • Increase heat to medium high and add 2 tablespoons of ghee to the skillet. When the fat’s shimmering, add the stems with a sprinkle of salt. Sauté until tender.
  • Add the minced garlic to the pan and stir for a few seconds until fragrant. Then, add the damp leaves in batches, each with a sprinkle of salt. (Don’t worry if you can’t get all the leaves into the pan all at once. The leaves will wilt and cook down, and eventually you’ll get all the greens in the pan.)
  • Drain the plumped raisins, and toss ’em in. Give everything a good stir, and cover the pan. Decrease the heat to medium and cook, covered, for 2 minutes or until tender.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss in the pine nuts, squeeze on the lemon juice, and crumble on the Porkitos.
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Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Fiber: 6g