Use any kind of Swiss chard you like in this super healthy vitamin and protein rich vegetable stir fry recipe. I like cooking with rainbow chard when I can find it, but any kind will do. With tofu, mushrooms, and a bit of soy sauce, it's a simple and easy vegetarian and vegan recipe for a basic meal. To make this recipe gluten-free too, simply omit the soy sauce or use a gluten-free tamari.
There's something about the heartier texture of Swiss chard, when compared to other greens, that always makes me want to top it off with a bit of grated cheese. I ate this stir-fry plain, rather than pairing it with rice or grains, but I think next time I'd like to try it with homemade noodles and yes, topped off with cheese.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 10-ounce block firm or extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
- 1 tsp soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari)
- 6-8 button mushrooms, sliced
- 1 large bunch Swiss chard, any kind, chopped
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
- dash cayenne pepper (optional)
Heat the olive oil in a large skilled over medium heat. Add the garlic and heat for just a minute or two, until lightly browned. Add the chopped tofu and heat until lightly golden brown on all sides, stirring occasionally as needed.
Once the tofu is almost cooked, add a splash of soy sauce, stirring to coat the tofu well, then add the mushrooms.
Heat the mushrooms with the tofu for another minute, then add the chopped Swiss chard.
Drizzle with sesame oil, and stir, then sprinkle with a bit of sea salt and a dash of cayenne pepper. Allow the Swiss chard to cook down just a bit, until slightly wilted but still tender, rather than soft.
Serving suggestions, variations and cooking tips:
- A steaming bowl of a simple miso soup would nicely round out this simple stir-fry.
- Instead of pairing this stir-fry with rice, add a bit more sesame oil and soy sauce, and toss with cooked Asian noodles. Try rice noodles, udon noodles or soba noodles.
- For a spicier kick, add a touch of hot sauce, such as an Asian sriracha sauce.
- Toss any leftovers with quinoa and a sesame vinaigrette or a Japanese ginger dressing to turn into an Asian-inspired quinoa salad.
- Can't find Swiss chard? Try it with Napa cabbage (you'll need to lengthen the cooking time a bit) or even beet greens.
- Don't throw out those Swiss chard stems! besides adding them to the pot whenever you next make a soup or vegetable broth, Swiss chard stems can also be roasted into a cheesey side dish. Here's how: Roasted Swiss chard stem gratin recipe
Not sure you want a vegetable stir-fry for dinner tonight? Here's a few more simple vegetarian dinner ideas to try: