Stuffed Swiss Chard Rolls

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Stuffed Swiss Chard Rolls

In this colorful and delicious recipe, inspired by stuffed cabbage rolls, Swiss chard stands in for the cabbage and quick-cooking bulgur wheat replaces the rice. A simple sweet-and-sour tomato sauce finishes the dish.

Prep and cook time: 40 min. Servings: 6 (3 rolls and ¼ c. sauce)

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  • 6 c. water, divided
  • 1 c. medium or coarse bulgur wheat
  • 2 T. olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 t. salt, divided
  • 1 28-oz. can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
  • 1 t. brown sugar
  • 1 T. red wine vinegar
  • 18 med. Swiss chard leaves, stem ends trimmed off
  • 1 med. sweet potato, peeled and grated
  • 4 scallions, white and green parts, cut crosswise into thin slices
  • 1⁄3 c. raisins
  • ¼ c. dill, chopped


  1. Bring 2 c. of water to a boil. Place bulgur in a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Place a lid over the bowl and set aside to let bulgur cook and absorb the water.
  2. Heat 1 T. of oil in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add onion and cook, stirring, until just starting to brown. Add garlic, a ½ t. salt, tomatoes, sugar and vinegar. Lower heat and simmer for about 10–15 min., stirring occasionally to make sure the sauce isn’t sticking. Remove from heat.
  3. Bring 4 c. of water to a boil in a large skillet. Using tongs, dip each chard leaf into the water to wilt it. Lay the leaves flat on a baking sheet to cool. Add the sweet potatoes and 1 T. olive oil to water remaining in the pan and simmer until the sweet potato shreds are tender. If the water evaporates before the sweet potatoes are tender, add more, a ½ c. at a time, and continue simmering.
  4. When sweet potatoes are cooked through, add the cooked bulgur, a ½ t. salt, scallions, raisins and dill to the pan and combine well.
  5. Spread a chard leaf out and place a scant 1⁄3 c. of filling on the lower third of the leaf. Fold the bottom edge of the leaf up and roll tightly, tucking in the sides as you go. Repeat to use all chard leaves and filling.
  6. Garnish rolls with the tomato sauce and microwave until steaming, about 4–6 min.

Did You Know? Like celery, Swiss chard naturally contains sodium. If you are watching your salt intake, you may wish to follow tradition and substitute cabbage leaves for the Swiss chard.

Nutrition Information

Per serving: 192 calories (40 from fat), 5 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 710 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrates, 10 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 5 g protein. Exchanges: 2 starch, 3 vegetable, 1 protein, 1 fat.

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