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Veggie Swiss Chard Egg Scramble Skillet

Updated on March 13, 2015
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Veggie and Egg Scramble Skillet Recipe Featuring Swiss Chard

Are you searching for a healthy recipe idea using fresh Swiss chard and other vegetables for a change of pace meal? How about for breakfast? Well, look no further! This veggie egg scramble recipe starring Swiss chard is mouth-watering and eye-appealing. I cooked this breakfast meal entirely in the same skillet. Cooking a meal in just one pan makes it easier, and the clean-up faster.

  • Scrambled eggs with fresh veggies go hand-in-hand to create a Wake-Me-Up kind of breakfast.

The day I first put this recipe together my husband enjoyed it so much that he asked for a repeat breakfast the following day. It is light and energizing. Topping it with natural Pace Picante Sauce or your favorite salsa makes it taste especially good. The spice from the sauce adds zip.

  • Maybe You Think Egg Dishes Should Be Reserved For Breakfast Or Brunch. Not so!

This recipe tastes great for those purposes. But. . . If you have this recipe's ingredients handy for an impromptu meal, it could make a good lunch, or even a lighter meal at suppertime for your family or yourself. This meal is quick and easy to prepare once you have skimmed through the recipe or tried cooking it once.

  • Follow along to view my recipe, prep tips, nutritional Info, and photos.


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This Recipe Has Flexibility.

  • Increase This Dish To Feed More or Cut It Down For One Person. Change Ingredients Adding More Of What You Like. Take Out What You Don't.

You could possibly spare a grocery shopping trip if you have fresh veggies at home. As I will suggest and provide ideas further below, this recipe can be simply adapted if your preferences for vegetables don't match mine. The amount of eggs and vegetables used can be easily expanded or cut down depending on your needs. If you serve vegetarian guests, family members, or you yourself are ovo-vegetarian (vegetarians who eat eggs), this meal may become a favorite.

Cooking Timetable For Quick Meal Prep

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 3-4

Sliced Red Pepper, Zuchinni, Mushrooms, Onion, and Chard

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Veggie Swiss Chard Egg Scramble Skillet Recipe

  • 4 Eggs, scrambled, soft & not dry
  • (Use more or less of each ingredient, per taste):
  • 3 leaves with colored stems Swiss chard, Sliced, See tip*
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup red sweet peppers, sliced
  • 6 mushrooms, (used Baby Bella), sliced
  • 1/3 cup sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 to 2 green shallot onion, sliced. See tip*
  • 3/4 cup zucchini (5-6 inch), 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • dried thyme Leaves, sprinkled
  • salt and pepper, good, but opitional
  • 2 tablespoons, or as needed olive oil, for eggs and sauted veggies
  • At table for serving:
  • 3/4 cup salsa, or Pace Picante Medium heat Sauce

In the Skillet Ready To Saute

Colorful Swiss Chard And Veggies
Colorful Swiss Chard And Veggies | Source

Instructions For Veggie Swiss Chard Egg Scramble

  1. Slice the Swiss chard into chunks.
  2. Slice mushrooms, red pepper, onions, and shallots.
  3. Slice 1/2 zucchini into 1/2 inch slices (not too thin).
  4. Mince clove of garlic, or use 1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic.
  5. Place small amount of oil in medium heated skillet and add onions, Swiss chard, mushrooms, and remaining vegetables. Stir and turn, sauteing 3-4 minutes. Don't overcook!
  6. Add garlic to a corner of the skillet and cook just one minute and toss with veggie and mushroom mixture.
  7. Temporarily remove vegetables to a serving dish while preparing the scrambled eggs. Add the cooked scrambled eggs back into the skillet mixture and toss. Remove to your serving dish.
  8. I cool down the skillet slightly by pouring small amount of water into it and then either pouring or wiping it out. Beat the eggs in a bowl with a wire whip. Pour them into skillet and cook, stirring. Cook as you like them. I prefer them cooked thoroughly to slightly soft, not dry nor browned.
  9. Add the scrambled eggs to the serving dish and toss lightly into the cooked vegetables. Take the filled serving dish and salsa or tomato-based sauce to the table.
  10. Let each person top their individual serving with black pepper, and your favorite salsa or sauce such as Pace Pacante Sauce. It gives just the kick to make it delicious! Enjoy!

Stack Leaves & Roll Together To Slice

Continue Slicing the Other Way into Chunks
Continue Slicing the Other Way into Chunks | Source

Tips For Vegetable Prep

  • Preparing Swiss Chard Stems: Rinse. Save the colorful stems. Cut the stems from leaf and slice into chunks. They add crunchy texture and color sauteed with the other veggies.
  • Cutting the Leaf: Roll the fresh chard leaf lengthwise one-at-a-time if they are stiff from maturity. Or, stack young tender leaves together and roll. Slice with a chef knife in 1 inch or wider sections. Next, slice or tear the cut sections into random pieces. Remove the center vein only if it is tough.
  • Green onion/ shallot: Rinse. Cut off both ends, the roots, and the end of the stem. Grab the shorter outer green layer on the stem and pull it backwards over the bulb to remove it. Slice the bulb and green stem in 1/4 inch slices.

Swiss Chard Is a Healthy, Leafy Green Superfood, Bearing Vibrant Eye-Catching Colors.

Swiss chard can be grown or purchased in such delightfully colored varieties as Neon Lights and Rainbow. You will find these chards have brightly colored stems of red, violet purple, yellow, and/or cream. I used homegrown chard from my garden in creating my scramble skillet dish with another common variety that has red-veined dark green leaves and red stems. They are beautiful plants.

Nutrition experts state that eating a wide selection of diverse-colored vegetables and fruits increases nutrients in your diet that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Among the healthy beneficial nutrients of Swiss chard are:

  • Vitamins A, and K
  • Folate
  • Micronutrient Choline
  • Minerals. . . Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, and Phosphorus

It also is a source of Omega 6 fatty acids. Our body needs a balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Swiss chard is a healthier whole food source of Omega 6, better than found in sources of some highly processed foods.

Healthy Vegetarian Skillet Meal Ready To Serve

Veggie Swiss Chard Egg Scramble Skillet
Veggie Swiss Chard Egg Scramble Skillet | Source

Estimated Nutritional Benefit Info for a 1/4 size Portion of Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Calories 114
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Carbohydrates 9 g3%
Fiber 3 g12%
Cholesterol 211 mg70%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
Electric Skillet By Cucina Pro - 18/10 Stainless Steel with Tempered Glass Lid, 16" Round
Electric Skillet By Cucina Pro - 18/10 Stainless Steel with Tempered Glass Lid, 16" Round

I used an electric stainless steel skillet for this breakfast dish and it worked great. Clean-up was a snap, as I used just one skillet for the meal.

 

This Is An Adaptable Recipe. Substitute Ingredients You Have On Hand.

I think the combination of veggies in this Swiss chard recipe is delish! I needed to use Swiss chard and zucchini that was producing well in the garden, but I was getting behind using it. I had store-bought mushrooms and onions staring me in the face and frozen sliced red pepper. This recipe basically developed itself from ingredients I had on hand.

If you have finicky vegetable eaters who are growing up eating only carrots and corn on the cob, you may substitute veggies your family likes.

Alternative Ingredient Suggestions

Have fun! Change up the recipe to your liking!

  • Frozen Peas
  • Snow peas (peas in edible pods)
  • Edamame
  • Tomatoes
  • Fresh spinach leaves
  • Green pepper
  • Hot peppers
  • Kale
  • corn
  • Asparagus
  • carrots
  • broccoli

Add cheese or vegan cheese if you want.

Try tomato sauce, ketchup, or other tomato based sauces.

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    • MariannesWhims profile imageAUTHOR

      Marianne Gardner 

      3 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      We agree, veggie/egg skillets provide good energy. That is awesome it being one of your favorite fast meals. Spinach is very nutritious and is on the optional veggie list, as this skillet dish is so versatile. Thanks for pointing out your food combination way of eating.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      3 years ago from the short journey

      We began eating "differently" in the summer and are very pleased with the results. It's not a diet, per se, just a food combination way of eating based on several popular programs. For instance, a primary aspect of how we eat is to only eat carbs with veggies or very lean meat. It's easy once the basic idea is thought through and the results have been amazing. All that to say, a veggie/egg skillet is one of our favorite, fast meals that really provides energy for a morning or afternoon's work. Thanks for focusing on the versatility of veggies as I mostly use fresh spinach.

    • MariannesWhims profile imageAUTHOR

      Marianne Gardner 

      3 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      Smine27, Thank you for your interest in trying this Swiss chard egg scramble. Enjoy!

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      Shinichi Mine 

      3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I can't wait to try this out.

    • MariannesWhims profile imageAUTHOR

      Marianne Gardner 

      4 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      @Cesky: Thanks. I really enjoyed it, so hope you will too. It is very flavorful.

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      Cecilia Karanja 

      4 years ago from Nairobi

      It does look very delicious

    • MariannesWhims profile imageAUTHOR

      Marianne Gardner 

      4 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      @MelanieKaren: Thank you, melaniekaren, for adding my lens to your lacto-ovo vegetarian page. I hope you enjoy the Swiss chard egg scramble as much as we do.

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      Melanie Wilcox 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      This looks really great, and it has been added to the overall "lacto-ovo vegetarian" contributor squidoo page. :) I too pay attention to color when creating dishes. I am a big fan of swiss chard for soooo many reasons. I'll will be trying your recipe -nicely done :)

    • MariannesWhims profile imageAUTHOR

      Marianne Gardner 

      4 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      @mittykitty123: Thank you! You made my day complimenting my recipes. Come back soon. Enjoy the Swiss chard egg scramble when you try it. Bon appetit!

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      mittykitty123 

      4 years ago

      You post the best recipes! This looks like a really healthy and delicious breakfast! I am going to file this recipe in my "must-make-soon" file. I can't wait to try it. :o)

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