It might sound like a complicated mouthful, but this gluten-free and real food quinoa & beef stuffed chard in the Instant Pot is surprisingly easy and amazingly delicious!

It might sound like a complicated mouthful, but this gluten-free and real food Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Chard in the Instant Pot is surprisingly easy and amazingly delicious! #instantpot #chard #quinoa #glutenfree #realfood #dairyfree

Garden-fresh goodness.

Every year I try and grow a garden in our backyard. I say try because it never really works. Apparently I’m on of “those” people who just kills gardens naturally. No help needed! Thankfully I have wonderful neighbors who keep us in supply of fresh greens, and if I’m really in need there’s always the farmer’s market! 

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Chard in the Instant Pot prep 2What to do with chard?

This year we were gifted a box of organic produce from one of the local farms. I was overjoyed to see delicious things like tomatoes, peppers, green beans, mushrooms… and rainbow chard. And even though I’ve lived in the south for years, I had no idea what to do with chard.

So I set to brainstorming.

Chard can be used pretty much like any other green. It can be used in soups, sauteed for a yummy side dish, fermented for later enjoyment… Pretty much any way you’d use cabbage, spinach, or kale, you can use Swiss chard! And not only is it versatile, it is also packed with nutrition! Swiss chard is actually one of the most nutrient-dense greens out there. The rainbow colors show that it’s packed with antioxidants, polyphenol, betalain and carotenoid phytonutrients. Swiss chard is SUPER high in vitamin A, and also has good amounts of vitamin K. It also contains magnesium and potassium! That’s a lot of stuff for a pretty little leaf.

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Chard in the Instant Pot profile sliced

Stuffed Chard = Instant deliciousness.

Since Swiss chard is a little hardy, like cabbage, I decided I would make stuffed chard instead of stuffed cabbage. My family loves stuffed cabbage and I rarely make them because it takes fooooooorever. But unlike cabbage, chard doesn’t require any pre-cooking to make rolls out of. Win!

Onto the cutting board went the rainbow chard! The stems were lacto-fermented for my kiddos to enjoy, and the leaves were wrapped around onions, ground beef, and quinoa, and placed in my 2nd best friend – the Instant Pot to make stuffed chard. (My 1st best friend is my Blendtec, if you’re wondering.)

My family devoured them. Only a few minutes of prep, pressurizing time, and about 5 minutes of cooking and voila! A new family favorite with the help of a fun and tasty green.

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Chard in the Instant Pot

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Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Chard in the Instant Pot

Free from gluten, eggs, dairy, and sugar.

Ingredients

  • 10-14 Swiss chard leaves
  • 1 pound organic ground beef
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (you can use leftover rice, if you can handle it)
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 2-3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • salt, pepper, parsley, to taste
  • 2 cups tomato sauce 

Instructions

In a bowl, combine everything but the chard leaves and the tomato sauce.

Wash chard and remove stems. Place 1/4 cup of filling into the center of the leaves and roll up like a burrito. You can use more filling if your leaves are huge.

Place the trivet rack in the bottom of the Instant Pot liner and pour in tomato sauce. Place chard wraps seam-side down on top of trivet. It’s ok if you layer them.

Put on the lid and set your IP to 5 minutes on manual. When it beeps, natural release for 10 minutes before turning the vent.

Serve stuffed chard with tomato sauce on top!

Note

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