Rainbow of Love

Copyright. Niya Christine

#151/365 Paintings

I chuckle a bit when I see a gorgeous bunch of Rainbow Chard at the farmers market. I was one of those kids who didn’t like vegetables—at all! “It’s good for you, a rainbow of love,” one of my mother’s hippie friend’s said to me once. My answer was, “It’s very pretty” as I dumped my plate into the dog’s bowl when the adults weren’t looking (the dog didn’t eat it either). Anything related to the beet family seemed like eating dirt to me. Living with rabbits who treat chard like it’s crack cocaine has given me a few second thoughts about this beautiful vegetable. A subfamily to the beet, it’s very good for you. Especially your kidneys. Instant energy.  And, often used in Mediterranean cooking I just have to try this recipe—soonish. Rainbow Chard with Pine Nuts, Parmesan, and Basil.