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Swiss Chard Rolls with Fresh Marinara

Swiss Chard Rolls with Fresh Marinara

Incorporate vitamin-rich leafy greens into your next Italian dinner!

Serves: 6 (Serving= 1 roll with 1/4 cup marinara)


Chard Rolls

  • 1 pound 96% lean ground beef
  • ½ cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (use gluten free breadcrumbs for GF version)
  • 1/3 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 - 8 ounce can no-salt added tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 large Swiss chard leaves, stems removed
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 - 14 ounce can no-salt added chicken stock (use gluten free for GF version)

Marinara Sauce

  • ½ Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 ½ cups crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 Tablespoons grated/shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Gently mix beef, breadcrumbs, onion, tomato sauce, cheese and seasonings in a large bowl until just combined. Divide mixture into 6 equal oblong portions.
  2. Overlap the two sides of a chard leaf where the stem was removed and place one portion of beef there. Tightly roll the chard around the beef and place, seam-side down, in a large skillet sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Add chicken stock to pan, cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook 15-18 minutes, or until meat reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onion for 1-2 minutes or until soft. Stir in tomatoes and seasoning and cook 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened.
  5. Remove chard rolls from broth and served each topped with about 1/4 cup marinara sauce.  Sprinkle lightly with Parmesan.