Spanish Style Swiss Chard

This is Swiss chard with a delightful Spanish accent: the plump sweetness of raisins and pleasing crunchiness of hazelnuts raises chard to new and sumptuous levels in this super-quick and easy recipe.
It can even make a meal, when served with brown rice or quinoa.
Leafy greens are filled with valuable nutrients, and this is one intriguing way to serve them, a heavenly meld of textures and tastes.

3 tablespoons raisins

1 pound Swiss chard, washed well

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons toasted hazelnuts, chopped

Salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste

Place the raisins in a small pan with water to cover.
When the water begins to boil, take the pan off the heat, and let the raisins sit for at least 5 minutes.
While the raisins are soaking, cut each Swiss chard leaf away from the stem and central rib.
Cut the leaves into 1/4-inch crosswise slices.
Dice the stems and the central ribs.
In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
Add the Swiss chard and the garlic, and saute, stirring frequently, for 6 to 8 minutes or until the chard is tender.
Drain the raisins, and toss them and the hazelnuts into the Swiss chard. Add salt and pepper and serve.