My Favorite Breakfast Side: Sautéed Onions and Chard

Since starting the GAPS diet, I’ve found one of the most satisfying sides to serve with my eggs at breakfast is a large bunch of sautéed onions and chard.  It leaves me feeling very satisfied, especially when I top them with a little butter when serving.  I don’t even miss a piece of toast on the side when I have my veggies instead!

I make a large batch each week and then reheat a portion of them to go with breakfast.  The key for them to still taste good as the week goes on is to make sure you don’t cook them very long the first time around.  Then I just stick them in a glass dish in the oven while I make the rest of my breakfast.  Perfect!

You can certainly vary this quite a lot by substituting a wide variety of other greens or vegetables.  This combination, though, has come to be my favorite.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Sauteed Onions and Chard

Sautéed Onions and Chard

Sautéed Onions and Chard


3 large onions, sliced
1 large bunch of chard (or other favorite green), chopped
3-4 Tbsp leftover bacon grease (or lard, coconut oil, or fat of your choice)
sea salt, to taste
balsamic vinegar, to taste


Sauteed Onions

Sautéing onions

Melt 2-3 Tbsp of leftover bacon grease in a large skillet.  Add sliced onions.  Cook over low-medium heat until soft; stir frequently.

Adding Chard

Adding in chard

Add an additional 1-2 Tbsp of leftover bacon grease.  Stir in chopped chard.  Add sea salt to taste.

Sauteeing Onions and Chard

Time to turn off the heat

When greens are just wilted, turn off heat.  Add a splash of balsamic vinegar to taste.  Remove from stove and allow to cool.

Store in the refrigerator.  Reheat at 350 degrees in smaller portions as desired.

This post is part of Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter Thursday, Eat Make Grow Thursday, Freaky Friday, GAPS Friendly Friday, Monday ManiaFat TuesdaySunday School.


  1. Meghan says:

    I will have to try this with the abundance of chard in my fridge (and in our garden). Seems like using a lot of onions is key!

    What kind of balsamic vinegar do you buy? I know that not all brands are okay because some add sugar. I’ve wanted to get some for awhile but haven’t figured out the sugar thing. Any recommendations?

    • Mindy says:

      I hope you like it! Anything with lots of onions tastes really good. : )

      I use either Bionaturae or another brand which I can’t remember the name of right now. You can find them at either Alfalfa’s or Vitamin Cottage (and I’m sure Whole Foods, too). If I think of the other one I get sometimes, I’ll let you know!

  2. Amy@10thAve. says:

    I have a row of chard in my gardent that is beautiful, but I haven’t had a clue as to what to do with it…(I love to grow “new” things.) I will try this tomorrow morning! Thanks!!


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