Crimson-pink in color, rhubarb looks like a vibrant cousin to celery. Rhubarb has a sour, tart taste and is often combined with fruit to make pies, jams and crisps. The leaves are inedible since they contain oxalic acid, which can be toxic. When cooked, rhubarb can be a great accompaniment to meat or used as a topping for yogurt or desserts. This snappy veggie is low in calories — a 1/2 cup serving of raw, diced rhubarb has 13 calories and 1 gram of fiber. It also provides 22% of the daily value for vitamin K. Spruce up your dishes with this versatile veggie with these seven irresistible recipes.
1. CRISPY RHUBARB LEMON CHICKEN BAKE | COTTER CRUNCH
Bold and tangy rhubarb makes a fantastic marinade for chicken. Caramelized lemon chicken thighs are served with crispy rhubarb shavings and pearl onions. This easy, one-pan meal is an explosion of sweet, savory and tangy flavors. Recipe makes 5 servings at 1 thigh each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 262; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 102mg; Sodium: 453mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 11g; Protein: 23g
2. STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CHIA PUDDING | DIETITIAN DEBBIE DISHES
Start off the day with a gorgeous ruby-red chia pudding. The chia pudding base is made with almond milk, coconut flakes and vanilla — all topped off with a strawberry and rhubarb compote. Make a batch of these for an easy on-the-go breakfast during the week. Recipe makes 2 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 350; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 150mg; Carbohydrate: 37g; Dietary Fiber: 14g; Sugar: 20g; Protein: 6g
3. RHUBARB PECAN & GOAT CHEESE SALAD | VEGETARIAN TIMES
Roasted rhubarb brings a lovely pop of color and sweetness to this salad. Goat cheese adds creaminess while toasted pecans add a nutty crunch. Serve as is, or pair with slices of crusty bread. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 182; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 7mg; Sodium: 89mg; Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 4g
4. STRAWBERRY RHUBARB HAZELNUT MUFFINS | A COUPLE COOKS
Full of nutty grains and naturally sweetened, these muffins are a wonderful addition to any brunch menu. Strawberries and ginger are combined with rhubarb to bring out its complex flavor. Toasted hazelnuts add a fragrant crunch to these moist, wholesome muffins. Recipe makes 24 servings at 1 muffin each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 120; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 22mg; Sodium: 167mg; Carbohydrate: 20g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 4g
5. STRAWBERRY RHUBARB STIR-FRY | FOOD FANATIC
Strawberry and rhubarb in a savory dish? This classic pairing makes an unexpected debut in a chicken stir-fry paired with spiralized zucchini noodles. Zesty orange and lime juice combine with rhubarb to create a sweet and tangy sauce that coats tender cubes of chicken breast. Recipe makes 2 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 360; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 96mg; Sodium: 91mg; Carbohydrate: 27g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 19g; Protein: 39g
6. LIGHT RHUBARB CHAI CREAM PIE | HEALTHY SEASONAL RECIPES
Feel free to have a slice of this lightened-up cream pie. A filling of creamy Greek yogurt is topped with a chai-spiced rhubarb sauce — all in a flaky, whole-grain pie crust. Indulge in this decadent tasting, yet healthy dessert. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1 slice each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 195; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 11mg; Sodium: 63mg; Carbohydrate: 29g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 5g
7. DIJON-RUBBED PORK WITH RHUBARB SAUCE | TASTE OF HOME
For an easy weeknight meal, make this succulent rhubarb pork loin roast that’s paired with a rhubarb sauce. The Dijon mustard rub is a great contrast to the sweet and tart rhubarb sauce. Serve with a side of roasted veggies or over a bed of greens. Recipe makes 12 servings at 3 ounces pork loin each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 181; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 56mg; Sodium: 308mg; Carbohydrate: 9g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 23g