Step 1Place the rice in a steamer with 1 1/4 cups of water. Cover and steam until the rice is tender and the water has been absorbed, 55 minutes to 1 hour. (Or place the rice in a saucepan with 2 cups of water, bring to a boil, cover and simmer over low heat until the rice is tender, about 45 minutes.)
Step 2Remove the ribs from the chard leaves and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Chop the leaves into 2-inch pieces.
Step 3Spray a large nonstick saucepot with cooking spray. Cook the green onions, garlic, shallots and salt until the onion is just tender, 2 minutes. Stir in the chopped chard ribs. Add 1/4 cup of water, cover and steam 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chopped chard leaves and steam until wilted and tender, about 5 minutes. Stir into the steamed rice. Top with the cashews before serving.