Have you joined the kale chips band-wagon? It’s an ingenious way to get your salty chip fix and eat a healthy green at the same time. I know, it’s not exactly the same as potato chip, but it’s a great alternative if you are watching your calorie intake while you prance around in your swim suit this summer. My garden, though, has plenty of swiss chard, and not kale, so I decided to experiment a little and make some Spicy Swiss Chard Chips.
The concept is the same, except you are using swiss chard instead of kale. Cut up your chard leaves into equal pieces. I cut mine into 2-inch squares. Then, toss with a bit of olive oil, season with sea salt, spicy chile pepper, garlic powder, whatever you like and bake in a 275º F oven for 40 minutes. It does require a flip over halfway through baking, this is to ensure you end up with crispy chard chips to snack on while you lounge by the pool and get a tan.
Don’t ya love the colors chard comes in!
Confession time: I am not a big fan of the bitter green. But, I have to admit that whether you snack on kale chips or chard chips, it is definitely a flavorful and healthy snack. And, on the plus side, it doesn’t smell like dead fish, like the dried seaweed my 6-year old likes to snack on.
I have seen online that this technique can also be used for spinach and lettuce chips, you just have to reduce the cooking time as they are not as thick as chard or kale.
Since you only use the leaves for the chard chips, don’t throw out the chard stems. Check out this recipe from Cookistry on how to make Pickled Chard Stems!
And for ways to add greens to your diet, like kale & chard, check out this great article from Shockingly Delicious!
So grab a bowl and snack on, my friends!