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Move Over Kale Chips… Here Comes Chard Chips!

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Not Kale Chips, But Spicy Chard Chips!

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.

You can find the full recipe and directions here.

Not Kale Chips, But Chard Chips!

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!

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25 Responses to Move Over Kale Chips… Here Comes Chard Chips!

  1. This looks wonderfully healthy

  2. Jenny at #

    yes! we do that! they are delicious

  3. Eha at #

    OK, kale and chard on your side of the Pond. Neither is widely available here, but methinks fullsized silverbeet and fullsized bok choi [which we just about live on!] would make some interesting alternatives?! This does sound fun!! Do hope yo are having a great summer :) !

  4. what a terrific idea – I’m a big fan of kale chips but never considered trying this out with chard.

  5. I really have to try these. I’ve been reading all about the kale chips, and really like the idea. Like you, I have a lot of Swiss chard in my garden – and I already substitute Swiss chard for a lot of kale recipes, so why not this, too? Really nice post – thanks.

  6. Susan at #

    What a great recipe for chard! I’m always cooking it the same way and never thought to make chips out of it. I will be trying this for sure!

  7. amee at #

    Kale chips are so 2010. LOL. These look lovely. I like the stacked presentation/photograph!

  8. Love this! What a great idea and variation on kale chips! We’re going to feature this on our Facebook page and link here so people can see your recipe and your great photography. If you wish, come LIKE us on Facebook for more recipes and tips on superfood greens like kale, chard, beet, mustard, turnip, collard, spinach, escarole, dandelion and other super healthy dark green leafies. https://www.facebook.com/San.Miguel.Produce

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  9. I never would have though of this… but they look so good.

  10. marla at #

    I love chard gotta try these chips!

  11. There’s nothing like trying to be healthy. I’ll tell my husband we are throwing out the chips and bringing in the chard. Close your ears. Really original idea someone had though.

  12. What a good idea, and I love your stack of chips!

  13. I’ve tried kale this year, but haven’t tried chard yet – I love the color of chard and I’ve been curious for a while. I just checked the recipe and was surprised how easy this is. Gotta shop for chard now!!

  14. Sunithi at #

    yummy ! Never tried chard chips & these look delish ! Lovely pics too ! Am making it ! Pinned it too :)

  15. What a great idea! I love kale chips. These sound perfect.

  16. So pretty! I’ve made kale chips before, but haven’t tried Swiss Chard Chips-going on my “to-do” list. I just made a kale pesto that turned out delicious-no promises, but you MIGHT like it :-)

  17. Those colors are gorgeous! What a great idea Laura. I think I hear another foodie trend starting. Thanks for sharing:)

  18. FoodPorn.net (@foodpornonline) at #

    Based on your delicious chard chips photos, we’d like to invite you to submit your food photos on a Food Photography site so our readers can enjoy your creations.
    It is absolutely free and fun to make others hungry!

  19. Hopped over from a friend’s blog and happy I did – I am in the process of uploading pictures for my next post which is a taro leaf dolmidas – You have given me a new idea for them with this post – and I may have to ask the Chard to move over :) just kidding – this is completely awesome and I cannot wait for my chard to grow big enough (if the deer will only allow it) – happy to follow your blog – please do visit and follow if you are inspired like I am :) cheers, Priya

  20. JC Marc at #

    Thank you for sharing Cody’s story. I will be participating in the auction. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong – Perusing your site, I found recipes I wanted to try and when I clicked recipe, it led me to a descriptive, but not the recipe. I had to click another button to get to the recipe. Am I in the wrong place, or do I have to be redirected to another spot on your site? At first I thought I was in the wrong site, being redirected to the correct site. Thank you. (sorry to put this in your comments, I could not find an email address.)

  21. Matthew at #

    Just made these. Thanks for the great idea!

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