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Move Over Kale Chips… Here Comes Chard Chips!

Kale Chips are a healthy alternative to a potato chip snack. And you can also use the same technique to make these Spicy Swiss Chard Chips.

Baked Swiss Chard Chips by FamilySpice.com

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.

Swiss Chard for Baked Swiss Chard Chips by FamilySpice.com

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!

Spicy Swiss Chard Chips

Like kale chips? Then you'll love these seasoned & spicy swiss chard chips to snack on! Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice

Ingredients:

  • 10 swiss chard, leaves
  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp chile powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 275ºF.
  2. Remove stem and cut into 2-inch pieces:
    • 10 swiss chard , leaves
  3. Place cut leaves in one layer on a baking sheet and toss with:
    • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  4. Season with:
    • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/8 tsp chile powder
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn leaves over and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  6. Let chard chips cool and serve.

Notes:

Serving Suggestions: Serve as an appetizer or snack, or crush over your steak, tacos or any else that needs a little crunch!

Cooking Tips: This technique works for swiss chard, kale and other greens, too. Keep it simple with just salt or your favorite spices. Make sure your greens are dry. The drier the green, the crispier the chip!

Prep Time:

Yield: 6 servings

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