photo (9)Kale chips take the spotlight for very good reasons, but if you think outside the box, swiss chard can make for a brilliant kale chip substitute!

A dark leafy green related to beets and spinach, swiss chard is packed with vitamin K helping our blood to clot, and phytonutrients (think of the colors of rainbow chard) keeping our bodies working well, and feeling vibrant.

When swiss chard leaves get roasted in the oven and become crispy, their flavor gets condensed into this savory yet sweet experience for your palate that’s quite the adventure.

It’s a must try, especially for kale chip fans – or anyone who wants to transform their swiss chard into something fantabulous!

Here’s how:

Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 12 minutes

Serves 2-4

Ingredients: 

  • 1 bunch of swiss chard, leaves removed from stems (save stems for sautéing, roasting, or adding to soup)
  • 1-2 T olive oil
  • A pinch of sea salt

Directions: 

1. Prep: Preheat your oven to 400F. Rinse your chard, spin dry or towel dry (important step!). Place your swiss chard leaves on a baking tray. Add olive oil, massaging the chard well to make sure each leaf is oiled. Finish with a pinch of sea salt, mix again. Make sure to leave some space in between the leaves.

2. Roast: Place your sheet tray in the oven. Let the chard cook for 5 minutes, then mix. Cook for another 2-5 minutes (depending on the strength of your oven), until crispy and fragrant.

3. Eat: Make these when you aren’t too hungry, or else they will vanish in no-time!