Swiss Chard Snack Attack

Swiss Chard Snack Attack.

Sounds weird, right? Well, being 4 months pregnant with baby number three, it’s safe to say the cravings started! And not just one thing- no, I want EVERYTHING. Luckily, I mostly crave cold, crisp snacks- sometimes salty, sometimes sweet. This means our fridge is better stocked than our pantry. Which is great- unless you are 4 months pregnant and have a sudden NEED for a potato chip! Well, swiss chard to the rescue! This beautiful dark green, vitamin packed bunch of rainbow chard was nearing it spoiling point and that was PERFECT!

So I went a head and whipped up some swiss chard chips! Yes, CHIPS! Super simple. Maybe you’ve heard of Kale chips and thought, NO WAY? Well, swiss chard is more mild and actually tastes nothing like its sautéed version when baked like this! Believe it or not, it actually tastes like pumpkin seeds, and completely filled my craving for chips and lucky for me, they are way healthier for this little human I’m making!

Alright, the HOW TO:

Preheat your oven to 425.

Take your leaves and remove the stalks and the ribs from the leaves.

Next you want to wash these bad boys well, they grow in dirt after all, so make sure to get any dirt out that may be hiding.

Once the leaves are all washed lay them on some paper towel and THOROUGHLY dry them. You want to get these really crisp and the smallest bit of water will steam them can keep them from becoming perfect snackable chips!

Once dry, take a brush or paper towel and brush on some good quality EVOO (extra virgin olive oil, y’all!). Get both sided pretty good but don’t SATURATE them.

Last step is to sprinkle some sea salt ( not too much, trust me, I am a salt lover and learned the hard way that it doesn’t take much lol).

Pop in the oven and after two minutes or so, flip leaves over and cook another 3-5 minutes until crispy. Make sure to keep checking them, they are leaves after all, it wont take too much for them to burn. Another thing to keep in mind is once you take them out they will continue to crisp up a bit! I recommend eating them all within about 20 mins or so…if they last that long!

 

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