Swiss Chard Crostini

A healthy snack can be quickly assembled and more satisfying and nutritious than chips from a bag. These crostini take advantage of the deliciousness and low potassium nature of Swiss Chard, pairing them with a scant amount of creamy ricotta!

Serving size

2 slices

Makes

5

Ingredients

½ baguette, sliced into 10, ½-inch slices

½ bunch (6 ounces) Swiss chard

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves of garlic

3 tablespoons water

½ cup Ricotta Cheese

Nutrition Info

Makes:Serving size: 2 slices

Calories

168

Fat

9 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Cholesterol

13 mg

Carbohydrates

16 g

Sugar

2 g

Fiber

1 g

Protein

6 g

Sodium

244 mg

Calcium

85 mg

Phosphorus

84 mg

Potassium

191 mg

Instructions

  1. Toast the baguette slices in a toaster oven or regular oven on 300°F until lightly browned.
  2. Remove the stems from the Swiss chard. Layer leaves in piles of 4 leaves to a pile. Roll horizontally and slice through the rolls to create ribbons of the leaves.
  3. Repeat until all the leaves have been sliced.
  4. Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the Swiss chard and garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add water and reduce the heat to low. Cook until the chard is tender but still bright green.
  5. To assemble, place the toasted baguette slices on a serving plate. Spread each slice with a scant layer of ricotta. Using tongs, arrange the cooked chard attractively over the ricotta toasts.  Enjoy as a snack or serve as an appetizer!

 

Recipe contributed by FamilyCook Productions

Reserve the Swiss chard stems and dip them into guacamole or salsa as you would with baby carrots, celery or tortilla chips – healthy and surprisingly delicious!