Chard Pie


Who doesn’t like pie? While most of us think of dessert when we think of pie, not all pies are sweet. Pies can be savory and provide protein and healthy greens, like the chard pie recipe below. Chard is a leafy green and a good source of Vitamins A, C, and K, as well as magnesium, potassium, iron, and fiber (1).

A slice of chard pie and a glass of orange juice is great way to start the day! The ingredients for the recipe below can be made for about $16, including the orange juice. After making the pie, you’ll have items leftover to use for other meals.


Chard Pie (adapted from From Asparagus to Zucchini)

6 servings

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 bunch chard

6 eggs

1 cup shredded cheese

1 teaspoon salt

1 deep dish pie crust


Heat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse chard. Remove leaves from stalks and set leaves aside. Cut stalks into bite-size pieces. Heat oil in a pan on medium high heat. Place stalks in the pan and cook 2-3 minutes. Add chard leaves and cook until just wilted. Beat eggs in a bowl; mix in cheese, salt, chard leaves and stalks. Pour mixture into a pie crust and bake 35 minutes.



Chard: $2/bunch

Olive oil: $3.99 for 17-ounce bottle

Eggs: $1.53/half dozen

Shredded cheese: $2.49 for a 2-cup package

Salt: $0.54 for 26-ounce container

Pie crust: $2.68 for a package of 2 pie crusts

Orange juice: $2.58 for 59-ounce bottle

Total: $15.81


(Cost of items at a Food Lion in Raleigh)