Chickpeas and chard stew

This is an easy and quick summer stew, ideal for a mid-week supper. It goes perfectly with some crusty bread on the side too. The original recipe by Waitrose magazine has you making your own pesto but you can use ready made one for an even easier option.

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Chickpeas and chard stew


Serves 4 | Prep 10 mins | Cook 30 mins
Easy | Vegetarian | Gluten-Free

Tip: Use free-from pesto for a vegan version.

You’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil;
  • 1 onion, chopped;
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced;
  • 2 rosemary sprigs;
  • 2 x 400g cans chick peas;
  • 3 large tomatoes, tough core removed, and roughly chopped;
  • 2 tsp vinegar;
  • 200g pack swiss chard, woody stalks removed and leaves roughly shredded;
  • 4 tbsps pesto, to serve

Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and cook gently for 10 minutes, until soft and starting to turn golden. Add the garlic plus the rosemary sprigs; continue to cook for 3 minutes. Add the chickpeas and their liquid, the tomatoes and 300ml water; season and simmer briskly for 15 minutes. Break up some of the chick peas with a potato masher.

Just before serving, stir the chard through the stew, wilting for a couple of minutes. Stir in the remaining 2 tsp vinegar, then ladle into shallow bowls and top with a table spoon of pesto. Serve with crusty bread, if liked.


Modified from this recipe by Waitrose Magazine, Issue August 2018, available online here.

2 posts have been published to the site Food Notes on Jul 30th in previous years:

== 2018 ==
* Lentil, squash, halloumi and bacon salad
* Yotam Ottolenghi’s Caramelised Onion Crostini

Easy and quick Italian style chicken burgers

Earlier this week, I found myself needing a quick to make meal for when I come back from work. As I always go to the gym after work, I prefer to have something that takes no more than 30 minutes from prep to table. As I was looking for ideas, I stumbled upon this BBCGoodFood recipe which I’ve adapted slightly. The original recipe also includes polenta chips to go with the burgers, but I served them with some fresh salad on the side.

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Italian style chicken burgers

Chicken Burger 2

Serves 4 | Prep 5 mins | Cook 15 mins

You’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil;
  • 2 chicken breasts;
  • 25g dried breadcrumbs;
  • 25g parmesan;
  • 125g ball mozzarella;
  • 4 cook at home ciabatta buns;
  • 2-3 tbsp pesto;
  • sundried tomatoes, salad leaves, roasted red peppers, to serve.

Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut each chicken breast in half making four thinner fillets, then rub all over with oil and season. Spread the breadcrumbs and Parmesan out on a plate, mix well, then dip in the chicken to coat.

Place the chicken on a baking sheet and cook for 10-12 mins until just crisp and cooked through. Meanwhile, cook the ciabatta buns as per pack instructions (usually around 8 mins). Place a mozzarella slice on top and return to the oven until starting to melt. Pile the burgers onto the buns with some salad leaves, sundried tomatoes, roasted red pepper and a dollop of pesto. Serve with a fresh side salad.

Adapted recipe from a BBC Good Food, available online here.