I was getting a bit tired of eating the same vegetables all the time and decided to risk a new one with DD – Swiss Chard. I´m a big believer in taking kids food shopping from the start and getting them knowledgeable and enthusiastic about fresh food from a young age and it seems to have paid off for now! She was quite excited about learning a new word – acelga (spanish for swiss chard) and I managed to keep her excited while we cooked it up in “salsa” and yes she ate it and liked it – win for Mum 🙂
Ingredients (2 persons)
250g Swiss chard
1 clove garlic
3 tbsp olive oil
75g bacon (or thick slices of ham)
500g tomatoes (3-4)
1/2 red pepper
1/2 tsp sweet paprika powder
Chop swiss chard (white and green parts) in pieces. Bring to boil in plenty of water. When boiling add a tablespoon of olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Simmer 20 minutes.
While swiss chard is cooking, finely chop onion and garlic. Heat rest of olive oil in a large pot, sauté oinon, garlic and red pepper over low heat till golden. Add bacon and paprika. Simmer 5-10 more minutes and add tomatos (blanched, skinned and diced). Simmer over a low heat for 10-15 minutes.
Drain and rinse swiss chard. Add to tomato mixture and mix through. Heat for 2-3 minutes and serve.