Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Tuna SurpRice

There is a thread on the MoneysavingExpert forums collating a number of recipes that supposedly would feed 1-2 people for 50p. Ironically, the thread starter's recipe of couscous with sardines does not cost just 50p despite her claims, at least, according to my own calculations. However, it has given me material for my blog; I've adapted the gist of the recipe to put together what I'll like to call Tuna SurpRice.

The sardines with couscous called for the use of fresh vegetables, which would have made things quite expensive, even if you pick according to season. A cheaper alternative to get one of your recommended five servings of vegetables per day would be to use Sainsbury's Basics frozen mixed vegetables. Since it's frozen, there is relatively little taste, which is what you would expect anyway.

So on to the recipe. Prepare your ingredients beforehand. Chop some onion and garlic, wash the Basics rice, drain the canned tuna saving the water and open the can of tomatoes. A point about the rice that I have neglected to mention in previous posts involving it is that because the rice is broken, it's also not very well polished, so expect to see some grains of brown rice, ie. rice whose husk is still attached.

Melt some butter in a pan.

Add the onions and garlic, followed by the tuna.

Add the washed rice and fry for a while, to allow the rice to absorb some of the flavour.

Add the tuna water, canned tomatoes and stir in the frozen vegetables.

Season with Basics black pepper and herb mix, and then cover and turn heat to low, leaving to simmer until done.
The end result was actually quite pleasant, being similar to the Chili con Carne Risotto I made some time ago, but perhaps a little lighter due to the non-addition of wine or red meat. Costings totalled £1 exactly (58p for tuna, 35p for tomatoes, 7p for garlic, onion, rice and everything else), and fed two people, so you could easily cook this for yourself for 50p.

DescriptionPrice per UnitNo. of servingsTrade-up PremiumTrade-up Benefits
Mixed Vegetables£0.771kg+£0.13Not known

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