Thursday, July 28, 2011

More Frugal Fare for a Hot Summer Night

It's one of those lazy, hazy afternoons when the humidity makes me allergic to cooking. Eating out again this week is not an option. And besides, I need to empty out the pantry before we head to Montreal for the weekend.

I gather a can of chickpeas, a bag of rice pasta, some wilting veggies and two cans of tuna for a quick and simple supper.

tomato & onion flaked tuna
Shell pasta +  chick peas + tuna + veg = fast, frugal fare 
This tuna pasta salad makes an ideal picnic meal. Serve it cold or heated with melted cheese. It costs about $6 and 12 minutes to make. It easily feeds a family of five with leftovers for lunches. If you can't find flavoured tuna like the samples above, simply flavour your own with salt, pepper, a tablespoon of tomato paste or sauce and chopped onion. I like adding chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) to my pastas because of the added protein, fibre and folic acid.
Tuna Pasta Picnic Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad
1 package rice pasta
1 can chick peas
1/2 diced red pepper
2 cans seasoned tuna
2 plum tomatoes diced
1 celery stalk chopped
1 carrot chopped or grated

1) Cook the pasta al dente. Drain and cool.
2) Mix everything else into a large pot.
3) Dish out and enjoy.

Feel free to get adventurous and throw in some sun dried tomato, grilled veggies, maybe some ancho chiles.

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