Are you bored of cooking with Tuna, or have you run out of ideas to cook with tuna? Anyone who is a student or you’ve just not had the time to cook lately and opening a can of tuna or sardines and tossing it into rice, stew, boiled pasta or Indomie noodles has been your salvation. You are going to love this.
We all grew up eating some brand of canned Tuna or Sardine. There are many a tale of what we’ve eaten with tuna or sardine. From sandwiches packed in lunch boxes by mummy or in food warmers for picnics to the rich sauce made with tomatoes, onions and all sorts of ingredients. Tuna/sardine served as the base for many quick meals or snacks and were our mummy’s saviours. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. So as adults, it comes as no surprise that we fall back to it by default. Unlike mince meat which needs to be cooked, canned tuna and sardine have no such encumbrance, so in a flash whatever you need it for can be ready in minutes. It is the favourite of students and busy workers.
I know many of my readers would have grabbed pre packed sandwiches from the supermarket aisle or the coffee shop on your way to work or during your lunch break. I have never been a fan of those sandwiches, partly because I don’t like cold foods (except salads) and they are mostly bland. I have tried many different combinations and ingredients but I barely manage to swallow it. Besides, the price tag always makes me sneer at it. Lol. I mean 2 slices of bread cut into four and barely covered with enough ingredients and you are parting away with money that will buy you enough ingredients to make an entire batch of sandwiches. Lol
So, the next time you pick up that pre packed sandwich think of this blog and ask yourself, are you really going to enjoy this as much as Dunni’s recipe? Or the next time you want to just open that can of tuna and throw it in rice, noodles, or tomato sauce remember this post. It will probably take you an additional 5 – 10minutes but if you’ve been working or studying hard you need to feed yourself properly.
What do you need
1 can of tuna or sardine
1 can of crab meat
1 can of chopped tomatoes – 2 or 3 medium sized tomatoes
1 piece of Ata Rodo – scotch bonnet or habanero pepper
1/2 Red onion
1 clove Garlic
Green peas – canned or frozen
Seasoning cube – Knorr chicken preferred
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1. Chop the red onion, garlic and ata rodo
2. Heat up 2 table spoons of olive oil in a pan and sauté all the chopped ingredients for 2 minutes
3. Add the tomatoes to the pan and fry for 2 minutes. If you are using canned tomatoes, drain the juice in a colander.
4. Drain the salt solution from the crab meat and tuna and set aside. Empty the contents of both cans into the saucepan, add a pinch of curry and 1 seasoning cube. Let this cook for 2 minutes and add the salty water that you had drained previously. Let this cook for another 2 minutes.
5. Throw in a handful of peas. I used pre cooked frozen peas, so in under a minute the heat from the other ingredients in the pot had thawed it. Finish with a pinch of salt.
So, there you have it. 5 simple steps and you have this gorgeous mixture of well seasoned, succulent tuna and crab meat with fresh ingredients.
This can be eaten hot or cold. You can toss this into plain noodles, serve on top of boiled rice, beat 4 eggs and make into an omelette, boil or fry yam and serve with it. Or serve with fried plantain. Whatever you have in your store, kitchen cart or fridge I’m sure you will find something suitable to pair with this. Remember to save some for lunch the next day, and have your colleagues sniffing in appreciation because of the delicious aroma coming from your desk.
You can prepare your own DIY sandwiches for work or for your children’s lunch box. Simply make triangles out of slices of bread, rub with margarine or butter, and scoop unto the bread. You can throw in the odd sliced boiled egg, or cut fresh thin slices of rodo (scotch bonnet) for extra heat. Wrap in foil or cling film place in the fridge and you’ll save yourself a whole week’s worth of paying for bland inedible sandwiches. Now tell me if anything packed in those sandwiches can beat this. Lol.