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Tuna Melt Piadina

13 Sep

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This is a popular recipe in Italy, and it’s great to make when you want something that’s both filling and healthy – tuna is very good for you. It’s a bit like a toasted sandwich, but much tastier!

This is best served as soon as it is cooked, so serve the first as soon as it is done and then cook the second one.

Tip: this would also be great with the addition of some sweetcorn with the tuna, or with spring onions instead of onions. If you would prefer it to be more crunchy the onion can also be used raw instead of fried.

Serves: two people.

Cost per person: £0.69 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 250g self raising flour
  • 125ml water
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 can (200g) tuna, drained
  • 30g cheddar cheese (or similar)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Finely chop the onion and fry on a medium heat for around 5 minutes, until soft and golden. Set aside.

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2) Mix together the flour and water in a bowl until it comes together, then form into a dough with your hands and knead for a few minutes.

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3) Divide the dough into 2 balls and flatten each piece to around 18cm wide.

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4) Fry the dough on a medium heat for around 3 minutes on each side, until lightly golden and puffed up.

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5) Whilst the dough is frying finely chop the apple and mix together with the tuna and onion.

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6) Remove the bread from the pan and carefully slice it in two by cutting around the edge and gradually cutting into the middle. Spread one half with half of the tuna filling.

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7) Sprinkle with cheese and put the other half of the bread on top and press down gently.

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8) Place it back in the pan and fry for another 3 minutes on each side, until golden on the outside and melted inside.

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9) Tuck in!

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Spicy Tuna and Tomato Pasta

6 Jul

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This meal is a great one for when you’re running low on food and need to use up things from the back of the cupboard. It’s also good for when you’re in a rush as it only takes ten minutes to prepare and cook!

Tip: you can make this dish as spicy as you want by using more or less chilli powder. If you’re not a fan of spicy food then it still tastes good if you only use 1/2 a tsp of chilli powder – I wouldn’t leave the chilli out entirely, as using a little bit still gives some flavour without actually making the dish spicy.

Leftovers should be fine to reheat for around three days if kept in the fridge, or around a month if frozen.

Serves: two people.

Cost per person: £0.79 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 200g pasta
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can (185g) tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1-2 tsps chilli powder
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Put the pasta on to boil. Whilst it is cooking chop the onion and garlic, and fry them for around 3 minutes with the chilli powder on a high heat.

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2) Turn down the heat on the onions. Add the tin of tomatoes and cook for around 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

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3) Add the tuna to the tomatoes and onions and heat through.

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4) Drain the pasta and serve!

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Tuna Fishcakes

10 Jun

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This is a tasty and fairly simple meal to make, and it doesn’t take too long either. It’s also pretty darn cheap and very good for you!

If you wanted to add your own twist you could try adding finely chopped onions, spring onions or sweetcorn to the mixture, or a bit of extra chilli to give it some spice.

Tip: you could replace a little of the fish with more potato, to make the fish go further.

Leftovers should be fine to reheat for a day or two, but keep them in the fridge and make sure they’re piping hot.

Serves: five people.

Cost per person: £0.69 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 250g potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 400g canned tuna, drained and flaked
  • 50g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed or finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsps dried thyme
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp cayenne pepper or chilli
  • 4 tsps flour
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Boil the potatoes for 10 minutes. Drain, mash and leave them to cool.

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2) Mix together the tuna, cheese, garlic, thyme, cayenne pepper/chilli and egg. If you want to add onions or sweetcorn (the sweetcorn needs to be pre-cooked) now is the time to do so! Season with salt and pepper.

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3) Mix the mashed potato into the tuna mixture, making sure it’s evenly mixed.

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4) Divide the mixture into four or five, and make into thick burger shapes. Sprinkle them with flour, salt and pepper on both sides and fry them in vegetable oil for around 4 minutes on each side, until golden. Be careful not too cook them too long or too hot – they burn very easily!

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5) Serve with potatoes and vegetables, or a green salad for a lighter meal. Et voila!

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