Yesterday my fridge and cupboards were running low and I needed to make something at dinner. Enter into the fold the greatest library since The Great Library Of Alexandria aka the internet. Using it I searched for a cheap and easy meal. Ultimately I found the Canada Foodgrains Bank, a web site with some very simple recipes that people from various parts of the world eat for the need of survival. It was a great learning experience and I got to try a food that is eaten in various parts of the world just for its sheer simplicity. What if I didn't have a choice though? That was what I had to eat day in and day out, as do many families. A little bit of a humbling experience.
This is also the case locally in Canada as well with organizations such as Food Banks Canada, The Daily Bread Food Bank and Various Community and Church, Synagogue and Mosque run programs providing the slack that Canadians need to meet their weekly dietary needs. Just about everything we need to interact with the world in a functional way is dependent upon our diet especially if you`re growing up. A healthy diet is at least in part responsible for a healthy body and mind.
While you're at it, you may want to take sign a petition to help bring attention to a humanitarian crisis in Sudan and spread the word. You might bring attention to this in a way that could make a difference.
Being the adventurous person that I am and coming from a family where just about all of the men cook, I decided to try my hand out at improvisation with next to nothing (I mean these are the exact ingredients I had to work with, and nothing more). Here's what came out of it.
Wanna know what I ate? A simple healthy cheap meal.
Follow the recipe for the simple flatbread and prepare the following after you prepare the dough.
- 1/4 Cup Balsamic Salad Dressing
- 1 Can light flaked tuna
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped or crushed
- Lettuce (Romaine, or any other kind you like)
- Mix the tuna, salad dressing, chopped onion and garlic in a tupperware container. Season to taste with oregano, rosemary, salt and pepper.
- Chop the lettuce into thin strips enough for bite sized pieces.
- While you are letting the dough from the flatbread recipe sit, allow the tuna mixture to marinate in the fridge covered for about two to four hours.
- Break the dough up into pieces a little smaller than a billiard ball, roll them into a ball and flatten them with your hands or a rolling pin.
- Cook in a skillet, with a light layer of olive or cooking oil until browned on either side.
- Cut the cooked flat bread into pie piece sections and layer the outer rim of a plate with them.
- Put the chopped lettuce in the center of the plate.
- Put the tuna mixture in the center of the lettuce.
- Eat it using the simple bread wedges as utensils.
Improving it: Sliced olives in the tuna mixture, maybe even some hot peppers.
Got any suggestions?