Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Frugal fun: using up rice

I had half a packet of rice left over, the ready cooked kind that I find so very useful and not too horrendously expensive when it's Morrisons own!  Yes, I know I ought to use proper rice but it's the time factor and the can I be bothered? syndrome!  This is a bits and bobs idea, not to be taken too literally, a use up stuff recipe, add any veg you fancy.
This is what I used.

small knob of butter
two rashers of back bacon, chopped
one medium-small onion, peeled and chopped
some frozen mixed peppers
some frozen mushrooms
a leftover slice of turkey thigh, chopped
half a tsp crushed garlic
some runner beans, (from freezer), chopped
half a packet of ready cooked rice (I happened to use basmati)
some vegetable stock or bouillon, or some chicken stock, or whatever.
some cooked chick peas (from freezer)
mixed herbs
salt and pepper


Heat the butter and fry the onion and bacon (which should release some fat).
When that's nicely done and browning, add the peppers and mushroom with the garlic and continue to fry more gently.
Add the turkey and mix well.
Add the beans and the rice with some vegetable bouillon (I suppose I used about 1 tsp), some salt and pepper (be careful with the salt, you can always add more later), some mixed herbs and some boiling water.  Bring to a boil and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the beans are cooked and everything is nice and gloopy.
Check the seasonings and adjust, if necessary.
Eat straight away or cool quickly and freeze.

This made two portions.  They will both go in the freezer but one is on this week's plan and the other is for next week.  I think I will shake over some soy sauce before enjoying.


  1. Sounds like one of those inspired dishes you will probably never have again as you wont have all the ingredients

  2. True, but I will have others. If I'd had some broad beans I would have used them instead of runners. I love broad beans!
    J x