In a perfect world, we would be serving a beautifully presented, nutritionally superior dinner each night. But there are times when life takes us by surprise. On such occasions, it is possible to avoid takeaway by keeping a few staples in the pantry, and leave the buying of dinner as a treat to be anticipated and savoured.

Emergency Tuna

  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 large tin of tuna, drained**
  • 1 tin of mushroom (whole or sliced)*
  • 1 sachet of tomato paste (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup of cream*
  • garlic/salt/pepper to taste
  1. Fry the onion (and garlic if desired) in a small amount of butter or oil until soft.
  2. Add all other ingredients, heat until warmed through.
  3. Serve over rice or pasta.

Too easy!

* I normally keep long life cream in the cupboard, however, you can substitute any of the preserved ingredients for fresh, if you have them available. The beauty of this dish is that the only fresh ingredient that is strictly necessary is the onion, and that it is super quick and easy to make.

** You can also substitute the tuna with chicken or beef: coat beef in cornflour (place strips/chunks in a bag with cornflour and shake), fry with the onion then proceed as above.  Using fresh mushrooms with beef strips is actually a worthy dinner in it’s own right, without the bonus emergency factor.