06 Nov Ten Minute Italiana Tuna & Rice
Being an adult is hard, dude. I feel like moving out of my grandma’s and into a place with my roommate was this huge growing experience for me. Living with my grandma was bizarre- one moment she was taking care of me and all of a suddent I was taking care of her. This made me realize 1) I don’t want to be taken care of like a small child. 2) Being a single parent to a small child must be really freakin’ hard.
Anyway, since moving out I have been SO appreciative for little things like being able to have self-indulgent moments of solitude, not having to make promises to anyone that I’ll be home to cook din, & sitting on my fire escape reading with only the ambient noise of NYC to bother me. However, being a party of one also makes you realize HOW MUCH there is to do when you’re an adult… and there’s no one to help ya cook, do laundry, clean the house. You really start to realize how easy it is for exercise and prepping real-nutrient-rich foods to slip through the cracks.
That’s why I am all about quick, easy-peasy din. Eggs, salads, shirataki noodles with pasta sauce, guac on top of grilled chicken, corn tortillas stuffed with cheese & veggiess…all easy meals that I do not really have to think about. I think as adults we can easil accept monotony for breakfast and dinner. Afterall, most of us grow up eating the same boring cereal every morning & eating the same sandwich day in, day out. However, at dinner time, I need something different and tasty to keep my mind from wondering… “Hey, Serena, what’s for dessert?”
This tuna & rice recipe was a product of needing to eat a carb/protein balanced dish that would fill me up but easily digest by my 9:30pm race over the Williamsburg Bridge. FREAKIN COOLEST THING EVER. There were glowsticks and everything.
However, I also REALLY wanted to clean my room & do some work before I had to take the subway to Williamsburg. So, ya know what I did? I leaned on my bestie, Uncle Ben’s Five Minute Rice. I am totally obsessed with this stuff. A little salt & butter is all you need to have perfect rice ready to eat in five freaking minutes.
Of course, ya gotta have protein with your meal if it’s going to be worth eating/keep you full. And we all know that tuna is loaded with the healthiest fatty acids a runner could want, omega-3 fatty acids. More tuna is always a goal of mine.
And with this in mind, this delish ten minute meal was born. You can add or subtract as many veggies as you want to make this an even simpler or complicated meal.
- 1 cup instant white rice, dry
- Salt, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne to taste
- 1 Tablespoon grassfed butter
- ½ red bell pepper, diced
- ¼ large white onion, diced
- 2 cans tuna (10 oz total), drained
- 1 large lemon, seeds removed
- 4 large kale leaves, de-stemmed & chopped
- Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Add rice to a pot, cover with enough water that the granules are covered. Add butter & spices to the pot. Stir to mix.
- Add bell peppers and onion to the pot. Let cook five minutes.
- Add drained tuna to the pot with the kale leaves. Squeeze both halves of the lemon on top of the tuna, mix well and let cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- Divide in half and serve with parmesan cheese, if desired.