So.... it was one of those nights. You know when you are hungry for something good and healthy to eat, but you are tired and you didn't do a shop, so the fridge is looking pretty sparse.
Before I was tempted to pick up the phone and dial my nearest stand-by restaurant for a delivery, I decided I should take a tour of my pantry and use my creativity to fashion a meal out of whatever was already here. Suddenly, it became a challenge and I was determined to make this work!
Here's what I found:
a can of tuna (packed in water)
a can of artichoke hearts
a bag of rice pasta
a can of plum tomatoes
a jar of capers
a box of chicken stock
So, with my ingredients above, I proceeded to churn out fairly quickly, a yummy little meal without too much fuss. It was fairly easy: just sauteed the garlic and shallot in a splash of olive oil, then added the tuna, breaking it up a bit with the spoon, added the drained can of artichoke hearts (the whole can after slicing them in half), about half the can of the tomatoes that I chopped, a couple of teaspoons of the capers, drained, and a sprinkle of basil and oregano for that true Mediterranean flavor I was going for. A half cup or so of the chicken stock and I was in business. Some salt and pepper to taste, of course. Just a matter of cooking the pasta for the grand finale. I happened to have some fresh parsley so I added a little for some extra color and Voilà!
Just what I needed to perk me up on a busy weekday night after a busy day at the office!