I watched Jamie Oliver cook a ‘Sunday Lunch’ in 30 minutes and thought to myself that most of my meals are cooked in under 30 minutes. Today we have rice and veg with bacon chunks. Here’s how I did it. I used a pack of Tesco’s ‘cooking bacon, which actually is end pieces of bacon in irregular larger chunks. I use it where pancetta or lardons would be used. I cut it into mouth sized chunks and put those onto a hot grill tray under the grill.
I then cooked a sachet of savoury rice as prescribed on the packet, but I added the vegetable to that. I had a small bag of French beans, which I halved and a cup of mixed frozen veg. I brought that to the boil and then put the lid on, turned the heat right down and left it for another 12 minutes. I cooked the bacon until it was golden brown, when everything was cooked and you know it is because all of the water has been absorbed by the rice. This is a great meal for a quick lunch and cheap too.
The savoury rice was 3 packs for £1 from Lidl, the bacon was 77p for the pack, the mini green beans were reduced to 39p and the frozen veg was 7p. So £1.56 for the lot and 78p each. It’s just the kind of snack lunch that my kids used to love and we still do.