simple student recipe: Mexican chorizo rice (with a little help from Uncle Ben)

Is inventing the ‘Uncle-Ben’s-rice-with-veg’ dish my greatest achievement during my time at uni? Possibly. It’s a versatile concept; the rice provides the flavour whilst the vegetables add some health benefits! It’s also pretty much the quickest, simplest meal I can think of.

Using Uncle Ben’s spicy Mexican rice as a base, I added chorizo to the veg. Frying them together gives the lovely smoky paprika flavour to the veg as well. Chorizo lasts for a while in the fridge and a ring will last you for several meals, so it’s great option if you want some meat in your diet.

Serves: 1 hungry student

Time: about 10 minutes

Equipment needed: chopping board, chopping knife, frying pan, microwave

Ingredients

Uncle Ben’s Spicy Mexican Rice

1 pepper (I like the flavour of red for this)

A handful of green beans

A few inches of a chorizo ring

Cooking oil

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Method

Chop up the pepper, beans and chorizo. It’s a good idea to peel the film from around the edge of the chorizo as well.

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Fry them in the pan after heating some oil.

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After they’ve started sizzling, season with salt, pepper and a few pinches of paprika, and stick the rice packet in the microwave.

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Once the rice is cooked, and you’re happy with the chorizo and veg (I like them to be a little bit charred and smoky – the beans in particular taste delicious this way) you can combine the two, and enjoy!

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