Occasionally, we are faced with leftover rice and no original idea of what to do with it. This Rice Tart with tuna and vegetables is a perfect solution for a healthy and light lunch. I used Basmatti rice but to make it even healthier, you could use brown rice and even change the vegetables if you wish. It is a recipe that you can play with and be creative.
It is also a great idea for those of you who eat fish on fridays. I accompanied it with a simple tomato salad seasoned with a bit of extra virgin olive oil (I use Portuguese olive oil of course!), white wine vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. It is a fresh, vibrant lunch, one I will surely be creative with in the future. It was adapted from a recipe of Mafalda Pinto Leite.
Rice Tart with Tuna and Vegetables
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, minced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 small carrot, grated
- 1/2 courgette, grated
- 1/4 cup corn
- 1 1/2 cup boiled rice
- 2 water-packed tuna cans 140 g/4.9 oz each, drained
- 2 tbsp fresh marjoram, chopped
- 1 package Feta cheese 200g/7 oz (or goat cheese or mozzarella), crumbled
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF. Line a rectangular loaf bread pan with parchment paper.
- Heat the olive oil in a big skillet at medium heat. Add the minced onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the carrot, courgette and corn. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
- Remove and transfer it to a bowl. Add the rice, tuna, marjoram and 2/3 of the cheese. Fold in the eggs and mix well. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
- Pour the batter into the pan and straighten it with a spatula. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cooked and the cheese is gratinated. Due to the altitude it took me 45 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let it set for 5 minutes until is has cooled down a bit.
- Remove from the pan and serve it in slices with salad.
It’s a wonderful and very comforting light dish that I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did.
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