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Staple Food Challenge #7 Vegetarian Jambalaya
Our next participant is the incredibly talented Zoe! Her blog, Hot Day Cold Day, features loads of amazing recipes and insights into nutrition. She recently took on our Staple Food Challenge in support of FareShare Greater Manchester. As always, all the Bounceback Food used in the recipe has also been donated to Zoe’s nearest FareShare foodbank.
Yesterday I was supposed to be painting, it was so, so sunny and bright (and my first proper day off for ages) that we decided to have a break and walk up to our local craft and food market.
I’m SO GLAD we did that!
Whilst there I found out about the fantastic Bounceback Food, a social enterprise that sells healthy, staple food on a ‘one for you, one for society’ basis. Every time you buy a product from Bounceback Food, another one is donated to your nearest food bank or community project via FareShare, the UK’s leading food redistribution charity.
In my ‘other job’ I work in mental health, so I was immediately interested. Not only have I seen the number of food banks available decline over the past few years, I have also seen an increasing need for this type of support. One thing I always notice is the quality of the food – it’s generally very poor. However, Bounceback Food only sell and donate high quality products that food banks need – hence the 2 cans of Chopped Tomatoes I purchased for their Staple Food Challenge. It was the end of the day, so there wasn’t much else left (a good sign!) but it left me happily dreaming overnight, wondering what easy, inexpensive meal I could create using my 2 cans of chopped tomatoes.
I LOVE a challenge…
Anyway, I finally decided on a Vegetarian Jambalaya with Smoky Black Eye Beans and Sweet Potato. Very easy to cook, uses only one pot and works well with a variety of different ingredients if you don’t have everything to hand. The great thing about this meal is IT’S EASY to prep (10 mins) and cook (35 mins). Here’s the ingredients I used and the instructions I followed:
Ingredients (recipe serves 6 people)