Tomato and Vegetable Risottaux, 27p. LBL Day 5.

Day five dinner, living below the line challenge.


Like a faux risotto, hence the name, this is a lot more delicious than I expected it to be. Funnily enough, the further into this challenge I get, the more delicious everything is…

70g rice, 3p
120g mixed courgette, carrot, broccoli and green beans, five days out of date, 15p
100g chopped tomatoes, 8p
Shake of mixed dried herbs, 1p

Boil rice as usual. Add the veg just before it finishes boiling. Strain most of the water out, add tomatoes and herbs and stir well.

Total cost: 27p. Feels extravagant, somehow.

Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MsJackMonroe

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  1. Congratulations on completing the Challenge, Jack,

    Please don’t give SB any soya products, because they contain pyto-oestrogens, which are plant-based chemicals that mimic the effects of femail hormones. They will not be helpful to SB when he becomes a man and tries to help you become a Nanna called Jack.

    And please do top, tail and peel carrots, because they contain pesticides in the skin that can’t be washd off. They are bad for everyone, and can cause cancer.

  2. Funnily enough my mum used to have my sister and I mithering her to hell and back on a Saturday for boiled white rice and a portion tinned tomatoes on top with a chicken portion that had been roasted . I remain satisfied with rice and tinned tomato together! It is wonderful!!! Blessings x x x

  3. Hi Jack,

    Congratulations on completing the ‘Living Below the Line’ challenge. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and am really inspired by your determination to make things better for yourself and for others.

    I haven’t done a sponsored anything since I was at school, but seeing how you’ve gotten on has given me the push I needed to sign up. I’ll be ‘Living Below the Line’ from the 27th-31st of May to raise money for Save the Children.

    Thank you and please keep writing.

    Julie x

  4. Two famous village sayings from my sweet Greek Mama come to mind:

    1.) “When you’re hungry, everything tastes good.”

    2.) “It all goes down to the same stomach.”

  5. Apologies if you’ve already done a recipe for this but when i lived on nothing in Beirut, I found that tabbouleh was a dead easy dish to make that cost next to nothing and was really healthy. Congratulations on everything that has come your way.

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