When I knew that I was going to be taking part in Codewe’s $2 A Day Challenge, and attempting to live on $2 a day, as over 20 million Ugandans have to, I knew that I was going to take inspiration from my friend Jack, whose daily lunch not only looks and smells amazing but costs around 40 cents to make (guesstimate).
I never use barley, but when Jack walked me through his recipe, I knew I had to try it. Turns out, this stew is both filling and nutritious, and is far more delicious than any stew using only 7 ingredients has any right to be.
1 zucchini, sliced
2 cups kidney beans
2 stock cubes
4 cups water
1 cup canned tomatoes
2 cups barley
Fry the onions and zucchini in a little oil until they’re browning
Add in the kidney beans, barley, and mix together the stock cubes and water them throw the stock in too
Stir well to avoid the barley sticking to the bottom, then add in the tomatoes
Bring to the boil then place a lid on the pan
Stirring often, cook for 40 minutes, or until the barley is tender
Eat right away or store in the fridge. The barley will continue to soak up the stock slowly, so feel free to add a little water before you heat it up
Cost of recipe: $1.90
Cost per serving: 45 cents
I was amazed at a) how simple this was to make and b) how good this tasted, given the sparse nature of the recipe and the fact that I felt I didn’t really cook it much at all.
It was also filling enough to satisfy my spring time hunger (as soon as the sun comes out I spend a lot of time on my bike, and therefore need to eat 4 times as much as normal). Thanks, Jack!
Please don’t forget that you can donate to Codewe and directly help them reach for this year – to create a water source for our tree nursery and fund future agricultural training products – by donating here: http://codewe.org/how-you-can-help/donate/