Friday, October 17, 2008

The quick and dirty

The day was drawing to an end. Work was over, I had an hour and a half at the gym under my belt, and I was getting hungry.


Seriously hungry.


So what do you make when you're seriously hungry, want to eat fast, want to eat healthy (ish), and are a cheap son of a bitch?


Well if you are me, you take some ramen noodles, and top them off with stir fried bits of beef, onion, mushroom, bell pepper, and broccoli.


It took all of 15 minutes to make, made a total of four helpings (so two full meals), and all the ingredients cost under $10!!! The fact that it gave me a good excuse to bust out my awesome wok is just icing on the cake!



The quick and dirty:


- 1 package ramen noodles (discard seasoning packet) per person

- small cuts of beef. All safeway had was 'beef for stew', so not ideal for this preparation, but worked nonetheless

- 1 bell pepper of choice cut into small squares

- 1 small head of broccoli cut up to desired size

- 4 white mushrooms quartered

- 1/2 small sweet onion, diced

- 2 or 3 cloves of garlic

- chinese 5 spice

-splash of teriyaki


The Method-

- get your wok (or pan of choice) heating up with some peanut oil (or olive oil if peanut is unavailable)

- get your water boiling for noodles

- season beef with some generic chinese five spice, pepper, and salt

- toss beef into pan and allow to sear while you slice and dice all your vegetables

- throw your veggies and garlic into the wok. Taste after a minute or two and season accordingly with salt/pepper/sugar

- throw your noodles into the boiling water and cook according to directions. I like to add a few spoonfuls of teriyaki  sauce in with the noodles for flavor that is at least a little healthier than the sodium packed seasoning packet

- drain liquid from noodles and combine with veggies and meat.



Good food on a budget that even a college kid can afford!


melissa said...

LOVE IT! I love ramen noodles and they are so easy to make a great meal out of at home with whatever meat and vegetables you have on hand.

TomboCheck said...

Ramen is normally a meal of desperation for me. But then again, I've never had quality asian noodles which might explain that mentality. :)