Kitchen Tip for households that love making Asian-inspired meals on a budget and in a hurry:
Do you love Asian-inspired dinners, but hate buying expensive specialty noodles and multiple sauces and spices? Or, do you simply don’t have the time to make a complicated recipe? Don’t fret! Use Ramen Noodle packs as the basis for soup, stirfry, and satay noodle dinners! I cook the noodles with less of the sodium-rich seasoning, or I simply drain the broth off but keep the noodles! (If you really hate the idea of using any of the spice pack, you could also use the noodles and discard the seasoning pack.) Tonite I made an absolutely delicious Peanut Satay Stirfry using only 4 ingredients: Ramen, soy sauce, peanut butter, and frozen vegetables!
I know, I know….I’ve been eating better-ish (with less processed food), so why go for Ramen right now? Well, sometimes a girl has got to eat Ramen during those low fund times. I am poor! I don’t get paid for a few days, and Ron and I are in a pinch. I also happen to have meetings with professors every day for the next few days, and I defend my Dissertation Prospectus on Wednesday. When the going gets tough, this Pinup eats ramen, tofu, and vegetables!
However, I have to say…..this Vegetarian Satay is a favorite for us right now, and it’s not just because it’s cheap. It’s actually really tasty and filling, especially if you add a ton of vegetables and tofu! Ron and I now consider Ramen packs as a favorite staple for our kitchen. Enjoy!
The Poor Pinup’s Vegetarian Satay
2 vegetable Ramen packs
2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp peanut butter
optional: red chili flakes, tofu, chicken, bean sprouts, kale
In a medium saucepan, cook two packs of Ramen according to the package instructions and add your desired amount of frozen vegetables into the broth. When the Ramen and vegetables are done, drain the broth from the pan. Add 1 tbsp peanut butter, two tbsp soy sauce, and red chili flakes to the noodles and vegetables. (We used a peanut butter that had a bit of sweetener in it, which means you may find you want to add a little sugar to sweeten your satay!) Mix together and cook for two minutes more. Then serve!