Thoughts, Tips, Ideas and Tricks to live your best life
Backpacker Special - $2
Can be vegan and gluten free
Though I'm sure this is nothing new, I came up with it on my own while I was backpacking around Australia. Its $2 per meal, and gets cheaper the more people join the meal. This one is so delicious and enough variety, I NEVER got sick of it.
Pick a pack of noodles that you like. I would usually pick Thai Kitchen, or Yakisoba (its a green noodle, made with Moroheiya, when I learned about the super food power of Moroheiya, that made my decision). The meal will still be delicious no matter what brand of noodle you pick. And I'd usually add a pack of noodles per person that would join the meal, but if it were three or more people I'd do one less pack. For example for 6 people eating at dinner I'd do 5 packs of noodles. It does need to all be the same brand, same flavor.
Then I'd buy two vegetables per person, more than three people I'd buy a piece of meat in place of one vegetable. Almost always I would have an onion in there. And since I was $ price $ conscious I'd usually buy what ever vegetable was the cheapest.
Then you decide if you will have soup or noodles. If having noodles fry the veges, then when they are almost done, cook (boil in water) the noodles, not more than two minutes. Strain the noodles, add the seasoning to the vegetables. Typically most pack of noodles will have some kind of oil in the pack but if you want more, and have it in the home, add what ever oil will go well with the meal. When the seasoning is all mixed in with the vegetables, add the strained noodles to the frying pan of vegetables, mix so that the flavor is even, and serve!
If I was cooking this meal only for myself, I'd buy Thai Kitchen Coconut Curry Flavor, buy an onion and mushrooms, fry the veges, boil the noodles, add the seasoning to the veges while the noodles strain, add the noodles, voila, a delicious vegan gluten free meal that is very satisfying AND under $2!!!!
When I would cook for 6
I buy 5 packages of Yakisoba Green Noodles, 1 chicken breast, I found an egg (yay) + 10 more vegetables, all different ( lets say an onion, bell pepper, a carrot, a celery stick, 2 or 3 mushrooms, 2 or 3 garlic cloves, a potato, peas, corn, some green beans). Then the same thing fry the veges, egg and chicken, I found some peanut oil so I added a tea spoon of oil, add the seasoning, boil the noodles, strain them add them to the seasoned veges, mix and serve. YUM!!! This meal will be A LOT of food, you may have leftovers, and it will definitely be under $2.
IF you don't have oil, except for what comes in the pack, as you are frying the vegetables, keep adding just a tiny bit of water as it evaporates.
To make it soup instead, just boil the vegetables, then when they are almost done add the noodles. Put just enough water, not how much you think you will need. Its best to keep a separate pot of clean boiling water so that after adding the noodles, you can add more boiling water if needed so that everything cooks. To make it extra delicious, if you have any broth in the house, add a little broth, you don't need much, just a splash would make a big difference. But be sure that there is more water than broth.
This meal shouldn't take longer than 10 - 25 minutes, from chopping the vegetables to sitting down to eat.
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