Ramen Noodle Veggie Stir Fry

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Where has spring gone to?  I don’t care for the 40 degree (but FEELS like 35 degree) weather.  Especially when there is no sun.  I don’t see much respite in the next few days.  I think it will stay in the upper 40s, low 50s–BLAH!

Anyways, I had a day full of good eats!

For breakfast I had a bowl of oatmeal (1/2 cup quick cooking oats, 1 cup water, pinch of salt–2 minutes in microwave, sit for 5 minutes on counter, then add raisins, brown sugar and cream–yumm!).

Then for lunch I made a new recipe.  I remember finding some sort of recipe for a vegetable stir fry made with ramen noodles and when Kimm and I went shopping we picked up everything for the dish.  The funny thing is, after getting home, I could no longer remember WHERE EXACTLY I had found the recipe!  So I’ve been putting off making it, hoping that my memory would be triggered, but no such luck yet.  Well today was the day I wanted to make it so I just went ahead and looked for a stir fry sauce recipe online that contained ingredients similar to what I had picked up, or at least that I had in the cupboards.  I found this one at the Be It Ever So Humble blog site, and modified it only slightly.  I was a bit nervous, since I’ve NEVER made a stir fry sauce.  And the ingredients are NOTHING like what I normally cook with.  But I went with it, and it turned out DELICIOUS.  Kimm absolutely loved it and said “it’s a keeper!”

My Ramen Noodle Veggie Stir Fry

2 packages ramen noodles (doesn’t matter which flavor since I didn’t use the flavor packets–they are not vegetarian–but if you really want to know, I bought the oriental!)

veggies you want in your stir fry–I used broccoli (frozen–probably about 6 large spears), 1/4 of an onion, 1/2 green pepper, 1/2 red pepper–if I would have had them I would have added carrots, mushrooms and water chestnuts (but that’s for next time!)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 clove garlic, minced

small piece of raw ginger, minced

–the sauce–

(I cut the recipe from online in half, since there was only going to be two of us!)

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/8 cup vinegar

1/8 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 garlic clove, minced

1 small piece raw ginger, minced

1 tablespoon honey

3 tablespoons cold water

few drops sesame oil

To make:

First, if you have to cook your broccoli like I did, boil some water and cook broccoli for a few minutes.  Also, at same time, cook two packages of ramen noodles.  Prepare your veggies–I cut up the broccoli into smaller pieces, then julienned the peppers and onion.  To make the sauce, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar in a small saucepan and simmer over low heat until sugar melts.  Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl, mix well, and then add to soy sauce  mixture.  Then also add the garlic, ginger, and honey.  Bring to a boil and simmer to desired thickness–wow, this stuff thickens up quickly!  Then add in a few drops of sesame oil.

–to prepare the stir fry–

Heat up a large pan for a minute.  Pour in the vegetable oil and coat the pan.  Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds–do not burn!!!  Then add the vegetables and stir fry for a few minutes.  Then add the cooked noodles and sauce, stir and cook until heated through, only another one minute or so.

That’s it!  So good.  We gobbled this right up for lunch.  Kimm was wicked suprised when she came home for lunch because I told her she was only going to have her leftover mac and cheese–fooled her!

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I paired the meal with some fresh canteloupe.  Very refreshing.

Then for dinner I made another batch of the whole wheat pizza dough.  This time I used Pam to spray on the bottom of the pan before I put the dough on it and it worked MUCH better.  No sticking, and therefore I didn’t get all mad at the pizza before even eating it!

Today I did a few loads of laundry, then went shopping at BJs for our bulk food items.  I spent $183 (that included the $45 renewal fee for our card which was expiring this month).  What did I get for that price?  Not as much as I wanted to, believe me!  Two 36 packs of bottled water, one 36 pack of Diet Pepsi, a 36 pack of toilet paper, a 40 pound container of cat litter (I don’t miss lugging that up 4 flights of stairs anymore!), a large container of cashews, a 5 lb bag of shredded mozzarella cheese, 4 pounds of butter, 1 pound American cheese, 2 large jars of peanut butter, one gallon of milk, a gallon of orange juice, a quart of cream, 8 mini pizza crusts, and a 110 load size of liquid Tide.

I also paid some bills online.  I am HAPPY to say that we have saved this month on both the gas and electric bill!  Last month the gas bill was $172.62 and this month it was $142.18 (savings of $30.44).  Last month the electric bill was $112.86 and this month it was $103.04 (savings of $9.82).  Close to $40 less this month.  These little things add up!

Kimm is watching her hockey game again tonight so I am going to watch a few of Season Five of Ellen.  I didn’t realize how much I missed that show.  It’s amazing again to watch a show where the main character is lesbian–these days that probably doesn’t seem like a big thing, but then again when you think about it, there really are NO shows where the main character is a lesbian except for The L Word, and that you can only get on a premium channel, not just regular channels.  Back when Ellen was actually on, it was a HUGE thing.  I watched her “coming out” episode this morning and it was actually so wonderful to see her expressing her true self to herself, then later her friends and family.  The way she used her humor to lighten society’s “uncomfortableness” with “the whole gay thing” was incredible.  I really wish that she was still acting in that show today.  I have recently been watching her on The Ellen Show, but it’s just not the same.  Now she wears makeup and does what the show wants her to do (at least that’s what it seemed like to me–I couldn’t see the GENUIUNE smile and laughter that I could on Ellen).  Don’t get  me wrong, I still COMPLETELY admire Ellen and find her hugely inspirational!  However, if you ever get a chance to watch Ellen, I highly recommend it–I have to say I am enjoying Seasons Four and Five the best.  Sadly, there are only five seasons.  But I have them all on DVD and can watch them whenever I want!

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This was a picture from last night when I was doing the same thing!  Just me, my drink (a Cosmo), and Ellen…ahh, relaxing!  (BTW, the Cosmo was excellent–tart and sweet at the same time with a nice warm feeling at the back of the throat with each swallow; I also had an Electric Peach, but it just wasn’t as good–I don’t think I like the mixture of orange juice with cranberry juice–it sounds good, but I just don’t like it)

Tomorrow back to work for two days.  Easter is this weekend.  I am contemplating on what to bring to Kimm’s family’s house on Easter.  Once I know, I will definitely share!

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