Pretending that gremlins do not inhabit this blog-ugh-let’s discuss how to make it to the end of January and stay within the food budget.
We here at the Food Stamps Cooking Club understand how it is–January demands more of your household budget for fuel: gasoline and home heat. So your food budget may be more pinched than usual. February is more than a week away… Add to that your kids have been feverish, you are exhausted after working all day AND you have to COOK! We get it.
Here is a simple and satisfying dish that’s loaded with nutrition but not cost:
RICE NOODLES WITH PEANUT SAUCE
2 quarts water
1/2 cups peanut butter *creamy
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon ginger root, grated
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup chicken broth *The Kitchen Police will blink if you just use water
8 oz uncooked rice stick noodles
4 oz bean sprouts
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped, for garnish *Optional
Heat the water to boiling. Mix peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger root and pepper flakes. Stir til smooth. Slowly add the 1/2 cup broth/water. Break noodles in half and pull apart as you add them to the boiling water. Cook ONE MINUTE then drain and rinse in cold water. Place noodles in very large bowl, add the peanut butter mixture, bell pepper, bean sprouts, and onions. Toss gently.
This makes 4 servings and could easily be doubled-or halved if there are only 2 diners.
This is comfort food, if ever there was comfort food!
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