Fakeaway, Thai, vegetarien

Easy lunch – Satay Vegetarian Noodles (£1.29)

Following op on my post from yesterday, I have been craving anything with peanuts. One of my standby dishes which I love to make is Satay Noodles.

It’s a super easy and cheap standby dish, easily adapted and doubled, you could easily make it with either prawns, chicken or just with plain noodles and a few vegetables. The one I did today was with fried tofu, because we had it at home, and I adore Tofu..

Toddler Blip is still in nursery and Daddy is at work… as for baby Flipper he is still in my tummy and he seemed to enjoy the noodles!

Also you could use a store bought Satay sauce (the consistency is very different so you may need to use more). I normally calculate 50g of noodles per person. Whatever, noodles you fancy or have laying around will do, I do find that thick noodles are really good for this, like Udon noodles. I didn’t have them, but some random noodles I picked up in the Asian store ages ago,  still worked brilliantly.

This makes an excellent packed lunch as well.


Satay Noodles with Tofu

Serves 1

Ingredients:
50g noodles, cooked as per package and rinsed in cold water
4 tbsp Satay sauce (see recipe from yesterday)
4 pieces fried tofu (optional)
2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
¼ hot red fresh chilli, finely chopped
Corriander, small bunch coriander finely chopped
2 radishes, finely sliced
2 spring onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped peanuts
1 tbsp vegetable oil
50 ml water

1 lime wedge (optional)

Method:

  1. Firstly, cook the noodles according to instructions on packet, then wash and rinse under cold water and set aside.
  2. Now, make sure you prepare all the vegetables. Make sure to keep them separately, as they different things go in at different times. Keeping a bit of chilli, coriander and radishes aside for garnish.
  3. Add the oil to a pan and add the garlic and chilli, when lightly fried to crisp (not burned) take out the garlic and chilli.
  4. Turn the pan to low and add the Satay sauce and the water to the remaining oil. When simmering add the tofu and warm through, then add the noodles. Make sure the noodles get proper coated in the sauce. When all warmed through add the remaining ingredients, and toss together.
  5. Serve in a bowl with the lime wedge and reserved chilli, coriander and radishes as garnish and some extra Satay Sauce if you fancy.

Bon appetite – as my granddad would have said

Costings:

These has been based on Tesco’s prices and the basic products where possible (Correct as per July 2017).

Noodles 23p Satay sauce 25p Fried tofu 21p Garlic 6p Red chilli 7p Coriander 25p Radishes 10p Spring onion 10p Peanuts 6p 1 tbsp vegetable oil 2p 50 ml water

1 lime wedge (optional) 4p

Total: £1.29 for the portion – based on Tesco prices.

 

 

Asian, Pork, Thai

Left over Thai mince, turned into delicious lunch

So yesterday, we made the build it yourself Thai Wraps, the portion was for 4 people, as we currently are only 2 adults, 1 Toddler Blip and still waiting on Baby Flipper to make his arrival it was way too much for us all.

So, what to do with the leftovers, well, my husband wanted the wraps with him for lunch, and made four. Which he packed up in his lunch box. Toddler Blip was going to nursery and had food there so it was only me left. There was still a large amount of cooked mince left probably around ¼ of the portion from yesterday, and a portion of coriander, chilli, spring onions, crushed peanuts and radishes, and a bowl of the cooked rice noodles I cooked for mainly Toddler Blip to have with the mince the day before.

Therefore, for my lunch, I decided to make spicy rice noodle lunch… All I needed to add was some finely sliced and fried garlic to the dish and some sliced lime. If we were two who should have eaten it, I would have added whatever vegetables laying around in fridge, freezer… you could use mushrooms, normal onions, corns etc…. or to double the portion quickly just use a big handful of beansprouts….

You could obviously, make this without the leftovers, so if you just fancied the Thai Rice noodles as a complete dish, all you do is make the Thai mince from previous recipe, then cook enough rice noodles for 4 people. If you cooked this from scratch, you should ensure to cool the rice noodles, and the recipe would probably stretch to 6 people instead of 4 as the rice noodles fills you up more than the salad leaves.

It was delicious, and a lovely way to ensure that the leftovers was used.

Leftover Thai noodles
Serves 1 (easily doubled)

Ingredients:
¼ of the leftover Thai mince
Rice noodles, enough for 1 person (approximately 50p), cooled and cooked
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
2 tsp chilli, finely sliced
1 tbsp spring onion, finely sliced
1 tbsp coriander, chopped
1-2 radishes, finely sliced
1 tbsp peanuts, finely chopped.
2 teaspoons hot chilli oil
1 slice lime

Method:
Firstly, make sure that all the ingredients, are chopped and ready to be used in the cooking. This is a very quick dish to make. You don’t have time to do preparation in between.

In a non-stick pan, add the leftover Thai mince and warm through on a high, put aside in a dish and keep warm.

Now add the Chilli oil to the pan warm up and add the finely sliced garlic and chilli to the pan, fry it on to the garlic is crisp but not burned.

Then add the cooled cooked noodles and quickly warm through, it takes only a minute or two.

Now add the mince back into the pan, and mix it through with the rice noodles. Turn off the heat, and add the spring onions, coriander and radishes.

Put it in either a bowl or plate, add the peanuts and serve with the sliced lime and eat.


Bon appetite – as my granddad would have said

Costings:

These has been based on Tesco’s prices and the basic products where possible (Correct as per July 2017). Remember to shop around you can get a lot of these products even cheaper. Especially Asian grocery stores etc. Also, I now grow my own coriander and chili at home. But then, not everyone has this option.  

Thai mince, £1.04p (see the calculation on yesterdays post)
Garlic 6p
Coriander 25p
Radishes 10p (based on 12 in a 58p bag)
Chilli 7p (based on 3 in a 60p bag – needing around 1/3 of a full chilli)
Chilli oil 10p
Peanuts 10p
Lime slice 4p
Rice noodles 25p
Spring onion 10p

Total cost £2.11 for lunch…