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If youâ€™ve been into (mostly) any major Canadian fast food establishment – or even greasy spoons for that matter, youâ€™ll have discovered that a meal size plate of nearly anything goes for between $7 and $12 after tax.
Comparatively, a home-cooked meal worth the same amount will often provide 4 or 5 portions. What Iâ€™m suggesting here, is a good old fashioned recipe swap of frugal Canuckian cuisine – tried and true recipes from those college days, when Mr. Noodles was the main component of 90% of your recipe repertoire. You can mix up anything with those noodles, I swear.
Iâ€™m going for interestingly creative and fun here, but nonetheless practical – and certainly not limited to Mr. Noodles. Quick, cheap, inexpensive, obscure, yet gourmet recipes.
And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is what this thread is all about. I hope.
Iâ€™ll even go first:
Andreâ€™s End of the Month Spicy Fiesta
2 packages of instant oriental beef noodles
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 White onion
1 – 3 of the hottest peppers your local grocer happens to sell. Ask if youâ€™re unsure – Iâ€™ve never met a produce manager that didnâ€™t love talking about food.
1 Package of fast-fry steak (thin cut)
You should be paying less than 5 dollars at the checkout for this 2 plate meal.
Prepare noodles as directed, meanwhile, slice the steak, onions, and peppers into strips. Saute the onion and peppers in a heavy skillet (or preferably a wok) over medium heat (using the vegetable oil, of course). Once the vegetables become translucent, add the fast fry steak.
At about this time, and depending on the peppers you chose, eye protection might be necessary, due to the possibility of mustard-gas-like fumes.
Toss this mess about for close to two minutes, then add the prepared noodles. Now is a good time to see if thereâ€™s any soy sauce packages laying about from the last time you got Chinese take-out. Itâ€™s not necessary, but it does add a little something extra. Toss constantly for about a minute, remove from heat, and serve immediately. Although the spicy-heat remains constant, this dish tends to lose its temperature-heat rather quickly.
Serve with bread or crackers – Youâ€™re going to need it – and much cold beverage of your choice, letâ€™s not forget about that.