on the cheap: ramen
Michele Caldwell |
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Okay, this one isnít
exactly frugal, but when times are good, it makes a yummy summer treat.
The dressing is the best part.
of fresh spinach
1 cup blueberries (fresh or
1 cup strawberries (fresh are better)
1 cup of pineapple chunks (fresh or canned)
1 cup of almonds (there is no better deal at warehouse stores
like Costco than nutsÖitís a total steal!)
1 package of ramen noodles
(the best part)
cup vegetable oil
1 cup white vinegar
1 chicken flavored seasoning packet from ramen noodles
1/2 cup sugar
pepper to taste
serves 2, but easily modified
the salad all of these ingredients can be increased, decreased, or
omitted. You could also add
mandarin oranges or dried cranberries, whatever! The dressing is the
best part and can be made in triple and saved in the refrigerator.
I bought an empty dressing bottle so that I could keep some on
hand at all times. Mix the
dressing ingredients together and pour over the salad.
Then, crush the dry ramen noodles in the bag and sprinkle them
over the salad. Delicious!
This is a good dish to
make in a crock-pot. If you
donít have a crock-pot, I donít know what to sayÖIím
disappointed in you! I would save
my crock-pot from a fire. Itís
that important to me. Seriously though, if for reasons I canít
comprehend, your kitchen lacks this handy appliance, you can make this
stew in a big covered pot over a low heat. Scrounge up all the snippets
and scraps of vegetables that are threatening to spoil if you donít
eat them soon, and throw them into the crock-pot.
2 carrots, chopped
1 can of corn
1 can of frozen peas (I pour the corn in first and then use the empty
can to measure out some peas)
1 small onion, chopped
2 packages of chicken, vegetable, or pork flavored ramen noodles.
5 minutes to prepare, a few hours to simmer.
serves 2, but also easily modified
depending on the size of your crock-pot.
all the veggies in the pot. Fill the pot with water until the veggies are drowned.
Toss in two ramen seasoning packets.
Stir it up and let it stew.
When you are ready to eat, boil the noodles separately, then add
them to the stew and enjoy immediately.
a graduate student of communication at the University of Cincinnati.
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