One thing I miss about my pre-frugal eating out days is dining at Chinese restaurants. I therefore decided to try my hand at Chinese cooking. Unfortunately many of the recipes I found require expensive and frequently hard to find items and require a lot of preparation work. I am beginning to think that Chinese restaurant meals were a real bargain!
I will not claim that the following recipe is authentic Chinese cuisine. It does, however, satisfy the occasional Chinese food craving. It is also inexpensive to prepare and simple, simple, simple!
2 cups water
2 (3 oz) packages of ramen noodles, 1 creamy chicken flavor and 1 any other flavor
1 (8 oz) can sliced water chestnuts
1 3/4 cup cooked shredded or finely chopped chicken
4 oz fresh or frozen pea pods (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 medium carrot, grated
Place seasoning packet from creamy chicken flavor ramen noodles and water in medium pot. Discard other flavoring packet (or save for seasoning other dishes). Place remaining ingredients in medium pot, breaking up ramen noodles. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3 minutes. Serve immediately. Serve with reduced sodium soy sauce, if desired. Makes 4 servings.
Total price is $2.85. Cost is calculated based on prices in Southwest Washington at a "bag your own groceries" type supermarket.
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