Dinner in 5 minutes

by Patricia on January 9, 2009 · 3 comments

dinner in 5 minutes

I forgot to eat lunch today. That sounds silly, I know. But do you ever get into one of those modes? Totally focused on something and its like your stomach stops checking in until you’re STARVING. That was me today. I worked from home and was checking things off of my todo list: check check check, when around 5pm my stomach screamed “Stop! Feed me!”. I needed something quick, but most things I think of first as “quick” are full of bad-for-you things so I stopped buying them. What’s a girl to do? My stomach was tempting me to break a resolution (eat healthy) : “Eat the marshmallows… And wash them down with cookies. And… chocolate.” But I stood firm, I want to eat healthy. I feel better when I eat healthy even if I do LOVE dessert. I also want to eat the food I have on hand (I’ve been bad in the past about eating a little bit of something and letting the rest go wasted. But that is expensive and decidedly not green. And also on my list of resolutions are “save money” and “be greener”. I did very well in 2008 adding green habits, but there is always room to improve… ). I have been good eating leftovers, not eating out as much, and eating good-for-me meals most of the time (not all of the time. I have to leave some room for brownies and other treats some of the time).

Anyway. Back to my empty belly and how I filled it… I’m not sure why or how, but I thought of the leftover capellini noodles I had in the fridge and next thing I knew, I had a psuedo-chow mein noodle stir fry dinner. And it was good. I’m not talking crazy good like the shrimp the other night, but for a 5 minute, healthy meal it was really tasty. I wish I had some shrimp or chicken to throw on top of it, but I settled for an all veg. version.

While prepping and gathering ingredients, I started to heat:
about 1 tbsp canola oil
about 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil (for flavor)

Add:
2 cloves garlic, minced (sort of)
a little fresh ginger, also sort of minced

Let it get fragrant and just start to brown a little, then add:
1 tbsp or so of sweet jalapeno sauce (very similar to thai sweet chili sauce)
about 1/5 bag of frozen veggie medley (carrots, peas, green beans)

When that is heated through, add:
some leftover noodles (I had capellini, but I think any noodles would work)
a dash of soy sauce

Mix it up. When mixed and hot, push to one side of the pan and scramble 1 egg on the empty side of the pan. Stir it all together, put it in a bowl with a couple of grinds of fresh pepper… and víola. Enjoy.

{ 3 comments }

1 Brownies for Dinner January 10, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Mmm. I will have to try it with peanut butter next time. Thanks for the suggestion :)

2 Amy January 9, 2009 at 9:49 pm

I used to do a crazy-easy recipe like this, too. And it added peanut butter (and peanut oil, maybe) so you got these deliciously creamy peanut noodles.

3 Joie de vivre January 9, 2009 at 4:27 am

Good for you for sticking to your guns and finding something healthy. I think I probably would have succumbed to the marshmallow temptation.

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