In Honor of Chinese New Year! (Cost and Recipe)

Chinese New Year Dinner

In honor of the Chinese New Year, I served Chinese food for dinner last night. I really like Chinese food. I love the sauces and particularly am a fan of egg rolls even though I try to stay away from fried foods. I like making Chinese food with rice, but when I have an excess of spaghetti or egg noodles, this is a great way to use them without having pasta in marinara or alfredo sauce for a week.

My moment of pride with this dish was using two packages of ketchup from a fast-food restaurant and two packages of soy sauce from Pei Wei take out. (I used Kikkoman to make up the rest of the soy sauce.) Although Paul and I only eat fast-food when we are traveling, many of my coworkers leave their ketchup in the lunch room. Eventually, someone gets tired of the disorganized drawer and throws away the salt, pepper, taco sauce, and ketchup. As I am totally against wasting food, I used to bring the condiments home. Apparently, people are learning to keep that stuff in their desk so it doesn't get thrown away. Therefore, I don't bring home condiments any more. But I am glad when I remember to use the ones I have to save a few cents. It all adds up!

Cost to Make

  • $0.28 Onion, half (Costco)
  • $0.12 Lime, half (Costco)
  • $0.12 Olive Oil (Publix, buy one, get one free)
  • $0.43 Soy Sauce (Publix)
  • $0.63 Broccoli(Costco)
  • $0.19 Carrot (Aldi)
  • $0.10 Garlic (Costco)
  • $1.39 Spaghetti, 2 oz. (Publix, $0.96 if purchased at Walmart)
  • $0.26 Sugar Snap Peas (Publix, sale)
  • Free Ketchup (From my office)
  • Free Crushed Red Pepper (Gift)
  • $3.51 Total

Recipe to Make Stir Fry

  • 2 large toes garlic, coarsly chopped
  • 1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium Carrot, julienned
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli
  • 2 oz. De Boles (organic) spaghetti style pasta (only because that is what was opened)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sugar snap peas
  • 1/8 (or less) teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 6 Tablespoons Pad Thai Sauce from Moosewood Cooks at Home
  • Olive oil to cover bottom of a skillet

Boil pasta according to pasta directions. I do not salt the pasta because there is so much salt in the soy sauce. Meanwhile, cover a large skillet with oil. Turn the skillet on medium and add the onions. Microwave broccoli and sugar snap peas 1:30 minutes to defrost. Add carrots and garlic to the onions when they are softened. Add broccoli and peas until warm. Drain pasta and add it to the vegetables. Pour the Moosewood recipe mixture (lime, ketchup, and soy sauce) over the vegetables and pasta. Stir in sauce and two pinches fresh crushed red pepper. Serve hot.

Meal Cost Per Person: 

1.75

Eating Vegetarian: 

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