Paul thinks that Asian food is made better in a restaurant than at home. I am often inclined to agree, but I love Asian food and don't often get the opportunity to eat it out. So, I go ahead and make it at home the best way I can. This time, I didn't have any limes to make the Pad Thai Sauce Recipe in Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home. So, we settled for plain soy sauce and onion and garlic powders.
I reheated some white rice from another cooking experience and sauteed onion, garlic, and celery with the bagged vegetables. Meanwhile, I put 1 tablespoon each of water and oil in a small skillet and browned a half a bag of Ramen noodles to go on top.
Cost for Meal
- $1.24 Bird's Eye Vegetables (Publix; 50% off)
- $0.10 Garlic (Costco)
- $0.40 Onion-half (Costco)
- $0.10 Celery (Aldi)
- $0.50 Olive oil for cooking (Publix; But one, get one free)
- $0.25 White Rice (Walmart)
- $1.00 Soy Sauce (Publix)
- $0.05 for half bag (Free to me, but my mom bought them on super-sale somewhere.)
- $3.64 Total
This is a great deal for a quick meal at home for two--especially if at least one of us (that would be me) is fond of water chestnuts. However, there are tons of other options for bagged Asian vegetables with bell peppers or baby corn. Find a mixture that's right for you.