Friday, April 29, 2011

Easy Ramen Noodle Stir Fry

Grrrrr!   Does Spring just not exist anymore?  It is literally snowing outside at my house right now!  Next week is when I planned to plant my garden. I hope Mother Nature will decide which season it is by then! 

Anyway this winter type day made me in the mood for something warm and comforting for dinner.  I saw a recipe a few days ago in one of my many cookbooks using Ramen Noodles in a stir fry.  I have had no luck finding it again.  I just have the image of the picture in my mind.  So I decided to try and figure it out myself using another recipe online as a guide that sort of helped, but it was not exactly what I was looking for so I tweaked it to my liking and it turned out really good :-)    If you are interested here is what I did. Oh and sorry no pictures :-(  My family devoured it before I thought to take a picture.


2 packages of Ramen Noodles ( I used a combo of oriental flavor and beef flavor)
1 package of frozen stir fry veggies
Meat of your choice. chicken, beef, pork ( I used a lb of ground pork)
1/2 onion (chopped )
cornstarch ( 2 tsp)
season salt ( add for flavor)
soy sauce (about a tablespoon)
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup of peanuts

First I removed the noodles from the Ramen Noodle packages and boiled them in 2 cups water for 1 minute and took off the heat and drained the water off. 
Then I added 2 tablespoons oil to a saute pan and browned the meat with the chopped onion and sprinkled it with season salt  and about a tablespoon of soy sauce.  Once the meat was browned I added the stir fry veggies. When they started to soften up I sprinkled on the 2 season packets from the  Ramen Noodle packages.
Next I stirred 2 tsp of cornstarch in a cup of cold water and added it to the meat and veggies and seasoning and stirred until It thickened up.  Then I added the noodles to the meat and veggie mixture. I found that my sauce was too thick so I added water a little at a time until it was the nice saucy consistency that I wanted it to be.
 Last I stirred in the peanuts.  Our family also loves to sprinkle those crunchy chow mien noodles on top to give it some extra crunch :-) 

This meal was easy, cheap, and filling!  I will for sure be making it again!

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