Maybe you are tired of the same old thing week after week for dinner and are looking for a change, but you are too busy to whip out those cook books and learn new recipes. Trust me, we all wish we could be Martha Stewart in the kitchen, but who really has time for that right? Well maybe some people do…and sometimes I do, but most of the time I don’t. If you occasionally pick up chinese food, thing about how much money could save if you could make similar dishes at home for half the price.
For me I love oriental food and I’ve started make this dish with General Tso’s chicken and ramen noodles that my family really loves!
Sometimes its hard to find that specialty chow mein , but you can substitute it with ramen and it will give you a similar noodle texture, especially if you’ve got a family member in your house that doesn’t like rice, like my husband. He said he has been burnt out on rice (yet I still make it for dinner) since he was a child. I guess he’d even have it for breakfast with milk and sugar poured over it when times were tough for his family and he would be happy never eating it again, so when I have a hankering for chinese food, he turns his face up at the thought, same goes for sushi. He’s picky…what can I say!
Anyway, you can make some pretty yummy stir fry dinners right at home with some basic ingredients, and of course the right sauce. What you for sure need: “Stir fry sauce”. Get Kikkoman‘s stir fry sauce so you can saute your veggies in it. When I run out of stir fry sauce, I’m going to buy the Thai peanut sauce. I also kinda like Thai food, as long as it’s not too spicy.
Now you can do this two ways, you can cook your favorite General Tso’s chicken right in the same pot as your frozen stir fry veggies, or separately. If you have a sesame flavored chicken, together is ok. But if you choose orange or sweet and sour, you’ll probably want to cook them in separate pans.
Now here’s the deal with the veggies. You can be as creative as you’d like! You can get a general stir fry mixed bag of veggies, or add any kind of veggie you think would taste great as a stir fry. Now in this recipe you are substituting your chow mein noodles for ramen. Yes I said ramen, those .23 cent packages of noodles you ate in college. Cook up your ramen as you normally would, but you will be draining the ramen out and adding it to your stir fry veggies like this:
This recipe might not be a “WOW” I can’t believe you thought of that kind of thing, but it has slowly become a family favorite for several reasons. One, it gets my kids eating veggies they would normally turn their noses up at, I get my chinese food fix and my husband doesn’t have to deal with rice. There’s also something about these veggies in a “noodley” dish with stir fry sauce that gets the kids to eat them. Second, You can change it up. You might eat this meal once a week, but it can be different each time depending on the veggies you use in it and the kind of chicken you get. Third, take advantage of all the different Kikkoman sauces, from orange sauce, stir fry, sesame, Thai peanut sauce, and make it slightly different each time.
This has been a hit with both my three-year old and six-year-old. My three-year old loves the “baby corn” that sometimes comes in stir fry and my six-year-old likes water chestnuts. Maybe they are odd ones for three and six, but hey MOM WIN!! because they eat their veggies, just not the ones that are “slimmy and red” (peppers) 😉
Do you have a stir fry night at your house? Have you ever substituted chow mein or rice for ramen?
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