A Cheap and Easy Meal

Take a bag of ready chopped stir-fry veg, a pack of noodles and some sauce. Put them in a wok, mix them together and let them heat through.

It takes ten minutes, is very simple and is safe for those of us with poor knife skills.

I ordered it from TESCO as a special offer package deal on our last Click & Collect order but they didn’t have any sauce so they just sent me the veg and noodles. I wasn’t happy and really, if they don’t have all three offer items, they shouldn’t just send you two. Fortunately I had suitable sauce so we were OK.

Cost about Β£2 for two large portions. It could have been cheaper if we’d cut our own veg into little strips but a few pence seems good value to avoid cutting my fingers. It’s healthy, though I’m sure the sauce has a lot of sugar in it.

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Stir Fry Vegetables

Note how I have avoided mentioning flavour. It’s quite bland, even with a good helping of plum sauce, and the bean sprouts can be overpowering. It would probably benefit from some prawns or meat, but as we are trying to cut down our meat consumption, we are trying to like the taste of vegetables.

That isn’t quite fair, as I do like the taste of carrots, parsnips, peas, beans, chickpeas, broccoli, cabbage and onions, to name just a few. It’s bean sprouts I’m not that keen on, they are watery and they somehow seem to kill the flavour of the meal. They aren’t just tasteless, they seem to drain flavour and make everything else seem less tasty. When we are doing our own stir fry we tend not to use them, though I suppose we really should start growing our own as they are cheap and easy.

13 thoughts on “A Cheap and Easy Meal

  1. Clare Pooley

    I can’t stand bean sprouts and only eat them if I really have to! Fortunately, my younger daughter doesn’t like them either so we don’t get them very often. I often slice courgette up finely in my stir-fries and they are a fair substitute (if you like courgettes).

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    1. quercuscommunity

      I’m fine with courgettes, though I’ve never thought to use them in stir fry. We will be trying them in the summer as we have a lot of courgette plants and nobody at Mencap to eat them. πŸ™‚

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  2. Lavinia Ross

    I wish you best of luck with that arthritis problem in your hands, it is a tough one! I hope the link proved useful. Stir fries do make good meals, and herbs can provide flavor and certainly compensate for sugar. Even in an urban setting, growing herbs and veggies in pots is a good way to supplement these healthy meals.

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    1. quercuscommunity

      Yes, we just need to start planning better – we have become very lazy.

      With any luck the hands will recover and be good until winter. πŸ™‚

      If not, I will have to cope.

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  3. Laurie Graves

    We make stir fries all the time and garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil all feature majorly as flavorings. Sometimes ginger. Peanuts are a tasty meat substitute if you are not allergic. We also stir in a couple of eggs. Anyway…

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    1. quercuscommunity

      Yes, we should take it more seriously. We used to eat more of them and had plenty of ingredients around the place. Sometimes we just seem to drift away from doing things.

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