Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cheaper Than Take-out!



Last night's dinner was a treat for me after getting a major job completed. I was in the grocery store in the late afternoon picking up some fruit and I came upon these stir-fry bags on markdown. This one is snow peas, broccoli and bok choi with a sesame pepper sauce packet. At $1.49 I thought it was worth a gamble. Once home, I added some diced chicken breast and marked down mushrooms. I served this over brown rice, along with a fruit salad consisting of berries from our garden, grapes given to me and 2 marked down bananas. All-inclusive, dinner for the entire family cost about $5. That's really not too bad. And it was quite delicious. The sauce packet was flavorful enough even with chicken and mushrooms added. I didn't need to add a single extra thing.

And this is for Carol -- quickie marinara from tomato paste.

  • tomato paste
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder or granules
  • dried oregano
  • minced basil
  • cayenne or other ground red pepper (optional)
  • salt
  • water
  • microwavable bowl
I stir this all together in the microwavable bowl, heat and either toss with pasta or use as pizza sauce. 

5 comments:

  1. Lili, can you tell me the size of the tomato sauce and how much water? Thanks!

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    1. I'm not exactly sure on the tomato paste to water ratio, maybe, but a ratio of about 1 (paste) to 1 1/2 to 2 times water. To make enough sauce for our family I think I start with about 10-12 ounces of tomato paste. When I was making 3 to 4 adult servings I used a 6 ounce can. now that we all eat more, the amount from a 12 ounce can would be about right. I buy tomato paste in those huge cans, and just scoop out what I think looks right, so hard to know exactly. Th olive oil is about 1/2 to 1 Tablespoon, garlic powder or granules equal to 1 clove of garlic (about 1/2 teaspoon if powder, more if granules, I think) and salt and seasonings to taste.
      Hope this helps!

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    2. ... and the secret ingredient according to my Italian grandmother... add a bit of sugar (to taste) to take the bite out of the tomato. :-)

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  2. Congratulations on finishing your project! I Love the WooHoo stickers. I always get so happy when I find a bargain like that at the store!

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  3. Such a great bargain you found! I love getting those stickers. Sounds like it made for a good dinner too. :)

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