This is a quick and cheap way to make a version of Pad Thai. I almost always have these items on hand which makes it even better!
No meal complete without meat? Stick around after the recipe.
You will need:
- 2 packages Maruchan ramen (doesn't matter what flavor, you won't be using the seasoning)
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 to 3 T creamy peanut butter (I use Jif reduced fat)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice.
- Zest of one lime
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- dash of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- 2 tsp freshly chopped cilantro (optional)
In a 2 quart saucepan, boil 3 cups water. Add in the ramen noodles (don't add seasoning!). Cook for two minutes then drain. Set noodles aside. Return saucepan to stove. Over low heat, melt peanut butter, stirring constantly. You want to get it to this consistency:
Once you get it all melted and creamy stir in lime juice. Stir until well combined. Sauce will become thicker. Stir in garlic, chili powder, lime zest and red pepper flakes if desired. Add ramen back to the pan. Toss noodles until coated. Serve into bowls and top with green onion and cilantro if desired.
Need meat? grab one pound unbreaded chicken breast tenders and two eggs. Cut the tenders in half crosswise. Beat the eggs in a bowl. Cook the chicken in a bit of oil in a skillet preheated over medium-high heat, 4 or 5 minutes until browned. Stir in eggs. Stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until eggs are cooked. Serve in your Pad Thai!