Budget living recipes: Tofu noodles

Budget living:  Tofu noodles Photo: Russell Bowes

Budget living: Tofu noodles Photo: Russell Bowes

Well it’s day two of my challenge and things are going well so far, I think. I have been taking stock of whats in the cupboards and the freezer and had a nice surprise earlier today when looking at what to make for my lunch, but on to that later. This post is about last nights dinner, a lot of what we used in this recipe came from what we already had in the cupboard and the fridge. As much as I like it I hold my hands up and say that we couldn’t have bought the marinaded Tofu if starting from scratch this week.

The recipe is adapted from an old “All colour Chinese Cookbook” from the late 80’s/ early 90’s which I think Hana nabbed from her parents when we moved in here. Hana made a few substitutions from the original recipe, to save having to buy much we didn’t already have. All I did pop out for was a carrot to go in it, which was 20p

Hana’s Tofu Noodles

Budget recipes: Tofu noodles

Budget recipes: Tofu noodles Photo: Russell Bowes

Ingredients and cost for two people

2 nests of Noodles – 30p ( we had some in the cupboard so used those. It would work with 11p value noodles though)
1 Onion – 10p
2 Cloves of Garlic – 10p
2 Sticks of celery – 20p
4 Spring onions – 30p
1 carrot – 10p
Root ginger – <5p
Spinach – 33p
2tbsp Soy Sauce – 20p
Mirin – 30p
Marinated Tofu – £2
oil – 5p
Total cost for 2 people £3.98 Total new spend on this meal = 10p for carrot.
* optional extra – we had a bag of cashew and peanuts so threw some in too for extra protein and calories.

Tofu Noodles Recipe

Prepare the celery, onion and garlic and carrot by thinly slicing them and set aside. Wash the spinach leaves and set aside too.

Prepare the noodles according to the pack instructions. Whilst they are boiling stir fry the garlic, ginger, spring onion, onion and carrots quickly in hot oil. Drain the noodles.

Add the marinated Tofu along with the noodles, soy sauce and mirin. Stir everything together in the pan and serve.
So, is it a cheat meal if you use up whats already in the fridge and the cupboards, or am I being sensible and using up food which otherwise would go to waste? Answers on a postcard to…. wait do they have those anymore? Ok just use the comments below!

By Russell Bowes

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