The hubs and I are just about to celebrate four months of wedded bliss. What has changed in the past few months since beginning our married life? Not too much, actually. My last name…and the fact that we’ve started budgeting. We have entered into marriage with an attempt to curtail our spending a bit (or at least track what we are spending money on) and I have become the budget queen. I love my Excel budget spreadsheet!
I am currently reading Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey. Several of my friends have taken the Dave Ramsey course and I like a lot of his methods. I would say we are somewhat following his teaching on budgeting. It’s definitely a process but a great exercise for the hubs and I to go through together.
So, here we are at the end of the month, and we have spent all of our “food” category moolah. Last night, I was starving and in a somewhat cranky mood that only food could make better. I could have gone to the grocery store or we could have gone out to dinner, but that kind of would have defeated the purpose of the budget…so I tried to get creative with what we had on hand.
Enter the Pioneer Woman. I had bookmarked her recipe for Simple Sesame Noodles and last night, as my stomach was growling, and I was trying to talk myself out of spending $5 on a foot long sub from Subway, I remembered the post.
And sure enough, I had everything I needed at home! This meal was quick and easy, plus made plenty of leftovers for lunch today. You could easily add a protein or some veggies to the meal, but I went just for the noodles this time around. And, I recommend adding a tablespoon of peanut butter for even more deliciousness.
- 12 ounces, fluid thin noodles, cooked and drained
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons pure sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon hot chili oil
- 4 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 4 whole green onions, sliced thin
Whisk all ingredients (except noodles and green onions) together in a bowl. Taste and adjust ingredients as needed. Pour sauce over warm noodles and toss to coat. Sprinkle with green onions and serve.
Source: The Pioneer Woman