Fried noodles

I’m interested in making cheap eats that taste great. With everyone’s economic situation a bit rough, we all need to save money wherever we can.

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Start by boiling a large pot of salted water and cook 10oz of egg noodles. Drain and set aside.
Slice 1 chicken breast thinly against the grain, along with 4oz pork. Heat a couple tbsp vegetable oil and fry the chicken, pork and 5oz uncooked shrimp for 2-3 minutes.

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Add 1 medium onion, chopped; 2 cloves garlic, crushed; and 1 inch piece of ginger, thinly sliced; and fry without letting them add color.

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Add 3 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp rice vinegar, 2 tsp chili or hot sauce, 1 tsp sugar, and 1/2 tsp salt. Bring to a simmer. Add about 8oz of your favorite greens and 3 stalks of scallions, sliced. I chose kale and Chinese cabbage because that’s what was on sale.

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Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Lastly add the noodles and heat through.

Serves 4-6 heartily. All the ingredients came to $20.58, therefore each serving would be about $3.50. Not too bad :) Enjoy!

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Collard greens

This weekend I cooked my first batch of collard greens. It’s something that has always intimidated me because I’ve heard stories of long cooking times, and seen the brown, goopy, unappetizing result. In my search to add more natural and healthy foods to my diet, I bought a bunch at Walmart and decided to give it a try. Here’s how it went.

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I used about half of the bunch. Strip the leaves from the tough stems. Wash those leaves thoroughly to remove dirt and critters. I added some salt to the first wash.

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Chop the drained leaves into bite-sized pieces. I actually just tore the leaves – didn’t see the need to get violent with the greens :) In a large enough pot, I added hot water and about 2 ounces of salt pork. Let that simmer for a few minutes, then remove pork and set aside. Add the greens, a tbsp of oil, a tbsp of brown sugar, and a sprinkle of salt and black pepper. You can also chop the pork and return it to the pot now.

I let this cook for about 20 minutes. At that point, the greens were tender and flavorful.

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I actually served mine with some salted cod cooked down with onions and peppers. Here’s a closer look.

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I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Even my mother was impressed. This is definitely something we will add to our rotation of recipes.

Farmers market haul – 11/20

I finally attended the Palm Beach Gardens Greenmarket this morning as a customer. I’ve attended as a vendor a number of times but never had the opportunity to roam the grounds. The market is held every Sunday from 8 am to 1 pm, but patrons often come early and stay late. It opened in October and runs through May. For more information, visit their website.

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I bought some fresh herbs, which I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Here I got English thyme, rosemary, and basil – three of my favorite herbs. I look forward to using them in my everyday cooking.

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I also got some fresh vegetables – asparagus stalks and turnips. Unfortunately, when I brought these home, I noticed that the tips of the stalks seemed squished. I washed them off and noticed a very offensive odor, I mean like serious diarrhea :( So I actually had to throw them out. I am so mad!

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Both my mom and I love teas. I got her this tea mix called “Good night sleep” from World Flavors Spice & Tea co. With Valeria root, chamomile, and lavender, it’s meant to bring about relaxation and bust tension. Visit their website for information about their tea and spice blends.

In all, it was a good trip. I look forward to visiting regularly and telling you about my hauls. Have a fantastic week, and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Featured in our Gourmet Store – Rishi Tea Gift Set w/ Organic Black Tea

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Chicken: Then vs Now

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2: Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.

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