Have you or those you know been smacked by the rising cost of groceries, gas, or just everything? Does your budget need help stretching to cover? Dining on a Dollar is just for you! The goal is to take budget friendly ingredients and create a tastes "like a million" dish. This contest also requires you to think on your feet as there is only one weekend to develop your one recipe for entry. Are you up to a challenge? See what you can do to turn cheap into fabulous as we go Dining on a Dollar!
36 chefs took the challenge & created wonderful & TASTY recipes using RAMEN NOODLES!!!!
This is a delicious and nutritious take on my favorite Chinese take-out, Egg Fu Yung. The secret ingredient is ramen noodles! Carrots, green onions, bamboo shoots, and bean sprouts give the pancakes a little crunch and a lot of nutrition. You can use whatever veggies are in the fridge and mix to your taste. The dry mustard gives it a little punch and the seseme oil gives it a hint of Oriental flavor. If you're on a budget, this is a great recipe as you can use meat or chicken or leave it out if you like.
When time is tight and the budget is tighter, this quick and easy pizza bake is a family pleasing lifesaver. Made for the Dining On A Dollar Contest! Revised after the contest: After your wonderful feedback I have revised this recipe so the crust bakes better. Please make sure to drain the noodles very very well so that they are very dry when preparing the crust to ensure the middle cooks as well as the edges. This makes more of a pan type pizza bake you eat with a fork rather than a 'pizza'.
This is a great recipe to use up produce in your refrigerator before it goes bad. Not only is this recipe cost effective and it reduces waste, but it is divine! Feel free to add whatever vegetables you have on hand such as zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, shallots, hard squash, frozen vegetables..... the list of possibilities is endless. I added cherry tomatoes and they were awesome! Serve with a salad and crusty bread.
When the budget is tight try dressing up leftovers and serving as a stir-fry over ramen noodles. This can be made with uncooked pork loin or with leftover pork. If using precooked pork you only need to reheat the pork with the other ingredients. This inexpensive recipe makes a delicious meal for a family of four or six. If serving to children you might need to adjust the Sambal Oelek accordingly.
These are a very cheap and attractive little snack or treat
for the lunchbox, and so easy that anyone could make it! You could
certainly add leftover veggies, meats, or extra herbs and spices to this
basic idea, and adapt it for personal tastes.
I made this up for dining on a $ cooking contest. This is an Asian Inspired salad it was great for lunch! It's very simple to make. It uses inexpensive ingredients but is very tasty I hope you enjoy! Prep/Cooking time does not include refrigeration time which is optional at 30 minutes.
This is Bold, Crisp, Crunchy, Creamy, Healthy, FUN, Finger FOOD!!!! Just 3 minutes of cooking and no silverware to clean! Just finger licking good. A romaine leaf topped with a creamy sauce delish refreshing ingredients. This is made vegetarian but grilled sliced steak, shrimp and or chicken would be a nice addition. This can be enjoyed as a main meal or appetizers.
Two classic favorites for your family in one easy, affordable meal. Pair with tossed salad and French bread and voilà! You'll be the next new chef to star in your own kitchen with adoring family and friends. And isn't that what it's all about?
This Asian-style slaw is a meld of many flavors & has a bit of a crunch as well! With the chicken it becomes more than just a satisfying side dish! Preparation time does not include time needed to shred the cabbage & carrot, nor the time taken to chop the chicken. Time that could be cut back by purchasing a pre-packaged cabbage-&-carrot coleslaw & using previously cooked, chopped & frozen chicken. The time also does not include the 4-8 hours for the slaw to chill. NOTE: On June 2011, I edited the recipe to include a 2nd can of mandarin orange segments, make the peanuts optional, AND increase the servings from 8 to 12-14.
Colorful veggies, ramen noodles & shredded chicken will delight young & old when neatly packed into crispy egg roll wrappers. Served with an easy homemade sweet & sour sauce, they make an impresssive appetizer, a side dish or a fun family dinner.
Add what ever veggies you have on hand and want to use up. Example, celery, cabbage, green peppers. This is my attempt to be
creative in the kitchen with the contest challenge. Please let me know what your taste buds say!
Looking for an Italian type dish that's easy on the pocket and still is quick, tasty and filling? Well, look no further this is it. And I bet that you already
have most of the ingredients you need for this recipe. To make this a complete meal, serve with your favorite garlic bread and a salad.
I was out all day, and hadn't eaten anything but one cookie. I was hungry! So I chopped up a little of this and a little of that, put the noodles on to boil and dinner came together quick and easy! Created for the Dining on a Dollar Contest!
Ramen noodle pasta with spinach and chicken is easy to make, inexpensive, and a lot of fun! You will enjoy the taste of the Ramen Noodles just like you did in college but with a lot more flavor of today.
Lately the favorite game at our house is:
“What can we make with what we have?”
It’s fun and challenging and the savings are substantial.
Here’s what I came up with today.
It’s much lighter and less oily than typical sesame noodles.
I think this combo would also work great with leftover pork or shrimp.
The challenge for Dining on a Dollar Contest, 2008, was to come up with a meal using ramen noodles and a few other ingredients from a select list. This is a savory dinner or lunch that can be made in a short amount of time but gives a BIG amount of flavor. The simplicity of making this meal is wonderful even for the beginning cook. It can be used for everyday dinners or lunches as well as company is coming. No one will believe it is a budget friendly meal. Serve with your favorite vegetables.
I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and friends did.