Dinner for -$7.86 (sort of) in 20 mins

on January 3, 2012

Tonight having a dinner plan saved us from spending money on fast food!  One of the joys of owning an old house is the never ending list of projects.  Today’s hallway project turned into finding a leaky pipe, and a hole in the wall from the kitchen to the attic 🙂  Of course, no project goes without a trip to Lowe’s!  We left for Lowe’s around 4:30, and normally this would result in getting a fast food dinner of probably the Chuck Wagon.  Sadly though, since I knew I had a dinner plan, and all the ingredients for it, and that it would only take 20 mins to cook, I had no excuse for some of the best french fries ever.  So here is what was for dinner….

Ramen Stir Fry (for two plus leftovers for lunch)


  • 2 packages of Ramen noodles (including spice packets)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 onion
  • about a 1/2 lb of meat (chicken, pork or venison are our favorites)
  • 1 cup  frozen carrots
  • 1 cup  frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli (or any other veggies you want)
  • 2-4 packets of soy sauce leftover from chinese takeout
  • 2-4 packets of duck sauce leftover from chinese takeout
  • dash chinese 5 spice
  • a bit of olive oil

To Make:

  1. Start to boil a medium pot of water
  2. Chop onion
  3. Chop meat into cubes
  4. Put onion in skillet with a little olive oil until it just starts to get clear
  5. Once water boils add veggies
  6. Add meat to skillet and brown
  7. When water returns to a boil add ramen noodles and set timer for 3 minutes
  8. Add soy sauce, duck sauce, & chinese 5 spice to skillet
  9. When noodles have about 1 minute left, crack the 2 eggs into the skillet and mix into meat
  10. Drain noddles and veggies and add to skillet
  11. Add ramen spice packets and mix together

Price breakdown:

Ramen: bought 12 for $2, so 0.33 for 2

Eggs: $2.78 for 18, so 0.31 for 2 (what a good math problem…I should make my students figure this out!)

Onion: too cheap to calculate

Meat: we use venison so free

Veggies: maybe $1.50??

Soy sauce and duck sauce: free

Olive oil and 5 spice: too cheap to calculate

Total: $2.14 plus we didn’t spend $10 on Chuck Wagon so -$7.86!!


2 responses to “Dinner for -$7.86 (sort of) in 20 mins

  1. […] feel like eating it, so we made something not really on our list.  It is based off our Ramen stir fry, and is just as easy and cheap.   Here’s how I made […]

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