stretchingcents

Sweet and sour chicken and broccoli

on February 1, 2012

   

Tonight was a pretty big milestone in the Butler house.  The three of us ate at the table together for the first time!  Tommy doesn’t take his evening nap anymore most nights, and so we timed it right so that dinner would be done when Tommy needed to eat.  It’s also a pretty big deal because if you have seen our house lately you know our dining room has been a mess! Seems like when we have a project going on the dining room becomes a disaster, but we finally got it cleaned up so we could all eat at the table.

Its only 3 days into our new menu, and we are already off.  Last night we were supposed to cook speghetti casserole, but we actually ate it last week so we will push that back a few days.  Instead we ate fried deer, french fries and salad.  Tonight was supposed to be chicken fettuccine but Zack didn’t 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 it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast
  • spaghetti noodles
  • broccoli
  • vegetable oil
  • potsticker spice blend*
  • soy sauce
  • sweet and sour sauce
  • crushed pineapple

To Make:

  1. Set a medium pot of water to boil.
  2. Cut 1 chicken breast into bite size pieces.
  3. Add spaghetti noodles to boiling water and set timer for 10 mins.
  4. Heat oil in skillet (enough to coat the bottom of pan(
  5. When oil is hot add chicken, and sprinkle with pot sticker blend and soy sauce
  6. Add broccoli to noodles at about 8 minutes
  7. When timer goes off drain noodles and broccoli, then add to chicken.
  8. Spoon about 1/2 cup crushed pineapple into skillet and about 3 tbs sweet and sour sauce (or more or less to taste)
  9. Stir everything together and cook for about 1 minute.

The cost:

The chicken was just over $10 for 5 breasts, so we ate about $2.00 tonight.  We had about $0.50 of broccoli and $0.25 of noodles.  Everything else I’ll estimate at $1.00.  I’ll say it was about $3.75 for dinner tonight!

*Potsticker blend: I bought this from a Wildtree party and have no idea what all is in it.  You could probably substitute chines 5 spice for this and maybe a little more soy sauce.

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